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Mark Cuban and Leon Cooperman don’t have much in common beyond 10 figures in the bank and allegations of insider-trading. Certainly, they don’t see eye-to-eye politically. But Democratic presidential frontrunner Elizabeth Warren has a way of making strange bedfellows, certainly among the Forbes 400.

So while you won’t find much accord between the two men on, say, Barack Obama, Cuban thinks Cooperman may be on to something when he’s ranting and crying about the senior senator from Massachusetts. Allow him to explain.

That last bit’s not true. But it is true that Warren is one of Cuban’s fellow one-percenters. So what of the first bit, about Warren backing national health insurance to get the rest of us to forget she’s worth $12 million? Let’s go to the argument.

She has no chance of getting this passed” is somewhat different than “she’s not really in favor of Medicare for All; she’s just pretending to be to convince us she’s poor.” A non-sequitur, in fact. Intellectually misleading, one might say, as though it would be impossible for someone of substantial means to favor policies not in her most selfish economic interest like, say, Friedrich Engels, or that a self-professed Objectivist could be in favor of higher taxes and voting for Obama and Clinton, like Mark Cuban. But these are scary, desperate times for billionaires and Wall Street. If one has to throw up a smokescreen about a presidential candidate's wealth to accuse her of throwing up a smokescreen about her signature campaign plank, so be it. Now is not a time for honesty or scruples.


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