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Saturday, January 31, 2009

No Retreat, No Surrender ... But I'll Keep The Check

Bruce Springsteen has been browbeaten into apologizing for releasing a low-priced greatest hits album for fans. Waitaminute, what?:
In an interview with Sunday's New York Times, Bruce Springsteen says he shouldn't have made a deal with Wal-Mart. This month, the store started exclusively selling a Springsteen greatest hits CD.

Some fans were critical because Springsteen has been a longtime supporter of worker's rights, and Wal-Mart has faced criticism for its labor practices.

Springsteen told the Times that his team didn't vet the issue as closely as he should have, and that he "dropped the ball on it."
By "criticism for its labor practices", the AP story means means that Wal-Mart is nonunion and has successfully opposed all efforts to change that. It's one of the reasons why its prices are low.

Yeah, working at Wal-Mart ain't so great but shopping there, especially in a recession, is good for a lot of people. According to one of Barack Obama's own top economists, Wal-Mart's low prices save poor and middle-income consumers about $50 billion a year on food alone. That's not even counting the savings they make on everything else Wal-Mart sells. And that's money those people wouldn't have if the unions and left-wing activist groups had their way.

So basically Mr. "Troubadour for the Common Man" is saying: "Look, I'm sorry I, a multi-millionaire rock star, inked a deal with a company that makes it possible for poor people to feed and clothe themselves in which those same people only have to buy one of my crappy albums rather than 6 or 7 to create a decent playlist. It won't happen again." You'll notice, though, there was nothing in his statement about, you know, going back on the deal or giving the money away or anything like that.

Fucking hypocritical asshole.

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