Starbucks Outgoing CEO Howard Schultz hasn’t exactly wowed conservatives in the past.
Between donating to every Democratic candidate that the right absolutely couldn’t stand, and putting everyone in his company in social justice fueled “race sensitivity training,” Schultz isn’t exactly the most liked guy in Republican or Libertarian circles.
Schultz, however, is rumored to have presidential aspirations, and as such has begun chatting vocally about what kind of policies he wants to see. While he’s definitely a full-on Democrat, when Schultz opens his mouth he sounds awfully Republican.
According to CNBC, during an interview on “Squawk Box,” Schultz launched into Democrats for overpromising, overspending, and running too far to “the left.”
“It concerns me that so many voices within the Democratic Party are going so far to the left,” said Schultz. “I say to myself, ‘How are we going to pay for these things,’ in terms of things like single payer [and] people espousing the fact that the government is going to give everyone a job. I don’t think that’s realistic.”
“I think we got to get away from these falsehoods and start talking about the truth and not false promises,” he added.
While I’m not a fan of Schultz, that might be one of the most sensible phrases to come out of the left in a long time. He wasn’t done, though. Schultz is also not a fan of our mounting national debt and sounds somewhat like Rand Paul when it comes to addressing it.
“I think the greatest threat domestically to the country is this $21 trillion debt hanging over the cloud of America and future generations,” Schultz said. “The only way we’re going to get out of that is we’ve got to grow the economy, in my view, 4 percent or greater. And then we have to go after entitlements.”
Rest assured, by suggesting the Democrats go after entitlements, Schultz just lost all chance of being elected to any Democratic position, save a miracle. Entitlements are the Democrat party’s bread and butter.
On the right, however, this sounds like music to the ears.
If Schultz does have any intention to be the next Democratic president, he’s likely going to walk some of this back in the future. At this moment, however, he may be the only Democrat to spot the widest gap in the Democrat’s armor, and that’s the fact that the left has gone too far left. Bringing them back to the center may make the Democrats seem far more attractive to those who couldn’t stomach Hillary’s policy leanings, and voted for Trump.
He may only be sounding like this to get the attention of those on the right who wish to have someone less volatile than Trump. Whatever his plan is, this kind of talk isn’t likely to stick for too long. The closer to 2020 we get, the further left candidates will want to run in order to keep up with Bernie Sanders, the most popular leftist in America.