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STARBUCKS CEO’s open letter: ‘I am deeply disappointed by the pervasive failure of leadership in Washington’ – The Daily Caller

September 2, 2011

Starbucks CEO’s open letter: ‘I am deeply disappointed by the pervasive failure of leadership in Washington’

Published: 2:00 PM 09/02/2011

By Nicholas Ballasy – The Daily Caller

Starbucks Coffee Company CEO Howard Schultz called on “concerned Americans” Friday to send a message to Washington: “[T]he time to put citizenship ahead of partisanship is now.” Schultz said he is “deeply disappointed by the pervasive failure of leadership in Washington” and asks Americans to join him on a national “call-in conversation.”

“Like so many of you, I am deeply disappointed by the pervasive failure of leadership in Washington. And also like you, I am frustrated by our political leaders’ steadfast refusal to recognize that, for every day they perpetuate partisan conflict and put ideology over country, America and Americans suffer from the combined effects of paralysis and uncertainty. Americans can’t find jobs,” said Schultz on Friday in an emailed open letter addressed “Dear Starbucks Friend and Fellow Citizen.”

Schultz explained how 100 business leaders representing American companies have joined him in signing a two-part pledge to “withhold political campaign contributions until a transparent, comprehensive, bipartisan debt-and-deficit package is reached” and do everything they can to “break the cycle of economic uncertainty that grips our country by committing to accelerate investment in jobs and hiring.”

via Starbucks CEO | Failure of Leadership | Washington | The Daily Caller.

One Comment
  1. Milan Moravec permalink
    September 2, 2011 11:25 AM

    Failure of leadership at University of California starts at the UC Board of Regents. Students suffer

    “Every qualified student should get a place in the college/university system.” That’s a desirable goal for a public university. However, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau displaces qualified Californians with $50,600 foreign and out-of-state students.

    UC tuition increases exceed the national average rate of increase. The University of California Board of Regents jeopardizes Californians attending higher education by making UC the most expensive public university in the United States.

    Self-serving tuition increases are used by UC President Mark Yudof to increase the pay of 80,000 eligible faculty and others. Payoffs like these point to higher operating costs and still higher tuition for Californians.

    I agree that faculty in higher education and senior management, like Yudof and Birgeneau, should consider the students’ welfare and put it high on their values.

    Deeds unfortunately do not bear out the students’ welfare values of senior management and the UC Board of Regents.

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