Starbucks Confession, pt3

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August 29, 2011 by David Gillaspie

Warren Buffett Makes A Mean Latte

Nothing Up My Sleeves

Did CEO Howard Schultz send his ‘Don’t contribute to politicians until they start earning their keep’ CEO memo to Mr. Buffett along with his other CEO pals?

Is that why Bank of America got $5 billion Buffett Bucks?

As the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, Mr Buffett has the right job title. As a friend of former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, and current Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, he knows people in high places. The three together could buy their own country and run their way.

But they like America.

If being a billionaire is like being part of the 300 lb bench press club, you just need one lift to join, is Mr. Schultz’s $1 billion enough to get the attention of the other guys with higher numbers?

They all seem to be on the same track. The Buffett-Gates Giving Plan asks Zuckerberg and others with extreme wealth to sign onto the pledge to give half their money to charity over time.

So it looks like this: a humble coffee merchant asks his buddies to hold onto their political contributions, while two of the richest men in the world urge other similarly rich guys to give half their money to do some good.

Is there a difference in their goals?

At one time we were told “What’s good for General Motors is good for America.”

What’s good for America now? Tightening the money pipe to Washington? Flooding non-profits with more money than they’ve dreamed of?

Let’s review.

The Greatest Generation saw the threat of WWII and jumped up. That’s what made them grerat, that and their return home to feed the baby boom into the national population.  

The greats and near greats rolled through the fifties wearing gray flannel suits and no condoms while the maternity wards buzzed coast to coast.

Baby boomers jumped up like their parents, except the ’60’s didn’t have a world war, just Vietnam and Woodstock according to common myth. Some jumped one way, some the other, until they calmed down enough to get married and have kids who disappointed them like they did their parents.

Speed through the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and the first decade of 2000 and we’re up to date.

Some big money guys want to give it to politicians, but won’t until they get their act together in Congress and stop embarrassing America.

Bigger money guys want to give it away, but not to their family. Instead, they’ll give it to proven agencies who will designate amounts to still more agencies, until real trickle down economics happen.

The end result with be in step with nature, the dog will wag its tail, not the other way around.

Our elected officials, also known as the guys with access to more money than anyone’s ever seen, have to do a better job of dispersing it, or find a new line of work.

Our biggest money guys will find ways to share their good fortune with the less fortunate without depending on government aid. At least that’s the idea. But if their money hose aims toward education, arts, or municipal agendas, traditional drops for tax dollars, are they acting as leaders? As worthy Americans?

Yes, and yes. These people are problem solvers. Bad economy? Fix it. Bad politicians in bed with bad bankers? Separate them. The needy living in the greatest nation on earth? Help ’em.

How is this a bad thing?

These are all people who believe in the power of good, who feel their time for doing good is sooner than later. These are smart guys doing smart things for others, not just their unique circle of friends.

They believe in the American dollar while other’s see its demise. For proof of the dollar’s staying power, look no further than Libya.

The rebels hunting down Col. Gaddafi offer a one million dollar reward for his capture. People in the Middle East want dollars, not euros, not yen, not yuan.

They know the worth of a dollar, just like Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Howard Schultz.

Just like you, too.



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