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Patch, Starbucks Aim to Avert Fiscal Cliff

The two companies have joined forces to urge Congress to “Come Together” before tax hikes and spending cuts push America over the “fiscal cliff.”

On any given day, Shorewood and Washington, D.C., might seem like they’re a million miles apart. Today is not one of those days.

As Congress and President Barack Obama attempt to hash out differences to stop America from falling over the “Fiscal Cliff,” Patch and Starbucks are teaming up to urge Republicans and Democrats to “come together.”

The two companies are working together to make sure Congress gets the message America wants a viable solution to the country’s financial woes.

In Shorewood, Starbucks is located at 4107 N. Oakland Ave.

The so-called Fiscal Cliff encompasses all of the budget cuts and tax hikes that will automatically kick in if Congress doesn’t take action before Jan. 1, 2013. Some economists say the automatic changes will push the country into another recession. The White House estimates the tax increases will cost 114 million middle class American families at least $1,600 a year each.

Patch and Starbucks say it’s time for elected officials to come together to find a solution.

“As an organization, Patch is built on the idea of strengthening local communities and bringing democracy to life,” wrote Jon Brod, chief executive officer and co-founder of Patch. “Our network of websites delivers not only relevant, hyper-local information, but also amplifies the voices of our users. And with difficult choices facing our elected officials in the coming days and weeks, the need for citizens to speak up and be heard has never been greater.”

Brod announced a joint initiative with Starbucks stores in the Washington, D.C., area that runs through Dec. 28. During the multi-day push, Starbucks employees in the D.C.-area will write “Come Together” on their customers’ cups to “celebrate the spirit that has always bridged the differences dividing us.”

Patch is supporting the effort through advertising and editorial content. It’s also launched patch.com/fixthedebt.

We’d like to hear your thoughts. Are you worried about the potential tax increases? How will they impact your family’s spending?

George Mitchell December 28, 2012 at 12:33 PM
This truly is the dumbest, lamest endeavor I ever have heard of.
George Mitchell December 28, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I'm at Starbucks right now and will remain a big fan. I just zone out Howard Schulz and all his goofy ideas.
Bob McBride December 28, 2012 at 02:27 PM
So Starbuck's contribution to the effort consists of writing "Come Together" on coffee cups and...what else? As for Patch, from the page linked to above... ********************** Let’s tell Congress to work together to fix the debt and avoid the fiscal cliff. Why? What is the fiscal cliff and why does it matter to me? Our spending needs on critical programs are increasing: Our obligations to social security, the military, Medicare, health care and other government programs are growing. Our revenues from taxes are not growing fast enough to meet those obligations. In short, the U.S. doesn't have enough money to fund everything we want to pay for. ******************************** Apparently Patch and its partners in this campaign believe what's necessary is to pressure Congress to increase revenue. No mention, on that page at least, of spending cuts. Patch apparently believes that we need to "come together" to pressure Congress to tax anyone but ourselves so we that we have more money for these things "we want to pay for" - but, actually don't want to pay for because we don't want our own taxes to go up. Even though the article linked from there mentions cuts proposed by Congressional Republicans and declined by the President, we can just ignore that and put pressure on Congress alone. It's a revenue problem, not a spending problem. Good to know there's only one side to the issue worth supporting and this is the one. Thanks, Patch.

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