I think Howard Schultz, the man behind Starbucks, will run for public office in the not too distant future, maybe for President. The common perception of his ideology is that he is very far to the left. However, in a recent interview on CNBC, Schultz made these comments, “It concerns me that so many voices within the Democratic Party are going so far to the left. 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.” Schultz also said that entitlement reform is an imperative (I’m paraphrasing), which also contradicts the view of many in the Democratic Party.
Maybe as someone who has successfully run a business, Schultz understands that resources are finite and that EVERYTHING is a trade off. Of course, maybe Schultz is simply trying to counter the perception of his views in an attempt not to seem too far to one side or the other.
My 2¢ is that I don’t want career politicians making and implementing policy.
Postscript: I am not endorsing Howard Schultz for President or for any other political office. In light of the perception of his views I found these recent comments to be interesting.