Check out this frightening, fascinating real-time graph that illustrates Wal-Mart's takeover of America. (Keep your eye on the year in the right hand corner of the page.)
And if you think this is off-topic from today's raging, bleeding financial headlines, you are dead wrong. Getting 'bargains' of cheap plastic crap - mostly made in China - has undermined our economy for years. It has also wreaked havoc on the small business owner and brought in giant ugly box buildings to litter the American landscape.
I'm telling you, all the smiley faces and all the perky store greeters in the world cannot gloss over it. As we are learning anew every single day, bigger is not always better.