Kicking Starbucks Ass


UPDATE: On November 29th FoxNews’ Greta Van Sustern had a guest panel of small business owners discussing how Obamacare is effecting their businesses. A range of employees for these businesses was from 41 to just over 1,100. It was unanimous that not only Obamacare but government influence in the private sector stifles business and makes it very difficult to compete, grow and survive.

Greta later had Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks on (See video interview) and his hypocrisy was immeasurable. Starbucks success is well known and the business model for paying employees is excellent, with profit sharing, health care provided by the company and other perks that treat employees as part of a team and part of the success which is recognized. Every business cannot afford to implement the exact model Starbucks uses but creating incentives to success that enrich the employee and the business is an excellent move.

Every business, depending on size and economic conditions plus the type of industry cannot duplicate the Starbucks model in its entirety. But Howard Schultz was not asked about his previous and very recent support of Obamacare which was the thrust of my original post below. I addressed guns and health care but the topic was Obamacare on FoxNews. Van Sustern missed a great opportunity to have the self-righteous Obama supporter Schultz fully explain himself and ask him specifically why he is retreating now. He did blame government, not Obama and his administration for the faulty website and failure to execute a reliable launch. He didn’t blame Obama or even bring up the numerous lies and legislation by executive fiat that Obama performs on a daily basis.

Schultz benefits package which includes health care is being maintained at company expense. Many of Starbucks employees work part-time, under the 30 hour threshold mandated by government. But Schultz, whose employees won’t be bothered with signing up for Obamacare thinks the misguided government takeover of health care is a great strategy, merely not well executed. He’s all in for government run heath care knowing his company is not effected but he’s not happy with how the launch went sour. Back in late October Mr. Schultz was on CNBC:

“Unfortunately, in this kind of situation, execution trumps strategy. It might be a great strategy, but the execution is really flawed. It’s off the rails,” Schultz told CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo. “What the country needs now is real honesty and transparency and truth about what’s really going on.”

“We have been providing comprehensive health insurance to all our employees, including part-time people who work 20 hours a week, for over 20 years,” Schultz said. “So our plan is actually better [than Obamacare].”

It’s a choice Mr. Schultz and shouldn’t be mandated by government, paid for by other taxpayers not customers and profits. He thinks the plan is “good for the country” but doesn’t explain how big government has a right to mandate the purchase of a product or service in a free market capitalist country with a Constitution. He doesn’t explain how a POTUS can bypass the legislature and change laws from a podium at a press conference on the fly. He doesn’t explain how his friend Barack Obama acts more like a dictator than presumptive leader of the free world.

Howard Schultz is a liar and hypocrite. He’s all in as long as long as he can skip government mandated health care while donating millions to elect and reelect Barack Obama. The unintended consequence of Starbucks CEO’s support of Barack Obama and his policies is to never purchase Starbucks products. Why pay for your insurance, Starbucks insurance and the reelection of Marxists to the federal government? Any support of Starbucks products is aiding and abetting the enemy to your freedom and liberty.


Original Post (Sep. 23, 2013)

I’ve been drinking Starbucks coffee since they opened their first store in Chicago. I was a frequent visitor at the Lincoln Park establishment. Then as they expanded into the original Chicago Title and Trust building or in the Leo Burnett Building or the dozens of other locations I was able to purchase and enjoy the coffee everyday.

It didn’t stop at the coffee – I own refrigerator magnets, cups, a thermos and matching stainless cup and the bakery items, yes! For nearly 7 years I would frequent a Michigan Avenue Starbucks on the way to my Lake Point Tower office. I’d fill up my thermos and get a cup to go with a scone.

After work I might stop in on the way to the train for a Frappuccino or iced tea in the summer months. I always had beans on hand to grind at home. Yes, as a Gold card customer I spent plenty of hard earned cash on Starbucks products. I even sent it to relatives for gifts.

But now I’ve called it quits, I have searched and found a new brand of high-quality, top of the line coffee with extremely high consumer ratings and a personal recommendation from a friend in Canada.

I have switched to Kicking Horse Coffee and in the last few days have discovered a smooth, rich taste from their Kick Ass beans.

Kick Ass Coffee

It’s bad policy to mix your business with politics. If you have a storefront don’t stick a political sign in the window – you’re going to angry somebody and most likely a customer or prospective customer. Sometimes you need to separate your views from your business. Starbucks is big business and Howard Schultz is their Chairman, CEO and general, all-round spokesperson.

So now Mr. Schultz, after having several chances over the years to separate his politics from Starbucks, has stepped in the virtual world of excrement and he can’t get it off his shoes as far as I’m concerned.

Number !

Guns Unwelcome, Not Banned – I’m fine with that statement on the surface but what is Schultz saying? First, opponents of stricter gun laws are planning to stage so-called Starbucks Appreciation Days at some of its cafes.

In a statement issued recently, by Howard Schultz he said the coffee chain known around the world “does not want these events in our stores.”

Actually, I can’t blame him, take your protest elsewhere, I don’t want to have a cup of Joe and listen to that on my down time. It’s your right but don’t infringe on customers. It’s not your right to enter private businesses to protest.

But who started the anti-gun discussion other than Leftists like Howard Schultz.

“That’s why I am writing today with a respectful request that customers no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas,” Shultz wrote.

Also, “we cannot satisfy everyone,” Schultz wrote. Legislatures are the place for the debate, not Starbucks cafes. People who support open-carry laws must understand that Starbucks outlets “are places where everyone should feel relaxed and comfortable,” the CEO wrote.

“The presence of a weapon in our stores is unsettling and upsetting for many of our customers,” he wrote.

I agree with Schultz but on the other hand, if some crazed lunatic came in to a Starbucks and decided to unload on customers and I was carrying a firearm quite possibly patrons would be very glad I was locked, loaded and firing at the perpetrator. But I’m talking about concealed weapons by people who are licensed to do so. They’re not brandishing a firearm and shouldn’t. Have some respect.

Number 2

This is where Mr. Schultz and I separate and I start buying coffee elsewhere.

Starbucks CEO: Obamacare Good Thing for the Country

“On balance, I would say the health care law, to provide health insurance for those people who did not have it, was a good thing for the country and a good thing for those people, and I would encourage them to find ways to provide the insurance and not figure out a way to either lower the hours or get around the system,” said Schultz.

Schultz blasted businesses that are reducing worker hours to avoid Obamacare fines.

“Many companies today are reducing hours of full-time people to get under the minimum so they don’t have to pay health care costs,” said Schultz. “I just shake my head because that’s not going to build long-term value and trust with your people. That is a short-term solution and ultimately is not going to add value to the enterprise, the company and your customers.”

Schultz is a proven successful businessman but he’s really clueless when it comes to the Affordable Care Act, which is anything but “affordable.” Just as Mr. Schultz changes his business model and adapts to economic conditions so do other business owners. Economics is not spread equally across all industries.

Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that employers will be forced to pay $130 billion in Obamacare penalties.

Investor’s Business Daily has compiled a growing list of 258 employers who have slashed worker hours or laid off workers in reaction to the law’s regulations. This number is growing each day and some businesses will no longer be in business.

And Mr. Schultz please take off your rose tinted eyeglasses are see this headline from Forbes:

Obamacare Will Increase Health Spending By $7,450 For A Typical Family of Four

Candidate Obama solemnly pledged on June 5, 2008:

“In an Obama administration, we’ll lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year….. We’ll do it by the end of my first term as President of the United States.”

Number 3

This one goes back to the 2012 election and has been sticking in my throat a long time only to be pushed over the edge by Schultz’s more recent defense of Obama policies.

Mr. Schultz publicly endorsed Obama for a second term as POTUS. Now I religiously boycott businesses based on political views, especially when they are so public. Let’s be very clear – the Starbucks Chairman and CEO has backed John Edwards, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in the past. He was non-committal until he knew who was safely in office as he donated as time went on. However, Schultz has donated to Patty Murray one of the whackiest, Leftist individuals in the US Senate. He has a laundry list of donating to far-left politicians and causes.

So I’ve been unusually tolerant of Schultz and his coffee brand but one can only take so much and I didn’t want to be a hypocrite although this switch took some time.

Nevertheless, I’m all in with Kicking Horse Coffee and I don’t mind “kicking some ass” when it’s needed.

By the way – since we’re talking about Howard Schultz and his Leftist views he might want to try a Kicking Horse Coffee which is 1/2 decaf. They inadvertently named it for him and his Marxist brethren – it’s called “Half-Ass.”