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Wizzid says ...
Don't punk, Mackey. You said it right. If your customers were half as educated as they pretend to be, [or as they think they are] they would have applauded you for your analysis. I never used to shop at Whole Foods, preferring a smaller grocery store nearby, but I will go out of my way from now on to shop with you. This whole country needs an history lesson. As I can see from many of the comments here, it seems a significant percentage of your custom leans Socialist, I wonder how many of them are aware that NAZI
01/21/2013 12:44:39 AM CST
Wizzid says ...
Don't punk, Mackey. You said it right. Too bad your Liberal customers have not studied history. Well, a serious lesson is close upon them. It seems many of the folks who shop at Whole Foods lean Socialist. I wonder how many of them know that NAZI stands for National Socialist Workers Party. I haven't often shopped at your store, preferring a smaller grocery nearby, but I will start.
01/21/2013 12:53:59 AM CST
Jeff Edson says ...
I am sorry, but the issue is NOT the word. The issue is the thinking. Free enterprise has not shown to be the answer to everything. Government mandated health care only happened due to the total failure of free enterprise solutions! You need to go meet people who were not provided any health care insurance options until Obamacare. None. A very close friend of ours had childhood cancer. Once he passed the age to be on his parents insurance, he was uninsurable. He has been cancer free since his childhood. He ONLY has health insurance now due to Obamacare. Sit with him and explain how Mr Mackey's position has anything to do with 'a word'! I agree with previous posts, be a CEO and focus on your business or quit and espouse all you want on your political opinions. At this point you have alienated a large group of us who used to shop exclusively at Whole Foods. Those days are over. As people speak to you with their spending, then you may also understand the true impact of free enterprise. It unfortunately will have a negative impact on the very good people who work in the stores of Whole Foods. I would like to hear Mr Robb's position on all of this.
01/21/2013 1:25:23 AM CST
Leah LoneBear says ...
Not everyone out there thinks you were wrong for your choice of "wording" in regard to health care and fascist ism
01/21/2013 4:48:03 AM CST
Marianne says ...
Please don't apologize for stating the truth abouth the new health care that is being thrust upon us. I love your store and have to drive 10 miles+ to shop there. I will continue to support you. Don't cave to their pressure.
01/21/2013 4:52:15 AM CST
Leah LoneBear says ...
Not everyone out there thinks you are wrong for your comments on healthcare and Fascism, I personally think you were right on and called it for exactly what it is. It is ashamed that the liberal cult doesn't believe in the rights guaranteed us by the Constitution including that of free speech. It is so typical that they approach things with a do as I say and not as I do take. They would give themselves the right to blast you and boycott you for speaking your mind but clearly they don't think you have the same rights they do. It is the do and say exactly what I want or I will punish you approach. Of course these are the same people who want to decide if their neighbor can have a gun to protect themselves but would not hesitate to have armed guards at their door if needed. It is the same people that scream about guns killing children but abort them in the millions every year. I will support you and shop with you every chance I get. I happen to think you are right. I know you can't say BHO is a fascists but I can. I won't mind if you don't post this comment. I sent it only to let you know that you do have supporters how here. God Bless
01/21/2013 4:58:55 AM CST
Paco Rivera says ...
Grow up! Mr Mackey is making a great point that is lost on you when you don't pay attention. It is folks actlng like you that are causing this divisiveness in our world today! These rash and overblown reactions are childish and destructive to the good in our country! Just grow up!
01/21/2013 6:27:13 AM CST
Peter Pinto says ...
Dear Mr. Mackey, I applaud your recent vocalization of concerns regarding government controlled healthcare. While you focus on the negative impact to likely result on innovation, I believe there will also be dire consequences to the household budgets of many American families. We have a quickly growing perversion of spending what we don't have - just because we think we should have all which we desire. While the debate over the debt ceiling rises, I seldom hear anyone call out the fact that we're not going to raise the ceiling to spend more, but simply to pay for what Congress and the Executive Branch have already committed to! The Congressional Budget Office is quoted on March 16, 2012 as saying, "President Barack Obama’s tax and spending policies will yield $6.4 trillion in deficits over the next decade." During that month, the CBO also estimated the portion of that added debt associated with government run healthcare will be $1.76 trillion. Then, in July of 2012, the CBO, along with the Joint Committee on Taxation released estimates totaling the tax increases embedded in the ironically termed "Affordable Care Act" to be greater than $1 trillion over that same ten year period. (Incidentally, this last statistic has increased dramatically since the 2010 debate of whether or not to approve the health care legislation, simply because the bumps in taxes to individuals were scheduled to start beyond the decade window being examined). Mr Mackey, I love shopping at your store! I'm convinced the ingredients I purchase there cause meals I prepare to taste better; not to mention the fact that I feel better about eating them. I've also been a long-time friend of someone who worked at one of your New Jersey stores. The way she was treated as a team member - and given a path to a long term career within your organization should be an example to all employers. This quality of product and environment has a cost; a cost which is passed to the consumer in the form of a slightly higher price. The above mentioned costs of government run healthcare will also have a cost that is passed to the consumer - and will likely not be associated with quality (or a good environment). My fear of this cost is the impact on what I will have to spend on items such as food. With less money available in my household's budget (stemming from $1 trillion in taxes to be paid over the next decade) - and a potentially stagnant economy (stemming from $760 billion on costs we *aren't* being taxed for), I wonder if I'll have to buy less expensive food to make ends meet. I suspect few - if any - who blast you for your comment have had to organize (and budget) the providing of healthcare for 73,000 employees. To that matter, I'd be surprised if those comments came from parties who provide healthcare for anyone. The majority of people who shop at your fine stores are those who have a little more to spend on great quality, natural foods (which have tragically become luxury). They will doubt the above mentioned numbers - and the horrendous effect it will have on their finances - despite the fact that the CBO is completely non-partisan, and only generates statistics (not policy). The fantasy land where we have - simply because we think we should - will inevitably crumble from the lack of budget and pragmatism. In that reality, the people currently angered with your statement will be left holding the proverbial bag of wreckage from what they so fervently support. They will not choose to boycott your store - they will be financially unable to shop there. How tragically ironic. Please maintain your line. There are those of us who respect and admire you. We want truth in our foods - and our leadership. Regards, Peter
01/21/2013 6:51:19 AM CST
Darrell says ...
I'm sorry for the grief you're taking for your comments concerning nationalized healthcare - which were accurate by the way. It's amazing how this free speech thing is lauded by certain people until it happens to contain something they don't agree with - then you need to shut up. Well sir, you have no apologies to make - I appreciate both your comments and your insight. May your business prosper - you may lose a few customers over this, but I would venture to say you could gain a lot more.
01/21/2013 7:46:11 AM CST
Paul says ...
As a regular and loyal customer of Whole Foods, in the Boston area, since the buy out of Bread and Circus (and long before that) I support your opinion on the issues with Obamacare. Though the word fascism might not exactly fit in today's society, we are heading towards a socialistic way of life, so uncharacteristic of what our founding fathers fought for and what America has always stood for. As more parts of Qbamacare are introduced, more will see that it was the wrong choice for America. I applaud you for speaking out and more people need to do the same. Be well.
01/21/2013 7:49:58 AM CST
Warren Miller says ...
I'm delighted by Mr. Mackey's characterization of ObamaCare. He got it exactly right and has nothing for which to apologize and nothing to 'walk back.' I'm also delighted to see that your critics, who are very keen on free speech and the First Amendment for THEMSELVES, go into orbit when someone ELSE exercises his rights under our Constitution. They show themselves to be the hypocrites that they are, have been, and always will be. My bride and I intend to ramp up our purchases from Whole Foods, and we will urge our friends around the country to do the same thing. Mr. Mackey should've have been a Marine. He certainly has the courage and spine of my fellow Marines. Don't let these mealy-mouthed critics back you off one iota. You speak the truth, and they can't stand it. What else is new? Semper Fidelis, John.
01/21/2013 7:58:08 AM CST
Barbara Pope says ...
I love John Mackey and he is the main reason I shop at whole foods. We need every CEO/ President of business in this country to have his courage. He is a leader, where are the other leaders? Dio we only have Mackey, Dimon and Forbes left. I miss Iacocca and Welch. Mackey has nothing to apologize for, our Country is in big trouble .
01/21/2013 8:00:00 AM CST
Tim Walsh says ...
No big deal. I don't like Whole Foods anyway. Trader Joe's is great.
01/21/2013 8:29:06 AM CST
B says ...
What gives "progressives" the right to "own" your store? There are conservatives who shop there also! I commend you, John, for being in your truth. As long as everyone keeps saying what the shopping progressives want to hear, then all is well. We seem to have to tolerate their views and hide our own. I seriously doubt your regular shoppers will stop because of this statement. Get a grip, people, and honor his views even if they differ from yours. And, I would suggest that some of you get more familiar with the healthcare system coming your way. Remember how the law was actually passed--with bribes and threats, and in Pelosi's comment "we have to pass it to read what's in it."
01/21/2013 8:31:53 AM CST
Larry Wittig says ...
Mr Mackey's comments and position on health care are not mine or my families. I would just like to say that i have enjoyed shopping at WF but there are choices out there and I will be sending more of my business to other organic groceries until Mr Mackey either comes to a better understanding of the health care dillemma in this country or resigns and runs for Congress in which case he will see how popular his positions are with people less fortunate than him. Either way i can't express how disappointed i am with WF in general and Mr Mackey in particular.
01/21/2013 8:32:46 AM CST
Joyce Greenberg says ...
A rose by any other name...no need for an apology...you spoke the truth! Love shopping at Whole Foods Market, and will continue to do so.
01/21/2013 8:46:24 AM CST
Joe says ...
Don't be afraid to speak your mind. Real Americans are tired of sitting back and allowing a minority of ultra left elitists do all the talking.
01/21/2013 8:46:37 AM CST
Jack Tirrell says ...
Thank you for speaking out about the lack of concern, lack of input, and the high handed manner in which the current Obama administration and the Democrat party rammed through the Affordable Care Act during President Obama's first four years in office. Whether or not your choice of words to Newsmax was accurate, to me, is a secondary point.. I want you to know my wife and I will continue to shop at Whole Foods. We now have a more positive perception of Whole Foods because you were willing to state your views publicly even if your choice of words was less than desirable. Those families who want to stop shopping at Whole Foods because of your remarks demonstrate an unacceptable INTOLERANCE to the views of others. My wife and I frequently hear many views with which we disagree. However, we do not castigate those espousing those views. Actually, we try to understand why these individuals have these views, analyze the views, and attempt to become better individuals ourselves by changing our view if the argument makes intellectual sense. The name calling from intolerant individuals demonstrates their lack of respect for the views of others and destroys the credibility of their views. Thanks for sharing your views whether they are completely accurate or not. We respect you and are ashamed of those who would deny you the right to express your views and stoop to name calling. We do have one concern about Whole Foods. That concern is about carrying produce that contains GMO. That seems to violate the healthy image of your firm.
01/21/2013 9:08:23 AM CST
James Edgar Knauff III says ...
Thank you for the explanation of what is the result of having said something lame. Mr. Mackey's attempt to service his "oops" moment is not heartfelt or in any way genuine. Like his neighbor Lance Armstrong, it is all about winning. Perhaps a relocation to Switzerland would be best. Unless, of course, the "liberty lovers" are successful in re-establishing Texas as The Lone Star State. True, I was looking forward to shopping regularly at the soon-to-open Tallahassee, FL store which is in fact less than five minutes from home. We have Fresh Market, Publix, Earth Fare, New Leaf and outdoor farmers' markets with fresh local produce to meet my needs. For the record, all citizens of the USA deserve the best healthcare available anywhere. A former Texas Republican and Ron Paul supporter, I support the POTUS.
01/21/2013 9:11:36 AM CST
Amy says ...
Wow how far we have fallen! When we try to suppress free speech in this country. I will continue to support whole foods as the products and services they offer are first rate. I am sure the calls of racism are not far behind. All progressive in this country need to wake up as we are close to the point of running out of other peoples money to support ever social program under the sun.
01/21/2013 9:32:59 AM CST
Frank Grimes says ...
I'm am quite sorry to hear you reverse your statement, Mr. Mackey. In my lifetime (in my 40's) we have never had a free market health care system, ever. Right now over 50% of the system is government enforced. This is because of the ignorance of fools who believe in government solutions, which only provides 60% of value on a dollar due to its graft and inefficiency, and will be further draining our broken, non-free market system. The free market provides eye care, MRI's, minute clinics and low cost quality services. Gone. The free market has already provided health care exchanges for cheap; now to be reproduced by the government. Gone. Our country will have used to make most of the world's innovative medical devices and drugs. Gone. The use of violent force to make people get the health care that government thinks it knows best, the use of violent force to make people pay for others when we would have been willing to do that (I was a volunteer EMT for 10 years and have since quit), the use of violent force at the backs of doctors and nurses, the use of violent force to make religious, charitable hospitals do something other than what was working for them. This is what the people now want, so be it. Thanks Mr. Mackey for providing a better, higher quality whole foods store than (in Minneapolis) the Mississippi Market, Seward, or any of the other highly polarized political co-op style places in Minneapolis. Your business will outshine those who do not understand reality.
01/21/2013 9:41:37 AM CST
Scott Jeffries says ...
No apology needed. People who are claiming boycott have never read Rothbard or Mises. We have not been any where close to a free market system for the last 100 years. People who's first reaction is to boycott should possibly think about reading Rothbard and Mises @ mises.org so they can make an informed decision. I applaud Mackey for being bold and speaking the truth. #RonPaulRevolution #libertarian #YouthMovement
01/21/2013 10:32:37 AM CST
Cindy says ...
I heartily AGREE with the CEO. And I heartily DISAGREE with Obamacare ... it is socialized medicine. You can count on me .... I will do ALL MY SHOPPING AT WHOLE FOODS from now on!! Don't let all these liberals buffaloe you ......
01/21/2013 10:35:41 AM CST
ROBERT RUGGLES says ...
The statement was outrageous and, I am sure, properly relates the feelings of Mackey. I can not support the aims or practices of such a person, no matter what his position. I will, reluctantly, withdraw from patronizing his stores. Also I will sell the WFM shares and move on. R T Ruggles
01/21/2013 10:43:45 AM CST
Wendy says ...
Don't apologize!!! You’re right on. I appreciate your visionary leadership and honesty. We need to honor individuals who speak truth and who strive to bring real solutions to the many challenges that our country faces. Right now we have a lot of folks who only want to hear what they want hear. They have no desire to hear the truth and when they do hear it they become outraged. Most of these outraged folks do not run a company or own a business. Therefore, they have no idea what these healthcare costs will do to our taxes or how we will have to pass on the healthcare cost thru products and services sold. The country has a lot of followers who keep drinking the cool-aid. Wake up do the math there is no free ride; we will all pay for it sooner or later… Everyone wants something for nothing and that doesn’t work, just look at our deficit and Europe. Thanks stating the truth!
01/21/2013 11:08:53 AM CST

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