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Whole Foods (The Left's Moronic Boycott Because of the CEO's Wall Street Journal Healthcare Op-Ed)
The Agitator ^ | 8/17/2009

Posted on 08/17/2009 1:34:40 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

I plan to do a lot more shopping at Whole Foods in the coming weeks. Mostly in response to the moronic boycott of the store now gaining momentum on the left.

Let me see if I have the logic correct here: Whole Foods is consistently ranked among the most employee-friendly places to work in the service industry. In fact, Whole Foods treats employees a hell of a lot better than most liberal activist groups do. The company has strict environmental and humane animal treatment standards about how its food is grown and raised. The company buys local. The store near me is hosting a local tasting event for its regional vendors. Last I saw, the company’s lowest wage earners make $13.15 per hour. They also get to vote on what type of health insurance they want. And they all get health insurance. The company is also constantly raising money for various philanthropic causes. When I was there today, they were taking donations for a school lunch program. In short, Whole Foods is everything leftists talk about when they talk about “corporate responsibility.”

And yet lefties want to boycott the company because CEO John Mackey wrote an op-ed that suggests alternatives to single payer health care? It wasn’t even a nasty or mean-spirited op-ed. Mackey didn’t spread misinformation about death panels, call anyone names, or use ad hominem attacks. He put forth actual ideas and policy proposals, many of them tested and proven during his own experience running a large company. Is this really the state of debate on the left, now? “Agree with us, or we’ll crush you?”

These people don’t want a dicussion. They don’t want to hear ideas. They want you to shut up and do what they say, or they’re going to punish you.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: boycott; grocery; healthcare; johnmackey; mackey; wholefoods

1 posted on 08/17/2009 1:34:41 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Right now those creeps are craving cous cous and getting the shakes.


2 posted on 08/17/2009 1:36:01 PM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This idiotic boycott was in responde to a VERY REASONABLE OP-ED piece written by Whole Food’s CEO regarding how to reform our healthcare system.

FR had a whole thread discussing it here :

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2317569/posts

CEO Mackay gave one of the MOST REASONABLE and in my view, workable, practical proposal I have ever read thus far on this issue.


3 posted on 08/17/2009 1:36:33 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The CEO is too right wing for them. They’ve griped about him in the past on other matters.


4 posted on 08/17/2009 1:37:25 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Another brilliant move by Obama. Zero is trying to pass a health-care bill and urging us all yo eat healthier. So what does Captain Zero do he tells his brain death zerolets to organize a boycott of the stores selling the healthiest foods available.
5 posted on 08/17/2009 1:40:41 PM PDT by hflynn (The One is really the Number Two)
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To: SeekAndFind

The irony is that the Whole Foods in the San Fernando Valley is the very epitome of trendy liberalism.
-But now I’ll have to start patronizing it.


6 posted on 08/17/2009 1:40:52 PM PDT by Lou Budvis (Palin/Bachmann '12)
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To: SeekAndFind

I didn’t realize that Whole Foods also thinks about the whole body by providing healthy foods and helping to eliminate a toxic government health program.

I usually shop at Trader Joe’s but I guess that I will start shopping at Whole Foods now. They have definitely won me over.


7 posted on 08/17/2009 1:48:58 PM PDT by seawolf101
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To: SeekAndFind

CEO Mackay gave one of the MOST REASONABLE and in my view, workable, practical proposal I have ever read thus far on this issue.

Exactly! If you look at Mackey’s proposal, it’s the only one that ‘creates value’.
All others ‘capture value’ and eventually they run out of other people’s money!


8 posted on 08/17/2009 1:51:34 PM PDT by griswold3
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m headed there shortly. Got a great deal on seafood yesterday.


9 posted on 08/17/2009 1:54:25 PM PDT by FTJM
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To: Lou Budvis

I really like Whole Foods, unfortunately there is not one near me.


10 posted on 08/17/2009 1:54:34 PM PDT by panthermom
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To: SeekAndFind

My wife and I will be doing nearly all of our shopping at Whole Foods.


11 posted on 08/17/2009 1:56:11 PM PDT by oblomov (Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods. - Mencken)
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To: SeekAndFind

LOL lol lol I’m sure 85% of Whole Food shoppers are Obama voters. I get a few items there once a month... like br rice and other whole grains or tofu (go ahead and laugh)


12 posted on 08/17/2009 1:57:39 PM PDT by dennisw (Free Republic is an island in a sea of zombies)
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To: SeekAndFind

I personally went out of my way to swing by my Whole Foods store last week. I even left a note on their Customer Forum bulletin Board in support of Mackey.

Yes, his was a reasoned, sensible plan. What was so shocking to the lefties is that he called for some PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY.

This is what drove them over the edge...HOW DARE he expect someone to be responsible for themselves when they can simply demand someone else pay their bills for them...


13 posted on 08/17/2009 1:57:53 PM PDT by Former MSM Viewer
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To: SeekAndFind
Boycotting GEICO over the Glen Beck show may be one thing, but boycotting Whole Foods????

snort

Where else are the birkenstockers going to get their arugula and organic goat milk?

14 posted on 08/17/2009 1:58:38 PM PDT by silverleaf (If we are astroturf, why are the democrats trying to mow us?)
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To: SeekAndFind

I have shopped at Whole Foods part of the time for quite a while. The only reason I held back was because of all the left-wing granola nutbars who populated the place. Not all the shoppers fall into that category, but enough to pollute the atmosphere.

I’ll definitely start shopping there all the time now.


15 posted on 08/17/2009 1:58:48 PM PDT by JustaCowgirl (I can support a person I don't always agree with. What I can never support is a person I don't trust)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wasn’t familiar with Whole Foods. Unfortunately, they don’t have a Charlotte location.


16 posted on 08/17/2009 2:02:46 PM PDT by CarolinaGOP ("Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: SeekAndFind

I agree. It was an incredibly good piece. Brilliant in parts. Voluntary contributions like what is done to cover public campaign financing etc. is just the start of how well-written his piece was.

By far the best thing I have read on the matter.


17 posted on 08/17/2009 2:05:47 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: SeekAndFind

These idiots have not compassion for the employees, suppliers and their families. Libs are suppose to be caring people. BS!


18 posted on 08/17/2009 2:09:30 PM PDT by Jeff Gordon (Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I saw him speak at a conference where he explained how his employees were responding to the choices and personal responsibility offered by his program. Came the questions and a audience member made a speech which boiled down to a question at the end of "don't you think we should make the choice of what to do for checkout workers, shelf stockers, and people who bag groceries."

I loved his simple answer. "See, that's where we differ. You think people are stupid and I don't."

19 posted on 08/17/2009 2:25:17 PM PDT by hometoroost (Torture? Would you rather do 5 years at Gitmo or 5 hours with the Muslims?)
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To: SeekAndFind

There is a Whole Foods in the western part of Massachusetts that I visit to get two or three items I can’t easily find anywhere else. It is in a college town and filled with earthy-crunchy, vacant-eyed, oddly smelling hippie liberals. If you had a dollar for every anti-Bush, pro-Obama and global warming sticker you saw on the Priuses in the parking lot, you could...well, buy a week’s worth of groceries at Whole Foods.

Does this mean that the place will be transformed into a mecca for conservatives and moderates? Losing the liberals will bring an improvement in basic manners among shoppers. Seriously, I will also make more visits there...just taking care to avoid paying the newly increased sales tax.


20 posted on 08/17/2009 2:26:37 PM PDT by LostInBayport (Ted Kennedy: Receiving the world's best health care while legislating that everyone else never does)
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To: dennisw

Regarding tofu (made from soy):

“Unfortunately, when you eat or drink a lot of soy stuff, you’re also getting substantial quantities of estrogens.

Estrogens are female hormones. If you’re a woman, you’re flooding your system with a substance it can’t handle in surplus. If you’re a man, you’re suppressing your masculinity and stimulating your “female side,” physically and mentally.”

http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=53327

Nothing to laugh at.


21 posted on 08/17/2009 2:28:30 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: SeekAndFind
Is this really the state of debate on the left, now? “Agree with us, or we’ll crush you?”

I assume the question is rhetorical.

22 posted on 08/17/2009 2:30:55 PM PDT by jim macomber (Author: "Bargained for Exchange", "Art & Part", "A Grave Breach" http://www.jamesmacomber.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

Not only did I go out of my way to shop in Whole Foods today but as I was getting into the elevator there was someone with a couple of bags from Whole Foods.

So take that jackasses.


23 posted on 08/17/2009 2:32:31 PM PDT by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

That estrogen stuff may be a lot of bunk. The Japanese Chinese Koreans all eat tofu though they have different names for tofu. I don’t eat that much tofu anyway. Two containers a month maybe. Have not had any for most of two months

If that tofu/estrogen scare applies to anyone it is those eat a lot of it and everyday or every second day


24 posted on 08/17/2009 3:22:36 PM PDT by dennisw (Free Republic is an island in a sea of zombies)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

BTW there are people who are very concerned about estrogen mimicking compounds in your plastic bottle of boutique water. The plastic leaks them into the water>>>>>>

.....Apr 29, 2009 ... Water bottles made from PET plastic leach compounds that mimic the ... that estrogenic compounds leach from the plastic into the water. ...


25 posted on 08/17/2009 3:26:27 PM PDT by dennisw (Free Republic is an island in a sea of zombies)
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To: SunkenCiv; Kaslin; ExTexasRedhead; bamahead; AuntB

“And yet lefties want to boycott the company because CEO John Mackey wrote an op-ed that suggests alternatives to single payer health care? It wasn’t even a nasty or mean-spirited op-ed.”

They’re trying to banish all political dissent. There’s a dirty word for people like them.


26 posted on 08/17/2009 5:19:02 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Clintonfatigued; AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; ...

Thanks Clintonfatigued.


27 posted on 08/17/2009 7:57:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: SunkenCiv

I thought Whole Foods was the president’s favorite grocery store. Isn’t that where he goes for arugula?

There is one Whole Foods Store here in Lexington; they bought out a local competitor named Wild Oats. I’m familiar with them from my Florida days (the one in Winter Park, FL always seems to be full of customers), but I haven’t shopped in one since last September, when muscadines (Florida grapes) were in season. Nobody else in this part of Kentucky had even heard of them! Guess I’ll have to visit them more often now.


28 posted on 08/18/2009 2:53:58 AM PDT by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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To: panthermom

panthermom are you in Atlanta by chance?
Harry’s Farmers market is also owned by Whole Foods.
I shop there because there’s no WF store up this way.
Harry’s has more selection anyway.


29 posted on 08/18/2009 5:55:20 AM PDT by bamahead (Avoid self-righteousness like the devil- nothing is so self-blinding. -- B.H. Liddell Hart)
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To: hometoroost
"See, that's where we differ. You think people are stupid and I don't."

And conversely, leftists think that SOME people are so incredibly superior to others that they have the right and duty to make decisions for them.

Of course, almost all leftists think they are a part of this rarified atmosphere.

30 posted on 08/18/2009 5:59:09 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Just wow:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/8/15/767120/-My-letter-to-the-Nashville-Whole-Foods-management

The comments are very telling. According to KOS liberals, apparently Mackey isn’t supposed to run his business in such a responsible way to make a profit...he’s supposed to run it like a grand liberal experimentation platform for liberal social programs, such as providing a ‘single payer’ like system to his employees for healthcare...in order to satisfy the leftist whims of his liberal masters (ie: his customers).

I wonder how their shareholders would feel about that (which by the way, a good portion of their shareholders are the employees themselves).


31 posted on 08/18/2009 6:07:25 AM PDT by bamahead (Avoid self-righteousness like the devil- nothing is so self-blinding. -- B.H. Liddell Hart)
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To: SeekAndFind

I have shopped about half the time at Whole Foods for years. The things you buy there are not polluted with MSG and high fructose corn syrup, so if you are trying to avoid those things it’s easy. The meat is excellent too. I have never bought fish there because we have another fish market where we shop.


32 posted on 08/18/2009 6:07:53 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: socialismisinsidious

ping


33 posted on 08/18/2009 6:10:47 AM PDT by bamahead (Avoid self-righteousness like the devil- nothing is so self-blinding. -- B.H. Liddell Hart)
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To: bamahead

Are you talking about the one in Duluth?


34 posted on 08/18/2009 6:12:12 AM PDT by panthermom
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35 posted on 08/18/2009 6:13:44 AM PDT by socialismisinsidious ( The socialist income tax system turns US citizens into beggars or quitters!)
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To: SeekAndFind

The one common thread through all Liberals is that they are hypocrites. They have to be b/c eventually their loony ideals collide with reality.


36 posted on 08/18/2009 6:15:08 AM PDT by socialismisinsidious ( The socialist income tax system turns US citizens into beggars or quitters!)
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To: panthermom

Yep! All the Harry’s (Alpharetta, Marietta, Duluth) are owned by Whole Foods.


37 posted on 08/18/2009 6:20:02 AM PDT by bamahead (Avoid self-righteousness like the devil- nothing is so self-blinding. -- B.H. Liddell Hart)
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To: MrB

There is an undeniable role that their own sense of superiority plays in all this. It is amazing, no matter how many times they are spectacularly wrong they still think they are superior creatures.


38 posted on 08/18/2009 7:50:23 AM PDT by hometoroost (Torture? Would you rather do 5 years at Gitmo or 5 hours with the Muslims?)
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To: hometoroost

I have been a once-in-a-while Whole Foods shopper, but will go out of my way now to make WHOLE FOODS my grocery store of choice!! Truth and common sense thinking must rule the day!!


39 posted on 08/19/2009 4:42:20 PM PDT by Dawgmom
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To: Berosus

Gosh, I’d hate to think he just lied about that to get elected. ;’)


40 posted on 08/19/2009 4:47:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: SeekAndFind

BTTT


41 posted on 08/20/2009 7:11:10 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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