How Wal-Mart is the good guy
They have low cost goods for the community to purchase.
They provide jobs in the town they build a store
They contribute a lot to the economy through property taxes.
How Wal-Mart is the bad guy
Those low cost goods come from China, where workers are not paid very much
The so called "Wal-Mart effect" destroys mom and pop business in towns where they build a store
They create low paying jobs which many claim contribute to the income inequality issue
The list above is very simple and not exhaustive. However, it does start the debate as to who is responsible for the well being of our countries workers. Is it corporations like Wal-Mart? Is it their responsibility to create high paying jobs? I would argue that those whom work at Wal-Mart as free to leave and go to a different place of employment I they are not happy with the wages. The contrarian viewpoint to this article is that those workers are stuck in low paying jobs where they have no chance for advancement. What is your opinion? Does Wal-Mart have a higher responsibility to its shareholders, customers or employees?