Wal-Mart has a friend.

Andrew Young likes Wal-Mart:

“I like to fight poverty,” Young said Sunday. “For almost 10 years, I’ve been using in my sermons the message that fighting poverty is good business, and I’ve used Wal-Mart as an example. The question is how do you fight poverty — with high wages or low prices? The answer is both.”

Young will serve as Chairman of the steering committee for Working Families for Wal-Mart (funded by Wal-Mart).

The company has told Young that a family can save $2,300 a year by shopping at Wal-Mart. Company founder Sam Walton “really created a model that allowed any American to have middle-class luxuries at a low cost,” Young said.

In addition to Young, the steering committee of 16 other members includes two other Georgians: the Rev. Barbara King and Ron Galloway, an Augusta filmmaker who recently made a pro-Wal-Mart documentary. Young’s firm, GoodWorks International, has been hired by Wal-Mart to be a consultant. The other steering committee members are not being paid.

“His position is unique, and it’s related to the specific time commitment he has made,” said Kevin Sheridan, a spokesman for Working Families. “He will be the public face and the spokesman for the group.”

This is sure to make some of Young’s friends angry.

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2 comments

  1. John Konop says:

    Wal-Mart is symptom not the problem.

    By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

    Last week the Bureau of Labor Statistics re-benchmarked the payroll jobs data back to 2000. Thanks to Charles McMillion of MBG Information Services, I have the adjusted data from January 2001 through January 2006. If you are worried about terrorists, you don’t know what worry is.

    Job growth over the last five years is the weakest on record. The US economy came up more than 7 million jobs short of keeping up with population growth. That’s one good reason for controlling immigration. An economy that cannot keep up with population growth should not be boosting population with heavy rates of legal and illegal immigration.

    Over the past five years the US economy experienced a net job loss in goods producing activities. The entire job growth was in service-providing activities–primarily credit intermediation, health care and social assistance, waiters, waitresses and bartenders, and state and local government.

    US manufacturing lost 2.9 million jobs, almost 17% of the manufacturing work force. The wipeout is across the board. Not a single manufacturing payroll classification created a single new job.

    The declines in some manufacturing sectors have more in common with a country undergoing saturation bombing during war than with a super-economy that is “the envy of the world.

  2. spaceygracey says:

    This is sooo totally cool. Now all those Heroes Of The Civil Rights Movement action figures will be soooo affordable. Like 5-bucks for a set of 6. Complete with “We Shall Overcome” sound chip. Collect ’em all. Bridge sold separately. Made exclusively… somewhere else. Say… China! Awesome.

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