When I was a kid, we didn’t go to Walmart often. In short, it was prevailing culture of the day that Walmart was where the “White Trash” went. My family went to Kmart, for the most part, because we wanted to aspire to what was considered a more “lower middle class” sensibility. Kids that went to Walmart got made fun of.
When I was in high school and college, I went to Walmart because it was funny. We were “so poor.”
After college, I went to Walmart because I actually was that poor.
Now, I can’t go to Walmart, on pocketbook or on principle.
When a country, in the span of twenty years, turns en masse to a company that was previously only selling to the lowest earners, what does that say about the state of the country?