Just for full disclosure.
Currently my 2nd grader is now in a program where she goes to school 2 days a week and is home schooled for the rest (she previously was in a very high end charter school). We are lucky though to have the resources to make this work. My wife is a full time stay at home mother and I work ~30 hours a week so we have the time to devote to it.
I can't imagine how hard it would be to be a single parent that has to work 2 jobs just to make ends meet.
This NPR story here actually hits on some of the issues
The internet should keep them all honest look at Amazons prices for most things.
My point stands though retail jobs pay **** unless you have a union. So I really don't care if its Target, Walmart, Big K, or even a Mom and Pop shop. In the end the employes make minimum wage + a few bucks with a few exceptions. Heck at least with a major chain like walmart one has some room to move up. Yes in the case of the mom and pop shop Mom and Pop might be able to make a good living but its not going to be so stellar to prop up the local economy.
Local consumer spending is a fast track to entropy your community has to produce something that other communities want.
I like Wal-mart. I buy most of the **** I want on the internet. I hate shopping at brick and mortar stores anymore. I can have the exact model, size, color and shape of whatever widgit I want via the internet. At brick and mortar stores you get what the **** they happen to have which usually is nothing close to what you want.
Wal-mart is the only place that ever has odd **** that I may need in a hurry. I don't care how rich anybody else is, including these folks.
I've worked with (not at) Walmart corporate and presented there. PM me if you want my opinion or stories about the place.
So my question to you is do you suppose the things you have seen at Walmart are any different than any other big box chain?