Howard Schultz is on the verge of running for president as an independent. The billionaire former Starbucks’s chief surely has the money to self finance a run, but we think this would be going small. His reasons for making a run outside the Democratic party center on the party’s inability to face reality. Entitlements about to swallow the national budget with huge deficits as far as the eye can see if left unaddressed The hot ideas in the party are Medicare for All, free college tuition and a guaranteed job and/or income for all among other expensive things. As a successful businessperson, he asks the simple question, how do we pay for all this? The answer given is “make the rich pay their fair share.” While Mr. Schultz might be willing to pay more in taxes, he is well aware a 70%+ top bracket and/or a wealth tax wouldn’t come close to covering all this but it would do irreparable harm. Obviously, he concluded there was no way forward for a candidate for the Democratic nomination who throws cold water on the party’s fantasies. We came to the same conclusion about both major parties, so even though we don’t agree with him on every issue, we applaud his courage in facing the facts. However, we question a singular independent run is the way to go.
An independent run to our mind is a small solution probably doomed to costly failure. In essence he would be running in a party of one. That’s why we proposed a new party. We laid this out in our series on”The Future Party” on this Blog. The people actually building the party would pick the delegates to the conventions and they would determine the candidates and platforms. Across the country there are people from both parties being forced out by those on the extremes. For instance, take Arizona where the Republican elected Kelli Ward a total Trump partisan twice overwhelmingly rejected by Republican voters in runs for the senate to the Party’s chairperson. A state John McCain won handily numerous times has no room in the Republican party for his supporters. This has been repeated across the country in both major parties. These homeless are more informed, moderate and realistic than those that have replaced them. They feel just as orphaned as Howard Schultz but they’re party workers looking for their party not a one-off. Howard Schultz is going to spend a fortune establishing an organization in every state. After all, if he can’t get on the ballot in almost every state he as no chance to win. Even if he wins, he’ll be alone in Washington in a sea of Democrats and /Republicans. What will he accomplish? If he loses it all goes away probably without a trace.