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Message to Congress – No More Campaign Contributions

“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the World. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead – Remember the Nazarene thousands of years ago!

Something unusual is taking place in our Nation – Americans are starting to “Take Back Their Country.” Howard Schultz CEO of Starbucks is leading the movement by setting up a website www.UpwardSpiral2011.org to connect voices and ideas. This site is unique, because people from all walks of life can step out of the shadows and be a part of this awesome movement.

Mr. Schultz has already connected with 100 business leaders who are going to roll up their sleeves, get down in the trenches with Americans and stop the current cycle of economic uncertainty. Howard has invited these business leaders to sign two pledges; (1) One promising to stop all campaign funds at this time, until Washington shows leadership and reaches a permanent debt deal including entitlements and revenue, and (2) A pledge by business leaders to accelerate employment in ways that continue to grow their respective companies and the economy.

For the citizens of the United States, you can join this movement and become an intricate part of placing our Nation back on its once strong foundation. Blair Taylor, CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League suggested asking 5 million Americans regardless of color, political persuasion, economic background or geographical location, to join by signing a “No Giving” pledge as well.

For example, JetBlue Airways Chairman Joel Peterson suggests demanding that congressional lawmakers “sign a pledge to publish a zero-base review of every department with recommendations for real and significant cost cutting — the kind nearly every American family and business has had to do.” By Melissa Allison / The Seattle Times, Published: August 26. 2011 4:00AM PST

Howard Schultz is speaking up and supporting millions of Americans who are unemployed at this time; he wants Congressional leaders to start doing their job – Mr. Shultz is merely asking Congress to establish a long term debt deal that will start paying back what is owed on our National Deficit and address other problems such as entitlements and revenues.

Hopefully Americans will join this movement and cut our all campaign donations until such time Congressional leaders balance our budget, adjust entitlement programs and stop the spending addiction.

According to Mr. Schultz, 100 business leaders have signed the pledge and many more will join them in the near future; it’s the first time in two and a half years, almost three years that we see a glimmer of hope and all because of Starbuck’s CEO Howard Schultz.

President of the FAL-CIO, Trumka is preparing to withhold funds from Obama at this time saying he will retain control of millions of dollars, instead of using it for campaign contributions. Mr. Trumka believes that by building a Super Pac, this money will be more effective than assigning it to campaign contributions.

Just to name a few of the businesses who have signed the pledge is AOL’s (AOL) Tim Armstrong, Frontier Communications’ (FTR) Maggie Wilderotter, Zipcar’s (ZIP) Scott Griffith, Whole Foods’ (WFM) Walter Robb and Intuit’s (INTU) Bill Campbell; these are Patriots who love their Country.

Remember this movement isn’t about Republicans vs. Democrats – this is about Americans taking back their Country and creating a robust economy once again.

May God Bless America
As Always,