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Patch CEO Joins with Starbucks to Protest Fiscal Cliff

Campaign to to send a message to Washington with your cup of coffee: "Come together!"

Jon Brod, Patch's co-founder and CEO, published a blog in his local Georgetown Patch earlier today that was picked up by Huffington Post and is beginning to gain some momentum. The blog follows in its entirety.

As an organization, Patch is built on the idea of strengthening local communities and bringing democracy to life. 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.

It is why I am proud to announce that starting this week, Patch is partnering with Starbucks – another staple of the community – on its “Come Together” initiative. Just as Patch serves great content and Starbucks serves delicious coffee, we need Democrats and Republicans to join forces and serve meaningful solutions to the pending financial obstacles our country faces.

Through December 28, Starbucks is asking its store partners (employees) in the Washington D.C. area to write “Come Together” on their customers’ cups as a small gesture to celebrate the spirit that has always bridged the differences dividing us.

Patch will be supporting “Come Together” via a unique content experience on patch.com/fixthedebt, and will also be powering this effort through blog posts, social media, online and offline ads and other editorial content across many of our local sites. You can learn more at fixthedebt.org. The goal: to bring the message of collaboration from local communities to Washington and onto the national stage.

This initiative with Starbucks is just the first step in a marathon for both of our brands in serving the people of this country beyond local news and great coffee. Stay tuned for more in the future.

Should local residents take part in this "Come Together" campaign with area Starbucks? Give your opinion in the Comments.

MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" December 27, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Sorry Guys the time to "come together" Was the first tuesday in November. In my view the Country voted for business as usual. This is the problem we have known about the "cliff" since July. What did Obama ,Reid and boehner want to do about it then? All the low information voters may want to take notes. We will need a change in government in the next two elections.
Reginald "Rex" Henderson December 27, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Michael - If you're not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem. I bet you even get your coffee from Peets!
Ron December 27, 2012 at 05:10 PM
The CEO of Starbucks is a big Obama supporter. For him and the media in general these "work together" campaigns really mean the Republicans should cave and give Obama everything he wants
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" December 27, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Rex I do 7-11 Not a $4 per cup guy.
Thaddeus Golas December 27, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Thanks Ron; Your attitude sure is a move in the "right" direction. When everything is right, nothing is left. Thad
Reginald "Rex" Henderson December 27, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I get it now... The coffee industry and the media are in a vast left-wing conspiracy. You guys are clearly nuts!
Reginald "Rex" Henderson December 27, 2012 at 06:06 PM
What that says about you is "I am a cheapskate, and I like crappy coffee"!
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" December 27, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Rex only Chap when it comes to wasting money.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau December 27, 2012 at 06:39 PM
...and spell-check and grammar.
Ash Leigh December 27, 2012 at 06:58 PM
You should just make your coffee at home. Nothing wrong with saving your money there. :)
Ambrose Bierce December 27, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Steve and Michael, why don't you guys "take it outside" and leave some air in the room for intelligent conversation?
Scott Yeager December 27, 2012 at 07:02 PM
If there is so much concern with the debt then the so called "fiscal cliff" would actually be a good thing to fix the debt in that it raises revenue through taxes and cuts in spending. Of course, using the debt to cut social programs is the real impetus behind the whole thing. Not the debt. These guys weren't sounding any alarms when the country went from a surplus to a huge deficit. The con is on. The reality is $42 million in a war chest is backing the "Fix The Debt" campaign which was founded by Simpson and Bowles whose debt plan never actually existed in the first place (even though people talk about it like it's a real plan) because they never got the votes out of their own bi-partisan group so that congress could even vote on it. They have spent the last year running around the country giving talks as if it actually exists. They are both hustlers and liars. Pete Peterson who has a long running campaign against Social Security is a funder. These people claim to be against the debt but here is their "core" principles: "And it should include comprehensive tax reform that "broadens the base, lowers rates, raises revenues, and reduces the deficit." http://money.cnn.com/2012/11/28/news/economy/campaign-to-fix-the-debt/index.html
Scott Yeager December 27, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Alan Simpson is a fraud and a hustler. The man literally doesn't have the basic facts about Social Security correct, yet he wants to "reform" it. "Simpson wrote in his unbelieveably rude and ignorant letter to Richtman: "You know damn well that the system was never created as a 'retirement' -- it was an 'income supplement' to take care of folks working in CCC camps and who lost everything in the Great Depression." It's hard to know what to think of Simpson's version of history, but the term "sheer fantasy" comes to mind. Here are the facts: Social Security was explicitly designed as a retirement program. There's no question about it, as its drafters, including Labor Secretary Frances Perkins and Edwin Witte, head of the Committee on Economic Security appointed by President Roosevelt in 1934, explained to Congress. Here's how Witte put it during two days of testimony, which can be found on the Social Security Administration's website: "Whether a person works in a small establishment or a large establishment, whether he works on a farm or whether he works as a domestic servant, or whether he works in a factory, there is one common characteristic, which is that everybody grows old; and they all have to make provision for their old age or somebody has to take care of them.... And whether you do it in the form of pensions, or in some other way, there is no way of escaping that cost." http://articles.latimes.com/2012/may/26/news/la-mo-more-simpson-20120526
Scott Yeager December 27, 2012 at 07:23 PM
More of the fraud and con man: "Simpson further repeated one of his favorite canards about life expectancy for Social Security beneficiaries, which is that life expectancy was 63 when the program was created, therefore it was designed from the start as a fraud on future retirees. The facts are these, as Simpson undoubtedly knows: Life expectancy at birth was about 63 in the late 1930s, according to government statistics. But that was largely an artifact of high infant mortality. For those age 20 -- that is, beginning their working lives and thus contributing to Social Security -- average life expectancy was 69. For those who had already reached 65, and therefore would be collecting benefits, it was 78. As Witte told Congress, elderly retired people already numbered in the millions and would become an ever-increasing percentage of the population in coming years. Alan Simpson obviously has a problem with the facts, and with the basic concept of civility in public discourse. Yet he's been held up by President Obama as a paragon of bipartisan policy-making. So here's a question for the president: Does Alan Simpson speak for him on Social Security? http://articles.latimes.com/2012/may/26/news/la-mo-more-simpson-20120526
Mark Mathews December 28, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Hey, there is no problem with the so-called fiscal cliff. Heck no, otherwise Barack Hussein Obama would not have traipsed off on a golfing vacation, right?
Mark Mathews December 28, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Sal Alynski tactic # 201.1: when nothing else to say, denigrate the posters' grammar and spelling.
Mark Mathews December 28, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Mike, notice how big companies are evil to progressives, except for ones like Starbucks? As for me, Go Caffino! Down with Big C affine! Say Nyet to Starbucks!
Mark Mathews December 28, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Rex, load of baloney; what is YOUR answer?
Mark Mathews December 28, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Ron, it is the same crap we got from the likes of Tip O'Neil, back in '82 when the progressives were doing the same thing to Reagan, and unfortunately, Reagan blinked that one time...
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau December 28, 2012 at 05:19 AM
This from someone using a nom de plume and expecting credibility. Must be dim in that closet.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" December 28, 2012 at 05:47 AM
If we go off the cliff can I have a FEMA parachute? Or will they be two days late and reserved for minorities?
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau December 28, 2012 at 06:24 AM
Sal Alynski!!! OMG, he's my hero! Any chance that he's related to Saul Alinski, the community organizing guy?
Scott Yeager December 28, 2012 at 02:07 PM
If only we had another John "Plan B!" Boehner then all would be well in the world. Unfortunately for the rest of us, there is only one, and only one Republican congress to go along with him.
Scott Yeager December 28, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Why is the group Fix The Debt in favor of a "territorial tax system" that would reduce corporate tax rates if they are so concerned about the debt as they claim they are? It couldn't have anything to do with all the CEOs involved in this front group could it? http://www.fixthedebt.org/uploads/files/CEO%20Fiscal%20Leadership%20Council%20Membership%2012-19-12.pdf

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