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    July4rocks, tardis10

    owner and anti-union posted a link to an article about the Walmart protests with a statement about how the protestors were trying to shutdown the stores.

    When I replied that there were some warehouses where shipping was being delayed, most all of the stores were stocked for Black Friday and while the Oakland port had been shutdown by union workers and protestors, in WalMart's case, the workers were not blockading the stores but were merely ensuring that shoppers knew of their plight.

    After looking closer at the article he linked to, he commented that I was correct and this was not an example of union excess. He is an intelligent man and honest and fair. He does acknowledge the role of unions in our society and business environments. He takes issue with the same excesses some of us supporters would also wish into nonexistence, and my friend is also very outspoken about corporate greed and misconduct, unlike some of my other friends that march in time with the conservative, pro-all-things-business drum. Most of those are also small business owners/operators who don't look deeper than talking points and adhere to the political message more than the fiscal reality.

    I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

    by Gentle Giant on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 08:25:11 AM PST

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