Former Starbucks CEO and possible independent candidate for president, Howard Schultz, slammed socialist Democrats for proposing unrealistic ideas and noting nothing in America is free.
Speaking at the South by Southwest Conference (SXSW) in Austin, Texas this past weekend, Schultz fired daggers at extremists in the Democrat party, giving some indication why he can’t consider making a presidential run as a member of their resistance.
He is dismayed to see so many radical socialists taking over the party, something he suggests is a far cry from adhering to American values.
“For us to start moving towards a level of socialism is such an extreme position and something that is inconsistent with the values, the heritage, and the tradition of the country,” Schultz said.
“That is what Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and others are proposing to try and defeat Donald Trump with a far extreme proposal.”
Schultz believes that if any of the extreme Democrats end up being the nominee against the President in 2020, he will easily coast to reelection.
Took Aim at Ocasio-Cortez
Perhaps Schultz’ most effective commentary came when he attacked Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who herself had spoken at the conference.
The New York socialist did not disappoint her radical base – in front of a left-leaning crowd she delivered some incredibly extreme positions, not the least of which included:
- She suggested America is “garbage.”
- She slammed political moderates calling their views “misplaced.”
- She inferred President Reagan was a racist.
- She supports taxing corporations at 90%.
- She thinks people should be excited about “being automated out of work.”
- She claimed capitalism “cannot be redeemed.”
Schultz took pointed aim at her platforms – particularly the Green New Deal which is a joke amongst reasoned thinkers, and her desire to provide wages to those “unwilling” to work.
He slammed elements of the Green New Deal as “well-intentioned” ideas but ideas that are “never going to happen.”
“Let’s propose things that are true, that are honest, that are sincere, and that are realistic,” he implored.
Blasted the Democrats For Promising “Free” Things
Schultz took aim at the socialist Democratic party in general, with their faux promises of free things for the American people.
Howard Schultz introduces Democratic voters to reality:
“There is nothing free in America. These proposals about Medicare for All, free college, and a government job for everybody, that is not free”
“That means that taxes for everyone is going to have to go up” pic.twitter.com/qTNVUQ7I78
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 10, 2019
“There’s nothing free in America,” Schultz said. “So these proposals about Medicare for all, and free college, and a government job for everybody, that is not free.”
“Someone is going to have to pay for that,” he continued, “and that means that taxes for everyone is going to have to go up or someone’s going to have to wave a magic wand and do something that doesn’t exist but that has to be paid for by somebody and the difficulty in trying to pay for any of that is we’re sitting with twenty-two trillion dollars of debt that has to be addressed.”
He’s Been Saying This For a While
Schultz’s comments at the SXSW conference have become familiar. The CEO of a major corporation such as Starbucks seems to grasp the notion that you can’t simply promise things to people for free.
In an interview with the ladies of “The View” in January, Schultz said promising to hand out “free” things to the American people is an idea that is unsustainable.
“In order to run as a Democrat today, you have to fall in line with free Medicare for everybody—free—free college for everybody, a free job for everybody,”@HowardSchultz tells us why he would run as an Independent in 2020. “We can’t afford to do it free” https://t.co/PCMHBZ9q65 pic.twitter.com/dOAYaeVAVp
— The View (@TheView) January 29, 2019
“I respect the Democratic Party. I no longer feel affiliated because I don’t know their views represent the majority of Americans,” Schultz would add.
Is he right? Do you think they represent American values?