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  • #4
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    What did I tell you folks? Another day, another liberal "outrage". I hope they stay offended forever. It wouldn't bother me a bit.
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    The last controversy from Whole Foods, and that business picked up. To this day, Whole Foods is one of the best places to be employed at regarding hours, pay, and benefits. Me thinks that Whole Foods will pick up more business by calling 0bamacare socialized medicine for what it really is. Oh and for further reference, I remember a failed "boycott" against Chick-Fil-A when CEO Dan Cathy came out against gay marriage. Chick-Fil-A had perhaps their best months after that. I love it when the Left gets upset at a CEO, it just makes me want to go out and do (more) business with them.
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    @AceLuby just another CEO shooting his company in the foot. Obviously not the right man for the job due to lack of sensitivity with his customer base. Did he think the organic Mom elietist. whole food customer base would jump up and down and rally round the Tea Party
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    @AceLuby Any government interference in a citizen's medical care is socialized medicine, and is wholly unconstitutional.
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    @CaryNickel What part of Obamacare interferes w/ their medical care and which part of the constitution does it violate?
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  • #3
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    First he got his terms mixed up....it is socialism....second....he has the right to express himself in a free country....

    Though with attitudes of those that attacked him the socialist police state is here....
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    Part of the definition of fascism includes "regimenting all industry, commerce, etc" I think that would include government run healthcare. The fact that people can still attack him verbally gives us hope that we still have freedom of speech. Look on the bright side of things Knightmare it's free speech from stupid people, the country is lucky me and you are here to let them know they're wrong.

    I do agree with you that we have sort of a police state I'm just trying to be a little optimistic!
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    I would love to see companies boycott liberals for a change! For example, I would love to see all those gun companies in CN, NY, and IL just up and move to some pro second amendment state like TX, TN, or FL. Not only will their jobs and products be better appeciated, but they won't have to deal with unions as much, and they can give them the finger as they take their tax dollars to greener pastures.
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    Hmmm Whole Paycheck...errr I mean Whole Foods needs to shut up and just sell me overpriced organic produce from some third world country...
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    If the CEO or other principal thinks that their opinion on a political issue is so important that they broadcast it, then I think it's important enough for me to pass judgement on. Let the chips fall where they may. There was a time that politics and business were separate, business leaders did not voice their politics. At this time, however, business is so involved in the government as to control it. But the American people are waking up to this. I think the vocal CEO's are actually exposing their panic that they may lose control over government and people.

    I think that this guy needs to get a dictionary and look up the definitions of the words he tosses around so loosely. He truly exposes his ignorance as well as his politics. Of course, he's from Texas, so.....
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    He did immediately back off saying fascism was not the right word. What he wants is business free to do whatever it wants without any government restrictions...a plutocracy, banana republic. Doesn't sound like healthy food to me.
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    He wants conscious capitalism. I haven't read his book but my context clues tell me he wants us to choose healthy foods from businesses that do good healthy business and not purchase from the ones doing bad business therefore forcing bad business's to do good business so they actually get business. Not sure if that made any sense in writing, it did in my head!
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    @Libertyiskey

    Whatever way business operates he does not want government regulation of it, "conscious" or inconscience. He wants the plutocrats of capitalism to regulate it and that leads to sweat shops, child labor, unsafe woking conditions, price goughing, and the conditions that existed in Chicago Packing Plants as described by Upton Sinclair in his 1906 book "The Jungle". John Mackey is a self-described laissez faire capitalist.
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    @WMCOL Upton Sinclair as described by Teddy Roosevelt, "He is hysterical, unbalanced, and untruthful. Three-fourths of the things he said were absolute falsehoods. For some of the remainder there was only a basis of truth." He (the ceo of Whole Foods) believes in the intelligence and desire for good from everyday citizens like you and me to make good choices and look into the ways a business does business before we give them our money for services. That is if I'm guessing what his interpretation of "conscious capitalism" is correct. You can go ahead and believe a novel as fiction all you want, do I think working conditions were bad or sub par sure, but not the way Upton Sinclar described especially when the biggest progressive of all Theodore Roosevelt called him a liar in those writings.

    I believe us humans have a lot of good in us and with minimum restrictions, minimum not none, a free market will work better than a controlled market.
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    @Libertyiskey
    >>>"He is hysterical, unbalanced, and untruthful.<<<
    Many said the same thing about Teddy Roosevelt.

    As the facts were revealed they stuffed Teddy Roosevelt's words down his own throat.

    Sinclair used inspectors in plants disguised as workers to convince Roosevelt to send inspectors into the plants. At the time what Sinclair revealed was unbelievable. No one outside of the plants believed conditions could be so bad, not even Teddy.

    Sinclair's accounts were found to be accurate and are used in academia as credible and significant description of the horrors that existed in the Packing Plants at the beginning of the 20th Century. His revelations led to changes in the slaughter houses and other work places.

    And like was stated, no matter how Mackey runs his business, or how others run theirs, he does not want government regulation of ANY business, and left to its own devices capitalism will not do the right thing on its own.
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    The ones who should be pissed off are the shareholders of Whole Foods. Look at what happened to the value of Papa John's Pizza stock when their idiot founder made stupid remarks about Obamacare costing the company 6 or 7 million. The stock value went down by nearly 150 million. These CEOs need to keep their mouths shut about politics. We they pipe up on controversial issues they piss off roughly half of their customer base. Very stupid.
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    There are two subjects that should never be discussed at the workplace or in a business context: politics and religion. Discuss at your peril, whether you're a CEO or not.
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    @Denizen_Kate I can't understand how any CEO can be this stupid. Just stay apolitical and take the money from liberals and conservatives alike.
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    Stupid, possibly. But what kind of person doesn't stand up for what he believes? When people rise to prominence they know they can be influential, and if they have a voice and the opportunity to use it, they should be applauded. Then the marketplace decides if they were stupid (Papa John's results) or brilliant (Chik-fil-A's results).
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    Papa John's stock took a giant hit after he mouthed off. Chik-fil-A not so much but where as conservatives came out in droves to support their hateful rhetoric they won't be coming back any more often. Gay supporters will obviously avoid the place like the plague. IIRC the head Chic-Fil-A guy came out and tried to make amends to the gay community didn't he? That blows your 'brilliant' comment out of the water.
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    And this is what it has come down to...a place for everything and everything in its place. We've sunk to a point where we now feel the need to classify and stereotype everything in our lives as being either "conservative" or "liberal"; red state, or blue state. Pretty soon you can judge someone's character based on where they shop, where they eat, what they drive, what kind of clothes they wear. It is really, really sad the way in which our society thinks and operates right now. If I don't agree with one political parties agenda 100%, then I am automatically labeled by them as the enemy. There is no middle ground. It's the "your either with us, or against us" mentality. If your a conservative, you have to be a christian, pro-gun, pro-life, anti-government assistance of any kind, and you have to oppose any democrat politician, no matter what their beliefs or goals are. If your liberal, you have to be an athiest, pro-abortion, anti-gun, a vegetarian, and you must love Obama and all other democrats, while hating with every fiber of your soul every republican and anything they stand for.
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    Mr. Mackey already knows how to judge political classifications. He plops his stores right in the heart of liberal yuppie terroritory in every city then has the nerve call them fascists.
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    It sucks but not everyone is like that. We just don't bother finding out through civilized discourse. I have what you call some liberal facets, along with some libertarian and conservative ones but I guess always has to neatly fall into just one label.
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    Must our food also be politicized? Come on! get real! How can you possibly know the political leanings of everyone you do business with? Ugh! Anything to keep the factions as wide as possible... I think I'll just start calling our country the Factious States of America! There is no unity!
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    @AlexMIA - totally... first they started with the whole "Buy American!" and then it devolved into "Buy American only if I agree with their political philosophy!"

    "The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    @DogLady_1 Isn't that very behavior facist to begin with? And to assume that everyone shopping there is liberal is rediculous, I see mostly wealthy people shopping there. Which could mean both.
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    I've never supported Whole Foods as they use shady business practices. They don't even have a research team to determine where to put new stores, they simply look for successful farmer's markets and local organic stores, set up shop as close to them as possible, and then lower their prices to push the local guys out of the market. Rinse, repeat, profit. They are the walmart of organic foods. I'd rather shop at Target.
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    As long as a company provides the service or good I want at a price I am willing to pay, why should I care about the politics of its owners?
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    I only care about a CEO's politics if there is a negative affect on how his employees are treated. I've never heard any sort of public complaint from Whole Foods employees.
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    @Denizen_Kate Neither of I. Besides I hate those stores. They are overpriced and stock food only rich liberals would find yummy. I only went in there once to get a bottle of wine a friend recommended and the bar is over priced, full of people who hate republicans, and there wasn't a child in sight.
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    @RobertJHarsh - Seriously, you don't think there are plenty of Republicans who shop there? In my case, I don't like produce from places like Chile, Mexico, and Asian countries. I live just a few miles from California's rich central valley and there are plenty of local farmer's markets around, with much better produce at much lower prices. I tend to agree with those who refer to that store as Whole Paycheck.
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    @Denizen_Kate Oh I am sure there are Republicans who shop there. I was just describing the crowd that day. I'd rather shop at a 7/11 for groceries and booze. Much better crowd of people. ;)
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  • #134
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    What's the over/under on the number of Whole Foods employees that will lose their job because of the boycott?

    Or do they not matter because there is a larger leftist principle at stake here?
  • #132
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    Whole Foods is expanding in the U.K., complying with the robust national healthcare system that makes Obamacare look like a little twerp. Socialized medicine and all, they've got a profitable concern going there, so what's the problem here?
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