Rich guys flirting with candidacies: Portfolios of government as business using cheap labor.

My old uninformed veteran’s instincts tell me this is about ego – particularly with Shultz. At least Bloomberg has hands on experience with administration and public policy.

Former Starbucks CEO and potential 2020 presidential contender Howard Schultz blasted some of the Democratic Party’s biggest 2020 candidates during a Tuesday media blitz, calling Sen. Kamala Harris’ support for Medicare for All “not American” and Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “wealth tax” proposal “ridiculous.

Michael Bloomberg

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg warned on Monday that there “is no way an independent” presidential candidate “can win” and that such a bid would only ensure the reelection of President Donald Trump.

Bloomberg’s statement, published on his website, came less than 24 hours after former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced that he is “seriously considering” mounting a run for the White House.

The former New York City mayor, who is himself reportedly weighing a bid for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2020, on Monday said that data shows that an independent candidate cannot win.

Bottom line however is that it is foolishness to try to run government like a business. The big fool trying to do it now has proven it.

“Unfortunately, we don’t have a president that sees it that way,” Bloomberg said on Tuesday. “He failed at business and now I think it’s fair to say he’s failing at government.”

What’s the governing concept that explains the entire Kindergarten Konservative notion of what’s good for business is good for us little guys?

The product sold to the gullible who think art-of-the-deal presidents are looking out for the little guys. What is most easily understood to the base is dime-store economics. No need to pretend the attitude is respectable, it only has to appeal to voters with gripes.

That’s why the anti-union rhetoric that implies unions as hurtful to working persons is nothing more than corporate-welfare-capitalism that wants voters and the government to endorse suppression of labor.

Fox News’ “big–government liberals” is camouflage to hide from the base of what is nothing more than cheap-labor conservativism.

Consider the following from Joe Lyles who blogged as the “Conceptual Guerilla.”

Cheap-labor conservatives defend corporate capitalists whose fortunes depend on labor.

What does this entail? Social spending and safety net ideas doesn’t work for cheap-labor conservativism.

Resistance to increases in the minimum wage offers nothing but bogus ideas about how the economy doesn’t work if worker income is too high. The implication is that profits trickle down but first they have to be deposited into the accounts of the corporate geniuses.


Think about the following list written by Joe Lyles (Conceptual Guerilla)

Cheap-labor conservatives like “free trade”, NAFTA, GATT, etc. Why. Because there is a huge supply of desperately poor people in the third world, who are “over a barrel”, and will work cheap.

Cheap-labor conservatives oppose a woman’s right to choose. Why. Unwanted children are an economic burden that put poor women “over a barrel”, forcing them to work cheap.

Cheap-labor conservatives don’t like unions. Why. Because when labor “sticks together”, wages go up. That’s why workers unionize. Seems workers don’t like being “over a barrel”.

Cheap-labor conservatives constantly bray about “morality”, “virtue”, “respect for authority”, “hard work” and other “values”. Why. So they can blame your being “over a barrel” on your own “immorality”, lack of “values” and “poor choices”.

Cheap-labor conservatives encourage racism, misogyny, homophobia and other forms of bigotry. Why? Bigotry among wage earners distracts them, and keeps them from recognizing their common interests as wage earners.

The Cheap-Labor Conservative “Dirty Secret” : They Don’t Really Like Prosperity

Cheap-labor conservatives have a long and sorry history of opposing virtually every advancement in this country’s development going right back to the American revolution.

Cheap-labor conservatives have hated Social Security and Medicare since their inception.
Many cheap-labor conservatives are hostile to public education. They think it should be privatized.

Cheap-labor conservatives hate the progressive income tax like the devil hates holy water.

Cheap-labor conservatives like budget deficits and a huge national debt for two reasons. A bankrupt government has a harder time doing any “social spending” – which cheap-labor conservatives oppose.

Included within the slogan “less government” is the whole conservative set of assumptions about the nature of the “free market” and government’s role in that market.. In fact, the whole “public sector/private sector” distinction is an invention of the cheap-labor conservatives. They say that the “private sector” exists outside and independently of the “public sector”. The public sector, according to cheap-labor ideology, can only “interfere” with the “private sector”, and that such “interference” is “inefficient” and “unprincipled”

Cheap-labor conservatives support every right-wing authoritarian hoodlum in the third world.

Cheap-labor conservatives support foreign assassinations, covert intervention in foreign countries, and every other “black bag” operation the CIA can dream up, even against constitutional governments, elected by the people of those countries.

“Social spending” otherwise known as “redistribution”. While they don’t mind tax dollars being used for killing people, using their taxes to feed people is “stealing”.
Minimum wage laws.


Author: Arthur Ruger

Married and in a wonderful relationship. Retired Social Worker, Veteran, writer, author, blogger, musician,. Lives in Coeur D' Alene, Idaho

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