‘They need a little less caffeine’: Schultz hits Dems who dogged him, says Warren asked him for money, once

 

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz continues to be browbeaten by liberals for mulling an independent run for president, and the more Democrats denounce this possibility, the more Schultz denounced them.

In a marathon of interviews this week, Schultz responded to his crazed critics. He told Dana Perino, on Wednesday that, “They need a little less caffeine.” The billionaire also revealed that he snubbed Elizabeth Warren, who at one point in the past came to him with her hand out.

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In an appearance Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Schultz was asked again why not just run as a Democrat rather than “ruin the world,” as an independent run was characterized by former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina.

Schultz settled the matter once and for all.

“I’m not a Democrat,” he declared. “I don’t affiliate myself with a Democratic Party whose 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… to give everyone a job.”

 

Sounding like a businessman responsible to stakeholders — or a fiscal conservative — Schultz noted that these pipe dreams are $40 trillion on the balance sheet of 21.5 trillion.

“We can’t afford it,” he accurately stated.

“What we need is comprehensive tax reform, what we need is sensible solutions to immigration,” Schultz added. “All of these things cannot happen under the current environment.”

The former CEO then shifted gears to criticism that has been directed at him by the progressive wing of the Democratic Party for being a billionaire, specifically naming Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who accused him on Twitter of trying to “buy the president to keep the system rigged for themselves.”

Never mind that the hypocrite is a millionaire herself, she went after Schultz after he called her proposal for a marginal tax rate as high as 70% for wealthy Americans “ridiculous.”

“What’s “ridiculous” is billionaires who think they can buy the presidency to keep the system rigged for themselves while opportunity slips away for everyone else. The top 0.1%, who’d pay my #UltraMillionaireTax, own about the same wealth as 90% of America. It’s time for change,” she tweeted.

“I have also been criticized for being a billionaire, lets talk about that. I’m self-made,” Schultz stressed. “I grew up in the projects in Brooklyn, New York. I thought that was the American dream, the aspiration of America.”

The liberal “Morning Joe” crew just looked on with blank looks their faces.

“You’re gonna criticize me for being successful when in my company, over the last 30 years, the only company in America that gave comprehensive health insurance, equity in a form of stock options and free college tuition.

“And Elizabeth Warren wants to criticize me for being successful?” he asked. “No!”

Tom Tillison

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