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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 02:19 PM
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Whole Foods is anti Health Care reform (evidently the CEO is a nut)
Whole Foods is anti Health Care reform

Whole Foods advertises their values as including:

Caring about our communities & our environment

Whole Foods does not care about the members of its communities who need true healthcare reform. It comes as a shock that John Mackey, Co-Founder and CEO of Whole Foods has an OpEd in todays Wall Street Journal titled: The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB20001424052970204251404...

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 directiontoward less government control and more individual empowerment.

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Less government control? Nut!


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Justitia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 02:21 PM
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1. He bills himself as a "libertarian". -eom
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Hell Hath No Fury Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 02:21 PM
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2. Wow, I knew there was a reason --
I never liked shopping there besides the exorbitant prices! :D

What a skeezy jackass.
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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 02:24 PM
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3. Well, that puts an end to my whining about not having a Whole Foods here.
I'd rather spend my money at the Farmers Market and locally owned health food stores.
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Hello_Kitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 02:26 PM
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4. Whole Paycheck sucks ass anyway. We have Sprouts here, which is much cheaper and better. eom
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musette_sf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 02:26 PM
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5. never shopping there again.
my last few visits weren't all that pleasant - but this will insure that i never shop there again.
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NatBurner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 02:50 PM
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17. me neither!
which will be simplified by the fact that i never shopped there anyway, but still!

attica!

attica!
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Politicub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 08:29 PM
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27. I have no need to shop there ever again either
Boycott.

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zulchzulu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 02:28 PM
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6. I go to Trader Joe's and another co-op...f*ck Whore Foods...
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PretzelWarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 02:29 PM
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7. because nothing says America like overpaying for arugula and cilantro.
I only shop at Whole Foods to get my parking validated in the Pearl District of Portland when we park down there or in a pinch at other times. Other than that, they are a scam for all of us Americans who feel we've "arrived" and need to be pampered as we buy our ridiculously expensive groceries.
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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 03:13 PM
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19. You are my laugh of the day.
Bah on WHole Paycheck Foods.
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cascadiance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-14-09 11:08 AM
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38. Go to New Seasons in Portland instead. They ROCK!
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 02:31 PM
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8. The prices charged by Mackey for food are FAR too steep for working and middle class Americans
Edited on Wed Aug-12-09 02:32 PM by blm
so Mackey should REFORM his nutritional healthcare plan so more Americans can AFFORD his alternative.

Mackey's just another dollarworshiping thug profiteer.
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The empressof all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 02:32 PM
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9. Thanks for this info
I have to make a "Special" trip to go to Whole Foods and rarely shop there. I did make a visit several weeks ago and did not enjoy this shopping experience. I found things far over priced compared to the Co-op but the quality of produce was not as good as I recalled. I think it's better to shop at your local Co-ops if you are lucky enough to have one, use community garden programs and of course the farmers markets.
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Triana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 02:32 PM
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10. I wish we had a Trader Joe's or something else besides a Food Whore here...
...but we don't.
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easybakeoven Donating Member (5 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 02:36 PM
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11. Final nail in the Whole Paycheck coffin
The end of Whole Foods for me. My, how the truth, even when you try to spancel it with cement sneakers, does have that habit of eventually rising like a corpse from the depths! Truth's unending ability to do that is my one hope in these challenging times...

The CEO needs to re-examine the "Target Market" paragraphs of his company's business plan. Um, it was just us lefty folk buying and eating his overpriced arugula. I kind of doubt God-fearin' foolfolk'll be lining up for $10.99 lettuce heads and VitaCoco anytime soon. After all, "all them foods is blessed first by Buddha, and Satan will get you if you eat it."

(I have heard some Christians actually make the above claim about organic and Asian foods.)

(That's the level of stupid we're dealing with.)

Goodbye, Whole Paycheck! :hi:
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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 02:37 PM
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12. Well, I needed a reason to stop shopping there - other than "too damned expensive"
And now I have one.

Thanks, John Mackey, for helping me save some extra $$$!!
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Lithos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 02:38 PM
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13. He is a well known Libertarian
You know, libertarians, who believe that the only laws which should exist should be those which benefit the individual except those that somehow actually involve "them" doing something. These are the same ones who demand the need for something after the fact when they are in need, but don't want to do anything before when they have to do something. They all vote no to Medicare and Social Security until they need it, then don't you dare mess with it.

L-
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 02:43 PM
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15. "They all vote no to Medicare and Social Security until they need it" Yup, applies to everything
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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 06:11 PM
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23. There's another, simpler definition of a Libertarian . ..
A Republican who likes to smoke pot.

:hi:
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TomCADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 02:42 PM
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14. Thanks! Boycotting Whole Foods - Express Your Thoughts On Their Blog and Forum!
Edited on Wed Aug-12-09 02:44 PM by TomCADem
I definitely don't shop at Whole Foods frequently, but would go there for certain produce. However, if that is the stance that their CEO is going to adopt agaisnt the interests of its customers, then I can just as easily support local produce growers at the local farmer's market. Worse, "the Whole Foods Alternative to Obamacare" shows that this is a corporate platform.

Finally, here's their website. They host a blog and forum. I wonder whether the people who shop there understand the types of policies that Whole Foods supports:

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/
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Fire1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 09:07 PM
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31. Thankyou. I just sent my e-mail telling them WHY I would
not be shopping at their store and taking my business to Trader Joes.
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goclark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-13-09 10:36 AM
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37. Thanks ! this is what I wrote
Just read about your owner's political stand on Health Care.

If he cared about America,he would let the people decide what is best about the Health Care Issue.

That is so sad because there are so many workers, even at your stores) that don't have any health insurance.

I am mailing your link to my entire email list and telling them to pass this on.

Goodbye Whole Foods!

goclark
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Dawgs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 02:48 PM
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16. "individual empowerment"
:rofl:
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handmade34 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 08:44 PM
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30. yes, "individual empowerment"
we will now all start growing our own medicinal herbs and self medicate - just say no to doctors and nurses...
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Onlooker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 03:08 PM
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18. They just lost me as a customer
I just sent them an email, and I'm going to stop shopping there. They were overpriced anyway.

They are exploiting the environmentally and socially conscious by creating a progressive image to fund a reactionary company.
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nini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 03:16 PM
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20. they always seemed so 'yuppie' to me
I prefer Trader Joes and Sprouts. Prices are much better at both of those stores.
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TheCoxwain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 03:17 PM
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21. Trader Joe's it is .. plus they are whole lot cheaper than fucking whole foods
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senseandsensibility Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 07:24 PM
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24. Agree
Trader Joe's is much cheaper, and progressive, at least by comparison.
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PVnRT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 04:00 PM
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22. Well, I knew the CEO was anti-union
In fact, he's as rabid anti-union as the Walton family.
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Liberal_Stalwart71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 07:27 PM
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25. This is shocking to me! I thought Whole Foods was as leftist as one can get.
Look, I like in Takoma Park-Silver Spring, Maryland and it's one of the most liberal, progressive areas in the country. There is a Whole Foods grocery that everyone in the neighborhoods shops at. I'm waiting to see how we all handle this news. This area is extremely politically active. We could very well shut down the Whole Foods with our activism.
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Politicub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 08:31 PM
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28. No, they just take our money
There was money to be made in the niche, and unfortunately some conservative (err, libertarian, or whatever) asshole started the chain.

Maybe the birthers will start shopping there along with the astroturfers. They can scream at the soccer mom buying organic lemons about cap n' trade.
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Fire1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 08:37 PM
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29. In talking to the butcher at Whole Foods I found out they are
NOT a union shop, either. He seemed to think they treat their employees very very well!
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beachmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 09:26 PM
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33. Most aren't. Neither is Trader Joe's or Publix. But I think they also
have a nice place to work.
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Fire1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-13-09 10:18 AM
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35. Are their wages competitive? How about their benefits?
Cost of living increases? etc.
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Window Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 08:19 PM
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26. They will receive a letter from me informing them they've lost a customer. n/t
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beachmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 09:25 PM
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32. Not that I shopped there that often (there is a reason we call it "Whole Pay Check"),
but now I am never going to shop there.
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midnight armadillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 10:00 PM
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34. Can I still buy skyr there?
Really, it's the only reason I ever go in...skyr is Icelandic yogurt, sort of.
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DevonRex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-13-09 10:20 AM
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36. None of my money goes to that nut. Thank goodness. nt
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