The part of your post I had heard the most of was the last part about health care - even before all the Obamacare attention. Not surprised Iowa is on the list. My step-mother worked in personnel and off the record said that no ifs ands or buts, that is exactly what Walmart was aiming for. Will or is Walmart being affected health care insurance legislation?

Though I knew it was bad, I didn't know quite the extent that Walmart had such a detrimental effect on communities.

I admit I still go to Walmart when I am home. It feels like Disneyland. A veritable city full of stuff stuff stuff. Seeing it only once or twice every two years in something else.
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