Who would have thunk that raging against “Obama care” in a WSJ editorial would be bad for business? I mean look at the numerous editorials by Karl Rove. It turns out the Austin, Texas (again with the Texas) based Whole Food CEO is a union busting, anti-democratic business man.
As he states in his WSJ editorial
“…the last thing our country needs is a massive new health-care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health-care system.”
Among his great ideas are the following:
“Repeal government mandates regarding what insurance companies must cover.
Enact Medicare reform
Finally, revise tax forms to make it easier for individuals to make a voluntary, tax-deductible donation to help the millions of people who have no insurance and aren’t covered by Medicare, Medicaid or the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.”
So in summary, the CEO of Whole Foods says, get rid of government protection, destroy functioning programs, and allow the rich people to “donate” tax money (which is not really their money to donate, it’s the governments tax on their activities) to those poor people. This guys is one sick puppy, I cannot imagine anyone who spends their money in this place, want to know some more things you are supporting in this chain.
In addition to his anti-health care views, Mr. Mackey is concerned that the “hysteria about global warming” will cause the government to…wait for it…wait for it….”to raise taxes and increase regulation, and in turn lower our standard of living and lead to an increase in poverty.” Here is the story about his neoconservative views regarding climate change. Oh no, a company that would have to pay taxes or act environmentally responsibly: The horror, we all wish it was 1923. He’s also an anti-union nut. He has said that “The union is like having herpes…”. Unbelievable. Here is the article.
Only a fool would support this corporation. Basically he doesn’t want to pay taxes, although benefiting his entire life from other people who paid them. Take your business elsewhere, forever, I’ll never walk into one of these stores. What a creep.
These were the same voices that said we should not have Social Security because (!) it will result in the horror of American citizens being finger printed (yes, the Republicans really said this in opposition to social security, FDR cut these arguments into tiny, tiny pieces).
How did FDR handle this; this level of greed, misinformation, and lies? It’s amazing what he could do; how he talked straight through this fog of lies. Well, watch for yourself, he took these creeps on and showed them for the crooks they were.
Fala was a constant companion with FDR and the Secret Service complained that FDR’s travels could not be kept secret because people all over the world recognized his beloved dog.
Here is FDR, with a young girl who had Polio, in Seattle, Washington in 1932. Can you sense the connection he is making with this young woman? He continued to aid those with Polio his entire life and worked tirelessly to improve the lot of those who needed help.
There will always be those who would destroy the public protections that have been so slowly built, for personal greed and enrichment, but in the end they will never win.
I have many photos of FDR, but this is one of my favorites. You can learn more about it here.