Billionaire Howard Schultz Proves Himself To Be Even More Unlikeable Than Before By Crying About Being Called A Billionaire

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Starbucks billionaire CEO, Howard Schultz, has been floating a presidential run for 2020. Hoping to run on a ‘centrist independent’ platform, as he called it, Schultz claims that the Democratic Party doesn’t represent the views of average Americans.

You may be surprised to hear me say that he’s totally right!

The Democratic Party has long left behind their fight for the average American base through the promotion of labor unions and social programs in favor of supporting corporations that offer them up big donor money.

So we should expect that these are the issues that Schultz would be addressing, right?

NAH, JK.

Howard Schultz just wants to keep his billionaire status and avoid being taxed at a fair rate. He recently spoke out against the Democratic Party for the recent ‘un-American’ progressives that have been slowly taking over the party.

He particularly honed in on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as one of his biggest issues with the Democratic Party.

“I respect the Democratic Party. I no longer feel affiliated because I don’t know their views represent the majority of Americans. I don’t think we want a 70 percent income tax in America,” Schultz said.

However, Schultz misrepresents Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal that would tax income over $10 million. The 70% income tax wouldn’t impact the overwhelming majority of Americans in the least bit.

So what exactly is Howard Schultz proposing? He’s pushed back against Universal Healthcare stating that everyone has a right to “affordable” health care and that America can under no circumstances afford Medicare for All.

“[W]e got to get away from these falsehoods and start talking about the truth …” Howard Schultz stated on CNBC while stating that Medicare for All is unrealistic.

The problem with that logic is that it’s disingenious. Under a single-payer system Americans would get better quality care at a lesser cost. A study conducted by a Koch-brothers supported project inadvertently helped support the idea that Medicare for All would save the American people $2 trillion over a 10-year period.

A report that was supposed to discredit the single-payer solution found that, even after the benefits of a Medicare for All program are realized — ”additional healthcare demand that arises from eliminating copayments, providing additional categories of benefits, and covering the currently uninsured” — the potential cost of the plan would still be less than “potential savings associated with cutting provider payments and achieving lower drug costs.”
- The Nation

However, Schultz is far more concerned with keeping things ‘pleasant’ and ‘bipartisan.’ Because you know what America needs more of? Centrist policies! Look how great that worked out for Hillary Clinton who Schultz endorsed in 2016.

It seems that Schultz, however, wasn’t content with being as unlikeable as he already was. In fact, we didn’t think he could possibly be any more unlikeable. However, he sure did prove us wrong!

Recently during a Q&A event, Howard Schultz spoke out about how he doesn’t like the term ‘billionaire’ and would prefer a word with less stigma behind it.

“The moniker billionaire now has become the catchphrase. I would rephrase that and I would say that ‘people of means’ have been able to leverage their wealth and their interests in ways that are unfair.”
- Howard Schultz

Boohoo! Billionaire oppression is a real thing, guys!

Still, it’s great news that Schultz is trying to rebrand his billionaire label.
Why is that good news? Here’s my take.

Waking Up

Americans are finally waking up to the rampant class inequality taking place in our country.

Americans are tired of the rich telling us how our country should be run.

There is now finally a stigma being attached to being so obscenely wealthy that you couldn’t even spend the amount of money you’ve accumulated in a few lifetimes. There is no other reason that Schultz would attempt to play identity politics with the word ‘billionaire.’

If you’re an advocate for wealth and power redistribution then this is a cue that we’re getting closer to accomplishing that goal.

The saddest part is that Howard Schultz has no base. His base is people who are rich and want to remain rich which happens to be a small population of the country.

But why has he even gotten all of this mainstream media coverage in the first place?

Well because he is a billionaire behind a recognizable coffee chain. Just by the sheer virtue of being a billionaire, Schultz believes that he is presidential material. Polling at just 4%, Howard Schultz shouldn’t even be a blip on the radar. Yet, the mainstream media is still continuing to give him a huge platform to spew his centrist crap that Americans are absolutely sick of.

Didn’t we see another billionaire swear that he was a great presidential nominee based on business sense alone?

Yeah, that’s working out so well for us…

Writer. New Yorker living in Los Angeles. Political News Junkie. Progressive. Book Fanatic.

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