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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.

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 Dec. 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.

American Girl December 28, 2012 at 01:22 AM
If republicans had that much power right now we would have won the election. We either have power or we don't. You cant have it both ways toolbag!
American Girl December 28, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Do some homework while you stay home all all day on my teet! What do you care about the fiscal cliff anyway? You do not pay taxes you fat leach!
American Girl December 28, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Sounds like a great idea !!
Shakeyconpanales December 28, 2012 at 01:35 AM
According to Democrat history the sum of the fiscal cliff will return us to Clinton era levels so what is the problem?
Roberto December 28, 2012 at 01:51 AM
I figured the fiscal cliff will cost me about 6,000 dollars in 2013 but I say so what. It's exactly what the country needs to stop the liberal spending spree and put us back on road to recovery. Don't like it but I don't like waste and where the liberal loons are taking us either.
SPB December 28, 2012 at 02:01 AM
It's not a cliff. It's a ramp at worst. Remember, the "markets" are always nervous. It's like your mother who always assumed the worst when you went out as a teenager and didn't call. We'll all pay some more taxes and hopefully the repubs will get the dens to cut some spending. We definitely need to prune military spending and this looks like the most realistic way to do it. Now if only we could fix the pension mess in California...
SPB December 28, 2012 at 02:04 AM
They're too busy helping you take your constitution.
One Voice December 28, 2012 at 02:08 AM
@Shane, whites becoming a minority??? Where do you get your information, maybe in Mexifornia...you really are pathetic...run along it's time for your meds and a diaper change. You are disabled right, or is it mentally challenged?
One Voice December 28, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Enjoy that cell phone because when you fall of the cliff it will be jerked right out of your little hand, along with your freebies.
Roberto December 28, 2012 at 02:16 AM
This reminds me of the Auto bail out. Had they been allowed to file bankruptcy, reorganization would have followed and the bloated pensions and salaries of the UAW would have been brought inline for a permanent solution. Socialist are the problem, not the solution.
Shakeyconpanales December 28, 2012 at 02:23 AM
No duh dipshit. What Jeff Kleiner doesn't understand is how close i really am! I will say hi to Cindy first. hahahahaha
One Voice December 28, 2012 at 02:42 AM
According to my CPA for the year 2013 the Governement will take 53% of my company "pay a little bit more", really.
One Voice December 28, 2012 at 03:24 AM
@Shane, Poor One Voice, keep paying your taxes baby, they go up no matter what Jan 1st to cover Obamacare.......laughing at you conservo dimwits.. Or are you half-wits?? Or nitwits?? Well you fit all three. You are about as clueless as they come with you half ass comments against everyone that posts, let's see if maybe we can't get you thrown off of here again, game on!!
jill smith December 28, 2012 at 03:48 AM
An interesting partial list of the entities that make up the Fed ownership Rothschild Bank of London Rothschild Bank of Berlin Warburg Bank of Hamburg Warburg Bank of Amsterdam Lazard Brothers of Paris Israel Moses Seif Banks of Italy Chase Manhattan Bank of New York Goldman, Sachs of New York Lehman Brothers of New York Kuhn Loeb Bank of New York These guys are running the show, they don't like libs or Dems, and their getting 85 bill a month and guess who is paying it back.
jill smith December 28, 2012 at 03:57 AM
I meant to write the bankers could care less if you're Democrat or Republican, all they care about is continuing to increase their power.
Carl Petersen III December 28, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Roberto 6:16 pm on Thursday, December 27, 2012 "This reminds me of the Auto bail out. Had they been allowed to file bankruptcy, reorganization would have followed and the bloated pensions and salaries of the UAW would have been brought inline for a permanent solution." . . Ummm, GM did declare bankruptcy.
Roberto December 28, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Carl Petersen III 8:12 pm on Thursday, December 27, 2012 Roberto 6:16 pm on Thursday, December 27, 2012 "This reminds me of the Auto bail out. Had they been allowed to file bankruptcy, reorganization would have followed and the bloated pensions and salaries of the UAW would have been brought inline for a permanent solution." . . Ummm, GM did declare bankruptcy. REPLY: Ummm, Nobama bailed them out, They never filed for reorganization and settled with their creditors. Givernment motors ripped off the taxpayers along with the UAW. A TAXPAYER bailout.
American Girl December 28, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Roberto is right. GM did not go through with a BK because they did not have to with the bailout $ (my money)
Carl Petersen III December 28, 2012 at 05:33 AM
Roberto 8:46 pm on Thursday, December 27, 2012 "REPLY: Ummm, Nobama bailed them out, They never filed for reorganization and settled with their creditors. Givernment motors ripped off the taxpayers along with the UAW. A TAXPAYER bailout." . . You do realize that this fact is easily researched: http://money.cnn.com/2009/06/01/news/companies/gm_bankruptcy/ "GM bankruptcy: End of an era After years of losses, the troubled automaker is forced into bankruptcy. GM is set to close a dozen facilities and cut more than 20,000 jobs. By Chris Isidore, CNNMoney.com senior writer Last Updated: June 2, 2009: 4:03 AM ET NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- General Motors filed for bankruptcy protection early Monday, a move once viewed as unthinkable that became inevitable after years of losses and market share declines capped by a dramatic plunge in sales in recent months."
Carl Petersen III December 28, 2012 at 05:37 AM
June 8:51 pm on Thursday, December 27, 2012 "Roberto is right. GM did not go through with a BK because they did not have to with the bailout $ (my money)" . . Is he? http://nlpc.org/stories/2012/09/10/refuting-obama-campaign-claims-–-gm-did-go-bankrupt
American Girl December 28, 2012 at 05:43 AM
Carl they didnt. You are wrong, Roberto is right. Also, GM was not the only one to get bailout money. We should not have given them a dime, they should have had to re-org on their own. Agree to disagree!
Roberto December 28, 2012 at 06:19 AM
"The media has not questioned the clearest example of misrepresentation of facts by one of the presidential candidates. This one is not debatable, the court dockets exist. Not only did GM go bankrupt, but the Obama Administration used taxpayer money to manipulate the bankruptcy process and assure that political friends in the UAW received favorable treatment compared to non-union claims." REPLY: Your own link...It was a fraudulent claim of bankruptcy supported by taxpayers. Thanks Barrack Obama! This was not a bankruptcy like those that require debt reorganization like most of the private sector does. It was a sham.
Reverend Smith December 28, 2012 at 06:38 AM
So this article starts touting the "hyper local" coverage of the Patch news aggravating websites. Then it goes into how Starbucks stores in the Washington DC (that's the other corner of the country) Starbucks are starting some kind of coffee cup message campaign. OK. But seriously. I aint rich. And I like good cafe. And for the $3 cup of so-so coffee at Starbucks I buy enough of the (better in my opinion) bulk coffee at Stater Brothers or Albertsons for 20 or more cups of coffee made my way without having to brave the cold and startup the dollar bill burning horseless carriage. I've tried Starbucks and really don't understand their appeal and success. Do they sprinkle opium poppy or cocaine leaves in with the brew or what. Why does anyone go back.
Roberto December 28, 2012 at 07:08 AM
Convienience & ambiance is what Starbuck provides along with name brand recognition and successfully I might add. My wife buys what I call their coffee milkshakes when she's out spending my hard earned money but again, what's it for anyways? A cheapskate like myself has no intention on ever spending it anyways. I get to enjoy having it for a short while I'm here....
popeye December 28, 2012 at 07:31 AM
Ha ha ha racist Theotard!!!!!! Sniffle....
ndahauz December 28, 2012 at 01:43 PM
So much for bringing the community together....huh! Its a good thing to try and do something. We all live here and thus have a vested interest in the finacial state of our country. How we come to the solution is the problem, as the Democrat/Republican bickering continue (as usual to the 11th hour...or 12th...or nth) to no end. The art of compromising has taken a back seat. Yes, agree to disagree how, but a solution must be reached! If I decide not to pay a utility bill because I dont like the utility company, will that stop them from turning the utility off? I dont think so! Our government elected officials need to put aside there political differences and do what is good for all people. It's not hard!
Carl Petersen III December 28, 2012 at 04:13 PM
June 9:43 pm on Thursday, December 27, 2012 "Carl they didnt. You are wrong, Roberto is right." . . CNN and the link that I provided to a Conservative web site were wrong?
Carl Petersen III December 28, 2012 at 04:14 PM
June 9:43 pm on Thursday, December 27, 2012 "Also, GM was not the only one to get bailout money. We should not have given them a dime, they should have had to re-org on their own." . . The question was not if they got bailout money (which was started under Bush), but if they declared bankruptcy. They most certainly did.
Carl Petersen III December 28, 2012 at 04:15 PM
June 9:43 pm on Thursday, December 27, 2012 "Agree to disagree!" . . We cannot agree to have different facts. Facts are true or false. GM declared bankruptcy or they did not.
Carl Petersen III December 28, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Roberto 10:19 pm on Thursday, December 27, 2012 "Your own link...It was a fraudulent claim of bankruptcy supported by taxpayers. Thanks Barrack Obama! This was not a bankruptcy like those that require debt reorganization like most of the private sector does. It was a sham." . . You suggested that if "they been allowed to file bankruptcy," things would have been better. Bankruptcy was declared and debts were reorganized. The only difference with having the government involved was that they provided the funds to get them through the bankruptcy. These funds were not available in the credit market at the time. That said, I think all bankruptcy's that involve reorganization are fraudulent in some way. For example, in GM's bankruptcy, the bond holders were protected while the stockholders were hosed. If a company is in such bad shape that the stockholders have to loose their entire stake in the company, then none of the original stakeholders should be compensated.

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