Let's Come Together, America

It's time to come together

There are moments in our lives when we have an opportunity to ignite tremendous positive change—not just in the lives of the customers and communities we serve every day, but in our country. This was evident in the outpouring of support in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary that claimed 26 innocent lives, including one of our partners (employees), Lauren Rousseau.

This spirit of connectedness and humanity is powerful; so powerful that if we unleash it, we can make a difference on a much grander scale.

In the spirit of the Holiday season and the Starbucks tradition of bringing people together, we have a unique opportunity to unite and take action on an incredibly important topic. As many of you know, our elected officials in Washington D.C. have been unable to come together and compromise to solve the tremendously important, time-sensitive issue to fix the national debt. You can learn more about this impending crisis at www.fixthedebt.org.

Rather than be bystanders, we have an opportunity—and I believe a responsibility—to use our company’s scale for good by sending a respectful and optimistic message to our elected officials to come together and reach common ground on this important issue. This week through December 28, partners in our Washington D.C. area stores are writing “Come Together” on customers’ cups.

It’s a small gesture, but the power of small gestures is what Starbucks is about! Imagine the power of our partners and hundreds of thousands of customers each sharing such a simple message, one cup at a time.

Never before have we asked our partners to write something specific on our customers’ cups. These words express the optimism that’s core to the holiday season, to our country’s heritage, and to our Starbucks Mission. This effort is also being amplified by our friends at AOL and Patch who are joining us in activating their hyper-local network of websites to share the “Come Together” message at patch.com/fixthedebt.

My hope is that this simple message will serve as a holiday reminder from Starbucks of the spirit that has always bridged differences and that we all have the power to come together and make a difference during every season of the year.

I wish you the warmest holiday wishes and a very happy New Year.

Howard

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    • RoryBellows
    • 12/26/2012 10:15 AM

    Let's come together to cut social security, medicare and medicaid by buying 5 dollar coffees.

      • mcnkldzyn
      • 12/27/2012 10:05 AM

      In reply to: RoryBellows

      It would be a nice start for them to lower prices.

      • leofromChi-town
      • 12/27/2012 1:52 PM

      In reply to: RoryBellows

      "Let's come together to cut ..." -- because there's nothing that brings the country together like kicking away the props that support working people and the elderly.

      • voldemortvotesrepublican
      • 12/28/2012 6:49 PM

      In reply to: RoryBellows

      This whole bit refuses to face the fact that it is the Republicans who refuse to "Come Together." Let's be honest here. The President and his Democrat Party have repeatedly offered compromises, all of which have been repeatedly ignored or derided by the Republicans. To insinuate that both sides are refusing to "Come Together" is worse than disengenuous. Until people like the head of Starbucks lean on the Party that protects his profits from chipping in to correct the problem, nothing happens.

        • emmayche
        • 12/31/2012 8:34 AM

        In reply to: voldemortvotesrepublican

        Oh, please. The President's version of "compromise" is "my way or the highway," and refusing to recognize that we do NOT have a tax problem in this country - we have a spending problem. It doesn't matter how much gas you put in the tank; until you fix the hole in the bottom, you still aren't going to get very far. Why waste the gas until you do something about the hole?

        • lhw5333
        • 2/1/2013 2:33 AM

        In reply to: emmayche

        Yes there is a tax problem when Romney pays 13% on $20 mil. and I have to pay 19% on less than $100K. Yesh, just keeping talking that Republican Smack.

        • starbrander
        • 2/16/2013 5:14 AM

        In reply to: lhw5333

        That's The Tax Code,Live With It....Obnama Didn't Do A Thing To Change It....He Raised It On People That Know The Loopholes Made By Politicians Of Both Parties

        • smunchums
        • 9/9/2013 6:00 PM

        In reply to: starbrander

        spelling and grammar, check it out.

        • rannow
        • 4/1/2013 6:46 AM

        In reply to: emmayche

        Factually, Obama offered a grand deal but Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor convinced Boehner to say no because "they would win the White House" and set the cutting agenda. With the power of the vote, Obama is now saying my way, for the most part, or no deal. Then Howard (i.e., Starbucks) files a friend of the court briefing denying workers right and going against the will of the people on DOMA. Share prices drop, Obama unilaterally reduces the deficit, and unemployment continues to creep down.

        • mbs4shopping
        • 6/26/2013 8:10 AM

        In reply to: rannow

        We are all losing every right that we have in this country given to us from our constitution. Basically we are being lead down this path through intimidation and the rest of the world either no longer respects us or is wondering what we are doing.. we will no longer be a free country..

        • TheOperaGhostLives
        • 4/12/2013 3:59 PM

        In reply to: voldemortvotesrepublican

        Compromise with Socialism/Communism/Marxism is suicide.

      • janelove1
      • 12/30/2012 10:24 AM

      In reply to: RoryBellows

      i do not like my coffee company getting political. It opens you up for questions lik
      tions like : How many full time employees do you have and will you
      supply health insurance to them because of Obamacare?

        • tnkasper
        • 1/2/2013 4:16 PM

        In reply to: janelove1

        Part time employees (20+ hours per week) get full benefits (health care, stock options, yearly stock grants).

        • slp1996@bellsouth.net
        • 3/27/2013 8:19 PM

        In reply to: janelove1

        I totally agree Jane. First it's loudmouth movies stars and now presidents of coffee companies telling us what we should do. I wish companies/corp's would stick to selling their product and quick trying to tell me what I should and shouldn't think, feel, believe in, &/or reject. It's rather insulting because he appears to think we're too stupid to think for ourselves. If he wants to change policy, etc...then get into politics. Otherwise, sale coffee & get your political opinions to yourself!

        • TheOperaGhostLives
        • 4/12/2013 3:59 PM
        • MsJava3
        • 3/30/2013 5:44 PM

        In reply to: janelove1

        I agree Janelove1 and also slp1996 on this post. Coffee CEOs need to stick with bringing good quality coffees and services at reasonable prices instead of CEOs getting on their political soapboxes. Hint of advice: Politics in the workplace don't mix!

      • johnmason@optonline.net
      • 1/10/2013 6:52 AM

      In reply to: RoryBellows

      So I've been buying Starbucks for the past dozen years, only to have Mr. Bigshot rub my nose in it by trying to get me to support an organization that wants more tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy? This so called American wants all the benefits, but doesn't want to support this great nation. I'll be sure to return the 2 bags of Starbucks in my pantry and start buying at small local coffee shops. Cause Starbucks is suddenly tasting a little bitter. Peace - John

        • mhsimpson@comcast.net
        • 3/28/2013 5:41 AM

        In reply to: johnmason@optonline.net

        Thanks for clarifying your beliefs George, on this and other topics. I will be taking my business elsewhere.

        • mokawanis@yahoo.com
        • 5/3/2013 8:00 PM

        In reply to: mhsimpson@comcast.net

        That's the right response. I'm taking my business elsewhere, too.

        • trinitybromlow23@yahoo.com
        • 4/24/2013 7:04 PM

        In reply to: johnmason@optonline.net

        what yall dont know is almost all the people on welfare, medicade, fs and other programs,they dont want to work. I am a single mother of 3 and i was a server for 13 yrs . I made enough money to support me and my children and that was only makin 2.13 an hr. I made 15/20 dollars an hr with tips now i am training to be a mgr and i am tryin to do better for myself but there are alot of people with no job or they work 14/25 hrs a week and they drive a better car and other why should we keep payin

    • philemon33
    • 12/26/2012 10:17 AM

    Starbucks could do a lot to jump start the economy by giving all of their employees a dollar an hour raise. Give their profit margins, they can easily afford it.

      • mcnkldzyn
      • 12/27/2012 10:06 AM

      In reply to: philemon33

      Another great idea. God only knows their employees work hard for their minimum wage.

      • Golfermark
      • 12/28/2012 5:32 AM

      In reply to: philemon33

      Schultz is a politician wannabe in the elite America. He added to our
      Problems.
      Howard, why did you lay off 30 % of your "Branded Solutions" people?
      Starbucks can certainly afford these hard working individuals.

      $5.00 for a "Creating Jobs in America" bracelet...give me a break, we're not stupid as you may think.

    • tedrick71
    • 12/26/2012 11:11 AM

    Well said, Howard. I appreciate the way you engage people and always enjoy reading your perspective. Cheers!

    • vanderleun
    • 12/26/2012 11:43 AM

    Howard, please do not beclown yourself with this stuff. Just spend your $60+ million per year and quit pretending to be an American who cares. You. Do. Not. And we all know it.

    Thank you. (And thanks to whatever corporate scribe you had gin up this maudlin sheaf of wet sentiment.)

    • jamesflory
    • 12/26/2012 12:21 PM

    Perhaps your company could start by paying their fair share of taxes, not just at home but in every country in which you operate. It is companies like yours, exploiting loopholes to avoid paying your fair share, that have helped us toward this mess. Shirking your responsibilities negatively affects the economy as well as eroding your credibility as a force for positive change. Remove the plank from your eye before taking Washington to task for the dust in theirs.

    • richard@reich.com
    • 12/26/2012 12:31 PM

    Nobody cares about the deficit. If they did, they'd go over the cliff with enthusiasm. All the rich care about is their effective tax rate, and, in a perfect world, how they could steal your Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid money. I guess I'll be drinking through the balance I have on my Starbucks card and, from now on, buying my lattes at the many local cafes I have to choose from in San Francisco. Howard, I never agreed with my friends that your coffee stinks, but your politics does.

    • demztaters
    • 12/26/2012 1:06 PM

    Give it up. No matter how many different colors of lipstick you put on that pig, you are not going to get popular support for the idea that we should all sacrifice so that the people who actually crashed the economy don't have to pay a little bit more in taxes.

    • jrundin
    • 12/26/2012 1:24 PM

    Oh, this is just ridiculous. "fixthedebt", eh, because nothing fixes the debt better than giving more tax breaks to the wealthy while kicking the needy while they're down.

    I can understand wanting that third gold-filled swimming pool, but I can't sympathize for a second -- if you're worried about the debt, pay your fair share in taxes.

      • Marvinq32
      • 12/26/2012 4:27 PM

      In reply to: jrundin

      Quit smoking the media pipe. The rich pay about 90% of the taxes. I am all for everybody paying their fare share. And before you just say I'm another rich fat cat I make about 60k a year. I'm not rich but I do realize the so call bad rich folks buy stuff that the working class makes. Who do you thinks builds yachts. It ain't the so-called fat cats. It is middle class labor. Wo builds the 2 million dollar house. It's everybody from day laborers to middle class carpenters, plumbers, electricians.

        • Intravenuous
        • 12/26/2012 5:47 PM

        In reply to: Marvinq32

        The share of tax paid is unremarkable when you compare the portion of the income earned. Unless you believed that we still have a progressive tax system.

        • keenanjay
        • 12/27/2012 6:34 AM

        In reply to: Marvinq32

        Marv, I guess we'll also be digging the moats around their homes when they finally no longer need US workers.
        BTW, they don't pay 90% of taxes; try taking classes at somewhere other than Glenn Beck Univ.

        • johnqeniac
        • 12/27/2012 9:15 PM

        In reply to: Marvinq32

        Ha! Marv here is totally 'Ben the Prisoner' from "Life of Brian" if you just replace 'the Romans' with 'the Rich' in Ben's lines. Check out 'Marvin the Prisoner':

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URTj4naIdAs

        • starbrander
        • 2/16/2013 5:01 AM

        In reply to: Marvinq32

        He Got Rich On The Backs Of Low Info Voters..Sad But True

      • jrundin
      • 12/28/2012 6:14 PM

      In reply to: jrundin

      Oddly, I did not write the comment above that begins "Oh, this is just ridiculous...."
      Go figure; it's listed under my name, but I did not write it.

    • jrundin
    • 12/26/2012 1:27 PM

    For the love of God, why are plutocrats like the CEO of Starbucks so eager to cut my Social Security? What did I ever do to them?

    I will use up the money on my Starbucks Card, and, after that, I will never visit
    a Starbucks again.

    • jeanne321
    • 12/26/2012 1:40 PM

    Expect no bucks from me; Starbucks; as long as you continue this propaganda campaign. The defecit is NOT the most serious issue we face; and your mention of the tragic shooting in Connecticut in comparison with your Pete Peterson inspired campaign to drag down the poor and middle class through an austerity program is simply tone deaf and sick.

    • jrundin
    • 12/26/2012 1:44 PM

    "Members of the so-called Fix the Debt Campaign have called for massive cuts to social programs while seeking addi­tional tax breaks for their own companies. A move to a terri­torial system could give the 63 publicly-held companies in the Fix the Debt campaign an imme­diate windfall of up to $134 billion and would massively increase their incen­tives to move even more profits offshore, where they would then be perma­nently exempted from U.S. taxes."

    --Citizens for Tax Justice

    • Ohmmade
    • 12/26/2012 2:26 PM

    Billionaires asking their "partners" (re: unpaid part-time employees with no health insurance) to promote economic policies that will have horrendous effects to their own lives. That is just rich.

    Mega conglomerates, beltway politicians and Wall Street tank the economy and you want the middle class and poor to pay for it and to preserve your tax advantages. Unbelievable.

    • Anna_in_pdx
    • 12/26/2012 2:32 PM

    I think you should stop being shills for the "fix the debt" boondoggle organization which is a front for far-right-wing uber-wealthy tax dodgers. And this nauseating press release is going to do nothing but motivate people like me to haul our fat asses down the street to a non-Starbucks coffee shop for our fix.

      • Stentor7
      • 12/29/2012 12:16 PM

      In reply to: Anna_in_pdx

      Time to go to your competitor Peet's exclusively until you raise your employees wages to a living wage in all 50 states & territories. Living wage means that if someone works a 40 hour week, they are able to support themselves with rent, food, & living expenses without being forced to live in a hovel or with 30 other individuals who work for major corporations like Wal-Mart, McDonalds, Starbucks, etc. to save money.
      Quality of Life in American shouldn't mean living like a corporate serf.

    • binkowski
    • 12/26/2012 4:08 PM

    Are you for real? Like others, I'm going to use up my balance then be Starbucks free. Adios!

    • Marvinq32
    • 12/26/2012 4:20 PM

    While I laud your wish to have the two parties come together and fix the debt why is it ALWAYS the conservative side is the bad guy that should compromise ( read bend over and kiss it all good bye.) I say that because, I remember "read my lips" and the press went nuts when he went back on his promise. HOWEVER I never heard a word when congress went back on its side of the promise. You remember the "we'll cut spending $2 for every $1 in tax raised." Because of that your words ring hollow.

    • billyhmp@comcast.net
    • 12/26/2012 4:31 PM

    Howard sounds like you are a very popular guy with great ideas.

    • FUStarbucks2012
    • 12/26/2012 5:00 PM

    Who do you think you are, pay your own taxes before telling the world that i need to pay more. After 25 years of 70 hour weeks i finally make a really good wage, while also creating dozens of excellent, high paying jobs, unlike your minimum wage paid employees, my employees make a good living. how about a 100% tax rate for freaks like you, that's something we can all come together around. there's other good coffee, i'll buy that from now on. moron.

    • Intravenuous
    • 12/26/2012 5:38 PM

    Fixthedebt is just a deficit attention disorder group that doesn't actually care about the debt. Almost every one of these "citizens' groups" is funded by Peter Peterson, a hedge fund billionaire who wants to stick it to widows and orphans and other people who have had it too good for too long. Fixthedebt is also closely tied to defense contractors, no surprise given the sequester about to occur: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_12/fix_the_debts_fiscal_bluff_def041886.php

      • Stentor7
      • 12/29/2012 12:11 PM

      In reply to: Intravenuous

      Hey Howard, Pete Peterson can go pound sand if he thinks that we're going to accept his idea of austerity, tip money chump change tax increases for the wealthy & cat food for the rest of us. Howard our idea of coming together means tax rates on the top marginal rate go back up above 40%, ideally all the way up to 50% until we're out of this economic slump, then maybe they should be dropped a little bit, but not until then.
      If you want comment respect, do away with the 500 character limit, weak.

    • Ravenm00
    • 12/26/2012 6:13 PM

    Another message for the Starbucks' cups: Seek Common Grounds. Thought that would be good for coffee lovers.

    • MikeandDeni
    • 12/26/2012 6:52 PM

    My suggestion is to stay out of the political fray. Or I'm going to be brewing my coffee at home. If you really wanted to "fix" something how about you tell those IDIOTS in Congress and the Socialist in the WH to STOP the Spending.

    The alternative is to just Shut UP.

    • cpk1971
    • 12/26/2012 7:18 PM

    I have a counterproposal. If I'm in line with you at Starbucks, I'll pay you 25c if I can write "stay out of politics, Howard S!" on your cup.

    • Tazcat47
    • 12/26/2012 8:12 PM

    I always knew Starbucks was a bad employer, but this takes the cake. Starbucks is no friend of mine, and I'm going to stop buying its products.

    • jahfrey
    • 12/26/2012 8:19 PM

    See ya Howard. I was always ok with your products, but
    I can't support your politics. You should take a page from Costco,
    and support programs that strengthen the middle class, who are the
    overwhelming bulk of your customers. Yet, you would cut the net, and
    leave them no way to buy your products. Short-sighted, I'd say.
    Adios.

    • jcparodi007
    • 12/26/2012 9:04 PM

    UN-FREEKIN BELIEVEABLE!!!!!!!!
    starbucks will NEVER get another cent from me, that's how we'll fix the debt this is going to cost the company A LOT!!!!!

    • MaryDiamondGoddess
    • 12/27/2012 12:28 AM

    I LOVE THIS!!!
    I would be honored to carry a cup with this beautiful message of hope and unity on it.
    Thank you SO much for doing this, Howard!!!
    All the best to you this New Year.

    • joshuamusic2
    • 12/27/2012 2:58 AM

    The entire purpose of this post is not for us to decide the political issues. It is the encouragement to our 'leaders' to make the right decision for our country. By making small and shrewd comments, it will not fix anything.

    • JosiaNakash
    • 12/27/2012 4:31 AM

    This is a great concept and it's pretty sad to see the reactions here.

    Starbucks may not be depositing money directly into your bank account today but this is actually a really important step in the right direction.

    Coming Together is exactly the type of message people need today and it is fitting that the big brands provide this new guidance.

    Let's encourage this new dialog and way of thinking - it is the key to our better future.

    • jkfjkf
    • 12/27/2012 4:45 AM

    Poor baristas--excuse me, "partners". Aside from the political goals of this fixthedebt group (which are, as other commenters noted, extremely damaging to people at their income level), just the act of writing something over and over on coffee cups must be severely cramping their wrists, especially since they have to do it at top speed, under the time pressure to get customers their orders quickly.

      • malachibailey
      • 12/27/2012 7:24 AM

      In reply to: jkfjkf

      WIthout medical coverage for Carpal Tunnel to boot.

      I have spent my last dollar at a Starbuck's. Local coffee places are much better. I'm tired of corporations getting involved in politics. The Supreme Court really screwed up with the Citizen's United decision. Your attempt at appearing non-partisan is: a) not working; and b) insulting to your clientele's intelligence.

    • keenanjay
    • 12/27/2012 6:27 AM

    The debt is not the immediate problem. Jobs are the problem - and the crazed lemmings in the Republican clown car make it worse.
    Pay your "partners" a decent wage, make your mugs and crap in America and you will make a start on fixing the debt the right way, by raising the income of more Americans who will buy things and pay taxes.
    Lastly, Howard whether you are a millionare or billionare your compensation is way out of whack with your employees.

      • mxp5769
      • 3/15/2013 8:48 PM

      In reply to: keenanjay

      I have to agree. I've worked at sbux in a couple states & the absolute worst policy (aside from the crappy wage) is that when an employee calls out sick, they are expected to - while they are ill - call other people to find someone to replace them. Never worked for any other company that would dare treat their employees so poorly!

    • xamiam
    • 12/27/2012 8:55 AM

    And exactly what does "Come together" mean? Cave in to the Conservative and Tea Party Republicans who haven't brought a different idea to the negotiations? Continue letting the impoverished middle class to pay for the excesses of the 1%? Just exactly what does "Come together" mean?

    • BobCan57
    • 12/27/2012 9:13 AM

    I've always liked Starbucks coffee, and even though there's no good alternative to it in my area, I'm done with it. Trying to tie this bullshit to Sandy Hook to get your way is in incredibly bad taste. Undoing my auto reload, and when that's done I'm through with your company.

    • JosiaNakash
    • 12/27/2012 9:26 AM

    Why do we resist change? Why do we feel so threatened by something new?

    I decided to give Mr. Schultz some serious credit for taking this intiative:
    http://www.goodvibeagency.com/open-letter-starbucks-ceo-howard-schultz/

      • patachon
      • 12/27/2012 12:52 PM

      In reply to: JosiaNakash

      Resist change? What's so 'new' about Corporate CEOs urging cuts in social programs like Social Security and Medicare? They've been doing it for years. The only difference this time is that they're hiding behind the 'debt' as their excuse of the day.

    • mcnkldzyn
    • 12/27/2012 10:11 AM

    Operation Fiscal Bluff:

    http://public-accountability.org/2012/12/operation-fiscal-bluff/

    • bruceschuman
    • 12/27/2012 11:09 AM

    Dear Howard -- I heard about your visionary initiative this morning on MSNBC (where you sponsor Morning Joe), and though I made my own coffee this morning, I went down to a local Starbucks here on lower State Street in Santa Barbara, asked the baristas if they knew about this initiative (one did, one not yet) -- and got my usual "bold pick of the day with room for cream" -- and had the barista write "Come Together!" on it -- and she did. I got it sitting right here and I'm proud of it. Thanks!

    • FuzzmuckPunkwiggle
    • 12/27/2012 11:13 AM

    Seriously?

    Fix your own frickin' debt.

    It ain't the poor and working poor, the disabled, or the elderly who drove us into this abyss.

    It was the banking and financial "industries" (and I use that term loosely, since they don't actually produce anything).

    Let them pick up the tab for the wreckage they left.

    You first, buddy.

    • agrimmke
    • 12/27/2012 11:44 AM

    It is laughable how the conservatives always scream bloody murder about the deficit when they are not in power. When they are in power they throw fiscal discipline to the wind, give out huge tax breaks while expanding the size of government and wage unnecessary wars.

    Clinton raised taxes. Bush I and Clinton modestly reduced the size of the military. What happened? The economy boomed. The USA paid down the
    debt. Fixing the debt is simple, reduce the military go back to Clinton Tax rates.

    • R1786300j
    • 12/27/2012 12:25 PM

    To Mr. Howard Schultz, CEO:

    I am offended by your political campaign "Come Together." I think it is fair for the top 1% of Americans like yourself to pay more taxes when the rest of the 99% are struggling during the recession. I also would like you to know that I will no longer buying coffee or shopping to your stores.

    Best regards,
    R1786300j

    • patachon
    • 12/27/2012 12:44 PM

    The goal of the billionaires behind 'Fixthedebt' sham is to bum-rush us to cut Social Security & Medicare. The debt is a temporary problem brought on by Bush Tax cuts & poor economy. But the billionaires are using it as a convenient excuse to hack way at programs that protect working people.

    It's particularly ironic to be lectured by the head of Starbucks since the company is almost a classic example of the low wage economy that most of us have been forced to live in for the past 30 years.

    • Greatbear45
    • 12/27/2012 7:49 PM

    Howard,

    Here's some suggested reading for you:

    http://www.amazon.com/Even-Worse-Than-Looks-Constitutional/dp/0465031331

    • MattTheCommish
    • 12/27/2012 9:45 PM

    Why the "Come Together" campaign is offensive to this frequent Starbucks customer:
    -Fix the Debt poses as bipartisan but promotes Republican framing of fiscal issues
    -It's wrong to force baristas to broadcast propaganda in the interest of their rich CEO
    -Invoking the Newtown tragedy for this purpose is outrageous.

    Eggnog lattes are a favorite treat this time of year but I'm boycotting Starbucks until management swears off these kinds of campaigns.

    • ChallengeWhatTheySay
    • 12/28/2012 8:51 AM

    MattTheCommish is correct in regard to the misframing of the fiscal issue. And I'll skip a response to the bizarre vitriol of the occasional rightwinger in this comments section and focus on the niavete and the gauzy gee-if-everyone-would-just-be-bipartisan nonsense that Mr. Shultz, probably with good intentions, exempilfies. It's bad enough when lazy average income people say, "Oh, both sides are wrong, 'they' are all the problem" - it's dangerous when millionaires (billionaires) do it.

    • dweeb15
    • 12/28/2012 3:27 PM

    I am soon to be a Social Security Recipient, and everyone wants to cut the fund that I paid into all of my working life. I would cut Food Stamps and Welfare, that goes to people who are able to work. They haven't paid for their money while I have.

    • jrundin
    • 12/28/2012 6:29 PM

    What's funny about this is that the CEOs involved in this "Fix the Debt" scam (and the many Villagers in Washington) probably have no idea whatsoever how angry most of us are at the rich. They are surrounded by yes-men all day long and are completely isolated from the wrenching reality of constant economic insecurity with no hope for the future that is the reality for many or most people in the US today. So he spouts off like this and makes a fool of himself.

    • buckydoc
    • 12/29/2012 10:50 AM

    I really object to the idea of requiring your staff to personally endorse your political point of view. If you want to print a message on the cups... fine. But please don't bring your baristas into this.

    • MoseyMo
    • 12/29/2012 9:58 PM

    C'mon Howard,
    The only time CEOs of big companies want to get together is as a self-interest group looking for some further advantage in amassing money. I know this FixTheDebt bunch has been getting write-ups about how "non-partisan" it is, but one look at the roster says it's a lie. I will not be darkening your door again, Howard - I will need to save more of my money now that the campaign against my Social Security and Medicare is heating up again, no thanks to you.

    • Pika1943
    • 12/29/2012 10:17 PM

    The wealthy (Howard Schultz, et al) want to "fix the debt" by cutting wages, Social Security, Medicare and anything else that poor and middle class Americans need and are entitled to. The debt was created by out of control financial institutions and corporations that receive bail-outs and evade taxes. The so-called debt problem is really a lack-of-justice-in-America problem. Fix the debt is another sham solution.

    • casey0703
    • 12/30/2012 1:13 PM

    I have been a strong supporter of Starbucks and many of their stances
    particularly when it comes to supporting civil rights. I cannot support
    cutting Social Security benefits. I know too many people who are barely
    subsisting on social security as it is now - I certainly cannot support
    further reducing their limited income. I will no longer be frequenting
    Starbucks.

    • drawnear
    • 12/30/2012 7:30 PM

    It is terrible for you as a company to put your employees in a possition in which they must uphold your political views as they are not permitted to express their own. Keep serving coffee and do your political activism behind the scenes because some of us do not want them to come together. Because when they do they spend way to much money.

    • vermillion4
    • 12/30/2012 8:04 PM

    If Mr. Schultz is so concerned about the debt, then maybe Mr. Schultz and his company should pay a respectable tax rate instead of passing the bill onto those who are hardest hit by this rigged economy.

    Mr. Schultz, I'll happily help lower your taxes by no longer consuming your company's products.

    • rcaplett@mac.com
    • 12/30/2012 10:08 PM

    The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

    • gardenknit
    • 12/31/2012 8:25 AM

    Read Krugman today, December 31, 2012 in the NYT:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/31/opinion/krugman-brewing-up-confusion.html?hp

    • mary_komatsu@yahoo.com
    • 12/31/2012 9:42 AM

    Way to go Starbucks! We have a responsibility to demand the best from our lawmakers and if we need to give them a bit of a kick in the pants - it's all good!

    • AviBremen
    • 12/31/2012 12:39 PM

    Howard, www.fixthedebt.org?? Really? A right-wing front that advocates reducing deficits (mostly by cutting social security, Medicare, unemployment, and other benefits) instead of planned, progressive taxation and closure of loopholes (for the very rich, like you, and corporations, like yours). Shame on you. Last time I'll drink at Starbucks. Stick to grinding coffee (and employees), Howard.

    • ajs888
    • 12/31/2012 1:00 PM

    Thanks for keeping me out of Starbucks this holiday season. My kids asked why we walk by now and do not stop in for coffee, (me) bagel, (them).

    I said because the founder is either ignorant or lying about the " fiscal cliff" and is creating false equivalency. Going over the cliff reduces the debt.

    Luckily we have other options in the neighborhood.

    • ventureckpital
    • 12/31/2012 4:08 PM

    A Dialogue Holding Environment for Maneuvering the Fiscal Cliff
    http://bit.ly/ATM_fiscal_cliff

    • dmddailey@yahoo.com
    • 1/21/2013 1:38 PM

    Was just looking up the address of one of our local Starbucks and ran across this. Saying that our leaders and we the people need to come together for solutions to our economic woes is one thing, but supporting an organization that declares itself to be non partisan but is clearly NOT, is really terrible! I looked at the site you recommended. Then I went to the other site that is absolutely a republican backing group! Shame on you! Looking for another coffee shop to schedule my meeting.

    • jennifermoore89
    • 1/26/2013 5:45 PM

    everyone inculding the higher-ups in the U.S all the way from the president down to the very last american person do need to come together if anything is to be accomplished and the only way that this will ever happen is if we as the american people could swich places with the fat cats (as they are rightly called) and put them in our lives just for one day have a white coller woker do a blue coller job for a day

    • jennifermoore89
    • 1/26/2013 5:51 PM

    (continued) I was watching Fox news and they were talking about people who were hit by superstorm sandy and there was this one man that the news person was talking to his house was destroyed he had to go to his sister's to eat his wife and kids at a motel he had no family for christmas and it had been the first time in ten years that he didn't have christmas dinner in his home along with so many other american families who did come together that had make shift tents while the senate fought over

    • jennifermoore89
    • 1/26/2013 5:56 PM

    (countinued) what they should do about the super storm sandy fund and all the while the presedent is sitting in hawii with his family staying worm and cozy while some or most of the american people are struggling to make ends meet from day to day some even wondering how anything will get paid how they will eat how will they get meds how will they heat their home will they be homeless. This is why everybody in governoment offices have to work with the american people and not agenst the people.

    • mailtovinay11@gmail.com
    • 2/4/2013 3:50 AM

    When is star bucks is opening in India ?

    • mailtovinay11@gmail.com
    • 2/4/2013 3:50 AM



    When is star bucks is opening in India ?

    • mailtovinay11@gmail.com
    • 2/4/2013 3:50 AM



    When is star bucks is opening in India ?

    • reytrai
    • 2/10/2013 11:29 AM

    Mr. S, Chairman, President and CEO, If you haven't already, I
    hope you will read the story of Dan's coffee run. There's a link at the
    bottom where we can make donations to offset what must be substantial money from his own pocket. I hope this is already happening, but if not, I think that Starbucks should discount the price of all the coffee he buys every Thursday. That would be the company's very meaningful contribution to his good work. Thank you for your time.

    • ew2152@yahoo.com
    • 2/23/2013 9:04 AM

    "Compromise" always sounds so non confrontational, but in reality it is the reason we have the mess of a govt that we have. We have come to a point in our nations history where we as a people must make a decision. Eihter we want a government that has control over every aspect of our lives and has the right to decide which "rights" we are allowed to be trusted with, or we want a govt that serves the people and does NOT have the right to step all over our Constitutional guarantees.

    • scherneff@gmail.com
    • 3/12/2013 9:41 AM

    Here is a test. I guess these are not being moderated.

    • joe@alpharepair.biz
    • 3/13/2013 6:00 AM

    It is impossible to fix the debt, this is the greatest magic show on earth. If you create "money" with illegal debt attached it's similar to if you have 2 ounces of water how do you make 3 out of it? IT'S IMPOSSIBLE!!! Also according to the 1984 congressional Grace commission report not 1 dime of your Federal Income Tax payment goes to run anything in the US.. it goes to pay the "Federal" "Reserve" unconstitutional debt!!!

    • kcreds45
    • 3/24/2013 12:15 PM

    as a shareholder of Starbucks for many years (over 1000 shares), i just want to say i love the company, attitude of employees, service, outstanding products, and the corporate theme of helping others. if someone has an issue of spending a buck or two more for coffee, then by all means you are welcome to go elsewhere instead of bitching on this website, or simply make your own.

    • vmolter714
    • 3/25/2013 7:26 AM

    I agree, not good for a corporation to get political. Maybe you should lower your prices, pay attention when customers complain, give your employees raises, donate, etc. I don't see how writing on a cup is going to do anything? I'm not trying to be negative or critical, but Obama's not gonna be like "Hey, people are walking around with cups that say Come Together. We must listen!"

    • earl@nehp.net
    • 3/25/2013 6:49 PM

    Thanks Starbucks for supporting traditional marriages!

      • moondustdesigns@gmail.com
      • 3/27/2013 7:38 AM

      In reply to: earl@nehp.net

      They don't support traditional marriage. They support *** marriage - http://www.snopes.com/politics/sexuality/starbucks.asp - and by the way, the CEO says that people who support traditional marriage can take their business elsewhere...which is exactly what I will be doing...

    • nannasin28@yahoo.com
    • 4/25/2013 12:08 AM

    got it sitting right here and I'm proud of it. http://www.hqew.net

    • WALTSTARR@YAHOO.COM
    • 5/3/2013 8:42 PM

    Prior to this moment, I purchased Starbucks products on a daily basis.

    That stops now. I will never again purchase ANYTHING from Starbucks. Starbucks is evil.

    • westfaliaa2@hotmail.com
    • 5/4/2013 2:51 PM

    Read this article:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/02/reinhart-rogoff-austerity_n_3201453.html.
    Basically the entire austerity movement has been exposed for the scam that it is. Built on faulty research. Want to end up like Greece and Spain instead of Iceland (who has recovered without austerity and arrested it's bankers), then follow Starbuck's advice on cutting Social Security. It's a scam people. Recognize it for what it is. Think I've drank my last Starbuck's coffee.

    • southie81@gmail.com
    • 5/20/2013 8:37 PM

    Although thoughtful, small sentiments don't solve big problems.

    • somerville15@yahoo.com
    • 5/21/2013 4:27 PM

    I am very concerned that Starbucks whose brand image is based on
    "doing good" would support fixthedebt.org, an organization designed to
    promote cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. How can you
    justify this position when most of your workers will probably rely solely on
    these programs when they retire?

    • loffland214@yahoo.com
    • 6/4/2013 11:57 PM

    I agree with the previous comments about the CEOs need to stick with bringing good quality coffees and services at reasonable prices instead of CEOs getting on their political soapboxes. Hint of advice: Politics in the workplace don't mix! Starbucks sells and pushes a (legal) addictive drug. And now I can't sit on your outdoor tables and have a Cigarette if it's otherwise legal in my city? I like my coffee with a cigarette! No cigarettes within 25 feet, then I don't need your coffee either.

    • dfsplett@comcast.net
    • 7/22/2013 2:58 PM

    Well, so much for coming together>

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