To whom this may concern,
I just wanted your company to know how offensive, misguided and ignorant I found your company CEO’s letter in the Wall Street Journal. It would take pages to address his absurd take on the health care reform initiatives. His citing of Whole Foods’ health care plan as some model for the rest of the country completely ignores that most companies do not enjoy the high profits and lush revenue that Whole Foods does. Shame on him for abandoning the poor and indigent because they to do not work at Whole Foods. It seems that his entire approach is completely contrary to the responsible and empathetic values that Whole Foods espouses. Further, I wonder how much time he has actually spent in Europe, given his comically simplistic citing of European health care systems and their supposedly notorious waiting times. The French, for example, have a longer survival rate for cancer patients than does the US and they are a fully socialized system.
As for converting to vegetarianism, I would love to hear what Whole Foods' butchers, meat suppliers, and ranchers have to say about his selling them out.
These are just some very brief reactions to his article. But, it seems to me, the most important one is that CEOs should keep their personal political views to themselves and focus on running the business with which they have been entrusted.
As for my other reaction, it is this, I will not shop at a Whole Foods for at least 6 months.
Los Angeles, CA
Monday, September 07, 2009
The Maharishi Is Not Happy with Whole Foods
My beloved read Whole Foods' CEO John Mackey's anti-Obama health care rant in the Wall Street Journal and has reacted with this letter to Whole Foods.