Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman slams Starbucks CEO: 'Who says there are any Schultz voters?'
Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman truly hates conservatives posing as centrists or even as serious economists and the clueless beltway reporters that prop them up. And he does not mince his words when exposing the fraud called Paul Ryan or the various so-called economists on the right that sing the praises of tax-cuts and show grave concern for budget deficits except when they don’t.
This morning Krugman decided to put former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz through the mill; Schultz, who has wafty aspirations to run for the presidency in 2020 as an independent, and who has been going on the media circuit this week scalding Democrats, Elizabeth Warren, AOC and Harris on their tax and medicare proposals, has offered nothing besides some caramel-laced platitudes about Washington and the two-party system being broken, etc.
Take a look at these series of tweets from Krugman. As usual, Krugman’s words are carefully chosen and are chock-full of information and insights. And humor. E.g., “For Schultz is basically the very model of a major modern centrist.”
Howard Schultz may go away once he realizes that nobody wants him. Or maybe not: with great wealth comes great ego,… https://t.co/uwt9EjGnPZ— Paul Krugman (@Paul Krugman) 1548763866.0
On economics, Schultz is way to the right of the public 2/ https://t.co/0V7RHfPZz2— Paul Krugman (@Paul Krugman) 1548764051.0
More generally, the socially-liberal/economically conservative position -- the lower right quadrant in this figure… https://t.co/gLOwLmsjz0— Paul Krugman (@Paul Krugman) 1548764377.0
And concern about fiscal responsibility was always selective. Awards for Paul Ryan; effective silence when the Trum… https://t.co/06Dw7elJTZ— Paul Krugman (@Paul Krugman) 1548764763.0
As I was saying: centrist on the right, only attacks Democrats 9/ https://t.co/tuOkGMlYdj— Paul Krugman (@Paul Krugman) 1548766561.0
Who says there are any Schultz voters? Aside from immediate family, and given secret ballots not sure about them. https://t.co/nrj8m4MMmM— Paul Krugman (@Paul Krugman) 1548772384.0
Because nobody has ever said those magic words, with no specifics, before https://t.co/QunumUBiVz— Paul Krugman (@Paul Krugman) 1548778027.0
Here is Elizabeth Warren’s full-bodied response to Schultz’s weak-tea attack on her tax proposal:
What's “ridiculous” is billionaires who think they can buy the presidency to keep the system rigged for themselves… https://t.co/KubgrI7wUX— Elizabeth Warren (@Elizabeth Warren) 1548771477.0
Schultz’s bean-headed attack on Harris. Healthcare, coffee, what’s the difference?
“That’s not correct. That’s not American,” Schultz claimed, adding “What’s next? What industry are we going to abol… https://t.co/9pYSVqSpxa— Brian Schwartz (@Brian Schwartz) 1548770625.0
And he certainly does not like taxes, AOC or Democratic policies. So, what does that make him?
Billionaire ex-Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said he's considering running for president as a centrist independent.… https://t.co/rMEcR1rp6U— CNBC (@CNBC) 1548787247.0
Who seriously thinks that this is a serious candidate or that he will appeal to Democrats or that he is not playing the game for personal gain? Somewhere, there is a book to be sold. Somewhere in the parlors of the ultra-rich, there is fear brewing of the Democratic tax plans. Hence, perhaps the desire to keep Republicans in power by attacking Democrats and peeling off some votes. Let’s expose Schultz for what he is — a rich conservative wolf in centrist clothing.