Whole Foods Boycott Picks Up Steam (Guest Voice)

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Whole Foods Boycott Picks Up Steam

by Richard Blair

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey shot his company in the face the other day with an anti-health care op-ed screed in the Wall Street Journal. He’s managed to piss off his company’s core demographic: liberals and progressives, and in the process, enabled a boycott that could actually work.

There is no doubt that boycotting Whole Foods would be a difficult proposition for many latte-sipping, Volvo-driving libruls. After all, where else are we going to spend hard earned grocery money for a $25 steak or a $10 pound of fair trade coffee?

The thing is, when Rupuert Murdoch published an anti-health care security op-ed from Whole Foods CEO John Mackey in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, a few progressive latte drinkers decided they didn’t need to buy their arugula at Whole Foods anymore, and called for a boycott. After all, the big marketing gimmick for Whole Foods is that they’re a socially responsible company which sells food that is actually good for you (even if the products are very over priced).

As of today, the boycott is really picking up some steam.

(UPDATE: Whole Foods is now reportedly sending an email apology to customers who contact them, arguing the op-ed piece was not anti healtcare reform.)

While I don’t normally support boycotts (for the most part, I don’t think they’re terribly well organized or impactful), this one is different, and I do believe it can be very effective. Here’s why:

Whole Foods has always marketed itself to a fairly educated and financially secure customer base. This is why they can successfully sell healthy (and primarily organic) foods, at a higher cost. The company has also fostered the image that it has an altruistic streak in supporting progressive causes.

With a single op-ed in an uber conservative national newspaper, this wholesome image has been blown to bits. In the course of writing 1,165 words, CEO Mackey has caused more potential damage to the Whole Foods corporate image than an e-coli outbreak in the meat room.

In calling for support of the boycott of Whole Foods, I’m making an educated guess that their average customer is very politically progressive in nature. And that is why, if liberals and progressives quit shopping at Whole Foods, the impact would be quickly apparent to the company’s Board of Directors. By quickly, I mean by this coming Monday morning when the weekend receipts are tallied.

I am all for freedom of speech. Mr. Mackey had every right to express his views on health care in the WSJ, even as anathema as those views might be to progressives. Similarly, we progressives have every right to decide whether or not we want to spend our food dollars in a store whose CEO clearly doesn’t support the most important progressive cause of the moment.

So, if you are a Whole Foods shopper, please consider honoring the boycott, at least for a short period of time. The impact will be very evident, and almost immediate.

On a lighter note, take a few minutes and read the Whole Foods website forums on this topic. The forums have been invaded by freepers and redstaters, with predictably resultant hilarity. If one was to believe the freepers, Whole Foods is going to have an entirely new demographic shopping in their stores. The only problem is: last I checked, Whole Foods doesn’t stock Coke, Cheetos, Armor hotdogs, or 365-brand Instant Grits.

Some links:

Join the Whole Foods boycott on Facebook
LA Times: Whole Foods is in a whole lot of trouble
Whole Foods boycott on Twitter

Richard Blair is an old school political activist and publisher of “All Spin Zone” (allspinzone.com). He is a frequent contributor to AlterNet and many other online forums. His altercation with Nancy Grace in 2005 spurred the national media to get involved with the investigation of LaToyia Figueroa’s murder in Philadelphia. This is cross-posted from his blog.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This will be a setback for Whole Foods, particularly in California. Several years ago there was a major grocery store strike and worker/management feelings were bitter and there was picketing. Many customers who didn’t want to cross a picket line, didn’t like the situation or felt “their’ store were not stocked sufficiently “discovered” Whole Foods, Henry’s (a highly popular small competitor owned by Wild Oats, which Whole Foods bought but it quickly sold off Henry’s to the company that owns Smart and Final), and Trader Joe’s. These chains picked up LOTS of loyal customers — and many stayed with them. California supermarkets have been cutting prices, offering specials and doing all kinds of things to regain those shoppers ever since. Some did come back but others continued to put a lot of their food shopping dollars into….stores such as Whole Foods.

You can’t say that ALL of the store’s customers were Democrats, liberals, etc. But conservatives had mocked Barack Obama for of all things eating arugula — and Whole Foods typifies the mind-set of those who eat arugula and those who ask for arugula.

If you’ve never been there, Whole Foods is a wonderful health food, organic and gourmet store — huge and breathtaking in its choices, including freshly made deli items, baked goods and hot, delicious, just-prepared side dishes and entrees. It has a world-class vitamin section with staffers who are highly knowledgeable. Some stores have someone one offering massages. Their stores always have a friendly staff. They offer seminars on “wellness,” healthy cooking etc. A customer bulletin board shows business cards reflecting a customer mix with lots of “new age” people. Some call it “Whole Paycheck” because of its high prices.

But if a boycott has any impact, and if what the political class and internet readers and writers has filtered down to the average citizen, at least, Whole Foods could, as Richard Blair notes, have a problem. Online stories and blog posts generally note that Mackey made a huge business mistake or a political one. And it is hard to see those who mocked Obama for eating arugula stocking up in an organic foods, gourmet, store. Even with the company’s new disclaimer, it’s image will never be the same among at least some of its customers and soon-to-be former customers. And there is this: in the big California cities Whole Foods may be biggest game in town but not the only game.

FOOTNOTE: I love Whole Foods, but Henry’s is within walking distance of my condo, which is why I almost always go there. I originally went to the store in the late 90s, when I was doing a lots of fairs in Texas. I visited the Houston store so often during a one-month stay that friends joked that when I left Whole Foods had to lay off people.
–Joe Gandelman

UPDATE: See my note below. This clearly does not saying I am participating in the boycott. I don’t do boycotts. I can walk to Henry’s so I seldom go to Whole Foods anymore.

(CORRECTION: This mistakenly first went up under a Cagle Cartoons byline. This is a Guest Voice post, not Cagle Cartoons material)

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UPDATE II: Be sure to read a new post on this controversy:What John Mackey of Whole Foods Actually Wrote vs What the WSJ Ran: See For Yourself, by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes.

  

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  1. So when the boycott dries up and blows away like the dumb idea it was, I'm wondering how long the boycotters will take before regret sinks in — regret at having committed with such zeal and ardour, here, to something that nets no result they confidently imagine it will gain for their cause.

    Do yourself a favor, and check in a couple of years to see how Whole Foods is doing in Seattle. They might manage to b.s. people elsewhere in the country, but they are going to lay an organic, platinum-plated egg in this town.

  2. He still has outstanding stock options that have already been granted to him–even if he's not taking new ones. If WF's stock price drops as a result of this, it will cost Mackey a lot, actually. His salary (which was was previously capped by company policy anyway) has always been paltry compared to his options.

  3. “Are gym memberships covered? Probably not, but vitamins and supplements are- and those employees may be getting a store discount as well (I don't know that for certain but it's a pretty common perk to give employee discounts.)”

    Having worked in the industry, I can virtually guarantee that the WF employees don't get any discounts on their groceries.

  4. Davend, having thought about it I think you're most likely correct about discounts, but that was only a small side point to my main comment about comparing the Whole Foods' employees current health plan to what they would have as an option if the public option reform plan gets passed.

  5. I have not been to this website in about 6 months. Before that, I would randomly post one-line in comments in many articles that said “This is not a moderate voice” I'm back today after reading an Althouse critique of the moderate voice to back her opinion up. This website is not moderate.

  6. Amazing. Suggest you look up the word boycott in the dictionary, clueless one.

  7. “Whole Foods is going to have an entirely new demographic shopping in their stores. The only problem is: last I checked, Whole Foods doesn’t stock Coke, Cheetos, Armor hotdogs, or 365-brand Instant Grits.”

    As a Conservative Mobster…..We shop at Whole Foods twice a week to get soy free products…and have been shopping there since they opened the store. Many of the people I see there are conservatives judging by bumper stickers. The other local health store in my area is owned by a very active Republican. I guess I'll have to go three times a week now to show my support….

  8. The health care reform bills working through the Democratic controlled House and Senate and what this Administration have clearly signaled is that reform is intended specifically to restrict choices and that you and I do not have the right to exercise our power of Free Choice and Free Association. These bills are clearly authored to end up a single payer system, meaning …. socialized medicine.

    I am appalled any progressive or liberal can stand for such. Progressives and liberals are the very essence of Question Authority, yet here these ideologies are, lining up to fiercely defend The State in stamping out this most personal of choices, how you care for yourself.

    This is boggling on the face of it. Liberals and progressives curse and fight and strain against any commandment to corral personal behavior but are working as hard as can be to ensure The State has complete control over every aspect of their health. The contradiction isn't just alarming, but frightening.

    If you think you can trust the government …

    Ask an Indian
    Remember all our modern past Presidents
    WMDs in Iraq
    Artificial sweeteners are safe

    … I mean, really, how long a list do you need before you realize that you've always been right that The State Cannot Be Trusted?

    The State Cannot Be Trusted.

    Why are you lobbying to give away your right to care for yourself the way you see fit? Why are you lobbying to coerce me into giving up my rights?

  9. But SeattleLefty – this comment makes it obvious to me that you still have a long way to go to achieve a true progressive consciousness. In many ways, you seem quite backward-thinking to me. Seriously, why are you still thinking in terms of “your” money and spending it the way you see fit? For the good of the collective, you should spend only as the collective dictates. Why have you been indulging in WF foods when you could have spent the 20% premium paid there on feeding those less fortunate than you?

    Obviously, your commitment to public financing of medical care is only good “in theory” and plays no real role in raising your consciousness. And what is this piffle about “the free flow of information is critical to the functioning of free markets”?? You MUST avoid such reactionary expressions out of a reasonable caution that you might lead the unwashed to question why Obama must suppress the free flow of information/money in medicine for the good of society.

  10. wildmonk, you seem to be confusing socialism with communism.

  11. John, it's my money. I get to spend it, or not spend it, wherever and however I choose. It is entirely my decision, and you have utterly no say in the matter. I am the (potential) customer. You are here to please me. Period, end of paragraph, end of story.

    Are you trying to be ironic on purpose?

  12. Oddball thing is, I also have free speech, and more importantly I have a free wallet.

    This is even funnier. Somehow you have blinders to this concept when it comes to the medical industry.

  13. “Welcome to the free market. That particular door happens to swing both ways. I have the sovereign right to spend my money as I see fit. If you don't like it, too bad. See if I care.”

    Oooooh … another leftwinger that claims to support the free market. Fine, and I choose NOT to spend MY money on Obama's idiotic health care overhaul. If you don't like it, “too bad”.

  14. And corporations can be trusted?

  15. I have not read Mackey's remarks in the WFS but he was able to do so when my thoughts on the health care issue would be summarily dismissed by that corporate paper be I be for it or not. I have spent three hours reading comments on wether or not to boycot some store that I have never heard about.

    I thought the issue was about health insurance, pros and cons. Does any one really know what Obama's health care plans are all about? I don't but I sure would like to know. I hear more controversial talk about how bad it is and how good it will be yet I have not heard much about any solid offerings about what is actually to be offered in this package. What is the issue here, the boycott or the insurance package–pro and con?

  16. I used to spend an average of $200 a week (or, about $10,000 a year) at Whole Foods. This week, after reading Whole Foods CEO John Mackey's op-ed in the Wall Street Journal I've decided to no longer shop at Whole Foods unless Mackey reverses his opposition to Obama's health care reform or the Whole Foods board replaces him. I am shopping at Trader Joe's instead.

  17. If you really think free choice is so great, then why do you support a public option that will crowd out individual choice? If the supermarkets were run by the government, you wouldn't have the choice to boycott like you do Whole Foods.

  18. If you boycott Whole Foods because its CEO offered his opinion (which isn't necessarily the opinion of the company) on an issue of the day, you're either incapable or unwilling to differentiate the personal from the political and vice versa. If incapable, then you're just an ignorant moron; if unwilling, then you fall squarely within the category of the cancer that is destroying American political discourse. Not to mention the fact that his prescriptions would actually help, whereas more government involvement in health care would do to it what more government involvement does to anything (hint: it doesn't make it better or more efficient).

  19. Wildmonk, I bow in your general direction. Polimom, socialism is communism light. When I was but a wee lad, I found myself dwelling among a goodly number of “enlightened” socialists in Northern New Mexico in the late '60s and early '70s. the folks I most respected were the ones who actually went out and lived the socialist life of trying to help the extreme poverty that existed in the rural parts of Northern New Mexico. However, there was a different breed that came from the eastern universities that kept on a sayin' power to the people, but don't bogart that joint. They surely had their little red books, but the curious thing was they were being supported by moma and daddy. You know, other peoples money. Still, just being a lad among hippies, I figured out right quick that if they were actually in China, the BEST they could hope for was severe class criticism, at the very least. I learned an obvious truth back then, and it goes something like this – Serious leftists never have any money….They ain't geared that way…..helping folks in clinics and such ain't a revenue generator. So, when I hear all this noise about leftists boycotting Whole Foods, oh please……..leftist dilletantes, I reckon, and as any student of human nature will tell you, these are the folks who make the most noise, and get the most upset, because the fact of the matter is, the people who are trying to help ain't got time for this silly shit, and it's for sure that the idea of spending so much money for food is ridiculous. Personally, Walmart is great, and Whole foods for a special treat.

  20. For the good of the collective, you should spend only as the collective dictates.

    I'm just a leftie, not a communist like you. Sorry.

    You MUST avoid such reactionary expressions out of a reasonable caution

    I also believe in freedom of speech, unlike wingnuts.

    I choose NOT to spend MY money on Obama's idiotic health care overhaul. If you don't like it, “too bad”.

    I don't care what you do, as long as you pay your taxes.

    Does any one really know what Obama's health care plans are all about? I don't but I sure would like to know

    The details have been all over the newspapers. It would seem that you are too lazy to do your research. Welcome to America. No wonder we had eight years of George W. Bush. A lazy population tends to get the leadership it deserves.

    If you really think free choice is so great, then why do you support a public option that will crowd out individual choice?

    I would go further. I would support a gradual expansion of the VA, which is operated cradle to grave by the federal government, and which has demonstrated outcomes better than average, and demonstrated costs lower than average. If it “crowded out” the private system, it would be because the health insurance “industry” adds absolutely nothing to the system.

  21. Progressives are in shock that Obamacare is going nowhere. They can't bring themselves to blame Obama even though it was his ineptness in selling the plan that has doomed it. So along comes a presumed fellow traveler in Mackey spouting libertarian alternatives, and he gets the full brunt of their wrath… for the crime of apostasy. Ho hum.

    I've patronized Whole Foods all over the country, but where I live now, the closest is a 45-minute drive. There's a wannabe store only 25 minutes away, and I usually settle for that option. But no more. It's worth the extra 40 minutes per trip to support a wholesome (not to mention brave) vision of our health future!

  22. It's true that Obama's healthcare plan will go nowhere. The “Democrats” in the Senate are going to kill it. Which will leave Obama in the worst of all worlds. He'll have pushed through an inconsequential change that will do very little for anyone, yet it will be enough of a change for the Republicans and the media to be able to blame him for it.

    All that aside, I'm never going to set foot in the Republican Foods store when it opens a mile and a half from my house. I can do that much, and it'll be interesting to see how many other people do the same.

  23. Polimom, “…those employees receive other benefits as well. Like stock options.”

    Yes, you're right. The WFM employees do have good benefits and I assume good pay given the high prices the company charges. I'm feeling argumentative, which isn't a space I want to be in so I won't argue. I also can't say anything about the stock options since I don't know the specifics, i.e. eligibility, how many shares are granted, the strike price, etc.

    But the bottom line is if the employees are happy then that's what counts. I'll just shut my mouth before I make more of a fool of myself than I have already.

  24. Why make fun of grits in order to make a point? Last time I checked, progressive thought wasn't about stereotyping people who eat a certain food, especially one with a rich cultural heritage.

  25. mrpundit: “Oooooh … another leftwinger that claims to support the free market. Fine, and I choose NOT to spend MY money on Obama's idiotic health care overhaul. If you don't like it, “too bad”.”

    I guess you'd rather spend an average of $4800 a year like you do now, instead of lowering the cost to closer to the $2500 per person that every intelligent country spends on public insurance. So you want to waste more money to get worse health care. Why should I care how you spend “your” money? Because I don't want you to bring me down with you. Personally, I'd rather go the less-expensive, more-effective route that every other country gets with a public option.

    Oh, and by the way, I assume you will pledge never to enroll in Medicare, since you're convinced that government insurance is so horrible??

  26. I think the 'outraged' who think that boycotting Whole Foods is a solution should also get Obama to open an alternative store for them that offers the same kind of service. Of course it couldn't survive without massive tax subsidies, and it would run about half as well as the post office.

    People are insane if they think that boycotting WF is going to impact Mackey. More importantly, it's going to affect hundreds of employees…most of whom are minorities in the WF stores in our area…employees that all have better benefits than I do with 100% coverage, employer subsidized HSA's…and I work in a hospital! Way to go…looks like you really thought that one through.

  27. I think the 'outraged' who think that boycotting Whole Foods is a solution

    Who said it was a “boycott,” and even if it is, who says it's a “solution?” For me, it's just a matter of where to spend my money. I drive past the new Whole Foods store every day. Now when I look at it I will have a negative association, and I won't go there. I couldn't care less what happens to John Mackey. I'm sure he has his. Maybe he'll get cancer and die. Maybe he'll live until he's 120, and donate to wingnut causes. Whatever.

  28. Take a good look at these town hall mobsters, Mackey better start stocking hot dogs, Kraft Mac & Cheese and Mountain Dew if he expects to pick up this crowd.

  29. “And corporations can be trusted?”

    Corporations don't have the full power of the state behind them. They cannot deprive you of your life and liberty. Government can use force on me.

    I can't understand why people can't see the difference here.

  30. I spent a whopping $210 yesterday at Whole Foods. I thought I'd do my part.

  31. SeattleLefty and others who will never darken Whole Foods’ doorstep again, you may be in the running for a Darwin Award. If you refuse to buy food from anyone who disagrees with you, you won’t be with us for long.

    If you boycott Whole Foods because you don’t like its CEO’s position on ObamaCare, are you going to shop instead at Trader Joe’s, which is a subsidiary of a huge German discount grocery store chain privately owned by the 9th richest person in the world (according to the 2009 Forbes list) – and what do you bet he doesn’t rely on Germany’s universal health care system? Or are you going to shop at your local farmers’ markets and, if so, are you only going to shop with the farmers who take an oath that they support ObamaCare and have dropped their Grange membership? Or are you going to shop at Central Market, and if so, are you going to ask owner Larry Nakata if his opinion on health care reform is any different than McKey’s?

    PCC might be a safe place, except – what about how the food gets to the store? Are you aware that ALL of the products at any of these stores relied on the villainous oil companies to get there, and a huge market share of the food shipping industry is in the hands of staunch conservatives who donate generously to Republican candidates?

    Is your problem that the Whole Foods CEO disagrees with you, or that he rubbed it in your face that he disagrees with you by saying so out loud? After all, if you’ve been a frequent Whole Foods shopper before now, you must like the product he puts out. It must really bother your self-regard that someone who does something you like doesn’t share your whole mindset. It makes it harder to hold on to your bigotry – the cognitive dissonance that someone might share your admiration for organic foods and yet disagree with you on health care reform.

    The problem, SeattleLefty and others like you, is that you have mistakenly confused a public policy debate with a litmus test for good and evil. CEO McKey has a valuable perspective on health care from his own life and business experiences, and they have led him to a different conclusion than you reached. So debate his arguments, if you can, but don’t think that your views on health care policy somehow earn you sainthood and prove him a demon. In other words, grow up.

  32. You should check again. Progressive thought nowadays is ALL about stereotyping.

  33. Yeah, I'll buycott Whole Foods! I'll be shopping there more. I already do. Mackey's article was pretty much everything I've believed should be done. So I'm glad to support him and more importantly his proposal. I think it's great of you to put up this page supporting him against people who want, instead, basically to communize health care.

    Oh, shit. That title says “BOYcott!”

    Oh. You really can't think straight, can you.

  34. Just want you to know I didn't USED TO shop at Whole Foods – BUT I'M GOING TO START TODAY!!! YEAH. How come dissent was good under Bush, but discouraged if not prohibited by the left under Obama?

  35. bhf2, “How come dissent was good under Bush, but discouraged if not prohibited by the left under Obama?”

    I don't understand…. Under Bush the conservatives went along with everything he said. Bush even marginalized anyone who disagreed with him and the conservatives were fine. Especially on the run up to the Iraq war. In case you've forgotten tens of millions of people all over the world protested what everyone viewed as Bush's inevitable invasion of Iraq, which was a war based on lies and choice. However the conservatives led by Bush essentially said, “You're either with us or against us.”

    So today… aren't those people who are boycotting WFM protesting (dissenting)? I don't see Obama either supporting or opposing the right of individuals to take their business elsewhere if they don't like something.

    So…. how is Obama discouraging dissent? More importantly, why did Bush not listen to the American people? Our country is worse off after eight years of Bush…. Are you calling for his return or a continuation of his ruinous policies?

    Just to be clear… lots of comments on here…. I don't shop at WFM and if I did I wouldn't stop because of this. I think the boycott is silly, but I understand why some people are upset and they are right (for their reasons- but what motivates them is different than what motivates me… and I'm sure what motivates you is an equally right third view).

  36. SeattleLefty and others who will never darken Whole Foods’ doorstep again, you may be in the running for a Darwin Award. If you refuse to buy food from anyone who disagrees with you, you won’t be with us for long.

    Your concern touches my heart. If you love Wingnut Foods so much, then shop there. But I won't.

    After all, if you’ve been a frequent Whole Foods shopper before now, you must like the product he puts out.

    Wingnut, you people aren't big on reading comprehension, are you? I wrote that a new Wingnut Foods is opening a mile and a half from my house. Ordinarily, that would make the place a candidate for my business, because it's a bit closer to my house than some of their competition. But I'm not going to spend my money there.

    The problem, SeattleLefty and others like you, is that you have mistakenly confused a public policy debate with a litmus test for good and evil.

    So you say. But what you say has nothing to do with how I will act, or why. I'm not going to shop at Wingnut Foods because their CEO is an Republican jerk. Looks like you'll have to spend twice as much to make up for it, huh?

    CEO McKey has a valuable perspective on health care from his own life and business experiences

    CEO Mackey is a wingnut who wants to deny healthcare to Americans. His “perspective” isn't valuable, it's obnoxious. So I'm not going to darken his company's doorway. He's got a right to free speech, and I have a right to spend (or not spend) where I want to. Funny how you wingnuts are all for “the free market” until it turns on you. Hey, maybe Wingnut Foods can hire a lobbyist and get Republicans to support a subsidy.

    In other words, grow up.

    What makes you so apoplectic about my spending choices? Take your hand out of my wallet and run along, child!
    I don't think I'm the one who needs to grow up here, winger.

  37. I believe anyone that joins a boycot based on the opinion of the opinion of the CEO are stupid. It totally contradicts what freedom in america is all about. This man has the right to speak his mind and people who disagree have the right not to shop there if they don't want to anymore. But to start a boycot over this,well it seems to me that the person who started this boycot is just seeking attention. Grow up america we don't live in a communist country and that is just the way we are going.

  38. People who feel they need to boycott whole foods are stupid just plain stupid. What's next , if the CEO of ACME came out and said that he believes that abortion should be overturned and made illegal which it should be anyway then some stupid fool is going to start a boycott against ACME. It sounds like to me if liberals don't get there way then it's no way for anybody. That to all is communism. So what the CEO of Whole Foods doesn't back Obamas plan big deal just go on with your life. I don't back Obama's plan let see some stupid fool just try to boycott me. They won't be standind for to long.

  39. It sounds like to me if liberals don't get there way then it's no way for anybody. That to all is communism.

    What is “communist” about spending my money the way I feel like spending it? Funny how wingnuts love the free market until it bites 'em. It's hilarious to see!

  40. seattle lefty

    If you love health care so much, spend you're freaking money on it and not mine. What a idiot.

  41. If you love health care so much, spend you're freaking money on it and not mine. What a idiot.

    I'll do as I please, including not shopping at Wingnut Foods.

  42. I never shopped Whole Foods in my life until last week. Outside a store, I saw a bunch of wild people holding signs. A lot of women with mustaches and men with squeaky voices. I supposed it was some big promotion for a new store or something. So I figured there must be something good.

    Wow. I bought all kinds of cool stuff. And I didn’t need anything. I just bought stuff and gave it away to my family and friends. And the air conditioning in the store was great, nice and cold. After I finished my snacks, I just threw the wrappers out the window, which is pretty cool too.

    I am now hooked on Whole Foods.

    Thanks all for the campaign!

    BTW.

    Socialized government healthcare – to insure the 25 million illegal aliens in the US – would lead the US faster to ruin, which is what liberals want because they hate the US and its history.

    The polls prove it – most Americans don’t want government run health care.

    The people who want it had never heard of “health care” before until Al Gore invented it a few years ago. Or was that the Internet, I forget?

    I am a Democrat BTW.

  43. Could leftwingers please start boycotts against some of the companies I own stock in? Please? Seems to be doing good things for Whole Foods' stock price so far!

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