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Let Dick Cheney, and Rush Limbaugh, AIG executives and the rest of the Republican cronies spend their money this fall and Christmas at retailers like a bunch of cattle – the rest of us have better things to do – (like starting our own businesses and helping straighten out the mess they’ve made that we are all enduring.)
My Note –
Believe it or not – here are the people who are choosing what we get in the way of health care reform –
(What right do they have to decide for us?)
– cricketdiane, 08-03-09
(from The National Retailers Federation – )
An Open Letter from Tracy Mullin
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July 13, 2009
An open letter to members from NRF President and CEO Tracy Mullin:
The word leadership tends be thrown around a lot in Washington. We see it used endlessly in political campaigns, newsrooms…even by trade associations. It seems everyone wants to lead. But not everyone has what it takes.
With health care reform looming in Congress, everyone is clamoring to claim their corner on the big debate, and the stakes have never been higher. The Obama administration seems to have taken to the notion that reform for reform’s sake is better than nothing at all. What they must fail to realize is that a misstep on health care could quickly push our economic recovery back decades.
One of retailers’ biggest concerns in the health care debate is the idea of an employer mandate provision, which would be catastrophic for our industry. Mandates would drive up costs for retailers while doing nothing to address waste, inefficiencies and lack of competition. Ultimately, employers forced to spend more on insurance would have little choice but to reduce payrolls or raise prices – and that’s the last thing retail employees or shoppers need right now. NRF’s Employee Benefits Counsel has been participating in health care reform discussions behind the scenes for years, working with Congress, associations and businesses alike to arrive at a compromise.
When Wal-Mart sent a letter to President Obama two weeks ago supporting government mandates on businesses as a part of reform, the retail industry was astonished. Seeing the company in lock-step with the unions on this issue was troubling to say the least. Although the move may provide a short-term public relations boost to Wal-Mart, it could have long-lasting, devastating consequences to retailers throughout the country.
This stunning turn of events left NRF with a decision to make. We could stand idly by and allow Wal-Mart to tip the scales on the health care debate, cower and release an innocuous statement that would neither support nor condemn their decision, or stand up for all retailers and come out swinging.
The truth is the decision wasn’t all that difficult. In fact, there was never really any choice. NRF is the retail industry’s association, which means we represent all retailers – large and small – not just a select few. (Wal-Mart is not a member of NRF and, after this dispute, I’m not expecting a dues check from them anytime soon.)
We knew that going up against Wal-Mart would raise some eyebrows – and it did. But, simply put, we could not condone the decision of one retailer, even the largest retailer in the world, if it would come at the expense of everyone else. So, we spoke up.
In the last few weeks, NRF executives have spent quite a bit of time speaking with reporters – from CNBC to the Wall Street Journal to Fox News – expressing our disappointment with Wal-Mart’s decision. On Capitol Hill, we have been working closely with legislators to spell out in no uncertain terms the serious ramifications employer mandates would have on our economy. On top of that, our CEO Health Care Task Force continues to work diligently on real solutions that would help fix our health care system by laying out steps to encourage competition on cost and quality, rather than creating a $2 trillion bill for future generations to pick up.
To truly lead on the health care debate, it is imperative that businesses, associations, and politicians take a stand when it counts and not shy away from deal-breakers like employer mandates. That’s the difference between leadership and lip service. And I think, by now, we’ve all had quite enough of the latter.
If you have any thoughts on NRF’s stance on health care and employer mandates, please let me know.
All the best,
[from – ]
National Retail Federation
|NRF Board Members Meet with Top Lawmakers on Health CareNRF’S Commitment to Health Care Reform|
[And – from UPI story today – Their retail analysts think this Christmas will have greater sales – what a joke – ]
Retailers guessing on holiday orders
Published: Aug. 3, 2009 at 12:53 PM
NEW YORK, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Retail analysts said the slow economy has left many U.S. purchasing agents guessing, unsure of how full inventories should be for this year’s holiday season.
“This holiday could represent very strong demand,” said Kevin Sterneckert, director of retail research at AMR Research.
- Back-to-school shopping hits hard economy
- Recession sign: Shuttered NYC storefronts
- Wal-Mart eyes Best Buy in PC price war
- Sears prepares for Christmas shopping:
- Retail sales edged up slightly in week
- Retail sales gain sharply in week
- Retail sales hold steady in week
- Durable goods orders fell in June
- Factory orders rose in May
Dan Butler, vice president of retail operations at the National Retail Federation said stores are “not going to want to overstock, but they’re not going to go lean, either, and not hit their sales targets.”
My Note –
Would somebody just tell me – are they ignoring every fact around them or what? Analysts should easily note that the unemployment numbers are staggering, that the layoffs continue and that people are continuing to lose their homes and default on their credit cards. That isn’t rocket science, is it?
Even China is swinging its focus to its own domestic markets because of what they see in America. What is wrong with these people being paid to do these retail and consumer-based analysis, projections and interpretations of facts? Are they living in the real world or not?
(And besides which, do they really think any of us will spend our money with them when they’ve spent that money to lobby against anything that will make health care reform a possibility?
Maybe they can get Rush Limbaugh and the three remaining assholes like him to cover their retailers’ costs, overhead, sales and inventories – they can all go support the retail stores, malls and products of the National Retailers Federation members using their own money without anybody else from the rest of the American population – and take the bank CEO’s, AIG executives and hedge fund managers with their bonus moneys along with them. They can just all go shopping together and the rest of us will party and stay home creating Christmas . . .
or go shopping at WalMart and small local businesses for Christmas gifts.
Merry, Merry Christmas – with lobbyists like this deciding for us, no American has a voice in America – let them buy every last product in their stores and on their shelves out of their own pockets . . .
(my note – apparently the consumer protections of holding doctors, hospitals and medical organizations accountable by suing them when they’ve caused harm, been incompetent, acted inappropriately, destroyed people’s lives, made people sicker, and when they’ve engaged in shoddy, life-threatening practices is the one thing that Republicans want to change in health care. The conservatives and particularly, the Republican Party have consistently fought to simply remove any accountability from hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, doctors, health professions and just about anybody else that is paying for their campaigns to continue . . . I hope they all stay chained in hell when they get there. Wait long enough and the bastards will simply fall over and we don’t have to deal with them anymore.)
This website has a lot of information about civil rights and issues – it shows how different twisted thinking has voted and represented their political party’s interests, corporate interests and their friends interests over ours . . .
| Opposes topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(+2 points on Economic scale)
|Limiting medical lawsuits keeps healthcare affordable: Opposes topic 5
Prescription drug benefits for Medicare recipients: Favors topic 5
Fund Medicare psychologists; self-employees; & organ donors: Favors topic 5
Voted against 1979 hospital cost control plan: Opposes topic 5
YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit: Opposes topic 5