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Panic In DC As Starbucks' Schultz Calls For CEO Boycott Of Campaign Donations, Urges Americans To Go On Strike Against Their Politicians

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In today's most underreported news of the day, which could potentially have the biggest impact on the future of America, none other than America's CEOs, or at least one of them: Starbucks' Howard Schultz, has mass blasted an email to fellow CEOs asking for a consensual boycott on donating to political campaigns in order to encourage the nation's muppets, elsewhere idiotically called "leaders", to solve America's budget and debt impasse. Bloomberg quotes from the CEO's e-mail to business leaders:"I am asking that all of us forego political contributions until the Congress and the President return to Washington and deliver a fiscally disciplined long-term debt and deficit plan to the American people." Cue panic, terror, homicidal and suicidal screeching, and overall sheer existential angst in D.C., whose critters suddenly face the nightmare scenario of having no corporate bribes, period, until they get to do their job.

Should Schultz' proposal gain traction, this could be the most revolutionary proposal to leadership reform since the advent of the corporatocracy. Yet as optimistic and idealistic as we are, we fail to see how corporations will all join into this mass game theory experiment, where the benefits for defection get exponentially greater as more and more people join and decide to cooperate. Oh well, it was a great idea while it lasted. And as for Schultz' own donation record, here is Politico: Schultz’s most recent donation was the $2,500 maximum to Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) in March. He’s also given thousands in previous cycles to Democrats including President Barack Obama, and one-time Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and John Edwards. He’s also given to Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.)." At least some democrats are certainly sweating it if Schultz decideds to proceed unilaterally with this threat (unless of course it is nothing more than a PR stunt).

From Bloomberg:

Schultz, 58, joined Starbucks about three decades ago and later served as CEO until in 2000. He took the reins again in 2008 amid slumping sales growth after the company expanded too rapidly. The Starbucks leader has spoken on issues such as the high price of coffee, which he says is driven by market speculation.

 

He also encouraged fellow business leaders in the e-mail to “voice your perspective publicly” and said that “businesses need to do all they can to accelerate job creation.”

 

Corey duBrowa, a spokesman for Seattle-based Starbucks, said the e-mail was sent last night and dated Aug. 15.

Politico completes:

Schultz said “businesses need to do all they can to accelerate job creation.” And, in his message to employees, he said Starbucks would do just that. The company’s “innovative, global growth and new distribution channels will continue to create full- and part-time jobs, and not just in the U.S., but in the more than 50 countries where we operate,” he wrote.

The idea is, naturally, noble enough:

What Schultz wants to see, he said in that interview, is for Americans to go on strike against their politicians.

 

“The fundamental problem is that the lens through which Congress approaches issues is reelection. The lifeblood of their reelection campaigns is political contributions,” Schultz said. Whether big donors or small ones, Americans should stop giving and see if it galvanizes Washington to act.

 

“The debt crisis is really the symbol of a larger problem, which is that our leaders are not leading,” he added. “America’s leaders need to put their feet in the shoes of working Americans…. Instead, all they think about is their own political self-interest.”

Once again, should this idea gain traction, it may prove to be the most (r)evolutionary development in US politics in decades. Which is precisely why we are confident it will never be mentioned again: good luck getting Wall Street firms, for whom 80% of their business model is bribing their DC muppets with pocket change, to pledge their participation in this program.

 


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Mon, 08/15/2011 - 12:58 | Link to Comment wang (not verified)
Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:00 | Link to Comment So Close
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In late breaking news the EPA has announced that high levels of pesticides have been discovered in Starbucks coffee.  A cease and desist order has been issued to the company to stop selling coffee at all of their stores until a full investigation can be completed.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:06 | Link to Comment vicorjh
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And further...

The US Congress has announced the formation of a Super Commitee to investigate the connection between Starbucks and the S&P, flash crashes, and insider trading prior to S&Ps downgrade.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:07 | Link to Comment Popo
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And the SEC is investigating accounting irregularities at the firm.  

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:14 | Link to Comment Ahmeexnal
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I can see the headlines in a few days: Gulfstream explodes in mid-air with SB CEO aboard.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:19 | Link to Comment john39
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i doubt it man.  Starbucks is zionist controlled corporation.  he would not be doing this if it was not part of the script.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 15:37 | Link to Comment israhole
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Bingo!  Starbucks just LOVES Israel.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 16:02 | Link to Comment Michael
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Fuck the establishment, fuck the ZOG occupied MSM, and fuck the ZOG occupied government.

I'm voting for Ron Paul even if I have to write him in while voting against every incumbent on the ballot.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 18:20 | Link to Comment Ident 7777 economy
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I'm voting for Ron Paul even if I have to write him in while ...

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  More RON ick

 

Say it fast - and altogether.

 

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Mon, 08/15/2011 - 18:24 | Link to Comment Junius Americanus
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Check out the following website.  If this gets up and running in time, it will allow a Presidential candidate like Paul to win even if he gets sidelined by the MSM and the GOP. 

http://www.americanselect.org/

This makes the idea of a write-in President a little less moronic, in fact.  

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 18:29 | Link to Comment Ident 7777 economy
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Check out the following website. If this gets up and running in time, it will allow a Presidential candidate like Paul to win even if he gets sidelined by the MSM and the GOP. 

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SHAZAAM!

 

Why wasn't this thought of in 2008?

 

We wouldn't be in the center of the pickle we are now ...

 

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And repeating - say it fast with me now:

 

                                          More RON ick

 

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Mon, 08/15/2011 - 20:05 | Link to Comment JW n FL
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I am voting repugnant!

but only so the fire will start sooner than later!

YEEEEE HAAAAAAAW

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 20:33 | Link to Comment Ident 7777 economy
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Ssay it fast with me now:      More RON

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 21:52 | Link to Comment JW n FL
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Dear Piggy,

dont you have someone to hand cuff and shoot in the back?

dont you have someone to taze and beat to death with 5 of your Piggy friends?

dont you have a 40 cal to clean while jerking off?

Say it with me.. FUCK YOU NAZI PIG!

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:45 | Link to Comment squeal
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Somehow I don't think an oligarch witholding funds from congress to help spur austerity is in any danger.

 

If he'd said "cut pentagon spending" or "let's audit the Fed" that would be a different story.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 14:20 | Link to Comment Rick64
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Exactly

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 16:20 | Link to Comment rocker
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Don't Worry, The Supreme Court has already dictated:  We the Sheeple are for and by the Corportations of America.

Good News Alert: Campaign contributions limit has been raised to $5,000 per person.  Corporation limit is now 50 Zillion.

In other words, there is no limit for corporations. They own our political system. Shultz is a asshole if he thinks this will work.

Another way of thinking about it.  The rich control the USA.  We have given up our freedoms with the Patriot Act in the name of being safe.  LOL

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 14:24 | Link to Comment Beam Me Up Scotty
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Where di he talk about austerity? By the looks of who he has donated to in the past he's probably pissed the gubbamint isn't giving him money to subsidize his coffee. Just think of all the jobs he could create if he could sell his coffee for a dime a cup!

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 06:41 | Link to Comment Rick64
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When there is talk of budget cuts it usually involves austerity measures.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 15:04 | Link to Comment chumbawamba
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And lo and behold, it found that a lot of the profit was being skimmed and sent to bank accounts in Israel.

-Chumblez.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 15:51 | Link to Comment Husk-Erzulie
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Nice to see you Chumba :-)

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 09:22 | Link to Comment Chuck Walla
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"Hey, nice coffee place you have here. It'd be a pity if something happened to it!" You're in luck, the governemnt, in the form of its elected elite, sell insurnace at reasonable rates, like $2500 or so!

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:13 | Link to Comment narnia
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in other news, the Federal Reserve & TBTF banks offered unlimited credit to any Starbucks' customers + the military industrial complex revealed Osama bin Laden was secretly plotting terrorist attacks with all of Starbucks' competitors...  in gratitude for their now complete mononpoly over political contributions.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:22 | Link to Comment scatterbrains
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oh boy, does XOM own any tanks or tow missles ? Corporate military campaigns bitches!

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:00 | Link to Comment Caviar Emptor
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Lil too much Java drinking will affect your optimism neurons

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:02 | Link to Comment schoolsout
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He's actually a pretty good manager and does a lot for his employees.  I respect him...

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:16 | Link to Comment trav7777
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he's still a growth monkey...I love how they replaced the other CEO as sales slumped.  I mean news fucking flash...at what point did they think the market for $5 coffees could grow to infinity?

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:56 | Link to Comment doomandbloom
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+ infinity

 

i often feel like slapping both the bloomberg and cnbc commentators when they start talking about growth!! 

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:00 | Link to Comment mynhair
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Dumb Lib.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:08 | Link to Comment Id fight Gandhi
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This guy wants us to pay $8 for a cup of coffee. He can go fornicate himself.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:20 | Link to Comment ZeroPower
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Bit of an exag..most ive paid is 4£

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:34 | Link to Comment Id fight Gandhi
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It's still a cheap place to nurse a coffee, get free wifi and let unemployed look productive on laptops.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:57 | Link to Comment Lazlo Toth
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He pays in dollars which are worth... ummm....

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 14:12 | Link to Comment Rockfish
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Baltimore metro are tall coffee $1.58 cream and sugar free.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 18:57 | Link to Comment bread n circuses
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wait for it....

 

wait for it...

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:57 | Link to Comment dumpster
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please the shrill nonscience

a single shot americano  is less than 2 bucks

a cup of coffee 1.50 

the large foam, and sweets and party drinks are not coffee they are the junkies sweet tooth .

and your day job to delivery the cup of coffee to your female boss

 

 

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 21:54 | Link to Comment JW n FL
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hey! hey!! just becuase I look all metro sexy ordering my foofy drinks all the time in there is no reason to kick me while I hang out with hawt chicks is it?

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 14:02 | Link to Comment dumpster
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and have you ever started any thing in business bigger than a lemon aid stand

dont see any one with guns making any one buy a cup.. 

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:00 | Link to Comment MonsterBox
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never happen

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:17 | Link to Comment espirit
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Yeah, I can imagine all the other crony capitalists saying... "Shultz, you go first hawhawha".

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:01 | Link to Comment john39
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hmm... sounds like the zionist banker cabal has kicked the austerity push into high gear in the U.S. now.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:41 | Link to Comment traderjoe
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I'm all for sound money and a balanced budget, BUT we must first REPUDIATE the debt. Our national debt is odious. Sovereign countries do not need to borrow their money from private corporations. Any move towards austerity before repudiation is a travesty on the people - in the support of our current debt. Mr. Shultz must have some Treasuries he wants paid back...

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 14:22 | Link to Comment Rick64
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+100

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 16:03 | Link to Comment Mad Cow
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@traderjoe

Now we're talkin!

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:01 | Link to Comment sunnydays
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Yea, to make sure all businesses are protected, the wealthy don't get a tax increase, the normal folks get taxed more and their SS benefits cut and cut all things for the middle class but keep the wealthy flowing.

Uhh... the politicians have never listened to the people, but golly gee they may just listen the the very few corporation owners, who are their masters after all.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:01 | Link to Comment -Michelle-
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Aw, this almost makes me want to to out and buy an overpriced cup of overroasted coffee today.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:52 | Link to Comment Biosci
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Overroasted is right!  They could decrease costs, increase sales, and help address the energy issue if they'd turn the flamethrowers down a notch or two.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 14:05 | Link to Comment blunderdog
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There are usually two roasts offered--if you go with what they used to call "mild," you can actually get a decent cup of coffee.

(The blend I used to prefer was called "Yukon."  Medium roast, not burnt to charcoal.)

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:01 | Link to Comment baby_BLYTHE
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bullish for Ron Paul's campaign.

Jimmy Roger's endorses Ron Paul for President

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:09 | Link to Comment Cassandra Syndrome
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That was the very first thing I thought of. Ron isn't a corporate whore for the rent seekers, like the other parasites running for President. This move would put him into the driving seat. However I am sure the CEOs will realise that they need to back one of these candidates, as Ron Paul's vision of free market isn't compatible with their corporatism.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:11 | Link to Comment centerline
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News where I am did it again the other night - they talked all about who came it first and third, and forth in the straw poll.  Not one mention of who came in second.  Then at the very end, they switched to another reporter who as quickly as he could mentioned Ron Paul and was off the air in a flash.  It was absolutely amazing.  Never before have I seen something like that.  Have no idea what it means yet - but it was interesting nonetheless.  Almost could see the invisible hand that night.

 

 

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:17 | Link to Comment fuu
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Welcome to 2007-2008 again. Snowball fights with Hannity were about the only way to get any press in 2007.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:25 | Link to Comment trav7777
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who runs the MSM?

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:30 | Link to Comment fuu
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Female Negro Zionists?!?

CHECK UNDER THE BED!

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 18:31 | Link to Comment Ident 7777 economy
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CHECK UNDER THE BED!

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  Michael sez:

 

                 Check under the FED!

 

All I find is dust bunnies ...

 

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Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:40 | Link to Comment Cassandra Syndrome
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Ron Paul to the Corporate Whore Media is like a cross to Dracula

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 15:27 | Link to Comment Henry Chinaski
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Zionists are threatened by the Ron Paul ascendancy because Ron Paul advocates an end to foreign aid.  And everyone knows what country is the greatest beneficiary of US foreign aid. 

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:14 | Link to Comment wang (not verified)
Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:01 | Link to Comment KrugmansChauffeur
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We've tried everything up until now...except the one thing pols understand: bribery.

 

 

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:33 | Link to Comment Silver Dreamer
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As we all know too, it is difficult to out bribe the banksters.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:02 | Link to Comment Bam_Man
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These plutocrats sure are shrewd motherf**kers.

They know things are about to blow sky high and now it's time to start covering their asses with publicity stunts like this.

 

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:02 | Link to Comment jakethesnake76
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WHOISJOHNGALT.. NUFF SAID..

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:07 | Link to Comment wang (not verified)
Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:05 | Link to Comment Fukushima Sam
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The politicians are not worried.  They still have insider trading to fall back on.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:03 | Link to Comment jjsilver
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It's an easy fix, abolish the federal reserve and arrest these criminals!

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:03 | Link to Comment Lndmvr
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Would rather see a call for a 10 million unhappy subject march on the capitol with unloaded weapons. No porta potties please, give them a taste of thier own medicine.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 14:59 | Link to Comment JohnG
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An empty firearm is actually about the most dangerous thing I can imagine carrying.  Can get you shot and you can't even return fire.

Pass the ammo please.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:03 | Link to Comment Bam_Man
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"It tastes boint!"

           - Jackie Mason

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:05 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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WOW!! I SUDDENLY LIKE STARBUCKS EVEN MORE!!

 

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:07 | Link to Comment HungrySeagull
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Yea, packing heat while drinking a two dollar coffee.

NICE!

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:05 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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He got his, fuck everyone else.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:05 | Link to Comment gimli
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After seeing what Italy did to Ronald ..... Schultz has taken positive steps to save Euro Starbucks

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 16:16 | Link to Comment Belteshazzar
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don't hold your breath for Italian decapitated mermaid statues though- coffee snobbery in Italy means that Starbucks has minimal market presence there...

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:06 | Link to Comment Catullus
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Going on strike against my politicians would mean no longer paying my taxes. Maybe Starbucks should not withhold any payroll taxes from their employees. There's a thought.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:23 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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Or stop collecting sales taxes. I'd go there every day if they did that.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:06 | Link to Comment fuu
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Well at least someone is trying something.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:06 | Link to Comment piper1
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Wonder how long before he has problems with the government.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:08 | Link to Comment ReeferMac
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You heard about the bean tariff being imposed to help fight the budget gap?

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:11 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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goodbye Coffee Licence... welcome moonshine coffee...

 

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:07 | Link to Comment ReeferMac
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Not for nothing, but.....

Rather than have the masses pay ungodly sums in increased taxes over the next presidential cycle, wouldn't it be far cheaper and easier if we just created our own political lobbying organizations and competed directly? I mean, every other aspect of our society has thrown in the towel.... We force food on schoolchildren because some people refuse to raise/parent their offspring, police will second that notion, I'm sure. Health-cares mandated, because we're just too stupid to take care of ourselves.

Rather than expect the corrupited political types to do the job they're being paid to, we should all work w/in the system that exists! Put up 1000 bucks, a pittance compared to your 2012 tax-bill increase... and we could have a huge warchest to bribe Washington with.

The system is broken, and since nobody has the cahone's to replace it, we should probably try to work w/ in it, as fighting against it to the current level's done nothing but exacerbate the problem!

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:21 | Link to Comment KrugmansChauffeur
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we just created our own political lobbying organizations and competed directly

 

You would only be marginalised as <insert invective> or co-opted ourtright.  See: Tea party.

 

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:43 | Link to Comment aerojet
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The Tea Party was that and it was co-opted in near record time and now has Michelle Bachmann (shiver) as the figurehead.  Give me a break!  The US needs real leaders, people with spirit and hard-won experience, not these country club jackwagons who don't like getting their hands dirty.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 15:00 | Link to Comment JohnG
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Heh, heh, heh, he said head, heh, heh, heh

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:30 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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I don't think you're paying close enough attention to the reality that is polarized politics. The more money you pump in, the more it motivates "the other side" to compete.

Guess what? That other side has a printing press.

You will never, ever win by playing within their system.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:08 | Link to Comment TideFighter
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I'm sure Shultzy sent some of those cool Starbuck's free drink coupons in his email list with a promise of free lifetime coupons if you actually respond. In email marketing, a 1% response rate is very good, I'm sure free coffee will send it soaring to 2%. Why the hell does Starbucks contribute anything? Coffee lobby? Really?   

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:08 | Link to Comment gkm
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Try a little prisoner's dilemma with respect to this plan and see how that works.  He who cheats first cheats best.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:09 | Link to Comment Aductor
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Behold, the birth of the coffee-party.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 15:41 | Link to Comment Oh regional Indian
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Nice! 

ORI

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:10 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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to bad Banks will invest in these campaigns never the less....

the returns on investment X1000 are just to high to pass over...

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:11 | Link to Comment GottaBKiddn
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Schultz is one of the largest corporate donors directly to Israel. You can bet he's got something else going than American patriotism.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:13 | Link to Comment carbonmutant
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I've noticed a decline, here in Silicon Valley, in the caffeine content in Starbuck's coffee in recent weeks.

This sounds like somebody is trying to use politics to off set value inflation...

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:15 | Link to Comment Smiley
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Starbucks sucks.  All real coffee drinkers know that The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and Pete's Coffee blow Starbucks out of the water for taste, quality, and service.  They are seriously the coffee of last resort anymore; one step above Gas Station brew.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:20 | Link to Comment Jim in MN
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<ahem> Peet's.  Which is really better on Market Street or the Ferry Building in SF. Oh, OK, Berzerkely then, be that way.

But the corporate gift cards keep 'em coming at Starbucks!

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:42 | Link to Comment Smiley
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My face burns red in shame!

I will drink 6 shots of espresso for lunch to repent my sins.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:24 | Link to Comment carbonmutant
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Peet's when I can find one...

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 15:39 | Link to Comment reescher
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Haven't personally been impressed by the taste of bagged Pete's java. It was about the same as fourbux. 

But they don't like lawfully carried firearms in their store. So no guns = no $$ for them.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:16 | Link to Comment nmewn
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In other news, a few DC royal guards were left behind last week to monitor the hotline to Wall Street as the city emptied for the royals third vacation of the year...a five week sabbatical so richly deserved for driving the royal treasury even deeper into the red.

Next up...tanning salons and the regulators who hate them after this commercial break...

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:17 | Link to Comment Jim in MN
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Old anarchist slogan:

Replace the economy, ignore the government

Imagine no money, no press, no interest....the ultimate Hell for psychopaths

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 18:54 | Link to Comment bread n circuses
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you may say I'm a dreamer....

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 19:30 | Link to Comment ReeferMac
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Not the only one...

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:17 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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I'm certain that he will be helped to see the error of his ways and send out a retraction soon.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:17 | Link to Comment Let them all fail
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Probably just playing to the PNW culture out here, not exactly corporate-friendly people in Seattle and Portland (relatively, anyways) - Of course, I generally ignore this stuff until it actually happens, actions speak louder than words indeed.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:18 | Link to Comment TideFighter
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Starbucks = Borders 2 years ago. They will go same route. Even DQ has better coffee now. When they took the breakfast menu away, that was the beginning of the end. 

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:19 | Link to Comment Agent P
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"I am asking that all of us forego political contributions until the Congress and the President return to Washington and deliver a fiscally disciplined long-term debt and deficit plan to the American people."

Yes!  Fiscally disciplined!  Yes, yes, and yes!  Now let's all go get a $7 coffee!

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:19 | Link to Comment TideFighter
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Could go "Reply All" viral!

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:25 | Link to Comment vast-dom
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IF "I am asking that all of us forego political contributions until the Congress and the President return to Washington and deliver a fiscally disciplined long-term debt and deficit plan to the American people."  THEN there will never ever be another CEO contribution again because there will never ever be a fiscally disciplined long-term anything in the USofA until after armegeddon. Sorry. 

 

We should boycott the $10 latte ASAP! Why? Because we live in a global economy. And that's more scratch then some labor markets pay for a week's work ;) Fiscally responsible, right? OR maybe we can borrow with 25% interest rate for our monthly Starbucks low-grade high while the banks get 0% interest taxpayer monies for the privelage of fleecing us? So which part of responsible is our StarBUCKs CEO really referring to?

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:20 | Link to Comment Joshua Falken
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The USA will not be able to begin recovering from this malaise until the malignant cancer at the heart of the American financial system is surgically removed.

The USA has a diseased parasite which is an unaccountable private company that secretely loans trillion of taxpayers dollars to save its own shareholder banks (mostly in Europe) and is lying, cheating and raping America with tacit government approval while smiling sweetly to the electorate.

This disease is the member banks of the Federal Reserve System.

When the US electorate finally wake up and realise Ron Paul was right, it will be too late. 

History will record the actions of Greenspan, Bernanke, Geithner, Paulson, Bush and Obama delivered more people into debt, tyranny and poverty than Saddam, Gaddafi, bin Laden and Mugabe all put together.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:26 | Link to Comment Smiddywesson
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In that case, history won't read that they were anything less than tireless public servants faced with unforseeable and uncontrollable events.

TPTB write the history.  Example:  FDR

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:30 | Link to Comment Nothing To See Here
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Does History remembers that FDR was a fan of Mussolini? That Wilson supported eugenics? Or that Lincoln was a racist?

History is written by tyrants and their servants.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:45 | Link to Comment WellingtonDowd
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+1 for the username.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:23 | Link to Comment Smiddywesson
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Most Starbucks customers don't pay $5 for a cup of coffee because they like the taste as much as they like that the high prices keep out the riff raff of our rude society.  Panic should be good for sales.  If they add armed guards and bullet resistant glass, I'd put up with their harsh tasting coffee.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:43 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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From what I've seen of the place, their customers are the rude society. Just because they are quiet in their condescending smugness, it really isn't any less rude than the loud and obnoxious riff raff.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:23 | Link to Comment Aquiloaster
Mon, 08/15/2011 - 22:02 | Link to Comment JW n FL
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++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Funniest Shit I have seen in a WHILE!!

Everyone stop and laugh, everyone needs a laugh at this point!

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:27 | Link to Comment YHC-FTSE
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Apparently in America, any attempts to foster honest political discourse by banning corporate campaign donations is, "revolutionary". That's beyond fucked up. 

There are no limits on corporate campaign spending on advertisements, and since May 2011, coporations are allowed to fund political campaigns directly, that is a corporate entity now enjoys the same rights as an individual human being, and possibly better protection from the law. It's probably a PR stunt, but if it isn't and this catches on (Doubtful, considering the utterly spastic/apathetic comments on this page), Schultz is a marked man. 

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:27 | Link to Comment vast-dom
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IF "I am asking that all of us forego political contributions until the Congress and the President return to Washington and deliver a fiscally disciplined long-term debt and deficit plan to the American people."  THEN there will never ever be another CEO contribution again because there will never ever be a fiscally disciplined long-term anything in the USofA until after armegeddon. Sorry. 

 

We should boycott the $10 latte ASAP! Why? Because we live in a global economy. And that's more scratch then some labor markets pay for a week's work ;) Fiscally responsible, right? OR maybe we can borrow with 25% interest rate for our monthly Starbucks low-grade high while the banks get 0% interest taxpayer monies for the privelage of fleecing us? So which part of responsible is our StarBUCKs CEO really referring to?

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:29 | Link to Comment sbenard
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What are the chances that Immelt and Buffett will do that? Good idea, bad joke!

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 22:07 | Link to Comment JW n FL
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqntDGnxrjQ

New York Cops LOVE Protesters! they jerk off thinking about beating up hippie, peace, love and happiness protesters every day!

good luck with the Nazi Piggs!

call me when you are done talking and ready to start taking action!

40 years of talking has got us NO where!

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:33 | Link to Comment stoverny
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To which the CEO's of Pfizer, Eli Lilly, and Glaxo say, "Stop your own damn political contributions, Coffee Boy - we've got hard-on pills to sell."

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:37 | Link to Comment PulauHantu29
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LMAO....all they have to do is to cut off the Monsters Head....GS.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:39 | Link to Comment Racer
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When does the statue of limitations or whatever it is you have in the US that allows the banksters to get off scott free run out?

They must have bribed CONgress to pass all the laws they need for now and stolen all the pensioners money, so don't want to give them any of it back

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:43 | Link to Comment reader2010
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Another smart marketing effort.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 14:26 | Link to Comment JW n FL
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you are using to much sweet lite crude!

thusly you and your kind should kill each other until the draw down on natural resources created by you and your kind is alleviated!

dont forget is was po whitey or the po nigga who caused it all!

please keep away from the golf courses and job creators! LOL!!

just like in London!

new catch phrase (reality based Not cable news mee mee) poor on poor violence grows as populace numbers fall!

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:44 | Link to Comment OpenEyes
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Mmmmm what's that aroma?  Oh, I know, it's an IRS audit coming to Starbucks.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 13:49 | Link to Comment johnQpublic
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solve unemployment with more coffee baristas

 

in a more perfect world everyone will be wired out of their freaking minds on triple shot lattes, starting fires and carrying signs

powershot to the people

starbucks the thirst mutilator

its got what sheep crave

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 14:09 | Link to Comment wandstrasse
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comin soon: tax reduction for big coffe chains. problem resolved, customer happy, politicians funded again.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 14:09 | Link to Comment Byte Me
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Their koffee tastes like catsick anyway.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 14:11 | Link to Comment kito
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if this catches on, bearish gold

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 14:15 | Link to Comment ArgentDawn
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Lobbyists are prepared for the price discount that would follow.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 14:19 | Link to Comment JW n FL
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Bloomberg quotes from the CEO's e-mail to business leaders:"I am asking that all of us forego political contributions until the Congress and the President return to Washington and deliver a fiscally disciplined long-term debt and deficit plan to the American people."

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So now that Wall Street has Trillions sitting!

it is time for Main Street! (who was outright FUCKED the first go round) too tighten up those belts and accept that Washington can NOT! afford Grandma any more (after blowing thru the $2.5 Trillion in Social Security Reserves).

This shit is like a bad "B" Movie and the worst part is that "We the Sheepish Consumers" are soooooooooooo fucking stupid or programed by 24 hour a day cable news drivel in heavy rotation that the New, New Normal Robbery will go un-noticed.

I Love!! Cutts AFTER!! the monies have already been passed out!

I Love!! how the $100's of Billions are killing the Country NOT!!! Wall Street's Trillions and Trillions and Trillions and Trillions Trillions and Trillions and Trillions and Trillions, Nope it was Grandma's Social Security Check that CRUSHED the economy and caused a $14 Trillion Dollar Natonal Deficit!

 

ALL repugnant and dumbfucks may now argue over organized labor v. job creators!! LOL!!

 

this Country is going to BURN!!! and it deserves too for treating "We the People" this way!

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 14:33 | Link to Comment High Plains Drifter
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did he clear that with aipac and the adl yet?

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 14:56 | Link to Comment JW n FL
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after 81 memebers of congress leave for israel..

after the FED says no more free triilions to Wall Street..

now they wanna cut back lobby spending!!!

LOL!

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 14:25 | Link to Comment gwar5
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Now, if GS, GE or Google came out with this then it would be really noteworthy. Nonetheless, since the national debt has doubled since Obama came to Washington five years ago, I guess this is an anti-endorsement.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 14:31 | Link to Comment JW n FL
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i could explain that until 2009 obama didnt spend a penny it was bush's budget still but blaming the wigger is so en-vogue' why bother?

http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/fy2009/

and more importantly than the little things like who really signed what into law...

is that no matter who sits in that chair is a fucking pawn of the lobby's!

or more to the point is owned by EVERYONE but "We the People".

 

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 14:36 | Link to Comment High Plains Drifter
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to the whites, obama is a liberal progressive, to the blacks , obama is a black man, to the jews, obama is a jew, to the muslims, obama is a muslim. obama is everyman. one thing is for sure. no one knows who exactly this man is. amazing how he ever even got to be president.......amazing...........

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 14:50 | Link to Comment JW n FL
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he is owned!

the last President Not owned was Kennedy!

because he had billions before it was kool!

until we get someone in office who is not owned or scared of the secret service pulling off duty just long enough to get them shot in the head (with a magic bullet), "We the People" will suffer!

the fact that more than half the people here! in ZH think / say that we need more of the same.. a new president like ron paul?? if ron was elected and he was not playing the game their way he would be dead in a few months if that long.. and the vice president rommney / palin / bachmann or whoever WOULD be a team player!

until "We the People" rise up! shit will NOT!! change!

and 99.9999999999999% of "We the Sheepish Consumers" are to fucking stupid to have a clue as to how bad they are being fuckec or to know they are on a road of destruction to preserve the quality of life for the few.

the markets are such a lie that no one! is playing and evceryone with a clue is out!

the end is coming! the poor are tapped out credit wise and grandma costs too much!

time now for the poor to kill each other!

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 22:12 | Link to Comment Tom of the Missouri
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It is not amazing that no one knows or knew who Obama is or was.  There was plenty of infor and  his background and history available to anyone who had opened their eyes and wanted to know before his election.  His history is clear:  His grandparents and parents were communist, he associated with his communist neighbor Bill Ayres and his "father figure" communist Reverend Wright. He was best friends with a former PLO public relations guy, I forget his name. The LA times has a tape of him partying with this guy but won't release it. His books clearly pointed out his affinity for leftist radicals at Occidental and Columbia universiteis.  He had the most left wing voting record of all sitting U.S. Senators.  Much of his background was and is still hidden  as of today like for instance his college grades and his writings.  Did this not raise a red flag with anyone? It did or some of us. There is and was much more available to anyone who wanted to knows.  Prior to the election Stanley Kurtz of National Review wrote heavily researched and documented article after article about his troubling past and has since written a further researched book on the subject. The truth is that very few wanted to know and apparently are still willfully blinded, including the author of the previous post and Mr. Schultz who is apparently suprised by the way things have turned out.

Mr. Schultz from Starbucks is such a hippocrite.  Everyone knows he is a big Democrat and Obama supporter and now he is suprised and wants to ask people to boycott all represenatives in congress.   I personally hope Mr. Schultz suffers and pays the price for his stupidity and willful blindness. The truth is that there were and are a few representatives in congress who have know the truth all along.   Many of these were elected in the last congressional election.  Why doesn't Schultz support these people with his contributions? Does Mr. Schultz and the previous post author consider these people stupid flyover country hillbillies who don't know how to order lattes or they again just not paying attention. It seems to me they are much smarter than Mr. Schultz for they have known the truth about Mr. Obama all along.  Why does he try to say we should boycott all of congress?  Would he then have to admit his own stupidity, bad choices and his political bias?  I think we all know the answer.

There are plenty of people in congress today that know what the problem is and are trying to fix it.  I am sick of the "they are all the same" meme.  They are not all the same. Many have responsibly tried to prevent the debt ceiling increase.  Many know and have tried to stop the insane spending.  Many did not favor bailing out Wall Street at main street and every one else's expense.   Many voted against the insane and wasteful spendlius.  Theire are people that are already in congress that understand the problems and the solutions and trying to save the country need your support.   

 

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 14:29 | Link to Comment High Plains Drifter
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yeh and amerikans can go on strike against two dollar coffee too....

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 14:32 | Link to Comment High Plains Drifter
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google bought their phone making component today  from motorola. i am sure reggie is going to tell us now , he knew this was coming all along.......yada yada yada....

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 14:39 | Link to Comment DosZap
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GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

Maybe now, the ENTIRE Senate & House can get back and do THEIR high paid salaries/Bennie's jobs.

Instead of PASSING (Unconstitutionally) the buck to the Gang Of Six.

That have the authority to cut, and change the spending without ANY chance of Amendments,or being brought to the Senate, and House floors for any Up or Down vote.

Anything these SIX do, will become law(illegal as hades), bit since when does anyone (except the few rare and brave),dare to try and follow the Founders intent?.

Guaranteed to bring NOTHING but more pain, and suffering to the people via their pocketbooks.

IF these clowns would get serious, and dismantle tons of redundant agencies,and stop paying freeloaders,defund many agencies that are on the teat.

Then MAYBE the American people(Seniors) would be a lot more willing to take a look at SS/MC/ programs.

Why should they, when the government spends like a two bit Crack Ho, with an unlimited source of cash to enable the habit.

Here's a new one, the Government needs to GET off the Taxpayers TEAT, and focus on  genuine fiscal disciplines.

That of course is not possible, since this house of cards is / has been dismantled on PURPOSE.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 14:53 | Link to Comment JW n FL
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you will have to wait for them to get back from israel.. all 81 of them.. or 1/5th or our duely elected lobby whores are in another country sucking dick for lobby dollars.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGhpQi2JVRE

AIPAC Sends 81 Members of the US Congress on Vacation!

1/5th of Congress! is going to Israel the Largest single recipient of US AID!!

Forr many years the American media said that “Israel receives $1.8 billion in military aid” or that “Israel receives $1.2 billion in economic aid.” Both statements were true, but since they were never combined to give us the complete total of annual U.S. aid to Israel, they also were lies—true lies.

Recently Americans have begun to read and hear that “Israel receives $3 billion in annual U.S. foreign aid.” That's true. But it's still a lie. The problem is that in fiscal 1997 alone, Israel received from a variety of other U.S. federal budgets at least $525.8 million above and beyond its $3 billion from the foreign aid budget, and yet another $2 billion in federal loan guarantees. So the complete total of U.S. grants and loan guarantees to Israel for fiscal 1997 was $5,525,800,000.

http://www.ifamericansknew.org/stats/cost_of_israel.html

 

http://www.congresscloseup.com/cc_demo/index2.html

http://congresscloseup.com/dev/

http://www.opensecrets.org/

http://www.followthemoney.org/database/graphs/lobbyistlink/index.phtml?PHPSESSID=30b4df7dcd87bd874e640d248f61ca40&gclid=CKvc1cDZzKoCFcO77QodSUll1g

Who Onws YOUR Favorite Lobby Whore!

Dont search the guy you hate! search the guy you LOVE and see how long you continue to LOVE him!

They are ALL Bought and Paid for Whores who are out to SCREW! "We the People" as often and as hard a possible!

WAKE UP YA'LL!

 

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 15:08 | Link to Comment janus
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we have come nearly full circle: now the corporate kings are to blackmail congress into right action on behalf of the whole of the people? i think flabbergasted is the word i'm hunting...she'll have to do -- janus is duly flabbergasted.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 15:09 | Link to Comment ml8ml8
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This is just awful, awful news, because it means the only CEO's to make political contributions will be those who prefer that a solution NOT be reached--those who benefit from continued political posturing (and there are plenty). 

If we know anything about Washington, DC, it is that you get what you pay for.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 21:18 | Link to Comment carbonmutant
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As long as they have not been evicted from office most politicians believe that they can instill public confidence with bullshit. - jpk

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 15:13 | Link to Comment daxtonbrown
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Hum, it sounds sort of like Starbucks is "Going Galt".

But that's the problem when you have a president who is a commie. The sense of fear and uncertainty in the business community hobbles growth as much as the actual taxes and regulations. People just go Galt in a million subtle ways.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 15:17 | Link to Comment Dr. Porkchop
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He's not a commie, he's the oligarch's play bitch.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 15:19 | Link to Comment MelvilleSaysNo
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This guy is an Israeli-firster.  Don't trust him.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 15:29 | Link to Comment theotheri
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Fuck you racist bastard. I'm from Israel.

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