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(NPR)   Whole Foods CEO reveals he is an anti-Obama Republican who hates his gullible target market   (npr.org) divider line 303
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2013-01-17 08:50:21 AM
This isn't new. He came out during the Obamacare debate against socialized medicine or something like that.
 
2013-01-17 08:51:41 AM
His target market is Republican housewives in yoga pants.
 
2013-01-17 08:54:29 AM

JerseyTim: His target market is Republican housewives in yoga pants.


See, he's not so bad.  I hate them, too!

BTW:  He's going to be on Morning Joe tomorrow.
 
2013-01-17 08:54:53 AM
Yeah, I thought that was already common knowledge.
Still, their hot bar is fantastic.
 
2013-01-17 09:00:00 AM
Whole Paycheck is too farking expensive. I only go there to find ingredients that are near impossible to find elsewhere. Just thought I'd share my smug sense of elitism.
 
2013-01-17 09:00:44 AM
I was driving when this story came on and wasn't paying close attention, but from what I heard it sounds like his opinions are a little more nuanced than subby would lead you to believe. This headline oughtta get the discussion moving, though...
 
2013-01-17 09:01:26 AM
So he's a Republican who hates Republicans? That's kind of weird.
 
2013-01-17 09:02:01 AM

Cythraul: Whole Paycheck is too farking expensive. I only go there to find ingredients that are near impossible to find elsewhere. Just thought I'd share my smug sense of elitism.


Yeah, it's rare that I go to our.  They located it on possibly one of the worst intersections in Orlando.  Not worth the chaos.  But I do enjoy their stuff.
 
2013-01-17 09:03:22 AM

sigdiamond2000: So he's a Republican who hates Republicans? That's kind of weird.


I have to do some research to see if and how the Heritage Foundation completely reversed their opinion and proposals once Obama took them up.  Should make for fun reading.
 
2013-01-17 09:05:10 AM
In other words, he considers his workforce unsustainable.  Seems the guy has worked harder to make sure unsustainable fish is still available at WholeFoods, but won't lift a finger to help make his employees lives better.
 
2013-01-17 09:05:31 AM

Diogenes: Yeah, it's rare that I go to our.  They located it on possibly one of the worst intersections in Orlando.  Not worth the chaos.  But I do enjoy their stuff.


Ha! Whenever I go to visit my in-laws in Orlando, I tell my wife that we should go to Whole Foods to pick up some decent chow to have at the house. Then I remember where it's located and go back to enjoying my generic cereal.
 
2013-01-17 09:05:52 AM
Aren't Repugnicans just fat nasty balls of pure hate anyway? I'm sure he hates a lot of things - himself included.
 
2013-01-17 09:05:57 AM
Whole Foods CEO has the balls to state the obvious. Good for him. I may buy some his overpriced food.
 
2013-01-17 09:06:21 AM
He is a no-flour, no-oil, no-sugar vegan.  Blech
 
2013-01-17 09:06:26 AM
Funny how anything you don't personally like is "fascism".
 
2013-01-17 09:06:30 AM

DamnYankees: This isn't new. He came out during the Obamacare debate against socialized medicine or something like that.


He now says it's fascism. Seriously.
 
2013-01-17 09:07:40 AM

phaseolus: I was driving when this story came on and wasn't paying close attention, but from what I heard it sounds like his opinions are a little more nuanced than subby would lead you to believe. This headline oughtta get the discussion moving, though...


I listened to both segments of the interview (yesterday and today) and found it very interesting, and "nuanced" is definitely in play.

Pros: he's serious about the dietary problems in this country and has done a great job of growing an American brand associated with both healthy eating and prestige-level quality, and he seems to take care of his "team members." He's working with Michelle Obama on her fight against childhood obesity.

Cons: He throws the word "fascist" and "fascism" out like it describes weather and has no historical context, and he's a vegan that doesn't even eat olive oil. That's just crazy.
 
2013-01-17 09:07:46 AM
Step 1 Set up company to sell health food to liberals
Step 2 Profit
Step 3 Donate part of your profits to conservative causes
Step 4 Watch reactions from your consumers
Step 5 Laugh yourself silly with pride

Not the worst strategy ever conceived. If you can't beat 'em, mark up prices and sell to 'em.
 
2013-01-17 09:07:48 AM

JerseyTim: Diogenes: Yeah, it's rare that I go to our.  They located it on possibly one of the worst intersections in Orlando.  Not worth the chaos.  But I do enjoy their stuff.

Ha! Whenever I go to visit my in-laws in Orlando, I tell my wife that we should go to Whole Foods to pick up some decent chow to have at the house. Then I remember where it's located and go back to enjoying my generic cereal.


You should drop me a note the next time you come around.  Where exactly do they live?  Dr. Phillips?
 
2013-01-17 09:08:03 AM

HotWingConspiracy: DamnYankees: This isn't new. He came out during the Obamacare debate against socialized medicine or something like that.

He now says it's fascism. Seriously.


To be fair, calling it fascism makes a lot more sense than calling it socialism. He's still wrong, but less so than the jackasses who scream socialism.
 
2013-01-17 09:09:29 AM
Used to shop there until a few years ago, when my wife and I found we could get pretty much the same stuff at Trader Joe's for a lower cost. Specialty items that TJ's doesn't carry, we usually just order from Amazon and have it two days later.

/Prime
//love Prime
 
2013-01-17 09:09:32 AM
When I lived in Eugene, there was a great market that was better than whole foods-- it was called Market of Choice, and had a lot of what whole foods had, but also had namebrand mainstream stuff-- so I could choose between Kraft Mac n Cheese or Annies.  Great beer selection, delicious prepared foods, and nothing was remarkably more expensive than buying at Albertson's or Safeway.

There's only really a whole foods where I live now (if I want to attempt one-stop shopping) and holy goddamn is it expensive.  But the organic aisle in the grocery store blows.
 
2013-01-17 09:09:51 AM

sigdiamond2000: So he's a Republican who hates Republicans? That's kind of weird.


He's actually Libertarian. I'm also pretty sure he does not hate his customers.
But since he does not like Obama care, he will be vilified in the remainder of this thread.
 
2013-01-17 09:10:19 AM
Goddamn, this story warms the cockles of my Capitalist Pig heart.
 
2013-01-17 09:11:02 AM

thurstonxhowell: HotWingConspiracy: DamnYankees: This isn't new. He came out during the Obamacare debate against socialized medicine or something like that.

He now says it's fascism. Seriously.

To be fair, calling it fascism makes a lot more sense than calling it socialism. He's still wrong, but less so than the jackasses who scream socialism.


To be fair, Nazi Germany had socialized healthcare.
 
2013-01-17 09:11:22 AM
As someone who can only shop for organic, free-range, pesticide-free, gluten-free, HFCS-free, vegan-fed, preservative-free, locally-grown food, I enjoy the smug sense of superiority I feel when shopping at Whole Foods.
 
2013-01-17 09:11:37 AM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: He's actually Libertarian. I'm also pretty sure he does not hate his customers.


And even worse, he's successful and made a shiatton of money.
But since he does not like Obama care, he will be vilified in the remainder of this thread.
 
2013-01-17 09:11:43 AM

thurstonxhowell: To be fair, calling it fascism makes a lot more sense than calling it socialism. He's still wrong, but less so than the jackasses who scream socialism.


Being too lazy to look up the timing of his "socialism" rant, which I remember him publishing, was it when the "single-payer" or "universal" healthcare options were on the table? Those are socialized medicine plans, like Medicare. But PPACA/Obamacare is not.

I'm just wondering if he was talking about socialized medicine or Obamacare at the time.
 
2013-01-17 09:11:54 AM
But only rich people can afford to shop at Whole Foods. Subby is going to be sooo confused.
 
2013-01-17 09:12:11 AM
Wow, I can see why he might hate him... the stock price has struggled during the Obama Administration... Damn regulations...

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2013-01-17 09:12:48 AM

encyclopediaplushuman: Step 1 Set up company to sell health food to liberals


I think there is something wrong with your thesis.
 
2013-01-17 09:13:29 AM

badhatharry: To be fair, Nazi Germany had socialized healthcare.


Incorrect. ONLY Nazi Germany ever had socialized healthcare. Please be a little more precise in your language.
 
2013-01-17 09:13:41 AM

Dancin_In_Anson: Goddamn, this story warms the cockles of my Capitalist Pig heart.


You have a pig heart? Damn, man, take better care of yourself.
 
2013-01-17 09:14:15 AM
His target market is well-off housewives on qualudes (where do they even get them these days?) who shop by parking their cart crosswise in the aisle and then reaching across to the opposite shelf while deciding what to purchase.
 
2013-01-17 09:14:28 AM

Dancin_In_Anson: But since he does not like Obama care, he will be vilified in the remainder of this thread.


His rationale is pretty hacky. And if he's so worried about his employees taking a pay hit, he could always take one for the team instead.
 
2013-01-17 09:15:00 AM
I may not agree with him on politics, but I gotta admire the ability to make money from people you hate.
 
2013-01-17 09:15:07 AM
His stated goals seem reasonable enough but his views are idiotic.
 
2013-01-17 09:17:11 AM

HotWingConspiracy: encyclopediaplushuman: Step 1 Set up company to sell health food to liberals

I think there is something wrong with your thesis.


That's just the liberal individuality you're seeing!
 
2013-01-17 09:17:34 AM

DamnYankees: This isn't new. He came out during the Obamacare debate against socialized medicine or something like that.


But if it gets more press like this the feel-good shoppers are going to pack up and go to Trade Joe's
 
2013-01-17 09:18:15 AM

factoryconnection: thurstonxhowell: To be fair, calling it fascism makes a lot more sense than calling it socialism. He's still wrong, but less so than the jackasses who scream socialism.

Being too lazy to look up the timing of his "socialism" rant, which I remember him publishing, was it when the "single-payer" or "universal" healthcare options were on the table? Those are socialized medicine plans, like Medicare. But PPACA/Obamacare is not.

I'm just wondering if he was talking about socialized medicine or Obamacare at the time.


I also wonder if he plans on cutting employee hours to exempt having to comply.  I doubt it.

And he really doesn't sound all that frothy.

"Technically speaking, it's more like fascism. Socialism is where the government owns the means of production. In fascism, the government doesn't own the means of production, but they do control it - and that's what's happening with our health care programs and these reforms."

I'd actually be interested to hear what his solution would be to the healthcare and insurance dilemmas.  Because he certainly doesn't seem like a "STICK IT TO N0BAMMA" type like  Dancin_In_Anson  is fantasizing.
 
2013-01-17 09:18:17 AM
I have heard this guy the last two mornings on the radio. I don't think I will ever be going to a Whole Foods again. That is all.
 
2013-01-17 09:18:23 AM

encyclopediaplushuman: HotWingConspiracy: encyclopediaplushuman: Step 1 Set up company to sell health food to liberals

I think there is something wrong with your thesis.

That's just the liberal individuality you're seeing!


What
 
2013-01-17 09:18:42 AM

HotWingConspiracy: His rationale is pretty hacky


Did you read his short proposal that was in the WSJ a few years ago? There was nothing hacky about it.
 
2013-01-17 09:18:51 AM

badhatharry: To be fair, Nazi Germany had socialized healthcare.


I see vee have a tummy ache. And vat is your nationality?

Aryan? Vell, herr is zum antacid.
Italian? Gett zum zleep.
Jew? Vee have an egsperimental gas treatment. Please follow the nice man with the sharp looking boots and gun.
 
2013-01-17 09:19:27 AM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: But since he does not like Obama care, he will be vilified in the remainder of this thread.


Dancin_In_Anson: But since he does not like Obama care, he will be vilified in the remainder of this thread.


You guys have sync'ed your biorhythms.
 
2013-01-17 09:19:54 AM
Best beer selection EVAR!!
 
2013-01-17 09:20:06 AM
 
2013-01-17 09:20:46 AM
Subtard thinks everything goes in the round hole on the left or the square hole on the right. Anything more nuanced just gets jammed in one or the other with a sledgehammer.
 
2013-01-17 09:21:06 AM
The place I go for veal glace, Moulard duck breasts, and caviar is for hippies. Got it.
 
2013-01-17 09:22:04 AM
Look, you guys in the private sector ALL dropped the ball on taking care of your employees and citizens' health. How many millions of americans don't have any health care? Hmm?

The Government sees Business' failure and grew the balls to act, since you money-grubbing invisible-sky-wizard sucking conservitards couldn't follow your own bible's teachings and treat your fellow man in a caring manner.

Didn't Jesus say "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" ? Well, you money-changer pricks didn't, so now the government has to.

You brought this on yourself. Don't cry about big government; you're the ones making it bigger.
 
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