Until now, we’ve been weekly customers at Whole Foods. We don’t usually buy much there — just a few items from the bulk bins like spelt flour or nutritional yeast or a bit of candy for a treat, a bottle of lemon juice, occasionally picking up some vitamin supplements, maybe a healthier brand of hot dogs once in a while, a loaf or two of spelt bread in the past.
Before it became Whole Foods, we shopped at Wild Oats too. Having Whole Foods buy out Wild Oats wasn’t something to keep us from patronizing the business. What’s kept us from getting more groceries there has been the simple reason that Whole Foods’ prices on many items are so high.
It appears that may be a thing of the past for us now, and all because of two key words spoken by Whole Foods CEO John Mackey in an interview on National Public Radio this week as he gave his views on the Affordable Care Act, saying it’s “like fascism.”
So, here’s a law that was passed by both branches of Congress, signed by the President, upheld as being constitutional by the Supreme Court, considered by the most ardent liberals as not going far enough to solve the issue of high health care costs for the average American citizen (wanting a single payer system instead), and Whole Foods’ CEO deemed the ACA as being “like fascism.”
Mackey has joined the list of American business leaders who’ve gone out of their way in expressing their displeasure about “Obamacare,” and in many cases ended up backtracking just a tad when customers complained loudly.
When will these folks ever learn? And how is it that folks like these end up running companies like these anyway? You’d think once they’ve seen one fool mixing their business side with misstated, inflammatory political views and getting heat from a majority of customers because of it that they might learn a lesson.
If you want to see the kind of response Whole Foods has been getting after Mackey’s “fascism” comment, all you need to do is look at the company’s Facebook page and see the kinds of comments they’ve been getting even on items that have nothing to do with Mackey’s remark.
People are pissed off.
But John Mackey just doesn’t seem to get it. Even his retraction today didn’t go all that far toward calming people down.
What’s funny is that this isn’t the first time Mackey has found himself in a bad view in the public relations spotlight. The rest of that story goes back to the days when Whole Foods was looking at buying out Wild Oats — what used to be our favorite health food store before Mackey’s company made the move — and Mackey played a foolish online trolling game to make Wild Oats look bad. A bit of stock price manipulation, perhaps?
Aaaahhh, but that was just another case of “Conscious Capitalism,” wasn’t it?
- Whole Foods CEO John Mackey Calls Obamacare ‘Fascism’ (mediaite.com)
- Calling Obamacare ‘Fascisim’ Was ‘Poor Choice Of Words,’ Whole Foods CEO Says (wnyc.org)
- Whole Foods CEO John Mackey On Obamacare ‘Fascism’ Remark: ‘I Regret Using That Word’ (mediaite.com)
- Whole Foods CEO Changes His Mind: Obamacare Not A Fascist Anymore (dailycommune.com)
- Whole Foods CEO retracts accusation that Obamacare is fascism (americablog.com)
- Whole Foods CEO John Mackey: Obamacare Not Socialism Anymore, More Like Fascism (dailycommune.com)
- Whole Foods CEO changes tune on ‘Obamacare’: It’s not ‘socialism,’ it’s ‘fascism’ (familysurvivalprotocol.com)
- Whole Foods CEO: Obamacare Is ‘Like Fascism’ (thinkprogress.org)
- Richard (RJ) Eskow: Whole Foods’s Mackey: Libertarian Daydreams, “Fascist” Nightmares, And Real People’s Health (huffingtonpost.com)
- John Mackey Talks New Book And Thinks Obamacare is ‘Fascism’ (booksnreview.com)