Starbucks Chief Blasts the Far Left: Who’s Going to Pay For This Stuff?

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It’s been one hell of a busy week for Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz. First, he presided over what was, by all accounts, an ill-advised and badly executed anti-bias training session that closed all 8,000 of the coffee chain’s stores for one day. Days later, it was announced that Schultz was leaving his position at the top of Starbucks for the greener pastures of some form of social justice activism. Immediately, the rumor mill started churning: Was Schultz, high on his own piousness, getting ready to launch a 2020 White House bid?

If so, there’s no doubt he will run as a Democrat. But in remarks to CNBC on Tuesday, he made it clear that he doesn’t agree with everything the party does. In fact, he thinks the party’s left-wing fringe is leading the party down a dead-end path.

“It concerns me that so many voices within the Democratic Party are going so far to the left,” Schultz said without naming names. “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” concluded Schultz.

It doesn’t take too much imagination to realize that Schultz is talking about Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and the crop of 2020 hopefuls who have tied themselves to their progressive wing of the party. This is the trendy thing to do in the wake of Sanders’ surprisingly noisy campaign for president, and it gets you a lot of positive press in the increasingly-leftist media.

For proof of the media’s leftward turn, one need only take a glance around at headlines inspired by Schultz’s comments. Put simply: The neo-socialists are aghast that any Democrat would even consider opposing Medicare-for-all or to give a second’s thought to the effect some of these ludicrous proposals would have on the taxpayers. Just tax the rich! Just cut the military in half! Blow the debt up another $60 trillion! We have to keep spending until we’re more like Canada!

“I think the greatest threat domestically to the country is this $21 trillion debt hanging over the cloud of America and future generations,” Schultz told CNBC. “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.”

We would have to have a lot more faith in the wisdom of Democrat voters to believe that a guy talking like that has a shot in hell of securing the party’s nomination. Sanders’ surprise popularity shows there is an unending appetite, especially among young Democrats, for a socialist utopia that includes free healthcare, free college, free pre-K, free internet, and – yes, it’s catching on – free income. Fiscal responsibility? That’s for those fuddy-duddies over in the Republican Party. We want MagicLand, and we want it now!

God help us when and if those loons actually take power.