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Whole Foods’ John Mackey taking a beating by his core customers today…

This from Dailykos on the piece I posted this morning. Much, much more all over the Blogiverse. An employer providing health insurance and then funding health and wellness activities reads well but I get the point that many here are voicing. For many it is not an option and the line that less Government is better in the process is contrary to conventional wisdom. Ah, the vibrancy of social media…

To John Mackey at Whole Foods

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Thu Aug 13, 2009 at 09:00:03 AM PDT

Since no one at Whole Foods Market Inc., can tell CEO and co-founder John Mackey just how bad he screwed up, I will. Mr. Mackey, your extremist views
on employee benefits and unionization have, lucky for you, mostly flown
under the progressive radar to date. Which is why pushing that luck
with this screed on healthcare suggests you are either out of your
flippin mind or have suffered a lapse in business acumen not seen since
New Coke. And in the WSJ no less:

While we clearly need health-care reform, 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 direction—toward less government control and more individual
empowerment.

Mr. Mackey, I'm not sure if you understand who it is that shops at your organic grocery chain: a lot
of progressives, vegetarians, professional and amateur athletes, and
others who care so much about the environment and what they eat that
they're still willing to shell out three bucks for an organic orange,
even in the midst of the worst recession in sixty years. I was proud
WFMI was based in my hometown of Austin, and defended it against most
of the conservatives I knew growing up there, many of whom still hold
your entire business in utter contempt. Some of them ridiculed me for
shopping at Whole Foods, with all the "tree huggers and granola eaters
and hippies" who, incidentally, made you a millionaire.

Mr. Mackey, you just shat all over your best customers. Given the years of pseudonymous postings
on Yahoo finance slamming a competitor you were quietly trying to
acquire at the time, double talk and unethical behavior arguably seems
to be becoming a habit for you. So I will never, ever, shop at your
stores again, unless you retract that op-ed, apologize for stabbing us
in the back, or resign. In this day and age, it's just too easy to locate competitors. Until then, well, judging by the Whole Foods community forum, not to mention the discussion in Hopeful Skeptic's and Aptoklas'
diaries, you've finally managed to universally piss off everyone. I
predict the next few weeks of your life are going to suck, immensely.

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