So the CEO of Whole Foods writes an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal this week about his views on health care reform.
And since he had the audacity to offer some new thinking to that of the current discussion in Washington, some of his shoppers are crying for his free-range scalp.
John Mackey is a citizen of the United States, correct? Doesn't that give him the right to freedom of speech?
John Mackey is a business man who has brought organic foods to the masses. Which is supposed to make people healthier. Does he get no credit for that?
John Mackey has built an $8 billion a year company without borrowing any government money. He employs thousands. He has a health care program that his employees love and that should be a model for America. He gets no credit for that?
He offers a well thought out platform with eight suggested "reforms".
And in return, his "oh so smarter than the hillbillies that shop at Ralph's" customers offer him these comments.
Christine Taylor, a 34-year-old New Jersey shopper, vowed never to step foot in another Whole Foods again.
"I will no longer be shopping at Whole Foods," Taylor told ABCNews.com. "I think a CEO should take care that if he speaks about politics, that his beliefs reflect at least the majority of his clients."
Oh, really Christine. Republicans and Libertarians aren't allowed to buy hand pressed triple virgin olive oil that is three times as expensive as the perfectly good "only once" virgin olive oil?
Oh, and Christine. Of the products and services you buy, of how many do you know the political views of their CEO's? Do you know the political views of the Chinese CEO who makes your running shoes? Your purse? Your phone? Your jeans? Your computer? Would you like to know? Why blame a guy who will actually tell you what he thinks?
Michael Lent, another Whole Foods enthusiast in Long Beach, Calif., told ABCNews.com that he, too, will turn to other organic groceries for his weekly shopping list.
"I'm boycotting [Whole Foods] because all Americans need health care," said Lent, 33, who used to visit his local Whole Foods "several times a week."
"While Mackey is worried about health care and stimulus spending, he doesn't seem too worried about expensive wars and tax breaks for the wealthy and big businesses such as his own that contribute to the deficit," said Lent.
Mr. Lent, just exactly how did Mackey's oped piece lead to this retarded screed of yours? Mr. Mackey got wealthy because of whack jobs like you. What does Whole Foods have to do with wars and deficits? Is this kind of confused thinking a result of insufficient Slim Jim consumption?
Mr. Mackey changed his salary to $1 a year in 2007. Mr. Lent, Ms. Taylor, go ahead and boycott. The only folks you will be hurting are the employees at the local store who have been so helpful to you over the years.
As for me, I'm heading to Whole Foods this evening to buy some Black Angus Porterhouse steaks. Good Texas grass fed beef from a good ole Texas grocery store.
Oh, yeah. Whole Foods isn't based in Berkeley you dolts. The geniuses of Whole Foods call Austin, Texas home.