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(Fox News)   Whole Foods CEO John Mackey would like all of the tree-hugging liberals who shop at his stores to know that he wasn't being serious when he used the word "fascism" to describe Obamacare   (foxnews.com) divider line 332
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2013-01-18 01:38:02 PM
Is "everyone who shops at Whole Foods is a liberal" the new "everyone who has a hobby is a hipster?"
 
2013-01-18 01:54:23 PM
For several decades after Henry Ford, businessmen knew well enough not to spout off about politics (or religion) that might offend their customers.

It is amusing to watch them re-learn this lesson.
 
2013-01-18 01:54:28 PM
How much energy can you create by backpedaling so furiously?
 
2013-01-18 01:54:44 PM
This is twice now he's made a similar comment. I believe he used the word "socialism" the first time. So yes, he is serious.
 
2013-01-18 01:54:54 PM
Tree-huggers shop at locally owed co-ops but only to supplement the crops they grow in their basement with their pocket mulch.

Soccer moms shop at Whole Foods.
 
2013-01-18 01:55:15 PM
Every suburban housewife that drives a Land Rover is a liberal.
 
2013-01-18 01:55:45 PM
Well, bless his heart. This tree-hugging liberal shops at Trader Joe's, so he can bite my butt anyway.
 
2013-01-18 01:55:52 PM
Yeah... backpedal all you want, John Mackey. Perhaps in the future you will refrain from expressing your ridiculous opinions in public. I don't believe for a second that he didn't mean it. Bottom line is... he doesn't want to provide healthcare to his employees and thus may eat a bowl of dicks.
 
2013-01-18 01:56:08 PM
Don't care, don't shop there, never will.

Business owners that wear their derpitude on their sleeves don't get my patronage.
 
2013-01-18 01:56:54 PM

GoodyearPimp: How much energy can you create by backpedaling so furiously?


It's interesting, too, because reading the whole quote, he's not wrong that it's a fascist policy, which is vastly different from spouting off about "Obongos gonna takes mah monies, that's facisms!". Sad when you can't use the right terms to discuss governance without invoking a shiatstorm.
 
2013-01-18 01:57:04 PM
dick dick dick dick

Like how he is proud of selling overpriced shiat to schools though.

Socialism that makes me money is okey dokey.
 
2013-01-18 01:57:28 PM
What a farking moron, a large portion of his customers shop there and pay higher prices for two reasons:

1. The food selection, especially meat and seafood.
2. The belief the workers aren't treated like subhuman serfs al al Walmart
(3. The high prices keep the riffraff out.)

Don't make comments that are going to piss a decent portion of your base.
 
2013-01-18 01:57:51 PM
FTA: He said he was trying to describe ... "the opposite of free-enterprise capitalism."

That isn't much better. Moron.
 
2013-01-18 01:57:55 PM

sigdiamond2000: Is "everyone who shops at Whole Foods is a liberal" the new "everyone who has a hobby is a hipster?"


Oddly, it was "conservatives" pushing that narrative. Because no real conservative would eat healthy food or something. I'm not sure.
 
2013-01-18 01:57:57 PM

JohnnyC: Yeah... backpedal all you want, John Mackey. Perhaps in the future you will refrain from expressing your ridiculous opinions in public. I don't believe for a second that he didn't mean it. Bottom line is... he doesn't want to provide healthcare to his employees and thus may eat a bowl of dicks.


He does provide healthcare for him employees.

But don't let facts taint a good thrashing post.
 
2013-01-18 01:58:20 PM

Bladel: For several decades after Henry Ford, businessmen knew well enough not to spout off about politics (or religion) that might offend their customers.

It is amusing to watch them re-learn this lesson.


Whole Foods CEO John Mackey Takes Back Fascism Comment

Steve Inskeep interviewed Whole Foods CEO John Mackey on Wednesday and Thursday. Mackey has a new book out called Conscious Capitalism. Mackey used the word "facism" when answering a question about the health care measure.

Stockholders (idk if they have stock) should kick his ass.
 
2013-01-18 01:58:21 PM
Oh, this again. Can we skip all the whathaveyou's and whatdidyou's and go straight to talking about wines again? I've still got a bit of a headache from the bottle I had last night, but man it was yummy.
 
2013-01-18 01:58:21 PM
What a f*ckin moron.
 
2013-01-18 01:58:33 PM
You would think that all of these stalwarts of capitalism would have learned by now that your personal views can have a negative impact on your bottom line if said views are derogatory to large portions of your customer base.

Kind of amusing that they all have to be reminded the hard way that they are not the only game in town, and that their services, while convenient, aren't exactly required.
 
2013-01-18 01:59:01 PM
I would like for him to know that I still think he is kinda of douchey.
 
2013-01-18 01:59:05 PM
He said he was trying to describe "government-controlled health care," or "the opposite of free-enterprise capitalism."


That's a lie. It's not "government controlled". Having some regulations is not "government controlled" does he believe doctors need to be licensed is "fascism" too? Because according to him that's "government control" also. I wish some reporter would actually grow a pair and call people out how make these retarded statements.
 
2013-01-18 01:59:12 PM
My local Whole Foods stopped selling bulk semolina so they can suck it.
 
2013-01-18 02:00:05 PM

GoodyearPimp: How much energy can you create by backpedaling so furiously?


The bottoms of his Birkenstocks are smoking, so there's at least enough for heat transfer.
 
2013-01-18 02:00:07 PM
I will know hold my breath waiting for Fark independents to follow suit


and NOW!
 
2013-01-18 02:01:04 PM

Ivandrago: My local Whole Foods stopped selling bulk semolina so they can suck it.


I always cook my chicken thoroughly so I avoid having that. Don't want another stomach ache....

:D
 
2013-01-18 02:01:07 PM

urbangirl: This is twice now he's made a similar comment. I believe he used the word "socialism" the first time. So yes, he is serious.


If he used the words "socialism" and "fascism" to describe the same policy, then the only thing he is serious about is being seriously ignorant about what words mean.
 
2013-01-18 02:01:26 PM

JohnnyC: Yeah... backpedal all you want, John Mackey. Perhaps in the future you will refrain from expressing your ridiculous opinions in public. I don't believe for a second that he didn't mean it. Bottom line is... he doesn't want to provide healthcare to his employees and thus may eat a bowl of dicks.


BAH HA HA HA!!!  What a visual!  Bowl of dicks... now that's funny.  I don't care who you are...
 
2013-01-18 02:01:47 PM
Whatever. I'm not a liberal but I go in there on occasion to hit the hotbar. Some of the best food I have *ever* had.
 
2013-01-18 02:02:05 PM

Ivandrago: My local Whole Foods stopped selling bulk semolina so they can suck it.


You know who else used to eat semolina?
 
2013-01-18 02:02:06 PM

sigdiamond2000: Is "everyone who shops at Whole Foods is a liberal" the new "everyone who has a hobby is a hipster?"


Given that as far as I've been aware of it, Whole Food's nickname has always been "whole paycheck"  I think it's target demographic is less liberal hippies and more "self-righteous narcissists who drive BMWS and bored trophy wife soccer moms in Lincoln Navigators", you know the folks who nodded thier heads and muttered "so true" when they heard Romney's infamous 47% remarks

REAL hippies know where the local farmer's market is or have a subscription to a CSA
 
2013-01-18 02:02:16 PM
I actually had a dentist tell me that Obamacare was full control of healthcare because "If government is involved even a little they are fully involved". So I asked him if he was then against government licensing of medical professionals. Yeah he really didn't have an answer for that.
 
2013-01-18 02:02:25 PM
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This is how Mommy parks when taking Parker and Emma to pick up Annie's Organic Mac and Cheese.

Typical lib.  Right next to the lib with the Jesus fish.
 
2013-01-18 02:03:11 PM

Rihlsul: It's interesting, too, because reading the whole quote, he's not wrong that it's a fascist policy...



It's a big stretch.

/he's wrong that it's "fascism"
 
2013-01-18 02:03:22 PM

Magorn: sigdiamond2000: Is "everyone who shops at Whole Foods is a liberal" the new "everyone who has a hobby is a hipster?"

Given that as far as I've been aware of it, Whole Food's nickname has always been "whole paycheck"  I think it's target demographic is less liberal hippies and more "self-righteous narcissists who drive BMWS and bored trophy wife soccer moms in Lincoln Navigators", you know the folks who nodded thier heads and muttered "so true" when they heard Romney's infamous 47% remarks

REAL hippies know where the local farmer's market is or have a subscription to a CSA


THIS.
 
2013-01-18 02:03:36 PM

fuhfuhfuh: You would think that all of these stalwarts of capitalism would have learned by now that your personal views can have a negative impact on your bottom line if said views are derogatory to large portions of your customer base.

Kind of amusing that they all have to be reminded the hard way that they are not the only game in town, and that their services, while convenient, aren't exactly required.


It doesn't matter how large of your customer base it is. A good capitalist wouldn't say anything that could lose him even one customer. You might lose a customer or two across all stores, or more likely, you've probably got some stores in more liberal areas which will be much harder hit than others, possibly leading to layoffs or in extreme cases, store closures. Any way you slice it this proves his man isn't capable of leading a company and should be fired immediately.
 
2013-01-18 02:04:47 PM
A few too many complaint emails in the old inbox eh, farknut?
 
2013-01-18 02:04:50 PM
Politics and douchery aside, I tried the NW crab cakes from the seafood counter the other day.  They were delicious.

/Yeah, Whole Foods Paycheck is expensive
//Buy all my grocery staples in bunches from QFC/Safeway once every week or two
///Buy myself a treat from Whole Foods once in a while cause it's right on my walk home from work and almost always very tasty
 
2013-01-18 02:04:51 PM

TommyymmoT: Ivandrago: My local Whole Foods stopped selling bulk semolina so they can suck it.

You know who else used to eat semolina?


Why do I want to say Santorum?
 
2013-01-18 02:05:17 PM

ha-ha-guy: What a farking moron, a large portion of his customers shop there and pay higher prices for two reasons:

1. The food selection, especially meat and seafood.
2. The belief the workers aren't treated like subhuman serfs al al Walmart
(3. The high prices keep the riffraff out.)


I shop there because they have awesome food bars and prepared foods, and they are the only grocery store in the history of humankind who actually understands how to properly run an express checkout lane.

That last point alone is worth paying Whole Foods prices to me.

By the way, I've know some people who have worked at Whole Foods and it actually sounds like an awful place to work. Trader Joe's on the other hand is supposed to be a great place to work.
 
2013-01-18 02:05:22 PM

Bladel: For several decades after Henry Ford, businessmen knew well enough not to spout off about politics (or religion) that might offend their customers.

It is amusing to watch them re-learn this lesson.


He's pulling a Dopestrong.
 
2013-01-18 02:05:48 PM

Corvus: He said he was trying to describe "government-controlled health care," or "the opposite of free-enterprise capitalism."


That's a lie. It's not "government controlled". Having some regulations is not "government controlled" does he believe doctors need to be licensed is "fascism" too? Because according to him that's "government control" also. I wish some reporter would actually grow a pair and call people out how make these retarded statements.


I have nothing to add to this.
 
2013-01-18 02:06:01 PM

Rihlsul: GoodyearPimp: How much energy can you create by backpedaling so furiously?

It's interesting, too, because reading the whole quote, he's not wrong that it's a fascist policy, which is vastly different from spouting off about "Obongos gonna takes mah monies, that's facisms!". Sad when you can't use the right terms to discuss governance without invoking a shiatstorm.


Accept, of course, it is not the right term.  Regulating a market place is not fascism.  Every western democracy does it.  Or are you saying that all of Europe is Fascist?
 
2013-01-18 02:06:16 PM
Mmmkay, Mr. Mackey.
 
2013-01-18 02:06:23 PM

Voiceofreason01: Rihlsul: It's interesting, too, because reading the whole quote, he's not wrong that it's a fascist policy...


It's a big stretch.

/he's wrong that it's "fascism"


If people want to see real fascism today you should look at China. We don't talk about it in the US because it makes so much stuff for us but it has turned into a fascist (corporatist) nation economically. Their is a big blurred line between government and private business.
 
2013-01-18 02:06:38 PM

Bladel: For several decades after Henry Ford, businessmen knew well enough not to spout off about politics (or religion) that might offend their customers.

It is amusing to watch them re-learn this lesson.


Protip: sell goods and services to both sides. Maximizes profit.
 
2013-01-18 02:06:42 PM

JohnnyC: Yeah... backpedal all you want, John Mackey. Perhaps in the future you will refrain from expressing your ridiculous opinions in public. I don't believe for a second that he didn't mean it. Bottom line is... he doesn't want to provide healthcare to his employees and thus may eat a bowl of dicks.


That company does provide that benefit.

His argument really boiled down to "something something freedom something something".
 
2013-01-18 02:06:58 PM
My wife isn't really very political but she asked me if I had heard about this story and followed it up with "doesn't this asshole know who shops at his stores?"
 
2013-01-18 02:06:58 PM

Guuberre: Well, bless his heart. This tree-hugging liberal shops at Trader Joe's, so he can bite my butt anyway.


Ah-yup. Plus I can't afford Whole Foods anyway.
 
2013-01-18 02:07:48 PM
It was same interview a few minutes later he says the word may not be totally accurate but let's not let facts get in the way of good fodder for fuax outrage at a successful businessman who employes 1000's. Drive him out of buiness, those workers and consumers shouldn't have to work for a man who believes something other than Obamacare is the Holy Grail of healthcare gaps.
 
2013-01-18 02:07:49 PM

Rapmaster2000:
This is how Mommy parks when taking Parker and Emma to pick up Annie's Organic Mac and Cheese.

Typical lib.  Right next to the lib with the Jesus fish.


YOU BEST NOT BE DISSIN' ANNIE'S MAC N CHEESE, BRO

/I'll fight you
//or that was sarcasm and im just really stupid today
 
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