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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 07:36 AM

Don't call Howard Schultz a billionaire. He's a 'person of means'

Howard Schultz is worth around $3.4bn. While one might think that would make the former Starbucks CEO and would-be presidential candidate a “billionaire”, he would prefer you didn’t use that term. You see, while billionaire may seem like a simple descriptor, it is actually a disgusting slur.

Schultz enlightened us as to the problematic nature of the b-word at a book event in New York last Monday. When asked by New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin whether he thought billionaires had become too powerful in American life, the coffee magnate complained that “the moniker billionaire now has become the catchphrase”. Rather than using a word like billionaire to describe a person with billions of dollars, Schultz suggested it may be better to use expressions like “people of means” or “people of wealth”.

Poor Schultz. He was just trying to help us all out; generously digging into his rich vocabulary and spreading the semantic wealth. However, after footage of the interview went viral this week, the businessman has been mercilessly mocked. People of mean spirit have been suggesting their own alternatives to billionaire such as “robber barons”, “cash vampires”, and various other phrases that are probably too rude to repeat.

While Schultz’s clumsy attempt to rebrand the term billionaire is amusing, it’s also instructive. You see, what he unsuccessfully tried to do in that interview is what the super-rich have successfully been doing for a very long time: justifying their unjustifiable fortunes by deploying strategic euphemisms. Spinning inequality with disingenuous synonyms. You could call it “wealth-washing”.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/06/dont-call-howard-schultz-billionaire-wealth-washing

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Reply Don't call Howard Schultz a billionaire. He's a 'person of means' (Original post)
ck4829 Monday OP
Vinca Monday #1
marble falls Monday #3
JHB Monday #2
csziggy Monday #9
superpatriotman Monday #4
vlyons Monday #5
Fuzzpope Monday #6
crazycatlady Monday #7
donkeypoofed Monday #8
demigoddess Monday #10

Response to ck4829 (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 07:37 AM

1. Which makes many of us "people of no means."

Go away, Howard. Just go away.

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Response to Vinca (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 07:44 AM

3. "And take your over roasted under caffeined over priced "coffee" with you!"

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Response to ck4829 (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 07:39 AM

2. I belive the classic term for it is "Economic Royalist"...

..., per FDR.

Anyone who claims concern as the deficit and national debit but targets Social Security and Medicare while recoiling at raising revenue by restoring progressive taxation on very high incomes is wearing that crown.

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Response to JHB (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 09:01 AM

9. Or "Oligarch"

Go run your burnt coffee empire, Schultz!

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Response to ck4829 (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 07:50 AM

4. People of Means belong to country clubs

They don’t OWN them.

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Response to ck4829 (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 07:53 AM

5. OK, I'll just call him "Asshole."

nt

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Response to vlyons (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 07:55 AM

6. Ding!

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

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Response to ck4829 (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 08:21 AM

7. and I will no longer get PSLs from this 'person of means' company

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Response to ck4829 (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 08:55 AM

8. Okay, so he's person with billions of means then....

.....it still doesn't change the fact that he'll be doing nothing but splitting the vote and helping.Donnie Two Scoops to win. Such an arrogant idiot!

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Response to donkeypoofed (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 08:02 PM

10. maybe he wants trump to win. That is the question I have asked myself when there were

3 way elections. On the right, it gets a democrat elected, on the left it gets the republican elected. These people should have been smart enough to see it. So, is he a dummy or does he know what he is doing? That is my question.

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