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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