Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is once again engaging in activism. On NBC’s “Meet the Press, ” he declared, “Washington has let this country down.” He then issued an ultimatum; he wants to see “civility and cooperation” in dialogue within a month.
Schultz said, “If we don’t get that in the next 30 days, the business community is going to do what it has done for the last 1o years: dismiss Washington. But we can’t have that.”
Schultz has been outspoken before. During the fiscal cliff crisis in 2012, he urged both sides to “Come together.” In fact, he had that message written on Starbucks cups in the DC area.
During the two-week government shutdown, he expressed his disappointment over the “level of irresponsibility and dysfunction” in the capital. In the 2012 campaign, he and other CEOs vowed to cut political donations until a solution was found for gridlock.
Schultz added, “I feel as if the economic situation we are dealing with is directly linked to the situation in Washington in which there has been a fracturing of trust and confidence over 10 years.”