Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, likes what he likes and he does not care if it changes his life expectancy as long as it makes him happy.
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After seeing a tweet from author Daniel Crosby that caught the billionaire by surprise, Musk took to his preferred social media platform with a response that soon went viral on Twitter.
Crosby tweeted that since he stopped drinking Diet Coke, his life has changed. This seemingly innocuous post got Musk’s immediate attention and shared his thoughts on Crosby’s personal life choice that he chose to make public.
“I used to drink tons of Diet Coke but it’s been one month since I’ve had a drop,” he said. “I want to share some of the changes I’ve observed in myself over that time: My health is unchanged. I’m less happy. My one source of joy is gone. Thanks for encouraging me on this journey.”
I used to drink tons of Diet Coke but it’s been one month since I’ve had a drop.
I want to share some of the changes I’ve observed in myself over that time:
– My health is unchanged
– I’m less happy
– My one source of joy is gone
Thanks for encouraging me on this journey!
— Daniel Crosby (@danielcrosby) June 8, 2022
Musk responded, saying “Diet Coke is amazing, especially the soda fountain version at movie theaters with salt & butter popcorn.
“There’s something special about enjoying movies in a theater with total strangers. I hope that never goes away,” he said.
Musk, always one to say exactly what he’s thinking regardless of who it may offend, added to that sentiment: “I don’t even care if it lowers my life expectancy.”
Musk has become a man who has been delving into politics in recent times, and he has just announced that he is going to make his biggest dive into this world yet.
It has been officially announced by him that he is endorsing Rick Caruso, a former Republican who is now a Democrat, who is running for mayor of Los Angeles.
“Los Angeles is fortunate to have someone like Rick Caruso running for mayor. He’s awesome,” he said.
“It is rare for me to endorse political candidates. My political leanings are moderate, so neither fully Republican nor Democrat, which I am confident is the case for most Americans. Executive competence is super underrated in politics – we should care about that a lot more!” he said.
Caruso, who was a Republican for three years, has been questioned as to whether he really has changed his positions to those of the Democratic Party or if he is just doing what is required to win in the liberal city of Los Angeles.
In the past few months, Musk has been vocal about his political views as he announced he has switched from supporting Democratic candidates to now supporting Republican candidates.
Last month, the billionaire appeared on a podcast, with Fox News reporting that he discussed his belief as to who the “real president” is.
“The real president is whoever controls the teleprompter,” he said. “The path to power is the path to the teleprompter.”
“I do feel like if somebody were to accidentally lean on the teleprompter, it’s going to be like Anchorman,” he said, which is a reference to the 2004 film in which Ron Burgundy, played by actor Will Ferrell, reads anything that is written on the teleprompter.
The Tesla CEO acknowledged that he once “overwhelmingly voted for Democrats” but also appeared not to be happy with the direction that the current administration has taken the country.
“This administration doesn’t seem to get a lot done,” he said. “The Trump administration, leaving Trump aside, there were a lot of people in the administration who were effective at getting things done.”
He said he believes that the Democratic Party is “overly controlled by the unions and by the trial lawyers, particularly the class action lawyers.” He said that when Democrats go against “the interests of the people,” it is because of unions and trial lawyers, and when Republicans do it, “it’s because of corporate evil and religious zealotry.”
“In the case of Biden, he is simply too much captured by the unions, which was not the case with Obama,” he said.
He also said that the remarks made by the CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, who stated that President Biden’s comment regarding corporations paying their “fair share” to combat inflation was a “misdirection.”
“I mean, the obvious reason for inflation is that the government printed a zillion amount of more money than it had, obviously,” he said, which is the same argument Republicans have made.
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“So it’s like the government can’t just, you know, issue checks far in excess of revenue without there being inflation, you know, velocity of money held constant,” he said. “If the federal government writes checks, they never bounce. So that is effectively creation of more dollars. And if there are more dollars created, then the increase in the goods and services across the economy, then you have inflation, again, velocity of money held constant.”
“If the government could just issue massive amounts of money and deficits didn’t matter, then, well, why don’t we just make the deficit 100 times bigger? The answer is, you can’t because it will basically turn the dollar into something that is worthless,” he argued.
“Various countries have tried this experiment multiple times,” he said. “Have you seen Venezuela? Like the poor, poor people of Venezuela are, you know, have been just run roughshod by their government.”