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  •  I have no doubt that there is always... (5+ / 0-)

    ...sexism involved with the appointment of a woman to any post that can't somehow be already viewed as woman's work.  But the critiques about Walmart from those cited in the diary are mild, qualified with "ifs" and have nothing to do with Burwell's math skills.  

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 05:27:11 PM PST

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    •  She worked for Walmart's foundation (9+ / 0-)

      for less than 2 years. They give money away, that is all they do. I don't see how this is a problem at all. I do think that women always are vulnerable to even more flimsy accusations than men are. This one seems pretty weak.

      •  I agree, as is obvious from my diary... (7+ / 0-)

        ...that her short term at the Walmart Foundation weakens any criticism of her there. But, if you read The Nation article I linked, it's apparent that WF is using that money they give away to gain favor in communities where they seek to overcome opposition to their operations.

        Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

        by Meteor Blades on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 05:49:23 PM PST

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        •  Walmart Foundation just gave $470,000 to (0+ / 0-)

          our local Second Harvest Food bank on Feb. 22.

          Yesterday, they announced $6.7 million in grants to 5 national non-profits that provide school breakfasts and other nutritional aids.

          So what if they gain favor in communities that get the food although in all these incidents, the money seems to be going to places that to my knowledge have not particularly opposed Walmart, ie, Tennessee, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, D.C., and at least 22 other states.

          You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

          by sewaneepat on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 07:30:34 AM PST

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      •  My thoughts exactly. (2+ / 0-)
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        I'm kind of at the point where I can't just judge people because of the parent company they work for, when her specific role was essentially nothing but managing charity.

        We all take jobs at random places that we might not agree with, but when the critics have nothing substantive beyond "uh, if she agrees with Walmart's unofficial policy on X" then that's specious at best.

        Ask her some questions about it, see what she says and that's that.

      •  Bowles, Rubin and Orszag (0+ / 0-)

        I'll give you that less than 2 years at the WF would be something to maybe say "eh" to but put WF with her connections to Bowles, Rubin and Orzag, the vacuum cleaner salesmen working diligently to suck all the money up for the 1%, then I have serious doubts about her loyalty/values.

        Poor man wants to be rich. Rich man wants to king. And the king ain't satisifed until he rules everything. B.Springsteen

        by howd on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 10:28:36 AM PST

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