Feeling the Wal-Mart love

Far-right schist flinger* Kevin Fischer proclaims in a post this week, “I am not a member of the Wal-Mart Haters Society. Nor am I all goose-pimply about the stores, either. However, I am supportive and do not have the utter disdain so many seem to foster for this monstrous chain.”

For what it’s worth, I’m a Wal-Mart fan on occasion. My opinion may not be influenced in the same way as Fischer’s, though. I enjoy a full-store sweep every once in a while for Comet to clothes. His boss depends on the chain for funding. The Wal-Mart Stores/WAL-PAC sent $1,000 to State Senator Mary Lazich prior to her last re-election bid. In all, WAL-PAC sent $81,200 to Wisconsin candidates that election cycle.

Here’s the list of Wisconsin politicians that have felt the love of Wal-Mart’s “employees” over the years. Leah Vukmir, Ted Kanavas, and Alberta Darling are names I recognize. No doubt we’ll see it all again since many state seats are up in November 2008.

It’s such a money game. Is that what you intended, Wisconsin?

*schist flinger – A few years ago a good acquaintance cleaned up my act by offering alternate phrases for a few choice adjectives. This one, originated by her son, seems to have stuck. Schist is a metamorphic rock, and flinger might be someone who throws with recklessness, so one can consider a “schist flinger” as a reckless rock thrower. That the phrase sounds so similar to a past favorite is a bonus.


  1. This is why I lobbied long and hard to have CNI include the line “Kevin, who is a legislative aide to state Sen. Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin)…” as part of his blog bio after he’d tried to conceal it for quite some time.

    Knowing who and what butters his bread makes his dogma clear.

    Fischer is also math deficient. He praised John Menard for making a a very public $15 million donation to a local hospital (“one of the best corporate citizens in Wisconsin”). Nice. However, some perspective: That amount equals less than .3% (less than a third of a percent!) of his net worth. Ironically, $15 million is the amount a tax court decided that Menard Inc. had improperly deducted from its corporate tax return in 1998, after deciding it had grossly overpaid Mr. Menard, and then taken far too big a deduction for his salary.

    Great new blog, by the way. “Fairly Conservative” goes into my “read daily” file.

  2. Wal-Mart wants to build a Supercenter on 27th Street in Franklin.

    I’d be curious to see if Wal-Mart is donating campaign dollars to incumbents this election season…

  3. I would prefer to see Costco move into the area. They offer the same prices and big box appeal of a WallyWorld, but they are much better to their employees and are much better corporate citizens.

  4. I’d drive to Franklin for a Costco!

  5. ditto Costco. They prove you CAN succeed without wringing the system and workers dry.