Friday, September 28, 2007

Megan Defends Wal*Mart

I'm not kidding.

Wal-Mart is selling more and more incredibly cheap generic drugs, now including $9 a pop for generic tri-cyclic birth control pills. Their prices are cheaper than the prices I got through my old health insurance. (Haven't filled anything up on the new insurance yet.)

At teh same time, they take a huge beating for the wages they pay their workers, and the alleged stinginess of their health care plans. But these two things are flip sides of the same coin: they can afford to provide cheap drugs in part because they have a flexible and inexpensive labor force.
That is the entire post. I'd [sic] the "teh", but maybe it was intentional, to clue in the cool kids that what came after was a joke. Cuz, well, you don't have to be an econoblogger to see the problem here. Allow me to translate Megan's words to honest english. "Who cares about paying what things actually cost when so much of the burden can be shifted downwards?" If Megan doesn't see it, it didn't happen.
You think Wal*Mart employees can afford to take advantage of these everyday low prices? Or are they waiting for the 99 Cent shops to get expired Chinese birth control?
Selfish, myopic, spoiled, rich... unpleasant woman. Ugh.
Fire Megan McArdle


Fishbone McGonigle said...

I'm sure it was intentional, but I'm also sure that what followed the 'teh' is meant in all seriousness.

M. Bouffant said...

They have a flexible and inexpensive labor force.

That's not a "labor force," it's human beings. What will it take for people (or Megan) to stop thinking in these abstractions & realize there are actual people's actual lives involved in all this economic jagoffery?

Fishbone McGonigle said...

m., everything Megan writes displays a disturbing lack of empathy for other human beings, unless they are wealthy and experiencing some sort of infringement of their (real or imagined) property rights.