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Patch and Starbucks Ask Washington to "Come Together" to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Patch and Starbucks, calling for Republicans and Democrats to join forces to avoid the fiscal cliff, announce an initiative where stores in the Washington area will write "Come Together" on their cups

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.

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Locally Involved December 29, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Please cite specific past history of when taxes hurt. Under Ike in the 50's the top rate was 91%. We did pretty good in the 50's. Great expansion of suburbia and middle class. Under Kennedy in the 60's, taxes were in the 70's. Again, suburbia did well, consumerism rose. Reagan raised taxes no less then 6 times in 8 years in the 80's in order to help reduce the deficit (reducing the deficit requires increasing revenues aka taxes and cutting spending - helped he raised the debt limit 17 times) Then we go to Clinton who raised the tax rates by a mere 2 points - and we had a balanced budget, new businesses and industries flourished. Bush 2 reduced the tax rate - and as he expressly stated - to 'stimulate' the economy and placed a 10 year sunset on those taxes. We didn't do well in the 00's. Never really recovered from the '01 recession. Other confluences such as low interest rates resulted in a credit and housing bubble. Financial Crises. Now, we've kept those stimulus, low tax rates for 4 more years. We're slowly recovering. And, we need to get the debt reduced. So, all that's being proposed is what Reagan did, raise taxes, cut spending. What the UK saw was an AUSTERITY PROGRAM. They ONLY cut spending and did NOT raise taxes. I'll be glad to refer you to economic and finance references that seemed to have evaded you if you would like. So again. Hurt? huh? No idelology, just pragmatic experience and history.
Lee Hernly December 29, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Again Locally, your facts are wrong: "Reagan raised taxes no less then 6 times in 8 years in the 80's in order to help reduce the deficit (reducing the deficit requires increasing revenues aka taxes and cutting spending - helped he raised the debt limit 17 times)" It’s a bit misleading to talk about how many times Reagan raised taxes. That’s because tax increases are not created equal. Some are much worse than others. And many of Reagan’s so-called “tax increases” were actually examples of ending deductions (a.k.a. broadening the tax base). Reagan actually cut effective tax rates across the board. "Then we go to Clinton who raised the tax rates by a mere 2 points - and we had a balanced budget, new businesses and industries flourished." When Clinton raised taxes, the economy actually slowed. Which is why Clinton cut taxes in '97. It wasn't until Clinton cut taxes that the economy took off. The balanced budget occurred because Congress, not Clinton, controlled spending. Together with Congress, Clinton and Congress raided what was left of Social Security to balance the books. "Bush 2 reduced the tax rate - and as he expressly stated - to 'stimulate' the economy and placed a 10 year sunset on those taxes." Bush 2 actually wanted to make the '01 & '03 tax cuts permanent but, the Democrats wouldn't let him. The 10 year sunset is due to pay-go. Where Bush failed was together with the Democrats, they increased Govt spending instead of cutting back.
Lee Hernly December 29, 2012 at 08:05 PM
"That's called ABUSE of the fillibuster rules. Even things that in the past always had bipartisanship support, the GOP blocked." So when Democrats abused the filibuster privilege under Bush 2, it was okay? Personally, I was against the 'nuclear option' when the BIG Government RINO Republicans wanted to try it in the mid-2000s and I am against it now. Bush 2 showed a lack of leadership leading the country economically and the leadership vacuum has only gotten worse since. "And, we wonder why we are now clinging to the fiscal cliff. The GOP simply won't deal." Last year, Congress passed the Budget Control Act where Democrats, in exchange for a $2.1 trillion debt ceiling increase, promised to cut Federal spending by $2.1 trillion. Spending has only gone up since. Boehner went to the President with a deal that was balanced - $800B in new revenue along with $800B in cuts/entitlement reform. The President said no. The President wants $1.6 trillion in new revenue and promises spending cuts in the future. Yeah, right. So, remind me again who's the one who won't deal?
Jonathan Erickson December 30, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Nice job Lee.
Name March 01, 2013 at 02:15 AM
"Starbucks – another staple of the community" ? Who writes this crap?

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