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The Atlantic Wire has posted a roundup of the reactions to the boycott of Whole Foods by lefty bloggers over the WSJ opinion piece written by Whole Foods CEO, John Mackey. Mackey angered the bloggers by suggesting a free-market solution to avoid ObamaCare (you know, that heathcare program that aims to save money by rationing medical care to the elderly):
1. “Remove the legal obstacles that slow the creation of high-deductible health insurance plans and health savings accounts.”
2. “Equalize the tax laws so that employer-provided health insurance and individually owned health insurance have the same tax benefits.”
3. Allow competition across state lines.
4. “Repeal government mandates regarding what insurance companies must cover.”
5. “Enact tort reform.”
6. “Make costs transparent.”
7. “Enact medicare reform.”
8. Revise tax law to make it easier to donate to those without insurance.
Well, the left just about had a cow over these suggestions and saw it as an attack on Obama and even though Whole Foods helps the poor and hungry around the world, they decided speaking out against the president was so egregious that it outweighs the good the company does. Evidently, lefties believe they are the majority of the customers for Whole Foods and as such Whole Foods should walk in lockstep with their opinion. (They may be the majority of customers but I know a lot of conservative Christians who shop at Whole Foods. I like their very yummy salad bar and make the trek there to buy pico de gallo – always fresh and tasty – and cranberry juice.)
This reminds me of the time conservative Christians boycotted McDonald’s because they were outraged that McDonald’s supported the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. It’s funny how the left and the right use the same tactics to pressure those who don’t conform to their view of morality.
So, who is boycotting a store that spends part of it’s profits empowering the poor?