Starbucks committed to hiring 10,000 refugees.
They also committed to open 15 whole new stores in unemployment-blighted areas. They showcase the new store they are opening in Ferguson.
Yes, the comments about hiring veterans and blacks and Latins were kind of quick, although Latinos probably did not figure very prominently in their plans until it became an big issue in 2016. Maybe I’m wrong.
Fifteen stores does not seem all that much, but it must mean something, a little bit at least let’s say, since it seems colossally difficult to make a profit in the inner cities.
The CEO does do a lot of private initiatives to help the poor, including in areas like education, literacy, and work placement.
Memo to Starbucks on both the literacy push and the educational programs: Move the resources to financing private scholarships for the poor to go to private schools that show results. The Minneapolis success story with vouchers should provide a hint for doing more private initiatives this way. But make it scholarships that the PARENTS can use in a voucher format so the PARENTS can make this most important decision for their children.
And stop pushing for using other people’s extorted taxes that launder the wealth through government bureaucrats to use for social justice boondoggles. The Obama’s expanded welfare magnet for immigrants did not help mitigate the mess the country is in.
Memo to Howard Schultz, CEO at Starbucks:
While you’re finally getting your break at the end of the day inside your nice house with a presumably million-dollar security system with cameras all around and a nice wall with a security gate, probably in a gated community:
Consider the Forgotten Man, who has to live with the social justice commands from control center, emitted from the nodes of power, and enforced by force.
Consider the guy who already works his butt off and pays for those programs.
Do you really want to help countries like Honduras? You can feel good by distributing a few coffee trees to farmers that need a break, but they need new moral backbone. They are too used to demanding government programs to help them.
Let us realize that the kinds of policies and politics in place in those inner cities have not helped them. Research principles like those shared by Dambisa Moyo.
To help the poor countries, let us learn true economics. Learn what that saying means: “There is no free lunch”. Somebody pays for that tree you gift to a poor coffee farmer.
Again, I salute you for the fact that you do put your money where your mouth is. What I ask is that you help the rest of us by realizing the hurt you cause when you loudly support government programs that are paid for by stealing investment and savings from the victims of tax extortion, and the victims of political debt and Fed policies that steal from the poor and middle class.