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The United States of Wal-Mart

Forget Microsoft, Google, the NFL, and Goldman Sachs: Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, best symbolizes America, according to a new 60 Minutes-Vanity Fair poll. Also not likely to go over well with Vanity Fair’s readers: Half of the poll's respondents thought that taxing the U.S.'s richest people by at least 50 percent was a great idea. Likewise, during these tough economic times, according to the poll, dining out was the luxury that people most hate to sacrifice, although respondents had some strange ideas about fighting the obesity epidemic. Five percent thought the best way to fight fast-food-fueled obesity was to place scales in restaurants so patrons could weigh themselves.