Howard Schultz is Just too Sane for today’s Democrats … “I’m not a Democrat,” Schultz told the ‘Morning Joe’ panel. “I don’t affiliate myself with the Democrat Party who is so far left”
TODAY’S DEMOCRAT PARTY IS JUST BSC …
From the New York Post, is wannbe third party 2020 presidential candidate Howard Schultz too sane for today’s Democrat party? The Democrat party has lurched far left to reflect socialism more than the party of JFK that asked what you could do for your country. In an interview with MSNBC, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz defended himself, “I’ve also been criticized for being a billionaire. Let’s talk about that. I’m self-made. I grew up in the project in Brooklyn, New York. I thought that was the American dream.”
“I’m not a Democrat,” Schultz told the ‘Morning Joe’ panel. “I don’t affiliate myself with the Democrat Party who is so far left, who basically wants the government to take over health care, which we cannot afford, the government to give free college to everybody and the government to give everyone a job, which basically is $40 trillion on the balance sheet of $21.5 trillion. We can’t afford it.”
My view of American life is one of short-term pessimism and long-term optimism. And here is a bit of optimism that I’ll share: I think this may be the last time I am obliged to write about the Clintons. The Clinton era is over.
Ask Howard Schultz.
The 1990s were a hoot of a decade, epitomized by Nirvana, the Clinton presidency and Starbucks — each of which in its way exhibited the characteristic style of the ’90s, when the countercultural ambitions of the 1960s were wedded to the frank, cheerful materialism of the 1980s.
Seattle was the center of the ’90s aesthetic. Grunge is long gone, along with all those flannel shirts, but Starbucks is still here. It is the McDonald’s of its age, the thermonuclear-proof cockroach of the corporate food-service scene. And now chairman emeritus Howard Schultz is contemplating a Ross Perot-style run for the presidency.
Schultz was a Clinton Democrat when that meant Bill Clinton, though as a donor he stuck with Hillary and dutifully wrote checks to Barack Obama, John Edwards, the Democratic National Committee and others. But in 2019, he says he can’t in good conscience run as a Democrat.
“What the Democrats are proposing is something that is as false as the Wall,” he says, indicating “free” health care, “free” college and the entire litany of “free” things “which the country cannot afford.” He worries about the national debt, unfunded liabilities and other examples of fiscal recklessness.
He thinks that the Democrats’ current liquidate-the-kulaks approach to taxes may prove counterproductive to the long-term interests of the United States. He worries that “extremists” have taken over both parties.
As you might imagine, he isn’t exactly setting on fire the hearts of his former Democratic co-partisans. They believe that an independent candidacy from the center-left may give President Trump a second term.