8.13.2009

UPDATED: Attention Progressives: Whole Foods' CEO John Mackey Is A Right-Wing Nutter

Whole Foods CEO and co-founder John Mackey's failed conservative values were on full display in a WSJ editorial today.

But, anyone who starts out their editorial quoting the failed, 30-second-sound-bite economic theories of Margret Thatcher, who obviously espouses 30 year old, trickle-down Reaganomics, isn’t qualified to be giving economic or health care reform advice in 2009.

“The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out
of other people’s money.”

—Margaret Thatcher
It’s the very kinds of policies & theories John Mackey obviously champions that have gotten us into the financial mess we’re in. Conservatives have had 3 decades to show the country how & why their unbridled economic religion – The Church of Deregulation & Tax cuts, Tax cuts & Deregulation – was a dogma that in the end would be beneficial to a majority of Americans. They have failed spectacularly.

And yet, he has the audacity to lecture those trying to fix the mess that he and his values helped create? Yeah, right:
While we clearly need health-care reform, the last thing our country needs is a massive new health-care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health-care system. Instead, we should be trying to achieve reforms by moving in the opposite direction—toward less government control and more individual empowerment.

read more if you can stomach it, but it goes something like this: blah blah blah, conservatism good, blah blah blah liberalism bad, blah blah blah, Obamacare = socialism (that's what the list of "suggestions" really amounts too)...
When it comes to health care words of wisdom, John Mackey and his ilk would be the last people I’d be taking that advice from.

The fact that his anti-health care reform screed is in the Murdock Street Journal isn’t surprising. The fact that it was written by the man behind Whole Foods is an eye-opener. I have no doubt as shoppers learn who is actually at the reigns of their beloved Whole Foods, they will be shocked into action.

FYI Mr. Thatcher Mackey: I take the 14th street bus from 9th avenue to their Union Square about every 5 - 6 days. I will never shop at Whole Foods again.

DKos DarkSyde has more:

Mr. Mackey, I'm not sure if you understand who it is that shops at your organic grocery chain: a lot of progressives, vegetarians, professional and amateur athletes, and others who care so much about the environment and what they eat that they're still willing to shell out three bucks for an organic orange, even in the midst of the worst recession in sixty years. I was proud WFMI was based in my hometown of Austin, and defended it against most of the conservatives I knew growing up there, many of whom still hold your entire business in utter contempt. Some of them ridiculed me for shopping at Whole Foods, with all the "tree huggers and granola eaters and hippies" who, incidentally, made you a millionaire.

Mr. Mackey, you just shat all over your best customers. Given the years of pseudonymous postings on Yahoo finance slamming a competitor you were quietly trying to acquire at the time, double talk and unethical behavior arguably seems to be becoming a habit for you. So I will never, ever, shop at your stores again, unless you retract that op-ed, apologize for stabbing us in the back, or resign. In this day and age, it's just too easy to locate competitors. Until then, well, judging by the Whole Foods community forum, not to mention the discussion in Hopeful Skeptic's and Aptoklas' diaries, you've finally managed to universally piss off everyone. I predict the next few weeks of your life are going to suck, immensely.

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UPDATE:
Seems I've hit a nerve. Been getting LOTS of nasty messages. Most sound the same (as if sent by several employees of Mr. Mackey. Other claiming he isn't a "conservative." Whatever.

I will say this. Anyone who quotes Margret Thatcher as their opening salvo into an editorial decrying Obamacare in the WSJ isn't anything BUT a conservative. He might call himself a Libertarian, but he sounds exactly like a Thatcher-Reagan disciple of the worst kind: After 30 years of trying, he can't admit his political philosophies haven't' worked.
UPDATE II:

Whole Foods has responded by sending out an email to its customers trying to a) make excuses for a CEO who they then b) try to separate themselves from: Whole Foods Damage Control Begins (via DKos' Pragmatic Left).

To our customers,

As you are aware, John Mackey wrote an Op/Ed piece that was published in the Wall Street Journal earlier this week on health care reform, one of the biggest and most emotional issues facing our country. John’s intent was to express his personal opinions — not those of Whole Food Market team members or our company as a whole. Still, it’s very clear that John’s piece offended some of our customers, other members of the communities we serve and some of our team members as well.

We offer you our sincere apology.

We’d like to clarify a few things that have been misinterpreted:

John’s Op/Ed piece was written in favor of health care reform.
In response to President Obama’s invitation to all Americans to put forward constructive ideas for reforming our health care system, John was asked to write an Op/Ed piece and he gave his personal opinion. John titled the piece “Health Care Reform,” but an editor at the Journal rewrote the headline to call it “Whole Foods Alternative to Obamacare,” which led to antagonistic feelings by many. That was not John’s intention – in fact, John does not mention the President at all in his piece. John has posted the unedited piece to his blog where people can read it as it was intended.

Whole Foods Market has no official position on the issue.

That said, we have attempted to be part of the solution in health care reform for many years by providing innovative health care options to our team members. We believe that our high deductible medical insurance plan coupled with a company-funded HSA is an excellent way to empower team members to make their own health care choices.

John wanted to share our experience with others through his Op/Ed piece.

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