Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has been active in a semi-political sense and I’m glad for it. The reason is it’s “semi-political” and not outright political. See, he’s been pushing for jobs (CBS) in America via Starbucks and the simple and aptly titled Create Jobs For USA.
I’m not sure but this is probably only the second letter he has penned publicly to his workforce, advocating for a fiscal deal on Washington. I doubt anyone is listening there but I’m hoping more and more of us are.
I mean if this was anyone else, I probably would think they’ve got an agenda here. But hey, this is Starbucks we’re talking about. I mean it’s not like if more people are working, Starbucks won’t benefit or even a stronger economy, Starbucks won’t see better sales. It well and Schultz is simply making that point.
He’s not directly advocating what other CEOs are asking for – like a tax holiday for overseas profit like some others have, including Tim Cook of Apple. No way President Obama would go for that. So, Schultz is the next best thing for his company, and for America buy trying to push for more job creation and fiscal responsibility here.
Unfortunately, I have to say that there isn’t a lot of folks in the media who is giving him a lot of attention. Sure, once in a while, we’ll see a short piece on this but I like to see other CEOs join Schultz in advocating self-growth and political sanity in Washington.
Starbucks will kick things off with a Come Together campaign.
What do you think? I think it's a brilliant move. Regardless of your political beliefs, we've got someone who is richer than most of us will ever be and, yet, he cares enough about all of our future as a nation.