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Posted at 4:25 PM ET, 12/ 8/2010

Confusing Wal-Mart with welfare

By David Kuckenbecker, Fairfax

Once again a member of the faith community in the District has confused a business entity with a social welfare agency.

In his Dec. 5 Local Opinions commentary, “Welcoming Wal-Mart — on our terms,” the Rev. Morris Shearin outlined a “community benefits agreement” containing conditions that Wal-Mart should meet to open stores in Washington. Many of these conditions are an attempt to address social issues in the city that should be addressed by the D.C. government, not a corporation.

The D.C. Council should politely thank the Rev. Shearin and then ignore his list. If such requirements become D.C. government policy, Wal-Mart may just drop its plans to build in the city. This would deprive District residents of an opportunity to save money in their own community instead of having to drive to Maryland or Virginia. It will also deprive the District of much-needed business and sales taxes.

The Rev. Shearin needs to understand one thing: The District needs Wal-Mart more than Wal-Mart needs the District.

By David Kuckenbecker, Fairfax  | December 8, 2010; 4:25 PM ET
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The way business is done in DC is for the politically connected to seek to extort as much as possible from any potential business.

That is why so little business is done in DC, and thus why there are so few jobs.

Posted by: Delongl | December 8, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

It seems like you might be referring to blue collar jobs, because on the whole, if you're looking for work in the US then DC is probably the place to be. But even then the blue collar association is silly because DC has never had a blue collar/industrial base to start with and lower level jobs have always been service oriented to help facilitate the presence of the gov't.

Posted by: cmerchan | December 9, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

The Robber Baron days are over. Businesses have a responsibilty to the community it wishes to exploit. If someone invites you in to their home,you follow the rules, not make them. IT's called the cost of doing business, which seems to have gone out of fashion.

Posted by: jckdoors | December 9, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

jckdoors, again it's DC that needs Wal-Mart, not the other way around. Wal-Mart will still continue to get business from DC residents in their Maryland and Virginia stores. The loser, in that case, will be the bottomless pit of DC finances.

Posted by: oldwolf53 | December 9, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

"jckdoors, again it's DC that needs Wal-Mart, not the other way around. Wal-Mart will still continue to get business from DC residents in their Maryland and Virginia stores. The loser, in that case, will be the bottomless pit of DC finances."

Businesses need customers and employees.
Individuals need affordable shopping and jobs.
Cities needs ind/busi to pay taxes and ind/busi that treat the community as valuable (following laws of the city).

So, we all need each other.

Why is Walmart coming into DC? To fulfill a community need? For the revenue they will gain? For the advancment of their brand? Or.... what about all of those?, so, um, how about they need each other, and we can all hammer out ways that can work for all of us involved? Like hiring locally first, which serves functions for all 3 involved?

Besides, Target gives a portion of its sales to the community in which the stores reside... does Walmart? If not: MORE TARGETS!

Posted by: Greent | December 9, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

A community-based business should be a fair player in the community. You seem to think that because these folks need jobs they should "settle" for Wal-Marts "generosity". Would you settle for the pay Wal-Mart gives? Doubt kit. Would you like Wal-mart to come into your neighborhood and decide what it will and will not do? Doubt it. Yes, governments (at all levels) need revenue, but governments exist to look after it's people, not those that would like to exploit them.

And, if Target gives back to the community, then the D.C. government should be in talks with them, not Wal-Mart.

Just sayin' is all.

Posted by: jckdoors | December 9, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

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