When he's not plotting ways to expand his empire of overpriced
coffee products, Starbucks (
) chief executive Howard Schultz apparently endeavors to reform
politics as usual in Washington through economic coercion -
finally, a cause I can stand firmly behind.
Schultz made headlines this week when he sent out a letter
excoriating elected officials for their failure to quickly and
effectively raise the debt ceiling. In an effort to spur change in
Schultz is recruiting his fellow chief
to withhold all political donations, a move he suggests will
ultimately force leaders - an ironic term - to actually act on
behalf of their constituents.
"I am asking that all of us forgo 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," Schultz wrote.
Schultz is essentially working to boycott politicians, and though
my indolence customarily precludes me from participating in such
acts of defiance, I am wholeheartedly endorsing his plan.
I realize I am not the chief executive of a major corporation, but
I have no intention of donating to candidates in the future.
In his letter, Schultz asserts that our elected leaders are
increasingly motivated by money and their political futures, rather
than the public's best interest. The circuitous debt talks are
entirely representative of our leaders' failure to compromise, and
cutting off their money supply
is the only way to prompt change.
I think that every single person in the U.S. should participate in
this political boycott. With household debt at epically high
levels, persistent joblessness and economic growth stalling, there
are a myriad of other ways I'd rather spend my money.
A Starbucks coffee, unfortunately, is not one of them.