Whole Foods, the place of high-priced organic beans and the grossest "all natural" toothpaste in the world, is a haven for shoppers with "affluent" tastes - i.e., rich white people. It's also owned by a guy whose opinion doesn't stray too far from some of those gun-toting freedom fighters. In an interview with NPR, Whole Foods co-founder and co-CEO John Mackey said of "Obamacare":
"Technically speaking, it's more like fascism. 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."
After an outcry from NPR listeners - which probably makes up a large chunk of Whole Foods shoppers - Mackey then backed away from the comments, realizing equating Obama with Mussolini and Francisco Franco wasn't a wise move.
"Well, I think that was a bad choice of words on my part ... that word has an association with of course dictatorships in the 20th century like Germany and Spain, and Italy. What I know is that we no longer have free enterprise capitalism in health care, it's not a system any longer where people are able to innovate, it's not based on voluntary exchange. The government is directing it. So we need a new word for it. I don't know what they right word is,
So next time you're at Whole Foods to buy that gross "all natural" toothpaste, remember it's okay because the store's co-founder totally doesn't think Obama is like Hitler for forcing health care upon a rich, flourishing nation.