Whole Truth

The CEO of Whole Foods told the whole truth about ObamaCare earlier this week… “It’s like fascism.”

The CEO of Whole Foods compared President Obama’s health care law to “fascism” in a radio interview on Wednesday, a turnabout from earlier comments in which he compared the signature reforms to socialism.

“Technically speaking, it’s more like fascism,” John Mackey told NPR’s Morning Edition. “Socialism is where the government owns the means of production. In fascism, the government doesn’t own the means of production, but they do control it — and that’s what’s happening with our health care programs and these reforms.”

The Wall Street Journal in 2009 ran a piece by Mr. Mackey that was critical of Mr. Obama’s law, which passed in March 2010 and is marching toward full implementation in the coming years. The article led with a quote from Margaret Thatcher, who said, “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”

Amen brother… NBC reports that he backed off the label “fascist” but didn’t back off his criticism.

Critics pounced on Mackey’s comments, suggesting on the Whole Foods Facebook page that Mackey had alienated his customer base and calling on Whole Foods customers to shop elsewhere.

Mackey addressed the criticism on Thursday in remarks posted on the Whole Foods website.

“The term fascism today stirs up too much negative emotion with its horrific associations in the 20th century,” he said.

“I believe that, if the goal is universal health care, our country would be far better served by combining free enterprise capitalism with a strong governmental safety net for our poorest citizens and those with preexisting conditions, helping everyone to be able to buy insurance. This is what Switzerland does and I think we would be much better off copying that system than where we are currently headed in the United States.”

I have no problem backing off the word “fascism” even though I agree with that label. It does carry a lot of baggage and even if the Left loves to sling that word around it isn’t very helpful. I may not agree with Mackey on much, but on that view of healthcare law we can agree.

26 comments to Whole Truth

  • Tracy,txmom2many

    Yeah, I saw the other day one of my hippy friends was posting against WF. It wasn’t directly to do with this statement, it was something about how unsustainable and not environmentally friendly and blah blah poloarbearsaredyingIcanjustfeelit, but it was only a couple of days ago. He’s also said stuff like this before, so I think they were going on the offensive. Makes me want to shop there…but not badly enough to drive to Plano and put up with shopping with those people.

  • Scott M.

    Obama…fresh organic horseshit.

  • JimmyC

    He implies that leftists are being fascist, so they respond by calling for a boycott of his business, thus showing their intolerance for his opinion? As usual, the Left doesn’t get irony.

    To quote South Park:

    Stan’s Dad: “You see, Stan, democrats tell us what we are and are not allowed to say.”
    Stan: “But isn’t that fascism?”
    Stan’s Dad: “No, because we don’t call it fascism.”

  • David Marcoe

    Mackey is an interesting character. In an interview, he was talking about how when he first started Whole Foods, he had conventionally Lefy views on capitalism, which were then rudely dashed by the real world. The same thing happened to Walter Mondale, after he entered the hotel business. He flat out admitted that he had been dead wrong on just about everything, including his vilifying of businessmen, because he now understood what it meant to run a business.

  • Texacalirose

    I just watched Gretchen interview Mackey on Fox & Friends this morning. Seems like a nice guy, certainly a lucid one. I love the WH brand sparkling mint bottled water. I think I’ll print another bumper sticker, “Mackey is Right” before I hit the WH parking lot this weekend. :)

  • kbiel

    Floyd, I suspect you might have more in agreement with Mackey than you know. After all, he is an evil capitalist who is exploiting hippies’ desire to buy over-priced, guilt-free foods and vitamins to make his excessive profits.

    • Mrs.Make.Do

      Not sure why they pick on vegans, I sometimes eat quinoa too — but I’m curious how many other foods have this same result?

      I can’t wait for gardening season to begin again.

      • Tracy,txmom2many

        I love quinoa, but we don’t eat it often, and I usually make a salad out of it to eat as a side. There’s always a downside to eating pretty much anything excessively. A varied diet is probably the best way to go.

    • Texacalirose

      I’m glad you posted this. I’m sending it to my vegan friends, not to pick on them but to illustrate that there is another side to their ethical stance. If eating animals promotes cruelty to beef, pork and chicken animals, then eating grains can have a deleterious effect on human animals.

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