The Wal-Mart apologists like to point to the retailer's prices as an example of saving Americans money, but in reality, Wal-Mart is an emblem of the debt economy in the early 2000's. The company bought cheap Chinese crap and sold it to Americans on credit. It's a disgusting and unfortunate evolution of the American economy.
To make matters worse, Wal-Mart is now laying off 1,000's of employees, most recently in Columbus. Now I know that no retailer is immune from the recession, but the way in which Wal-Mart treats American workers is particularly disturbing. They streamroll local economies, force mom-and-pop out of business, bust unions and then fire workers at their whim.