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Wed Jan 30, 2019, 07:24 PM

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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Reply Sorry, Howard Schultz - America doesn't want another billionaire president (Original post)
Celerity Jan 2019 OP
guillaumeb Jan 2019 #1
suffragette Jan 2019 #11
guillaumeb Jan 2019 #13
suffragette Jan 2019 #14
guillaumeb Jan 2019 #15
suffragette Jan 2019 #19
guillaumeb Jan 2019 #21
C_U_L8R Jan 2019 #2
oasis Jan 2019 #3
marlakay Jan 2019 #4
world wide wally Jan 2019 #5
Garrett78 Jan 2019 #10
world wide wally Jan 2019 #12
Johnyawl Jan 2019 #18
Trumpocalypse Jan 2019 #6
Baltimike Jan 2019 #7
JI7 Jan 2019 #8
uponit7771 Jan 2019 #9
Haggis for Breakfast Jan 2019 #16
dlk Jan 2019 #17
dalton99a Jan 2019 #20

Response to Celerity (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 07:28 PM

1. Recommended.

Schultz is GOP-lite.

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

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 08:05 PM

11. Yes, and at the expense of the rest of us. He wants to "go after entitlements." And he has brought

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

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Response to suffragette (Reply #11)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 08:47 PM

13. Yes, the "entitlements" issue.

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

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #13)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 09:35 PM

14. Yes, that sums up him and his platform. There's also something really ugly going on with the way

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

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Response to suffragette (Reply #14)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 09:36 PM

15. Very similar to the racist meme that Obama was not a "real American".

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

Nice observation.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #15)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 12:02 AM

19. Yes, very similar to that racist meme. Looks like he's trying to backtrack on some of that now,

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.

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Response to suffragette (Reply #19)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 12:30 PM

21. Agreed. He now moves to the "qualifying" phase

where he explains all of his troubling statements.

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 07:28 PM

2. Experience counts.

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

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 07:29 PM

3. Egomaniacs need not apply. Take a hike.

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 07:31 PM

4. Its obvious by how many are upset he is running

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.

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 07:57 PM

5. Much ado about nothing?

I don't think he'll get more than 1% and half of those will be Trumpers.

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Response to world wide wally (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 08:02 PM

10. That's more likely than the predictions that he'll steal 5% from our nominee.

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

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Response to Garrett78 (Reply #10)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 08:08 PM

12. Who the fuck would vote for him anyway?

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Response to world wide wally (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 10:29 PM

18. he would get 3-5%...

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.

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 07:58 PM

6. K&R

 

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 07:58 PM

7. Another? Oh, he'd be the first...believe that. MF45 ain't no billionaire. nt

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 07:59 PM

8. I wouldn't even vote for him for city council

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 08:00 PM

9. Hmmm, is Steve Schmidt really working ... FOR ... Shultz ?! Sounds like Schultz's roll out is

... a 100% disaster.

100% opposite of Harris's

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 10:19 PM

16. Call Shultz' candidacy exactly what it is:

Another vanity project.

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 10:21 PM

17. Schultz Would Be Republican Lite

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 12:15 AM

20. Howard Schultz is about more money and free publicity for Howard Schultz

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