"First Collector: At this festive time of year, Mr. Scrooge, it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute.
Ebenezer: Are there no prisons?
First Collector: Plenty of prisons.
Ebenezer: And the union workhouses - are they still in operation?
First Collector: They are. I wish I could say they were not.
Ebenezer: Oh, from what you said at first I was afraid that something had happened to stop them in their useful course. I'm very glad to hear it.
First Collector: I don't think you quite understand us, sir. A few of us are endeavoring to buy the poor some meat and drink, and means of warmth.
First Collector: Because it is at Christmastime that want is most keenly felt, and abundance rejoices. Now what can I put you down for?
Ebenezer: Huh! Nothing!
Second Collector: You wish to be anonymous?
Ebenezer: [firmly, but calmly] I wish to be left alone. Since you ask me what I wish sir, that is my answer. I help to support the establishments I have named; those who are badly off must go there.
First Collector: Many can't go there.
Second Collector: And some would rather die. "
From the article...
"This represents the “public face” of Walmart �" leading consumers to believe they are firmly against such exploitation, refusing to “profit” off of forced labor. Their “ALEC face” is entirely different, exposing their public persona as a mask of deceit.
Throughout their membership in ALEC Walmart has helped write and sponsor specific legislation that benefited their bottom line, regardless of the impact upon workers, consumers or voters. Walmart has tried to indicate that they hold a membership in ALEC because through ALEC they have a voice on issues important to their company. In addition they say they don’t always support ALEC’s agenda on social issues. Both assertions are not true. While denying US workers their desire to unionize, and helping ALEC develop their anti-Union model bills; ending collective bargaining and Right to Work �" Walmart readily agreed to unionization of workers in their China outlets in 2006."
"That is the game they chose to play �" and ALEC the team they played for. What some are not aware of is that ALEC wrote important legislation in the mid-1990′s that Walmart also took advantage of. This legislation is titled the Prison Industries Act. Under this legislation (already adopted in more than 30 states nationwide) private companies can have access to prisoners as a labor or workforce (under this model bill, agricultural products and services are exempt from wage requirements).
Paid minimum wage or less, many companies make thousands of products for us as consumers; flooring, produce, processed food products, furniture, office systems, clothing, after market auto parts…the list is endless. It serves as a great way for American corporations to proudly attach labels declaring “Made in USA”. Walmart has tried to hide their use of prison labor for more than two decades by using sub-contractors and cut-outs, while claiming they will not do business with any supplier who uses such labor.
Since 1991 Walmart has been buying produce from a huge farm corporation out of Arizona �" Martori Farms. According to Hoover’s profile of the company, Martori is “a fruit and vegetable grower, packer, shipper, and wholesaler and is the largest commercial agricultural company in Arizona. In 2007 Walmart celebrated their partnership with Martori in an article put out by Walmart Corporate, “16-Year Relationship Between Wal-Mart and Arizona Business Grows, Thrives” where Walmart claimed;"
I remember reading about how traffic tickets can sometimes become huge fines and if not paid can land the ticketed person in jail where the jail owners are independent entities and intent on keeping them full. Guess they make money more ways thanwere discussed in that article.
It gets much more interesting as you read...
Here is a link that might be useful: Walmart & ALEC �