I have seen political signs that read, "Help Wal-Mart" in and around Calexico. I bet some genius came up with that slogan.
Does Wal-Mart need our help? The richest corporation in the world that makes billions of dollars needs Calexico's help? Yeah right! Wal-Mart is the only company in Calexico that gets to keep 50 cents of every tax dollar earned.
Do the math. Since the early 90s it's probably over $15 million by now that could have gone to the city's general fund for police, fire and recreation, not to mention employees' salaries. That money, however, went back to Bentonville, Ark.
But they want our help. Yeah right! Wal-Mart wants votes to pass a resolution so they can build a million-square-foot sprawl that would sell everything under the sun. They say it will create more jobs, but for every two jobs created, three will be lost elsewhere in the city because many businesses will have to close.