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Celerity

(44,616 posts)
Wed Jan 30, 2019, 08:24 PM Jan 2019

Sorry, Howard Schultz - America doesn't want another billionaire president

Schultz opposes Medicare for All and raising the top tax rate – his middle-of-the-road vision is not what America needs

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/30/howard-schultz-starbucks-president-white-house

Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO, has a bold plan to rescue America, and it involves putting another billionaire in the White House to put a stop to dangerous ideas like universal healthcare and higher taxes on the wealthy. Schultz told CBS’s 60 Minutes on Sunday that he is “seriously thinking” about making a run for the Oval Office as a “centrist independent”. Why? Because, according to Schultz, “we see extremes on both sides … we are sitting with approximately $21.5tn of debt, which is a reckless example, not only of Republicans, but of Democrats. I don’t care if you’re a Democrat, independent, Libertarian, Republican. Bring me your ideas. And I will be an independent person, who will embrace those ideas. Because I am not, in any way, in bed with a party.”

As a remedy, the billionaire CEO is pitching an utterly unremarkable combination of middle-of-the-road policies and a language of moderation that would fall safely within the corporatist mainstream of the Democratic party. He believes popular, desperately-needed policies like Medicare For All are unaffordable and un-American, and is opposed to raising the top marginal rate of income tax lest people like him be taxed at levels unseen since that heyday of American communism otherwise known as the Nixon era.

He expresses concern that so many have so little money in the bank but doesn’t think low-earning workers deserve a raise, a union, free health insurance, or the opportunity to get an education without drowning in debt courtesy of sky-high tuition.

Whatever his superficial gestures towards moderation and inclusivity, Schultz is pledging to be a tribune for the billionaire class to which he himself belongs, over and against the growing current of popular, social democratic policies continuing to gather momentum within the Democratic party and among the wider US electorate. Given that the 2020 Democratic primaries are certain to include several Wall Street-friendly candidates, it’s unclear what exactly he hopes to accomplish beyond giving a voice to a handful of plutocrats who somehow find figures like Joe Biden and Cory Booker too extreme.

But perhaps that’s precisely the point.

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Sorry, Howard Schultz - America doesn't want another billionaire president (Original Post) Celerity Jan 2019 OP
Recommended. guillaumeb Jan 2019 #1
Yes, and at the expense of the rest of us. He wants to "go after entitlements." And he has brought suffragette Jan 2019 #11
Yes, the "entitlements" issue. guillaumeb Jan 2019 #13
Yes, that sums up him and his platform. There's also something really ugly going on with the way suffragette Jan 2019 #14
Very similar to the racist meme that Obama was not a "real American". guillaumeb Jan 2019 #15
Yes, very similar to that racist meme. Looks like he's trying to backtrack on some of that now, suffragette Jan 2019 #19
Agreed. He now moves to the "qualifying" phase guillaumeb Jan 2019 #21
Experience counts. C_U_L8R Jan 2019 #2
Egomaniacs need not apply. Take a hike. oasis Jan 2019 #3
Its obvious by how many are upset he is running marlakay Jan 2019 #4
Much ado about nothing? world wide wally Jan 2019 #5
That's more likely than the predictions that he'll steal 5% from our nominee. Garrett78 Jan 2019 #10
Who the fuck would vote for him anyway? world wide wally Jan 2019 #12
he would get 3-5%... Johnyawl Jan 2019 #18
K&R Trumpocalypse Jan 2019 #6
Another? Oh, he'd be the first...believe that. MF45 ain't no billionaire. nt Baltimike Jan 2019 #7
I wouldn't even vote for him for city council JI7 Jan 2019 #8
Hmmm, is Steve Schmidt really working ... FOR ... Shultz ?! Sounds like Schultz's roll out is uponit7771 Jan 2019 #9
Call Shultz' candidacy exactly what it is: Haggis for Breakfast Jan 2019 #16
Schultz Would Be Republican Lite dlk Jan 2019 #17
Howard Schultz is about more money and free publicity for Howard Schultz dalton99a Jan 2019 #20

guillaumeb

(42,641 posts)
1. Recommended.
Wed Jan 30, 2019, 08:28 PM
Jan 2019

Schultz is GOP-lite.

Yes, he talks about caring, but his positions indicate that he cares about his money.

suffragette

(12,232 posts)
11. Yes, and at the expense of the rest of us. He wants to "go after entitlements." And he has brought
Wed Jan 30, 2019, 09:05 PM
Jan 2019

up this atrocious idea many times over the years. It’s at the core of what he wants to do.

guillaumeb

(42,641 posts)
13. Yes, the "entitlements" issue.
Wed Jan 30, 2019, 09:47 PM
Jan 2019

The rich are entitled to everything, and we are entitled to work for them.

suffragette

(12,232 posts)
14. Yes, that sums up him and his platform. There's also something really ugly going on with the way
Wed Jan 30, 2019, 10:35 PM
Jan 2019

he oddly emphasized that he plans to “run as an American” and called policy plans from Harris and Ocasio “not American” and “un-American.”

guillaumeb

(42,641 posts)
15. Very similar to the racist meme that Obama was not a "real American".
Wed Jan 30, 2019, 10:36 PM
Jan 2019

The racism is more subdued, more nuanced, but it is still there.

Nice observation.

suffragette

(12,232 posts)
19. Yes, very similar to that racist meme. Looks like he's trying to backtrack on some of that now,
Thu Jan 31, 2019, 01:02 AM
Jan 2019

just as he is backtracking on beginning his campaign. But these were his knee jerk responses about Harris and Ocasio-Cortez and his definition of himself as a candidate and I think that speaks volumes about his views.

C_U_L8R

(45,105 posts)
2. Experience counts.
Wed Jan 30, 2019, 08:28 PM
Jan 2019

Nothing against billionaires. But electing someone with zero public service experience or record put us in this mess.

marlakay

(11,649 posts)
4. Its obvious by how many are upset he is running
Wed Jan 30, 2019, 08:31 PM
Jan 2019

That he doesn’t have a chance in hell of winning so if he stays it will only be to help Trump.

Thats how i felt about Nadar, I will never forget the Bill Maher episode where both him and Michael Moore got on their knees and begged him to drop out. He just laughed at them.

People like that sicken me.

Garrett78

(10,721 posts)
10. That's more likely than the predictions that he'll steal 5% from our nominee.
Wed Jan 30, 2019, 09:02 PM
Jan 2019

Ultimately, I'm not even sure he'll run.

Johnyawl

(3,205 posts)
18. he would get 3-5%...
Wed Jan 30, 2019, 11:29 PM
Jan 2019

half of that would be never trump republicans and the other half bernie bros pissing on the dems. I really don't see him as a threat.

What is the centrist position on gun control? Abortion? LGBTQ rights? Health care? Prescription drug costs? The border wall? He starts answering those questions and he won't be viewed as "centrist" by either side.

uponit7771

(90,444 posts)
9. Hmmm, is Steve Schmidt really working ... FOR ... Shultz ?! Sounds like Schultz's roll out is
Wed Jan 30, 2019, 09:00 PM
Jan 2019

... a 100% disaster.

100% opposite of Harris's

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