Fashionably liberal Whole Foods customers ‘betrayed’ by CEO’s politics

And now a word from the Irony Department:

The co-founder and chief executive of Whole Foods Market, a 280-store chain with immense popularity among the hummus and tofu set, touched off a social media shitstorm last week with a Wall Street Journal op-ed detailing his personal opposition to the current array of health care reform alternatives.

CEO John Mackey argued instead for health savings accounts and, according to a Washington Post article, “declared that health care is not an intrinsic right– ideas with a conservative bent, which made Whole Foods’ liberal customer base go ballistic.”

And wherever you find a ballistic liberal, some kind of protest is sure to follow. Here come the pickets, the boycotts, the sit-ins and strikes. Fifty years from now someone, somewhere, will demand reparations. But in the meantime, all of those miffed-off vegans are going to need to eat somewhere.

“Maybe some will have to rethink shopping at Wal-Mart,” the Washington Post continued. “Unions once attacked the retailer’s labor and benefits policies, but Wal-Mart has become the nation’s largest purveyor of organic products and recently espoused a position on health-care reform that is widely considered progressive.”

But here’s what we don’t understand: When did liberals become so insecure and intolerant that they feel the need to boycott a business over a CEO’s personal beliefs?

In the Democratic Party we remember, diversity of opinion was encouraged, not punished.


42 Responses

  1. Which is why I object so strongly to the Richardson Grove project. Big trucks filled with goods for sinister chain retailers will completely fuck Humboldt County.

    Hey Muskrat. How’s that mouthful of shit tasting?

  2. Keep Whole Foods Out of Humboldt County!

  3. Well if by shit you are referring to your mothers [moderated], I’ve been enjoying the taste for years

  4. Muskrat is among the clearest examples of the far left’s intolerance and stupidity. Seriously, he’s as big of a pompous prick as anyone I’ve ever met, and stupider than most. Yeah free the tree roots at Richardson’s Grove you fucking moron.

  5. He just talks to himself all day because everyone else stopped listening to his lunatic rants years ago.

  6. She died in 1982, but hey. To each his own.

  7. Does anyone remember when the far left became fascist? I almost laughed my ass off watching Lovelace lisp his way through the ACLU proclamation at the board meeting. He and his ilk pose far and away the biggest challenge to civil rights.

  8. Linky:

    per the save the redwoods arborist:

    (which lay waste to Jeffy’s outright lies)

    “B. My professional opinion is that the highway alterations, as proposed, will have no
    significant detrimental effect on root health or on the availability of water to the roots of
    old-growth redwoods adjacent to the highway construction.

    Nonetheless, a moisturemonitoring
    system could be put in place to detect any unusual moisture deficits in the
    foliage of selected old-growth trees that are directly adjacent to several areas of the
    proposed highway modification.

    Appropriate irrigation could correct any moisture deficits
    that might or might not be related to highway construction, and instrumentation could
    verify the successful uptake of water by protected trees.

    The publication of such data
    about the continued well-being of these trees could reassure an understandably
    skeptical public that this magnificent and revered grove is, in fact, not at risk.

    Respectfully submitted,
    Dennis Yniguez, TREE DECISIONS
    Registered Consulting Arborist”

  9. It is amazing to watch what is happening here – All because the guy suggested that perhaps Medical Savings Accounts were a good idea to be considered and expanded, and that Tort reform had to be a key component of any reform….

    ◆ Remove the legal obstacles that slow the creation of high-deductible health insurance plans and health savings accounts (HSAs).

    ◆ Repeal all state laws which prevent insurance companies from competing across state lines.

    ◆Enact tort reform to end the ruinous lawsuits that force doctors to pay insurance costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.

    ◆ Revise tax forms to make it easier for individuals to make a voluntary, tax-deductible donation to help the millions of people who have no insurance and aren’t covered by Medicare, Medicaid or the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

    (note that Health Savings Accounts allow YOU to pay for your health care with PRE-TAX dollars, thereby INCREASING their value, the opposite of the Government middleman taking the money and squandering huge portions of it on bureaucracy, thereby decreasing its value.)

    Someone need to explain why tort reform isn’t number one priority.

  10. You should all be watching Arcata’s little nut- job- pinko tonight. Them damn damn militaristic corporations are out to kill our county. dEMOCRACY Unlimited will rule these evil enterprises. Put away your pen little bugs. All is well. Super Shane is here to save the day. Someone has to watch the “store” while the other midget is out of town.

  11. If moderates and conservatives acted like this, that fat fuck Bill Pierson would be on welfare.

  12. Damn right! Keep Whole Foods out, we are already ripped off enough by the obscene prices and markups at the CO-OP.

  13. Radley Balko comments on comments to his comments on the Whole Foods thing here:

  14. Mackey is just another hypocrite who whines when an employee may be given other options,yet will gladly take any benefit given to him by the government and its stronghold on the organics industry.Read Michael Pollan’s “Omnivore’s Dilemna” and you’ll be given one example of just how “libertarian” Mackey is.

  15. You gotta love all of the conservative talk about people going out of their way to shop at Whole Foods. These are the same numbnuts who cry about paying an extra penny to support local business. Whole paycheck will cost them much more than a nickel here and there. But hey, they can afford it. Just need to stop at Walmart on the way home to balance it all out.

  16. Who cares what his personal beliefs are? Why is the left so threatened by conviction and independent thought? Maybe they don’t have any of either?

  17. The post askswhy the left feels the need to punish people for having their own ideas and beliefs, and mresquan counters that Mr. Mackey’s ideas and beliefs are wrong? That’s his answer? Wow. It’s worse than I thought.

  18. Those lefties have been shopping all this time at a 280-store chain? I guess all that buy-local propaganda doesn’t apply to them.

  19. Apologies from the bugs, Don’t Bother. Your comments repeatedly hung up in the spam bin. Who knows why. Anyhoo, we left the first version and deleted the others. Hope that’s what you would have wanted.

  20. What do people buy at the co-op where they claim that everything is marked up? Have you people ever thought of doing comparison shopping?

    The whole foods ready-made hot food is the bomb. Wish they had one here. Or at least wish the natural food stores we did have didn’t have this Caucasian gourmet orzo plum nut butter sauce shit for every dish.

  21. He has every right to have his beliefs,but Mackey uses his government aided clout to advance his beliefs and to curb competition.The prices for “organic” foods have a lot to do with Mackey’s business practices.

  22. Dude I completely agree. We certainly wouldn’t want someone in OUR town who tries to keep competitors out by buying politicians so he can continue to run up prices— Oh. Well. I guess we have that. No offense, Bill.

  23. Come nos, Anonymous. You know how selective these lefties can be about who gets to price gouge and who doesn’t. And God fucking forbid you shop at places with prices you can afford. Because that means you hate your hometown and your neighbors and local jobs and puppies. Despite the fact that homegrown businesses haven’t produced shit for jobs here in years, and who the fuck wants hemp hats anyway?

  24. Nothing better than listening to a conservative cry for big box stores

    Please, come save the day & drive those nasty liberals out of town!

  25. Make that Come noW. Whatever.

  26. Sounds like they’re crying for jobs and decent prices. How terribly un-American of them.


  28. You looking for minimum wage job at Walmart?

  29. I’d settle for the living wages paid by Home Depot, but I think a bunch of my friends whose extended unemployment benefits are running out would happily take that minimum wage job you disdain, you elitist fuck.

  30. And while you’re championing their cause, make sure they build it right on the waterfront.

  31. Are you telling me it’s sad to want a job? It’s sad my friends are out of work? Or sad that I’m a low-class working man who isn’t ashamed of wanting to take care of his family?

  32. 1:09 – You are not a liberal. you are a miserable elitist prick. You call yourself liberal because you think maybe someone might think the better of you. That is insulting to people who are liberal and respect others who work hard for their families. You know, just the average joe. I guess it is easy for you to be condescending if you either live on handouts like trust funds or grant funds. How is your trust fund or dope patch 1:09?

  33. Great video. Totally funny.

  34. Mackey seems to be thinking pretty clearly here. The man is a philanthropist, offers incredible benefits to his employees, feeds people good and wholesome food, has environmental ethics…all in all a pretty wonderful person and responsible businessman. So, he disagrees with the uber left. That makes him the devil? This is so troubling that no longer can we even disagree without those with the opposing point of view calling for lynchings to take place.

    You know folks, if you have to be closed minded and hateful to be considered a good democrat, then I am about done with being a democrat. This is just so patently offensive to watch so many so called “liberals” or “democrats” act so contemptuous towards the average working man and to be so disdainful to anyone with a different point of view.

  35. Have we met, anon? Funny, I don’t recall your name…?

    As far as the “Musky Rat” charecter on this blog, it is not me. Check the url…

  36. If Caltrans is concerned about Richardson Grove ecology, why are they proceeding without wildlife surveys? Timber operators cannot get away with this. Why can the state?

    I don’t care about the opinion of Mr. Yniguez, I only care about the facts.

  37. Please sign the petition to help save Richardson Grove. Much love and peace to all beings!

  38. Jeff, we do not allow identity theft on this blog. We realize Musky Rat is not you, but if you believe he is purporting to be you, we will compel him to use a different name. Just let us know.

  39. Democratic Health Care Bill Divulges IRS Tax Data cbsnews

    Section 431(a) of the bill says that the IRS must divulge taxpayer identity information, including the filing status, the modified adjusted gross income, the number of dependents, and “other information as is prescribed by” regulation. That information will be provided to the new Health Choices Commissioner and state health programs and used to determine who qualifies for “affordability credits.”

    Section 245(b)(2)(A) says the IRS must divulge tax return details — there’s no specified limit on what’s available or unavailable — to the Health Choices Commissioner. The purpose, again, is to verify “affordability credits.”

    Section 1801(a) says that the Social Security Administration can obtain tax return data on anyone who may be eligible for a “low-income prescription drug subsidy” but has not applied for it.

    Over at the Institute for Policy Innovation (a free-market think tank and presumably no fan of Obamacare), Tom Giovanetti argues that: “How many thousands of federal employees will have access to your records? The privacy of your health records will be only as good as the most nosy, most dishonest and most malcontented federal employee…. So say good-bye to privacy from the federal government. It was fun while it lasted for 233 years.”

    …If we’re going to have such significant additional government intrusion into our health care system, we will have to draw the privacy line somewhere. Maybe the House Democrats’ current bill gets it right. Maybe it doesn’t. But this vignette should be reason to be skeptical of claims that a massive and complex bill must be enacted as rapidly as its backers would have you believe.

    Even our local pot growers have to be concerned – if we are one election away from legalization, and thus taxation for them – look, there is a reason the Tea Party people are demanding answers, and discussion. There is a reason for all the concern. Mike Thompson has been dragged kicking and screaming into having a REAL (not telephony) Town Hall meeting – ask him why he is voting for this bill – and how he feels about these provisions.

  40. And that right there, John, is the reason we started this blog.

  41. Get a job already Rose


  42. No worries…

    He/she only makes him/herself appear as vulgar as he/she is.

    It’s those “anonymous” characters that get to me. They are unaccountable for their actions which allows them to say practically anything. I’m all for freedom of speech…but you must also be bound to the consequences of your actions.

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