READ: Elizabeth Warren Tweets ‘If You’re Looking for Bold Ideas with Broad Bipartisan Appeal for Your ‘Centrist’ Presidential Campaign, May I Suggest My #UltraMillionaireTax?’


In an interview on NPR’s “Morning Edition” last week, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz criticized a proposal from Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to raise taxes on the super wealthy as ridiculous.

“Free Medicare for all, government-paid, free college for all — first of all, there’s no free. I mean nothing is free,” he said, adding that while he sees the need for “comprehensive tax reform,” Warren’s “ridiculous plan of taxing wealthy people a surtax of 2 percent because it makes a good headline or sends out a tweet when she knows for a fact that’s not something that’s ever gonna be passed, this is what’s wrong.”

“You can’t just attack these things in a punitive way by punishing people,” he concluded.

But a new poll from Morning Consult shows that the majority of Americans support a wealth tax by a 60-21 margin, a number that includes majority support from Republican voters. Americans also support raising the marginal tax rate back up to 70 percent, as Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has suggested.

Warren shared the poll results with her social media following––and took a direct shot at Schultz.

“Dear Howard Schultz: if you’re looking for bold ideas with broad bipartisan appeal for your ‘centrist’ presidential campaign, may I suggest my #UltramillionaireTax?” she tweeted, noting how the tax would provide avenues for such initiatives as student debt relief and health care.

Americans “don’t want to replace a self-absorbed billionaire President with another one,” she said. “Americans want real change. We should listen.”

Many concurred with Warren’s sentiments.

Schultz, who has a net worth of roughly $3 billion, would likely be subject to the proposed wealth tax.

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