Unions, hippies set their sights on Whole Foods

Political dissent went from being patriotic, to “un-American,” to now being punishable.

Heaven forbid someone else have a different idea to the president’s health care legislation that he hasn’t even read.

You know, the legislation that more than half of the country is against. The legislation that is tanking Obama’s presidency. Forget all that.

Someone stepped off the chain gang and disagreed!

In response to a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed by Whole Foods’ Chief Executive Officer John Mackey, activists, consumers and labor groups around the country have been organizing in opposition to his efforts to undermine meaningful health care reform.

Over the course of the next few weeks, members and staff from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) will be disseminating educational information to Whole Foods shoppers. The purpose of these efforts will be to set the record straight about health care reform and to raise serious concerns about Whole Foods CEO’s position on this critical issue. These events will be part of a series of regional educational efforts being planned for the coming weeks.

Yes, unions, take a stand against a guy who employees 50,000 people, who donates his salary to charity, who supports local farmers and suppliers, who pays his employees well; take a stand against things like receiving a tax credit so that you can buy your own, BETTER, insurance; stand up for being forced on subpar care and treatment rationing.

Greta Van Susteren recently hosted a dude behind one of the Whole Foods boycotts; the guy went so far as to call Whole Foods’ CEO John Mackey a “bad guy” because he wrote a polite editorial for the Wall Street Journal. Diversity of thought in action, America.

The guy continued and said that Mackey wrote “a nasty piece” in the WSJ. Really? Read with me:

• Equalize the tax laws so that employer-provided health insurance and individually owned health insurance have the same tax benefits. Now employer health insurance benefits are fully tax deductible, but individual health insurance is not. This is unfair.

OMG HOW DARE HE … propose … equality?

• Enact tort reform to end the ruinous lawsuits that force doctors to pay insurance costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. These costs are passed back to us through much higher prices for health care.

Because the current legislation doesn’t include this, yet ask any HCR-supporting protester for a way to cut costs and they always mention this.

Although Canada has a population smaller than California, 830,000 Canadians are currently waiting to be admitted to a hospital or to get treatment, according to a report last month in Investor’s Business Daily. In England, the waiting list is 1.8 million.

How dare he assail people with facts. How “nasty.”

So because John Mackey has a different idea that justifies in smearing the guy? Hurting his business? Threatening the jobs of 50,000 people – for whom libs claim to care – and endangering the sales of local farmers and suppliers?

Now William Patterson, head of the CtW Investment Group, is so mad that John Mackey dared to be different, that he is moving to get Mackey removed from his job.

The CtW Investment Group called on the Whole Foods Market (NYSE:WFMI) board to remove CEO John Mackey as Chairman and to begin the process of naming a new CEO in a letter to Whole Foods’ lead independent director, Dr. John Elstrott, yesterday afternoon. Citing the risk to Whole Foods’ brand reputation caused by Mr. Mackey’s editorial opposing President Obama’s proposed healthcare reform, CtW urged the board to take immediate action to prevent continued damage in the face of a quickly-growing boycott by Whole Foods’ progressive customer base.

Disagree with the president, lose your job. WTF, are we in Russia?

And no, hippies, you didn’t make Whole Foods. Whole Foods prospered because it’s a stupendous business model.

I may cringe at spending $5 or whatever on a thing of yogurt there, but we’re firing shots with our dollars in this revolution, so I will do it gladly.

(h/t listener Caroline)