"A company that takes care of their people, and takes care of their customers may not make a lot of money in their stock the first couple years, but they are going to be around a long time."
- Craig Jelinek, CEO Costco. January 1, 2012 interview with The Motley Fool.
Good day, everyone! Welcome to another chance to play the ever growing and immensely popular game "I'm a Better Catholic the YOU"!.
Grand prize? No, not a trip to Rome or an audience with The Holy Father...no, no, no! The Grand Prize is a chance to publicly hold up Holy Mother Church (The Church Jesus founded and the one you proclaim your love for every single day) to ridicule! Yes indeedy, you can become one of the chief reasons people outside Her arms look at us and think, "Why in the world would I want to throw my lot in with that bunch of mean-spirited loons?".
Ok,. Ok...maybe I should just calm down a little and back up. I don't mean to sound mean-spirited myself but I think I am losing patience with a large chunk of "The Crowd" once again. Watching a running debate between Mark Shea and a group of 'conservative Catholics" over whether or not the labor practices of WalMart are warranted, necessary, fair or basically good has me shaking my head in disbelief.
What always surprises me is the leap into an 'either/or' mentality when it comes to looking at a problem or a situation. WalMart is definitely a 'situation' in my book, but a 'problem' for others. I do not think the proprietors of WalMart should be punished for being successful in business; however, I think it is foolish on any one's part to ignore the long standing labor practices of that particular going concern. I think it is sad if people think the only way to make money is to squeeze and squeeze and squeeze either the labor force or the company itself until both are completely depleted and incapable of producing. I think there is a way to be successful in this country AND make sure your employees can pay their rent, feed themselves and their families, afford a trip to the doctor and/or dentist when necessary, buy a new car or fix the old one and take the occasional vacation to Disneyland. I think it is possible to become rich without selling your soul to the devil. I don't think WalMart looks for ways to take care of its labor force until it is forced to do so via the courts.
Now, no company or political party is pure and perfect. There has been corruption in the Vatican Bank, for heaven's sake, and even a good Catholic had to bend to political pressure and say he would support abortion in the case of incest or rape. I wish we lived in a pure and perfect world, but our first parents took care of that by unleashing sin into the world.
What bothers me about these rather public and nasty brawls that take place online is the way it makes us all look! If the discussion was cordial, I wouldn't feel so uncomfortable. When it reaches the level of "You (namecalling) (name calling) think that all companies are evil and that makes you a (name calling name calling namecalling) socialist!" I cannot help but think, "Good Lord, the Protestants must be rolling in the aisles over this one.
Thanksgiving was great. I went to see the remake of Red Dawn and had such a fun time. The Niners beat the Saints while being lead to victory by Colin Kapernick, Turlock boy from the valley. I finished a sloppy but lovingly made neck warmer for a local veteran and I got a massage on Saturday.
Life is good - even for a Catholic Socialist Fiscal Conservative Rock and Roll Wild Child like me!