With the United States less than a week away from defaulting on its debt obligations due to Congress’s inability to agree on how—or if—to extend our borrowing limits, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz put out a petition online and at most outlets to end the government shutdown.
In an interview with Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman, Schultz warns that House Speaker John Boehner’s proposal of lifting the debt ceiling for six weeks is nothing but “a Band-Aid. And what it will do is put it back into the middle of the holiday season, which is so irresponsible. It’s shameful. There is no question that no business, small or large, will be immune from the burden that will be placed on the American consumer by this." (Huffington Post is, like Patch, a part of Aol.)
Schultz is not the only big business figure taking action. While business groups have historically aligned with Republicans on the core issues like low taxes and limited regulation, “We have come to the conclusion that sitting on the sidelines is not good enough,” David French, the top lobbyist at the National Retail Federation, told The New York Times.
Schultz is positioning himself in the front of that group working to pressure Congress—and particularly congressional Republicans. On Friday, 10,000 Starbucks locations in the United States put out paper petitions for customers that want to urge Congress to open the government, pass a budget, and pay its debts on time. The petition is also available online.
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