Walmart Celebrates Your Right To Work All The Time

Boycott WalMartHave you seen the newest Walmart commercial that’s been playing all over the Olympics where they say that they’re pledged to but goods from American factories for the next 10 years in it they use “Working man” by Rush as the music bed of the spot.

The spot somehow implies that Walmart is “supporting” American workers with the aforementioned plan to buy goods form American factories but let’s look a little closer at a few things that anyone who wants to give them credit for this are failing to miss:

  • The song they use is by a CANADIAN band! – What? There wasn’t a Springsteen, John Mellencamp or, and just shoot me for even suggesting this but a country song by an American artist about hard working factory workers they couldn’t have used?

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Rush as much as the next music geeky guy but come on guys do some homework will you?!

  • The song “Working Man” isn’t a “celebration” about workers unless you happen to own the factory where the worker who has no life toils away in, let’s look at the lyrics of “Working Man” shall we?

I get up at seven, yeah,
And I go to work at nine.
I got no time for livin’.
Yes, I’m workin’ all the time.

It seems to me
I could live my life
A lot better than I think I am.
I guess that’s why they call me,
They call me the workin’ man.

They call me the workin’ man.
I guess that’s what I am.

So I get home at five o’clock,
And I take myself out a nice, cold beer.
Always seem to be wond’rin’
Why there’s nothin’ goin’ down here.

It seems to me
I could live my life
A lot better than I think I am.
I guess that’s why they call me,
They call me the workin’ man.

They call me the workin’ man.
I guess that’s what I am.

Well they call me the workin’ man.
I guess that’s what I am.

  • Again, do some RESEARCH! READ the damn lyrics! COMPREHEND the meaning, then make a decision that no, this isn’t the right song to use to “celebrate” workers. Oh wait, this is Walmart, they like people working long hours for little pay so maybe they ARE ok with the meaning behind the lyrics to “Working Man”.

 

  • You  KNOW the factories that they “support” are going to be in “right to work states” where they pay low wages and the workers are the type of people who are “just happy to have a job” instead of both being happy to have a job but also paid a living wage with the respect and dignity EVERY worker deserves. I will point you to my article last year on workers’ rights, “Right to work states” and how detrimental to workers morale, the economy of the country and are a throwback to the “bad old days” http://leftyliberal.com/american-workers-rights

 

  • Lastly, Walmart always pushes their “Save Money, live better” tag line which means that they sell things cheaply which means that for them to do so they have to buy it at a cheap price especially since they are all about maximizing their profits which when you put it all together means that the factories they’re going to buy from won’t be able to pay workers a decent livable wage – yeah! Way to “support” American workers Walmart!

 

The only principles that Walmart supports is one that maximizes their profits, be it paying next to nothing for goods, paying workers low wages so they have to use SNAP & other forms of public assistance – which by the way gets used at Walmart which begs the question isn’t that “double dipping”? – Even George Costanza wouldn’t double dip that much!

Don’t be fooled by this publicity stunt which is all it is, just another way to try and clean up their image which unfortunately so many will buy into, but don’t you! And when you can, point out to your friends and family the dis-ingenuousness of both this spot and the self-serving nature behind it instead of letting them get away with making themselves look benevolent and altruistic in any way shape or form!

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