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When Leaders Won’t Step Up, Some Large Corporations Will

Just this weekend, Spark News published an article that talked about the blame game those in power are taking part in. Obama recently spoke out and stated that Congress has failed to take any action towards the jobs issue we have. He emphasized the fact that he created a jobs plan that was not for the benefit of one particular political party, but one that was approved by economists that stated it would truly help the markets. Without the support of Congress though, those plans can’t bear any kind of fruit. Other leaders have clearly taken to blaming Obama for failing to act. Either way, action needs to be taken and when those in power have failed to do it, some large companies and corporations have risen to the occasion.

Seemingly at the forefront is Starbucks. Back in November, the coffee giant launched a fund that was focused on raising money to help support American job’s creation. Chief Executive Howard Schultz started the fund after he called political and business leaders out for failing to do their part in stimulating the economy and the market. Since then, their efforts have expanded and they have launched a new line of merchandise that is specifically for the fund. The products were all made in the U.S. and are being sold to raise money for Starbucks’ Create Jobs for USA fund. The merchandise includes a mug, a tumbler and a bag of coffee- all limited edition, of course. The coffee is titled the “Indivisible Blend” and is coined with the phrase “Americans Helping Americans Create Jobs.”

Since the Create Jobs for USA fund was started, Starbucks has raised more than $11.5 million, as reported by LA Times. The corporation intends to use the money they have raised to provide loans to community businesses and organizations. With that loan money, the companies can create more jobs for those that need them. The figure reported by the Times estimated about 4,000 new jobs all across the country. Starbucks isn’t the only company that has decided to take action. Panera Bread and Chipotle have also taken initiative and decided to do what they can to help Americans in this rough market and weak economy.

When large corporations like Starbucks go out of their way to help aid the country in this rough economic time, what does it say about our government? Schultz stated that those in power are failing to do what is necessary to help the workers of our country out. When the blame game takes up more of their time and the efforts are shifted to large corporations, what does that say?

What do you think about Starbucks’ effort to raise money for jobs creation? Does is prove that our government is failing to take on the responsibility that is theirs or is it simply a marketing strategy aimed to gain more revenue for the company? Let me know what you think in the comments below or simply tweet me @nicole_spark. I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions on this matter.

IMAGE: Courtesy of Business Wire/Starbucks

Nicole Nicholson

Nicole is the Content Editor for Spark Hire and mainly writes for and edits the work for the Spark News blog. She graduated in 2010 with a BA in Journalism from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. She has a passion for writing, editing, and pretty much anything to do with content. In her free time she frequents the Chicago music scene and writes reviews on shows for her own personal blog. Connect with Nicole and Spark Hire on Facebook and Twitter