"If sales figures went down, those are the people who will lose their paychecks."
Sales figures will go up elsewhere when we choose to buy our beans from a retailer with requisite amount of heart, brain and yummy comestibles. Choosing to buy at A rather than B doesn't mean any less money in the economy, or less jobs. But it CERTAINLY hurts Daddy Bigbucks the owner.
I don't live in the USA so I don't have a Whole Foods to boycott. But I do think about every purchasing decision I make and to where best spend my money. What the owner chooses to support does make a difference to me.
The sad thing is that when you scream 'fascism' about something that clearly isn't, where do you go when real fascism comes along? Cry wolfism is typical of some of the crap political debate we are burdened with these days. Sorry if my opinions offend. I'm an Australian fascist who carries the state owned fascist medical card like every other good fascist who turns up to get free and competent fascist health care regardless of age, gender, race, income or employment status.
He can "say" anything he wants it what he "does" that bothers me. It is the cutting hours and the hurting his employees that bothers me. If we don't support fairness for his employees the only way we can by supporting them, what else can we do. I will boycott and join with others to boycott because when we join together it does effect his bottom line and the bottom line of his share holders and it DOES make a difference.
If all business owners and leaders came out with their most personal thoughts, we'd probably be stunned at what people truly believe and feel.
He spoke his mind. Our First Amendment of free speech allows him to do that. Sure, OUR free speech provides us the right to shop elsewhere, but honestly, while some people scream 'boycott' or 'I'll never shop there again!' when statements are made that offend them, these boycotts are rarely long-term. People fume, maybe protest outside, but ultimately, most people go back to shopping there. Not all, but most. If anything, these protests often bring more shoppers to the business owner's door in support of their views. Chik-fil-a anyone? A huge nationwide boycott was called due to their CEO's opinions, and yet their sales figures went up.
Even if we all stopped shopping at Whole Foods, it likely wouldn't hurt the CEO. I'm sure he has oodles of money. Not shopping there would hurt the hard working employees who stock the shelves, run the registers, work behind the food counters prepping food and doing demos, and the kind-hearted patient employees who take the time to answer any question I have as someone new to eating a plant-based diet. If sales figures went down, those are the people who will lose their paychecks.
I would never hurt all of those people because I dislike a statement made by their boss. Goodness knows I've had many bosses who have said things I don't agree with.
I do not support Whole Foods anymore, nor will I buy from Papa Johns for the same reason. If they going to fire workers or cut their hours so they do not have to pay for their health insurance then they will not have my business.
many of the massive necessary business must have government control, so the people are not taken total advantage of. for example power utilities, telecommunications, mass transit. health care was and still is long over do for an overhaul in the US.
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"Whole Foods CEO John Mackey Says Obamacare Is More Like Fascism Than Socialism
By Matthew Yglesias, Posted Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at 12:13 PM ET
Whole Foods CEO drops a political theory bomb on the NPR audience, debunking the myth that the Affordable Care Act is a form of socialism and instead noting that it's fascism:
'Technically speaking, itís more like fascism. Socialism is where the government owns the means of production. In fascism, the government doesnít own the means of production, but they do control it, and thatís whatís happening with our healthcare programs and these reforms.'
Indeed. To many of us, the objectionable quality of fascism had to do with the elimination of political democracy, violent suppression of political dissent, decision to plunge the world into war, and massive genocide. But it is true that fascist governments also favored regulation of private businesses to advance certain public policy goals..."
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