I read an article today about the Starbucks CEO calling on other businesses to stop contributing to political campaigns and to start creating jobs. Makes me think that either he, or Warren Buffett, is planning on running for office. What is with these displays of public awareness and altruism that are suddenly in the news? I like the ideal as much as the next guy, but is this anything more than publicity?
First off, when I think Starbucks, I don't think of a company that particularly cares about helping people. $4 cups of coffee and dry muffins. Secondly, why is it that my first instinct with Starbucks is, "put up or shut up" when my first instinct was just the opposite with Buffett?
I guess when it comes down to it, Buffett's stance makes perfect sense. If this country collapses, his money is gone too. Raising taxes, even on himself, is more of an investment in the long term. Starbucks' stance however simply strikes me as a stunt. They spend less on politics, they have less clout. They hire more workers, they spend more money. Where is the benefit, besides the publicity?
What do you guys think? Am I being too cynical here? Will other companies heed the call to spend more on employment and less on political campaigns? Are you more or less likely to drink Starbucks after learning about this? What is your favorite Starbucks drink? Do you even like coffee? What's wrong with you that you don't like coffee?