Speaking of Wal-Mart, and Why Statists Hate It

It’s back-to-school time, and in many public school districts that means parents must shop for a long list of basic school supplies. Rough math might suggest that funding should be adequate to cover this cost. For example, the per pupil expenditure in California for 2011 was $9138.77(i). That would total $274,163.10 per 30-student classroom. (Note, total revenue was $11,048.26 per student or $331,447.80 per classroom). These expenditures, supposedly, include Administration costs of only about 11%. Capital outlays and other costs are not included but bond revenue would, presumably, cover some of those costs. School plant maintenance is usually allocated funds in the 3% range. So, each class should have revenues of  $30K or so per month to cover the teacher’s salary/benefits, textbooks, utilities etc. Even a salary and benefits package of $12oK for ‘Teach’ would leave over $20K per month! Even so, schools expect parents (and grandparents, in many cases) to fork over the aforementioned back-to-school supplies.

This is where Wal-Mart comes to the rescue!


Wal-Mart Back-to-School is a life, and pocket book, saver for parents and grandparents. We shopped back-to-school for 4 of the grand kids: #2 pencils-20pack, $0.97, glue sticks-2pack, $0.50, crayon packs, $0.25, scissors-2pack, $0.75, notebooks, $0.17 each, binder pouches, $0.25, Elmer’s glue, $0.50, erasers-25 count, $0.97 and so on. 4-6 isles were dedicated to Back-to-School all at guaranteed rock bottom prices.

This may be the real basis for Leftist hatred for Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart actually does far more tangible good for middle and lower income people than any (wasteful) government give-away program and, after all, the Left cannot tolerate any entity that efficiently, effectively, and by free choice offers an alternative to big government.


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Les B Galt is a retired research biochemist originally from San Diego, CA. He has published 50+ journal articles and a book chapter in the fields of Nephrology and Neuroscience. He and Mrs. Les relocated to the island of Guam in 2004 where Les taught microbiology labs for nursing students at the University of Guam. Since returning stateside in 2011 Les and his wife have lived in Houston TX, San Clemente CA, New York City, and Las Vegas NV. Les is an avid runner and hiker and a two time cancer survivor.
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