I hate to shop. Get that? I hate to shop. And I hate Wal-Mart for all of the usual reasons. But Target is another matter. As big-box stores go, Targets are spacious, easy on the eyes and have a terrific product selection. (For example, the best prices anywhere of kitty litter.) And from what I have observed, heard and read, Target treats its employees well while supporting issues I care about -- including gay rights.
But then Target's management, encouraged by the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling that essentially gave carte blanche to corporations to buy elections, donated $150,000 to a Minnesota Republican candidate with decidedly anti-gay views.
The ensuing furor raised by employees and shoppers was deafening, and to his credit Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel has now apologized in what is, in effect, an acknowledgment Citizens United "isn't a slam-dunk for corporations," as Mistermix put it at the Booman Tribune.