So why is it that some big box stores are OK?
There’s a store out there that give some 70 percent of its political contributions to Republicans.
They buy lots of goods that are cheaply made overseas.
In rural stores, they start their employees out at a little over minimum wage and they frequently show up on lists of large employers with the largest numbers of people on state assistance programs.*
They allow their pharmacists to refuse to dispense emergency contraception. Planned Parenthood is campaigning against them.
They aren’t unionized, of course, but their pissed-off employees still have a website
Yet the only people wanting to boycott them are upset with them kicking out the Salvation Army or are doing it for other wacky reasons
And most of my liberal friends shop there. I know I do. I haven’t been in a Walmart in at least a year. But every time we need furnace filters, dish soap or a cheap birthday present for my brothers, TheCSO and I head right out there.
Not that I don’t like Target. I really do. I far prefer it to Walmart. It’s owned by a Minneasota Senator’s family rather that the ever-creepy Waltons. They sell nice-looking lamps and do a nice job advertising how socially responsible they are. They do a great job appealing to the upper-middle class and they are smaller so the numbers of people they are screwing over appear far less impressive.
But they actually give a slightly greater percentage of their PAC money to Republicans than WalMart does.
*Along with other places that hire lots of people for unskilled labor. Fast food chains, large staffing agencies, grocery chains, etc, all have a lot of people uninsured. All of them hire lots of poor people. In general, poor people are more likely to be uninsured.