ON THE BOSS when he asserts:
The Boss is owning up to a mistake. 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.”
Springsteen went on to say: “It was a mistake. Our batting average is usually very good, but we missed that one. Fans will call you on that stuff, as it should be.”
(Hat tip: TUA at KisP.)
What happened was this: WalMart made an offer with lots of zeros and commas after the significant digits and before the decimal point. Jon Landau, calculating his fifteen percent, advised Bruce to take the deal. After all, his fans shop at WalMart like everybody else — most especially the ones who say they don’t. You’d have to be stupid not to. And, while there’s lots of stupid to go around in places like DC, Hollywood, and the Upper Weast Side of Manhattan, in the real America, people tend not to be too stupid with their money.
What? Pay bottom-dollar for crap made in China? The new “Made in Japan”?
No. Not at all. I’m talking about a 20-40% discount on major brand name merchandise, made in the USA, over what Kroger or Safeway charge. Toilet paper, coffee, peanut butter, Cheerios. And a lot less than the late, unlamented Circuit City used to charge for a CD. Maybe a third less. Plus, WalMart has a real sensitivity to the needs and concerns of its customers — as opposed to the faux poseur sensitivity the limousine liberals display. I mean, I don’t see MediCare offering $4 generics ($10 for three months). American drugs, not Chinese knockoffs. So don’t even try to peddle that “Made in China” crap here. Sure, a lot of labor is offshored there. So what? By en large, the people do well by the practice. The benefit to the American economy of WalMart’s aggressive price lowballing is in the billions, as in two-digit fractions of the Federal budget billions. Nothing in the — scorn quotes — “stimulus” bill can or will touch that.
But you degrease.
But we degrease. You contributed to this degreasion, Baby Doll.
The Boss: he can do the arithmetic as well as any of his fans — when they’re straight — and he told Landau to take the deal. As they say in the — well, in the everywhere — it’s easier to get foregiveness than to get permission. So he grovels for a few days — with total sincerity — and the thing goes away. He puts up a few tables at his concerts for WalMart Watch or whatever that particular beebonnet crowd calls themselves and goes about counting his millions.
Don’t kid yourself.