Howard Schultz
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says “the future is not up to Washington.”

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Billionaire Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz talked to Arizona State University graduates on Monday about his dissatisfaction with the state of politics and how younger generations could prepare to incite change.

After sharing his own story of overcoming adversity to build one of the most successful companies in America, Schultz said “my generation has not made it easy for you” to achieve the same.

“Our political leaders on both sides of the aisle have not acted with enough courage, nor honesty, in addressing the long-term challenges we face,” said Schultz, who received an honorary degree during the commencement ceremony.

“They have been more focused on fighting with each other than walking in the shoes of the American people — and vitriol and self-interest rule the day in Washington,” he said. “Despite all that, when I look to the future, I am extremely optimistic, especially when I look out and see you. Because the future is not up to…