Can a Bracelet Put America Back to Work?

The Indivisible Bracelet

So today the CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, held an open conference call. Know what it was about? Putting Americans back to work. Shoot, I wish I would have known earlier. I would have been on that call. I do agree — small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy. Will people donate 5 bucks that goes to Opportunity Finance Networks?  They might if they know that this organization provides seed funding for new small businesses. They also may donate if they are among the 99% of very pissed off people. Big government is too slow to help. It can’t even get us a real health insurance plan — for everyone. Because everyone deserves health insurance, whether they have a job or not.

It is ridiculous. I’ve talked to medical professionals who are trying to keep the unemployed and underemployed healthy while they try to find jobs or  better jobs. These are people like myself who have a Master’s degree and are clueless on how to get health insurance help because they have never had to ask for help before. Free clinics like the one I had to go to last week for help with bronchitis are overwhelmed. If health insurance is going to continue to be linked to jobs, then we need to get people back to work. In good jobs that provide access to USABLE health insurance. That’s the only way overall health costs in the U.S. are going to come down.

So will people donate for a bracelet? Maybe so. However, that does not let “The Administration” off the hook. C’mon Washington. Step on it. The people who gave you your jobs need a little help. Now. Your incentive: People in the “real” work world who do not make good on their promises get fired. Just sayin’…

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4 Responses

  1. Great post! Another reason to patronize Starbucks. Not only do they supply what is, for me, a necessary nutrient; they put people to work, make conscious environmental choices and support their communities. Now it seems they would lead a nation…

    Someone has to, as you pointed out, since it appears Washington is unable or unwilling.

    Hope you are feeling better.

  2. Great post indeed! Thank you so much for taking the time to be part of the solution – it’s a pleasure for BlogHer to donate $5 to the initiative on behalf of this post. And if you want to hear how much you and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz are aligned on the need for leadership, we just posted the audio.

    Onto the coffee issue: Pumpkin lattes are nice, but I cannot LIVE without my daily grande Americano. Yum. 🙂

    • Thanks to BlogHer for donating and for putting up the audio of the Starbucks conference call. Looking forward to trying Starbuck’s blonde roast next year…

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