Saturday, November 6, 2010

2010 Midterms: What California “Fools” Re-elected Barbara Boxer for U.S. Senate?

Observing the 2010 midterm elections unfold was truly exciting –– a historic “political earthquake” where, after winning over 60 seats, –– the largest number of House pickups since Democrats picked up 75 seats in 1948 –– the Republicans took control of the House, as well as adding six in the Senate and winning countless other Governor and State Legislature positions.

With the voice of the majority of the American people and a highly-charged Tea Party, the 2010 Midterms, rocked the Democratic Party, forcing President Obama to admit to “ A shellacking," yet in that same speech and subsequent talks with (and I'm sure others), Obama is demonstrating that he doesn't quite “get it!" I think they call that DENIAL. And if anyone thinks that President Obama will follow President Bill Clinton's swing to the center after the Democrats lost big-time in 1994, is dreaming –– because Obama is all about BIG GOVERNMENT and more.

Fortunately for us on the right, we can say good-bye to Nancy Pelosi as the Speaker of the House, yet as of late (and via twitter), Pelosi has announced that she is staying in the game and hopes to be the Dem's Minority Speaker. Oh my, I guess she is not done getting more Republicans hired to office. But we can say, "hello" to John Boehner, who gave and emotional, humble victory speech –– that I personally found refreshing.

Although I must admit that I viewed the 2010 midterm elections between three networks –– Fox News, CNN and the left-wing news network, MSNBC, with my favorite coming from CNN and it’s high-technology gadgets as wells as their mixed panel of both liberals and conservatives –– giving the commentary more balance. However, pundits on MSNBC (Lawrence O’Donnell, Chris Matthews, Keith Olberbmann, and Rachel Maddow) were embarrassing, acting like high and mighty gossip, "mean girls". One of the low points for the "MSNBC gang" was when Matthews asked his demeaning question to Congresswomen Michelle Bachmann, “Are you hypnotized," as the the MSNC gang laughed in the background. But as fate would have it, a sign appeared behind Bachmann –– “How’s the tingle, Chris?” and then Bachmann responded, “We (the people) are coming out of our trance…out of our nightmare. People are thrilled tonight…I imagine that thrill is probably maybe not quite so tingly on your leg anymore.”

This brings me to the title of my blog –– with all the RED showing up on the map of the United States, I was "thrilled!" Yet, the “fools” in California re-elected Barbara Boxer for U.S. Senate (51.9% to 42.6% defeating Carly Fiorina) –– Boxer, one of my least favorite women on the planet.

Since March of 2009 I began blogging about politics and for the first time I decided to get more involved. No I didn’t join, but I am a defender of the Tea Party. However, thanks to Felicia Tweedy (a Carly supporter and friend on Facbook), I did volunteer at my local California Republican Party (San Luis Obispo County Republican Party) headquarters a week before the elections to help get the vote out. I must say that I met so many terrific people, including Dolores Jackson [Dolores is in photo with Meg below for the Telegram Tribune] who is a leader of the Women's Republican Party here in San Luis Obispo (SLO) and Laura Mordaunt, a local Tea Party patriot who is a valuable source of information about politics and the issues.

I was pleasantly surprised by the dedication of the Republican youth who came out to help, including Alexis and Amber [Alexis photo R with me] who were both there every day, along with other college students –– all
eager to do their part. One of the highlights is when Amber [photo L] also gave me a copy of Karl Rove's new book.

Even Meg Whitman stopped by the SLO Republican hq, as did our Congressman Kevin McCarthy to help out. It was terrific and was my first photo with a "real" politician [see photo below]. Although, sadly we know that Jerry Brown defeated Whitman, and gladly Prop 19 was voted down, I think Brown may have had a few "puffs" before his victory speech. That was weird.

Considering I had a "somewhat invested interest" in the U.S. Senate outcome, I was not surprised at Boxer’s win, but I was disappointed. After analyzing the election map here in Californian, I can say that my county voted 51.3% for Carly Fiorina with only 42.8% for Boxer. Thank goodness the majority of my "neighbors" are RED. What is interesting about the election map, is that San Luis Obispo County is surrounded by BLUE. To our South, Santa Barbara, yet Ventura County went RED and of course, LA County (with all it's Hollywood Liberals) is always BLUE. But Orange County and San Diego is RED. However, to our North, Monterey, Santa Cruz and all the way up the coast through Marin, Mendocino, and Humboldt counties, you will find way to much BLUE! However, as you go inland, it is all RED except for Alpine County and Imperial County.

So, now we know the "fools" –– at least the counties –– who re-elected one of the most arrogant, condescending, and partisan career politicians –– “don’t call me ma’am, call me Senator" Barbara Boxer for her fourth term. Boxer is a die-hard liberal who strongly supports "free Viagra and abortions for all" as well as President Obama’s left-wing agenda. An agenda that includes a bigger and more expensive and intrusive government with its socialistic tendencies of “redistributing the wealth,” taking over private sector industries, and other radical concepts –– of which the majority of Americans clearly rejected when they went out and voted on November 2, 2010.

What does the 2010 midterm elections mean? Well, as both sides of the political isle continue to spin the results and President Obama stays in denial, "we the people" know better and I think the "rising political giant," Senator-elect of Florida, Marco Rubio, had a profound message on election night...
“We make a grave mistake if we believe that tonight these results are somehow an embrace of the Republican Party. What they are is a second chance. A second chance for the Republicans to be what they said they were going to be, not so long ago.”

Yes, it is also clear that the 2010 midterms was not a "solid endorsement" of the Republican Party either. They had eight years of big government, lack of transparency, an unwarranted war, and plenty of corruption. The Republican Party is in dire need of “rehabilitation” and they have a lot of work to do as outlined in an article by Michael D. Tanner (of the CATO Institute) –– Ten Takeaways from the Big Night –– of which I agree with 100%.
  1. It's the Economy, Stupid.
  2. Obamacare Must Be Stopped.
  3. Cut Spending, Not Just Taxes.
  4. Ban Earmarks.
  5. Level with the American People.
  6. Offer an Alternative.
  7. Investigate ... Carefully.
  8. Tackle Entitlements.
  9. Don't Fear a Shutdown.
  10. Remember, the Tea Party Is Still Out There.

I would add a few more. Bring home our troops and protect our boarders. And while Washington is at it, let's work on "responsible and reasonable" energy independence " and work together to green our planet and protect our animals and marine life.

Republicans, don't be afraid to say NO as I would if my teenage daughter, who doesn't have a driver's license, asked me for the keys so she could drive the car. When appropriate, do as Boehner did on ObamaCare –– full all of its deception and corruption –– just say "Hell NO!" Lastly, keep in mind that the Tea Party is not the only one watching –– "Concerned Citizens" are too, including this one.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Where’s Bandit? A Missing Cat and the Lessons Learned

A “till death do us part” pet owner rants about her missing cat – and the lessons learned.

About six weeks ago – August 15th to be exact – my cat Bandit went missing. I began searching for him immediately. Knocking on neighbor’s doors, putting up flyers with his picture, calling and showing up at the local animal shelters, placing an ad on Craigslist, and walking the streets calling his name day and night.

Bandit, a feral cat whom I had adopted about three years ago, was an inside-outside cat, and enjoyed his freedom immensely, but always returned to the safety and comfort of his loving home. So, I was no stranger to him staying out for a day at time. This means that early on I had hope that he would walk – I mean strut, because Bandit was cool and charismatic – through the little doggie door, give me that “hello meow,” approach me for a quick pet and purr, then be off to eat and take his nap. Yet, as days turned into weeks, my heart sank and I even tweeted my concerns and grief – "Where's Bandit?" I was consoled by a few of “my tweeples,” Facebook friends, and a Blogcritics writer as far away as Israel took the time to provide some newfound hope. Thanks so much Ruvy, but Bandit is still missing.

I have always been an animal lover and I am no stranger to losing pets, but as an adult it has always been due to death, not going missing. It started with my two purebred, papered, German Rottweilers (Rotts) [1996 Marilyn (L) and Brigitte (R)] who both died of Lymphoma cancer. This evil disease hit Marilyn at age three and she died in my arms (naturally) on a hot summer day in 1999. In the meantime, Brigitte was diagnosed when she was eight and in an eager attempt to prolong and hopefully save her from this dreaded disease, I went ahead with chemotherapy that my vet told me about, which only kept her around a few months longer than her sister who did not have chemo. In a short time, Brigitte went from a strong, robust, and blissful 130-pound energetic dog to a fragile 90-pound weak one – unable to eat or even walk. Still intact to the bitter end were her unwavering loyalty, the love expressed in her eyes, and her attempts to wag her tail. One of the most heart-wrenching times for any animal lover is when we make that decision – to “put down” our pets. Unwilling to see her suffer anymore, Brigitte’s time had come and on another sad summer day (2004 this time), I said, “Good-bye” to my other best friend.

I blame the pathetic breeders and their inbreeding practices for the cancer that took the lives of my Rotts, and since then I refuse to get purebred dogs. Not to mention that we are overpopulated with domestic animals and there are so many pets that need to be rescued. In fact, every time I visit a pet rescue center or the government-run animal shelter, I always leave in tears – from anger when visiting the latter, especially the one here on the Central Coast where I live.

In between the tragic suffering and subsequent deaths of my Rotts, I adopted Jessie, a Chihuahua-Corgi mix [R] and Whiskers a Terrier-Dachshund (Wiener Dog) mix [L]. From their"issues," it was obvious they had been abused and/or neglected by someone out there. Both are long, painful stories and sadly Jessie and Whiskers are no longer alive.

After the heartbreaking loss surrounding Whiskers in 2007, I decided take a break from dogs. My sister found two feral cats that were brothers (around seven months old) being kept by a girl who needed to find them a home. We were both immediately smitten and my sister adopted the white one and named him Zeus, while I took in the grey and my daughter named him Bandit. My sister and I scheduled "play dates" for Bandit and Zeus and, amazingly, they would frolic around with such affection every time – proof of the bonds of brotherhood. Later I sought out a friend for Bandit when I rescued Tinkerbelle (a Calico cat) from that hellhole government-run animal shelter in my area. Tink, as I call her, is so wild she won’t let anyone come near her, yet after a year she finally started seeking my physical affection, though only on her terms.

Since having two cats, I realized that I am more of a dog person, so off I went to find my new best friend – Shorty, a Chihuahua-Terrier mix, this time from a local animal rescue center called Woods Humane Society – a pristine place, with a loving staff, where the cats have a special place to run free and the dogs are treated with the utmost care and dignity. As with most rescued animals, Shorty has his issues, anxiety and a few others, but it's nothing unmanageable. What is funny about my trio of pets was that Bandit preferred my dog Shorty to my cat Tink, and watching them play together was so refreshing – something I miss very much.

[Photo from left to right: Bandit, Shorty, and Tinkerbelle]

I still look for Bandit, yet with a heavy heart, feeling like I failed him somehow. You see, I’m a “till death do us part” (warts and all) pet owner and Bandit was part of my family. What upsets me is that there are people out there who abandon their cats and other pets with no feeling whatsoever and I don’t understand that type of apathetic mentality. But I’ll move on because animal neglect and cruelty, which unfortunately rages on in our country and around the world, gets my blood boiling.

What I will expand on is that this experience has hindered my desire to engage in activities that I enjoyed before Bandit went missing. Including not completing two series that I had started here on Blogcritics in fitness and politics, which cast a shadow over my sense of follow-through. Hopefully, I will re-surface soon because I'm sure my liberal friends here on Blogcritics miss me. Furthermore, and on a more serious note, it brought up dark thoughts of how distressing and overwhelming it is for those dealing with missing children – another topic entirely, yet to me, as a mother of two terrific daughters, it is by far one of the most horrific things that could happen to any parent. Unfathomable – and just thinking about it sends a chill down my spine.

Even though these past weeks have been filled with sorrow, lessons have emerged, including the usual ones that come out of losses: be kind to those around you and savor every moment with those you love, including pets, because you never know, you may never see them again. Also, to me, the death of a pet is easier to handle than wondering and worrying, which I do every day. Is Bandit dead or alive? Is he suffering? Is he hungry or thirsty? Does he feel abandoned? Is he lost? Is he trying to find his way home?

Will I ever get over my missing Bandit? Eventually, however, those thoughts will only occur incrementally. Yet, no matter how much time goes by, I'll always wonder, "Where's Bandit?" Unless of course, I find him!

Article first published as Where's Bandit? A Missing Cat and the Lessons Learned on Blogcritics.
Author: Christine Lakatos — Published: Sep 27, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Monday, August 9, 2010

Obama’s Political Payback: Green Corruption –– Part Two

Climate Scam players are powerfully positioned in the middle of cap-and-trade –– the real pot of gold at the end of the “climate rainbow.”

PART ONE first published as Obama's Political Payback: Green Corruption –– Part One on Blogcritics.

Article first published as Obama's Political Payback: Green Corruption –– Part Two on Blogcritics. Author: Christine Lakatos — Published: Aug 08, 2010 at 9:14 pm


Let me be clear, this is not a debate on whether or not the globe is warming or is going to blow up if we keep breathing. And to be clearer, protecting our environment, energy independence, and doing more to “green” our planet are worthy and necessary endeavors, which most of us on the Right wholeheartedly support. However, at heart of the U.S. climate legislation –– Obama Climate –– is Cap-and-Trade, which passed the House June 26, 2009 (H.R. 2454). In essence the government sets limits on the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) a company can emit. The limits are called a “cap.” If a company has to exceed the limit, it is allowed to buy “credits” from companies that pollute less. This transfer is the “trade" –– pollution trading, wow, another human invention! Companies selling their credits under this elaborate accounting system can expect to prosper, including many involved in this Climate Scam.

Considering last summer and into the winter of 2009 the Obama administration was bogged down with their massive takeover of our health care system –– deceiving Americans as to the content and the cost. And as they continue scrambling to fix a drowning economy and high unemployment raging across the nation, the Democratic leadership have been "unable to sell cap-and-trade as a job creator," knowing that Americans "see it as a job killer and a costly energy tax." So in December 2009 the Obama administration decided to go through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to move their climate agenda via the Clean Air Act, ruling that “greenhouse gases threaten public health and the environment" and six key greenhouse gases were listed, including carbon dioxide (C02), opening the "regulation door" to carbon emissions from automobiles, power plants, and other sources.

In May 2010, the Senate climate bill was unveiled by Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman –– the American Power Act –– and just a couple of weeks ago Senator Harry Reid's "energy and oil spill response legislation" has been floating around, which according to the author of the bestseller Climate Gate, Brian Sussman, "[it] contains a clot of overpowering government spending and social engineering." Furthermore, recent reports are claiming that "cap-and-trade is dead" (kind of like the public option in ObamaCare), while rumors have surfaced that the Democratic leadership plan on using more of their Chicago-thug-style political tactics as they did to make ObamaCare law of the land –– this time a more cowardly method, “a lame-duck session.”

With so much at stake for many in this Climate Scam, even if the planet blows up, they will get their cap-and-trade, or a version of it –– a legislation that they helped create, shape, facilitate, lobby, testify, and will continue to push for because at the end of the day, they will ultimately benefit from it –– big time! And if a Senate bill passes and is reconciled with the tougher cap-and-trade House version, most economic analysis confirm that it will hurt the economy, raise taxes, and kill jobs. Even candidate Obama in 2008 stated, "Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket."


As outlined in Green Corruption, Part One, the Obama administration has already approved numerous "green" government contracts to the heavyweight Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), of which we already know that Al Gore and John Doerr are both partners. Billions of taxpayer dollars from the Obama Green Stimulus and other government loans and grants are funding KPCB's "green" projects and ultimately their pockets.

Obviously, government favoritism is at play here and it goes further than KPCB, leaving out a host of companies that offer green energy technologies who are ready to make a positive impact on our environment. It's a disease within our political structure –– the all too familiar and ugly evolution of "crony capitalism," spewing out of both political parties. However, most of the players in this scam are connected to the party in power –– the Democratic leadership –– so it will move ahead as planned, unchecked.

Ironically, in April 2009 when Gore testified in a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, he was confronted by Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) about his financial interests in, at that time, to the pending cap-and-trade legislation. What’s funny about this interchange is that Blackburn, citing an October article by the New York Times Magazine about Kleiner Perkins, asked Gore, "Are you aware of that company?" Gore, laughingly said, “Well, yes, I’m a partner in Kleiner Perkins.” Blackburn then noted that “they [Kleiner Perkins] had invested about a billion dollars in forty companies that are going to benefit from cap-and-trade legislation,” and she asked, “Is the legislation that we are discussing here today; is that something that you are going to personally benefit from?” Blackburn also asked, "Are you willing to divest yourself from any profit?"

Gore sidestepped the questions and took a somewhat defensive posture, claming that "every penny" that he has made from "green" –– his movie, book and investments in renewable energy –– goes to his non-profit organization, "the Alliance for Climate Protection to spread awareness."

Spread awareness. Hmm, OK we'll move ahead because more significant is the fact that Congresswoman Blackburn was onto something big!


Early in his presidency, Obama put together his Green Team and it comprised of a well-respected scientist as well as an array of global- warming activists, progressives, and left-wing radicals like Van Jones, who is part of the Apollo Alliance –– the left-wing group that helped draft the "green" in the 2009 stimulus package (ARRA).

At this point we'll take a peak at Gore's "awareness" organization. Coincidently, the Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change is Carol Browner, who prior to her position in the Obama administration was a board member of the Alliance for Climate Protection. In fact, Browner and Gore go as far back as the late 80’s and early 90’s when she worked as legislative director for then Senator Gore. Browner also spent time on the board of the Center for American Progress (CAP) –– the Soros-funded liberal organization –– and according to, "a squadron of CAP experts" worked with president Obama's transition team. Looking deeper into CAP you'll discover it's an organization very popular with the Apollo group as well as being the middle of the green movement. Additionally, despite Browners' controversial ties to Socialistic International –– a worldwide organization who “seeks to establish democratic socialism" and other radical ideas like "global governance," she was still "chosen" as Obama's Climate Czar.

Also, Cathy Zoi served as the CEO of the Alliance for Climate Protection until she was appointed as the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) –– positioning her to “manage the U.S. Department of Energy's $2.3 billion applied science, research, development, and deployment portfolio.” Moreover, Ms. Zoi “oversees EERE's $16.8 billion in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.”

Apparently, "a number of former Venture Capitalists (VC) jumped ship last summer and are now executing President Obama’s green power policy," including Jonathan Silver, who in November 2009 Energy Secretary Stephen Chu announced him as a new team member of the Department of Energy (DOE). Silver is now the Executive Director of the Department's loan program office and oversees the U.S. Department of Energy's Loan Guarantee Program that was "kicked into high gear" with the Obama administration, as well as the $25-billion Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program, both discussed in Green Corruption Part One.

Evidently, the VC guys as well as the folks from the Alliance for Climate Protection and the Apollo Alliance have the ear of the president, influence over legislation, and other areas on the "green front," and despite the obvious conflict of interest, many are now in charge of deciding who gets billions of "green" taxpayer dollars.


While it is clear that Al Gore is a heavy weight within political circles, don't underestimate John Doerr's, which dates back to the Bush administration when "Doerr and his team were responsible for getting the 'end-oil-addiction' wording inserted into President Bush's 2006 state-of-the-union address." Currently, Doerr's "hope" is on "the anointed one" and his persuasion was reflected in the stimulus package via his "meetings with Obama's transition team and leaders in Congress" as well as his list of “five recommendations” that included a cap-and-trade system, smart grid, solar, and more federal money to be allocated toward renewable energy –– all of which would benefit his portfolio dramatically. And so it has!

Also worth repeating is that a week prior to enactment of the stimulus package, Obama announced his Economic Recovery Advisory Board (PERAB), "to provide him and his staff with independent advice," of which we know that Doerr is one of the "chosen." However, another "chosen" PERAB board member is Anna Burger, a top-ranking officer at SEIU, whose profile brags that she "led SEIU's grassroots election work, which helped elect President Barack Obama." Ms. Burger is also connected to the Apollo Alliance and is Chair of Change to Win, a "union-united" organization that endorsed Senator Obama as "the American Dream Candidate."

Edward John Craig in his May 2009 article on National Review Online, Thick as Thieves, commented on the so-called advisory board, “Of the 16 [PERAB] members only one (Martin Feldstein) opposes cap-and-trade. At least six expect direct financial benefits from cap-and-trade and the remaining members are either Obama supporters or union representatives.” Sure enough, June 17, 2009 the PERAB voted 15-1 in favor of submitting a memo to Obama that, of course, consisted of "endorsing" cap-and-trade.


Furthermore, the typical cap-and-trade proposal seeks to reduce CO2 emissions by 17% by 2020 and over 80% (below 1990 levels) by 2050 compared to 2005 levels. Worth noting is that The Center for Data Analysis at The Heritage Foundation "analyzed a proposal to cut CO2 emissions by 70 percent" and concluded that "such a cut would have little impact on global temperatures."

Since The Heritage Foundation leans to the Right, you'll want to meet Joel Rogers from the far, far Left, who was the co-founder of the 1992 Marxist New Party –– a political party, whose "members hailed from the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA, still alive today) and the militant organization ACORN." Interestingly, all three of the aforementioned organizations "endorsed" Obama at one time or another, but I digress. Rogers is also connected to other left-wing groups and is known as an "anti-capitalist" and "The Wizard" of green movement. In fact, Rogers started a new "green" organization in 2008 –– Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC), whose mission statement is “united around the goal of 'greening' our metropolitan areas in high-road ways that advance equal opportunity, shared wealth, and democracy within them.” Recently, Rogers was "praised" by the "radical revolutionary" and "social justice guru" –– the 1990 Self-proclaimed Communist Van Jones –– for his “progressive accomplishments," which includes "a new energy paradigm." Rogers and Jones are key players in this Climate Scam and both are part of the Apollo Alliance, of which two key board members are also on the board of Rogers' ECC. Rogers is one of the four co-founders and current board member, while Jones served on the Apollo board until he was "chosen" to be Obama's Green Jobs Czar, which was short lived. In fact since most of these "green" people are all interconnected through various left-wing political and environmental organizations, you wonder if they ever sleep. Later, more of these associations will be confronted –– Jones and the Apollo Alliance included –– when I attempt to connect the "radical climate dots."

For those that don't give a crap about the hard-core-left wing radicals, who have infiltrated the green movement, listen to what Rogers had to say during The New Green Deal – Take Back America 2008 Conference, in a very revealing speech that should be watched in its entirety, however, highlighted below is Rogers' statement after he downplayed the "money aspect of carbon [trading]..."

You can do everything you want to in the U.S. to reduce greenhouse gases and it won't make much of a dent frankly in world wide climate change...I hope you all realize that you could eliminate every power plant in America today and you can stop every car in America today. Take out the entire power generation sector. Take out all of the transportation sector. And you still would not be anywhere near below 80% below 1990 levels. You would be closer to around 60% it would be around 68% percent and that is with bringing the economy to a complete halt. Basically.
Again, debating whether or not CO2 is a toxin causing global warming is not the point of this article –– it's the deception, what's really going on behind the "climate scenes." Stay tuned because the plot thickens –– the notorious “Banksters” Goldman Sachs, the “Godfather of Carbon Trading” Richard Sandor, and others are operating within this Climate Scam.


Al Gore and John Doerr's –– the "climate duo," whose combined carbon footprint is larger than my entire city –– friendship dates as far back as the 90's. Since being converted to “global warming” by Gore in 2005 with “a convenient hype," Doerr has become a “green evangelist,” with his climate crisis message, “I’m really scared, I don’t think we’re gonna make it.” At the same time Doerr continually markets energy as “the mother of all markets” –– $6 trillion a year worldwide.

As written by Troxler and Brown in their book Killing Wealth, Freeing Wealth, around 2005 Kleiner Perkins had initially invested $100 million into “green” and announced publicly that they would “advocate for policies that reduce the climate crisis and increase energy innovation.” Yet, “within hours of Obama’s victory –– a candidate that both Gore and Doerr had strenuously campaigned for, including financial donations –– Kleiner Perkins had upped their investment in forty-eight clean-energy-technology companies to the tune of nearly $2 billion.”

In 2004 Gore started a company with CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management David Blood –– Generation Investment Management (GIM), a “green” and "global warming" investment company valued at $2.5 billion. GIM partners include two other Goldman bigwigs, Mark Ferguson and Peter Harris, with speculation that Treasury Secretary and former Goldman Sachs CEO Hank Paulson is involved somehow, yet I am unable to confirm.


In 2007, GIM and Kleiner Perkins created "an International Alliance to accelerate global climate solutions," and about that time, Gore became a partner of Kleiner Perkins and Doerr joined the GIM advisory board. More compelling, both GIM and Goldman Sachs are two of the largest investors in the cap-and-trade carbon-trading platform that Obama helped get funded back in 2000 and 2001 via the Joyce Foundation. That company is the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), which was launched in 2003 and whose founder and CEO Richard Sandor –– the “Godfather of Carbon Trading," another major player in the Climate Scam –– estimates that the worldwide carbon market could be "a $10 trillion a year market.”

If you've followed any of Glenn Beck’s Crime Inc. series, conservative blogs, or caught Deborah Corey Barnes' 2007 article at –– The Money and Connections Behind Al Gore's Carbon Crusade –– you’re probably aware that during two of the eight years (1994 to 2002) that Obama sat on the board of The Joyce Foundation (the Chicago-based organization, who is a major donor to radical environmentalist and conservation groups, including Joel Rogers' Emerald Cities Collaborative and progressive movements like Center for American Progress), then Senator Obama voted in favor of the nearly $1.1 million in two separate grants that were instrumental in developing and launching CCX. Also, prior to joining the Obama administration as Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President, Valerie Jarrett served as a director of The Joyce Foundation. During the time funding was approved, Paula DiPerna, the Joyce Foundation's president became the Executive Vice President for CCX.

Furthermore, during Senator Obama's April 2006 “Energy Independence” speech, he even gave CCX a "shout out" –– "Right here in Chicago, the Chicago Climate Exchange is already running a legally binding greenhouse gas trading system," announces the Organizing for America website, the successor organization to Obama for America. Interestingly, in October 2006, then Chicago Governor Rod Blagojevich, in his Executive Order on Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction, it states, "It is the intent for the State of Illinois to join Chicago Climate Exchange," and sure enough the State of Illinois is a CCX member.

Most are aware that GIM purchased a ten percent stake in CCX and became the company's fifth largest co-owner and in 2006 Goldman Sachs also purchased a ten percent share of CCX for $23 million –– marking Goldman and GIM as the largest investors in the Chicago Climate Exchange. However, what is not known is that Sandor is well connected and even had a hand in shaping the Waxman cap-and-trade bill –– as reported by Bloomberg News in June of 2009, which also confirmed his ties to Obama. Sandor stated, “Obama was on the foundation [Joyce Foundation] that gave us the grant.” “We know him well.”

In addition, in a May 14, 2009 press release by, Sandor was named as part of a new panel called the Energy & Environmental Markets Advisory Committee (EEMAC), of which Bart Chilton Commissioner of the Commodity Future Trading Commission (CFTC), is also the chair. “This is a distinguished group that will help the agency as we prepare for what could be the most important commodity market ever,” Chilton said. “I know it is sort of rare for government to do a lot of work before a new law is even passed, but carbon markets are too important for us not to get right,” Chilton added.

It must be a Chicago thing, but the Climate Scam is much bigger.


CCX board includes a very controversial figure –– Maurice Strong, who has described himself as “a socialist in ideology, a capitalist in methodology” and Strong is another "global warming guru," playing "a unique and critical role in globalizing the environmental movement." According to Canada Free Press, Strong was part of a scandal with Al Gore back in the 90’s and has been known to be working on "anti-American schemes with George Soros as far back as 2006." Canada Free Press pronounces, “All that President Barack Obama is doing to transform America and the Free World over to One World Government begins and ends with one Maurice Strong. Soros is merely the financier.”

Speaking of George Soros, Troxler and Brown open Killing Wealth, Freeing Wealth, heralding Soros “the first of the Killionaires, but not the last” –– and highlight his trail of destruction. Killionaires, the authors state, “Are focused on killing off the wealth of millions to increase their own personal wealth.” And in Soros own words, “I am basically there to make money. I cannot and do not look at the social consequences of what I do.”

According to, Soros through his foundation Open Society Institute (OSI), has dispensed billions of dollars to a multitude of left-wing organizations, including bankrolling, as mentioned earlier, the Center for American Progress as well as –– the web-based political network that uses its fundraising clout to push the Democratic Party to the left. Apparently, Soros "is one of the most powerful men on earth" and "has long, deep and shady ties to the Democratic Party," more specifically, Hillary Clinton, yet Soros jumped into the political ring with Barack Obama as early as 2004.

But we’ll “move on” because more relevant to the Climate Scam is an organization that Soros happens to be one of the largest donors –– the Tides Center/Foundation, "with a 30-year history in progressive social change work." The Tides Center is a large and frequent recipient of Joyce Foundation grants, who, as noted earlier, funds a lot of "green," lists the Apollo Alliance in their "Project Directory" and recently gave a $175,000 grant to the Tides Center for the “work” of the Apollo Alliance. A tangled financial web is woven in the fabric of the green movement and there's more...


Goldman Sachs is like a parasite, inhabiting, surviving and thriving at the expense of its host –– our political structure, infecting our capitalistic system turning it into a distasteful, dysfunctional, and destructive machine. Goldmanites are also “Banksters” operating within this Climate Scam. In fact, Matt Taibbi in his July 2009 Rolling Stone Magazine article –– The Great American Bubble Machine –– warns that Goldman Sachs is "helping create the next bubble, 'global warming.'” Other economic analysts label it “alternative energy,” yet most predict, and as presented in Troxler and Brown's book, Killing Wealth, Freeing Wealth –– it will be the biggest financial bubble in U.S. history.

Additionally, Taibbi's Rolling Stone Magazine piece and video, exposes Goldman Sachs' "long-standing and very deep ties to the Democratic Party," and their "long history of putting their former employees in Democratic administrations." Sure enough, Goldman Sachs was one of Obama’s leading campaign donors in the amount of $994,795, and they currently occupy high-level important positions in the Obama White House.

Taibbi also reveals that Goldman Sachs “ramped up its push for cap-and-trade" back in 2008 "when their firm spent $3.5 million to lobby for climate issues, pointing out that one of the lobbyists at that time was Mark Patterson, who now serves as Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s chief of staff." Goldmanites also made early “green investments," including wind power, renewable diesel, and partnered with BP Solar” –– BP another major contributor to the Obama campaign, but right now they are in "deep water" with the White House. Goldman Sachs "has invested over $2 billion in alternative energy projects in the US, Europe and Asia" –– a "green portfolio" along with Kleiner Perkins, that should be thoroughly investigated, but we'll take a brief glance.


As the Climate Scam turns, one of the early investments reported by Taibbi is Horizon Wind Energy –– still on the Goldman Sachs Environmental Markets portfolio, but owned by Portuguese EDP Renewables –– won a $229.8 million grant from the Obama Green Stimulus package, as reported by in December 2009, pointing out that it was one of the "top grant recipients." The article also notes, "European companies have scooped up the majority of U.S. stimulus money set aside for wind power projects."

Nordic Windpower, funded by Goldman Sachs and Khosla Ventures (and others) –– Vinod Khosla, an affiliated partner of Kleiner Perkins –– in July 2009 announced that it had "received a conditional commitment for a $16 million loan guarantee offer from the US Department of Energy (DOE), supported through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act."

U.S. Geothermal Inc. –– an Idaho-based geothermal energy developer with three main projects in the works (San Emidio in Nevada, Raft River in Idaho, and Neal Hot Springs in Oregon) with plans for more –– are a Goldman Sachs investment and they are a 5.98% shareholder in the company.

Back in October 2009, the San Emidio Project, a 3.6 megawatts power plant in Nevada was awarded $3.77 million in federal stimulus money. Also, in February 2010 it was declared that "work has begun" on USG's Raft River Project –– a $10 million Enhanced Geothermal System grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Lastly, June 2010, USG announced that it “was offered a conditional commitment for a $102.2-million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy," slated to build a 22-megawatt power plant in the eastern Oregon desert –– the Neal Hot Springs Project. The Associated Press reported that "once it [the Neal Hot Springs Project] is done (around 2012), the company is counting on a separate, $34 million federal tax rebate" –– money that's part of the 2009 federal stimulus act meant to help spur investment in renewable energy, which will help pay down the federal loan as well as pay off some private investors."


Obviously, these uber-rich individuals along with crooked politicians are running the "green show." With their "planet saving venture," they have hijacked our environment for profit, using deception and corruption on many fronts, making this a scam. They are fueled by greed and power as they engineer the largest financial bubble in U.S. history, while American taxpayers foot the bill, ultimately to suffer the dire consequences, unless of course, Captain Planet arrives. On the other hand, the left-wing radical agenda that is attached to the green movement is complex and even much more difficult to track then the billions of taxpayer dollars going to "favored" green companies, yet it is just as troubling and I will attempt to make sense out of it next.

Concerned Citizen: The Right Perspective

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Obama's Political Payback: Green Corruption –– Part One

Billions of stimulus money going to Al Gore and John Doerr “green” companies –– multiple federal investigations are underway.

Article first published as Obama's Political Payback: Green Corruption–Part One on Blogcritics.

Alarmingly, our environment has been hijacked by uber-rich individuals, crooked politicians, and an assortment of left wing extremists who are fueled by greed and power attached to a radical agenda to bring about "global governance," “redistribute the wealth,” and put the progressive movement –– big government, social justice and the death of capitalism –– on the fast track. Under the guise of “saving the planet,” these players, who are all interconnected in a variety of ways, are transforming our climate into something more sinister –– a scam of epic proportions.

Due to its magnitude and the potential dire consequences to our economy, our freedoms, and the voices of the honorable environmentalists –– this "Climate Scam" will be confronted in three parts.


This year, Lee Troxler and Floyd Brown in their newly released hit book, Killing Wealth, Freeing Wealth How to Save America's Economy and Your Own, predicted that the veteran Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) (multi-millionaire Al Gore and billionaire John Doerr are both partners) would get government contracts from the Obama administration unfairly.

In developing this story, which took months of research, backed up with extensive resources, we learned through an anonymous source that there are multiple federal investigations from different agencies and senators underway against the Department of Energy (DOE), in particular, the Loan Guarantee Program (LGP) and possibly others. Our source, who is close to the some of the ongoing investigations, "guarantees there was corruption and bad ethics involved" and that at this time "a number of the investigations are getting stonewalled." Our findings, along with this recent inside information, confirms Troxler and Browns' predictions of corruption on the "green front." As we learn more, we will share the details.

At this time we do know that the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has been in the process of reviewing –– in response to Congress' mandate –– the DOE's execution of the Loan Guarantee Program (LGP), which was established as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and set up for innovative energy projects. About two weeks ago (July 12, 2010), the GAO released their findings and recommendations, noting that the "LGP scope has expanded both in the types of projects it can support and in the amount of loan guarantee authority available. DOE currently has loan guarantee authority estimated at about $77 billion and is seeking additional authority."

At issue, the DOE's lack of "comprehensive performance goals," particularly in relation to the DOE's "broad policy goal of helping to mitigate climate change and create jobs." The GAO concludes, "Without comprehensive performance goals, DOE lacks the foundation to assess the program's progress and, more specifically, to determine whether the projects selected for loan guarantees help achieve the desired results."

Predictably, the GAO also found that the "DOE's implementation of the LGP has treated applicants inconsistently, favoring some and disadvantaging others, as well as the fact that the "DOE lacks systematic mechanisms for LGP applicants to administratively appeal its decisions or to provide feedback to DOE on its process for issuing loan guarantees."


In February 2009 Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the $862 billion stimulus package, of which $86 billion was earmarked for "green"; the Apollo Alliance –– a left-wing organization who exerts a powerful influence on the views and policies of the Obama administration –– was also involved in drafting it. More on Apollo later, but Kleiner Perkins are like ants at a picnic; they’re everywhere that’s green, including on the Apollo board, where they have placed one of their partners, Ellen Pao. Furthermore, Obama was a candidate that both Gore and Doerr had strenuously campaigned for, including financial donations, and early on, Doerr had his hand in shaping ARRA, "urging" Obama's transition team and leaders in Congress "to use the new economic stimulus package to modernize the electric grid and offer new incentives to help clean energy startups get off the ground." Doerr also sits on Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board (PERAB), who President Obama appointed as one of the "chosen" back in January 2009.

In following the ARRA, meant to stimulate the economy and create jobs, it is clear that the Obama administration is circuitously funneling government contracts to their favored companies –– "stimulating" the "green" pockets of Kleiner Perkins. This screams corruption and it’s time to call in a special prosecutor!


Since last summer when the Department of Energy (DOE) started handing out the $86 billion "green stimulus" money, Gore and Doerr’s “green companies” have been cashing in big time –– billions of taxpayer dollars! Keep in mind, this doesn’t account for funds not yet allocated, or hidden contracts, nor the mass amount of money KPCB and others in the Climate Scam will generate if the U.S. climate legislation becomes law –– "Obama Climate," more specifically cap-and-trade, which will be covered in more detail later.

So far over fifty percent of the companies listed on the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Greentech Portfolio, of which KPCB partners are positioned on the board of many, have –– directly and indirectly –– received money from the "Obama Green Stimulus" package as well as through other government programs approved by the Obama administration.


One of the most blatant examples of government favoritism, catching headlines in the Wall Street Journal back in September 2009 (Gore-Backed Car Firm Gets Large U.S. Loan) was the $529 million dollar government loan guarantee (which was cinched in May 2010) that Fisker Automotive received to build its high end, hybrid sports coupe, Fisker Karma, to be manufactured in Finland and sold for $89,000. Fisker Automotive was a 2008 investment for Kleiner Perkins and it was confirmed that Gore has already purchased his Karma.

In June 2009 the DOE announced three other large government loans that included $5.9 billion to Ford Motor Company, $1.6 billion to Nissan Motors, and $465 million to Tesla Motors. Although the four loans came out of the DOE's $25-billion Advanced Technologies Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) Loan Program, it was approved by the Obama administration and it did ignite some red flags.

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, "the awards to Fisker and Tesla prompted criticism from groups that question why vehicles aimed at the wealthiest customers are getting loans subsidized by taxpayers" and "concern from companies that had their bids for loans rejected." Included in the reaction was Leslie Paige, a spokeswoman for Citizens Against Government Waste. "This is not for average Americans. It's status symbol thing," Ms. Paige added. More gripping is the fact that this favoritism didn’t sit well with some of the firms that were turned down for loans from the DOE –– stating "they did not get much feedback from the department about their applications" and "were unable to get a full explanation as to why their loan request was turned down."


The CEO of EcoMotors John Colettie, whose $20 million ATVM loan from the DOE was denied, didn’t have an “issue” with the winners. Probably because EcoMotors' lead investor is Vinod Khosla, an affiliated partner of Kleiner Perkins, whose firm Khosla Ventures has also invested in some of the same companies as Kleiner Perkins, which have received government funding including Obama Green Stimulus cash. Those companies include; AltaRock Energy Inc., $25 million grant from the stimulus; Amyris Biotechnologies, $25 million grant from the stimulus; and Mascoma Corporation has received state and federal grants from the DOE since 2006, totaling over $170 million and as recent as 2008, received another $49.5 million in funding from the DOE and the state of Michigan.


One of the most contentious of Obama Green Stimulus money awards comes out of the ashes of the $4 billion smart-grid grants, with some of the nation’s largest providers of electricity meters “crying foul” over the smart-grid standards in the stimulus bill, according to a report by USA TODAY in February 2009. Additionally, they said that the economic stimulus bill "could put them out of business and wreak havoc in the new market for smart-grid technology by favoring certain computer network standards.”

Itron, Landis+Gyr, Elster and Aclara even wrote a letter to U.S. Senators to voice their concerns regarding the “protocols and standards” that were placed into the House version of the legislation for all smart-grid projects, which states that "utilities receiving funding must use Internet-based or other open protocols and standards if available and appropriate." Ed Gray, vice president of regulatory affairs for smart-meter provider Elster, said "the bill gives a leg up to Silver Spring at the expense of other providers."

Interestingly, in March 2009, a month after the stimulus bill had already passed, Jeff St. John from, quoted a statement made by Stuart Bush, an alternative energy analyst for RBC Capital Markets, "both Trilliant and Silver Spring (both smart-grid communications companies) could benefit from the way the stimulus plan was structured to require open standards." Bush also added, "Clearly the West Coast VC guys had a lot of lobby pull getting that in there."

Clearly the "West Coast VC guys" –– Kleiner Perkins (Gore and Doerr), have more than "lobby pull." In fact, Silver Spring Networks, as revealed in Troxler and Browns book, is one of Kleiner Perkins shining “green” companies –– their 2008, $75-million investment has scored over $700 million! Since August of 2009 when the DOE started dishing out the $4-billion from the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program (part of the stimulus plan) –– awarded to selected utility companies for particular smart-grid projects –– close to sixty percent of Silver Spring “customers” were winners.
  • American Electric Power (AEP) received $75 million for AEP Ohio gridSMARTSM Demonstration Project, announces in August 2009. It should be noted here that Richard Sandor is on the AEP board. Sandor, Chairman and founder of the Chicago Climate Exchange, who is connected to President Obama and Al Gore, is another key "player" in this Climate Scan, which will be exposed later.
  • Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative got $18.8 million for a general smart- grid build out in Texas as reported in August 2009 by Additionally, in November 2009 Austin’s Pecan Street Project won $10.4 million in federal stimulus money to create a smart-grid demonstration project, which includes Bluebonnet as part or their Technology Review and Advisory Committee.
  • In October 2009 Florida Power & Electric was awarded $200 million for Energy Smart Florida –– posted by
  • In April 2010 Pepco Holdings Inc. signed contracts for three ARRA grants totaling $168.1 million to advance smart-grid projects, reported by the Washington Business Journal. Additionally in April 2010, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced $100 million from the stimulus will go for Smart Grid Workforce Training and Development, of which Florida Power & Light got $5 million and Pepco got just over $4.3 million.
  • In October 2009, "the U.S. Department of Energy announced that Modesto Irrigation District (MID) was one of only six California utilities selected to receive a $1.5 million federal stimulus grant to support MID’s efforts to install smart control equipment throughout its electric infrastructure" –– published in an Oracle Press Release.
  • Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. received a $130 million stimulus grant for a 771,000 smart meter deployment, as reported in October 2009 by
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District got a $127.5 million stimulus grant for a comprehensive regional smart-grid system, announced in October 2009 by
  • According to an August 2009 article by, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) –– another Silver Spring customer –– "applied for $42.5 million government grant for home area networks in conjunction with the city of San Jose and Stanford University," yet it is unclear whether or not they received it. However, in May 2010, the DOE awarded PG&E a $25 million stimulus grant to develop compressed air storage for electricity" –– writes the San Francisco Business Times.
But the "government bucks" don’t stop at Silver Spring Networks...

Ausra Inc.

Ausra Inc. –– a KPCB investment that "develops and deploys utility-scale solar technologies," was acquired by AREVA Inc. in March 2010. Then in July 2010 "AREVA accepted the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) offer of a conditional commitment to issue a $2 billion loan guarantee to support construction of the Eagle Rock Enrichment Facility, AREVA’s $3 billion state-of-the-art gas centrifuge enrichment plant in Bonneville County, Idaho."

Bloom Energy

Bloom Energy –– Kleiner Perkins is listed as a primary investor and John Doerr as a board member –– in February 2010 launched its Bloom Box. The real name is the “Bloom Energy Server" and is marketed as "a stand-alone electric generator that requires no connection to any centralized power generating plant and no coal-based or oil-based fuel to operate it" (translation: cheap, clean energy flows almost magically from a refrigerator-sized box). The Bloom Box debuted in a "big scoop" segment on 60 Minutes on February 21, 2010, followed with a star-studded (Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Colin Powell) Bloom Energy Press Conference attended and filmed by Marc J. Rauch Executive Vice President/Co-Publisher of The Auto Channel noted "our contact [at the National Renewable Energy Labs (NREL) in Colorado] had known of the Bloom technology and revealed that the government had actually provided a $5 million grant to the company during its development stage. There are also rumors (and news) of "an enormous government contract to order the Bloom Box" and Bloom Energy "is due for a verdict on their DOE stimulus funds shortly," as reported by, February 19, 2010.

Harvest Power Inc.

Harvest Power Inc., backed by Kleiner Perkins, is basically a company that "turns trash into fertilizer and fuel," and according to a June 2009 article by and a City of San Jose Press Release, "GreenWaste Recovery would partner with Harvest Power Inc. on a project (if approved by the city council) known as the Zanker Road Biogas facility." Mayor Chuck Reed said in a statement, "This project not only demonstrates San Jose's leadership in the production of renewable energy but will help us meet the economic development, zero waste and energy goals of our city's Green Vision."

Evidently, the Green Vision is raking in big bucks from the Obama Green Stimulus, as reflected in their 2009 Annual Report –– "In 2009 over $50 million in federal and state grant money, including federal stimulus dollars were allocated or awarded towards projects that will advance Green Vision goals." Additionally, "local companies received over $80 million in federal tax credits that will spur expansions and hiring in sectors such as renewable energy," and as of May 2010, the City of San Jose –– Capitol of Silicon Valley –– "is estimated to receive nearly $108 million in Recovery Act funds."


MiaSolé Thin-film Solar, part of the KPCB Greentech Portfolio, with "more than 500 applications that were submitted for the tax credits," in January 2010 MiaSole "received two Advanced Energy Manufacturing tax credits totaling $101.8 million from the Obama administration for the manufacture of low-cost thin-film cells and modules."


RecycleBank –– another Kleiner Perkins green investment –– works with municipalities and haulers to measure and reward residents for recycling. As reported by RecycleBank, "in April 2009 $2.8 billion were allocated to cities with 14 uses that include recycle projects." It turns out that Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Houston, Texas; and Hartford, Connecticut were the first cities to "take advantage of stimulus funds and work with RecycleBank to improve their waste diversion rates." Also, in August 2009, Chicago became the first Illinois city to partner with RecycleBank, then there are the cities in between, and recently in February 2010, Los Angeles became the largest city to partner with RecycleBank.

While it is obvious that the folks at Kleiner Perkins have strategically positioned their investments to profit from “green,” including the massive influx of taxpayer money, placing them ahead of the competition –– still others need government mandates and regulations to really make them fly. One company in particular is Hara Software, "a company that sells software to help businesses measure and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions," where three KPCB partners sit on the Hara board. In a June 2009 article by Reuters –– Gore-Backed Hara Sees Profit From Low-carbon Economy –– Hara Chief Executive Amit Chatterjee, who in July 2009 was part of a group of "innovative energy leaders" that "advised Obama," stated that [cap-and-trade] "will force companies to act, as opposed to seeing the business benefit of acting." "The debate alone of 'cap and trade' is a driver for our product," Chatterjee added.

In closing...
Considering the magnitude of this Climate Scam –– its scope; cost and paybacks; "players" and agendas –– these findings may only scratch the surface. This Climate Scam goes beyond the billions of taxpayer dollars that Gore and Doerr, via Kleiner Perkins, have already unfairly snagged from the Obama Green Stimulus and huge DOE grants and loans. More disturbing is the fact that these "players" –– and others that will be exposed in Green Corruption parts two and three –– have direct ties to the Obama White House, strong influence over government policy, and are connected to the rest of those caught up in this scam, including the hard-core-left-wing radicals.

Moreover, most of "the players" have helped create, shape, facilitate, lobby, testify, sell, and even if the planet blows up, will get their cap-and-trade, which despite reports that it's dead in the Senate, will soon to be on the Obama agenda — the real pot of gold at the end of the climate rainbow.

First published at Blogcritics Magazine in politics, by Christine Lakatos –– Concerned Citizen: the Right Perspective Blog. Lee Troxler and Floyd Brown, authors of Killing Wealth, Freeing Wealth can be found on their Freeing Wealth website.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

California Senate: Carly Fiorina VS. Barbara Boxer

Do Californians want an arrogant, "tax and spend, baby, tax and spend" career politician or a fresh and feisty fiscal conservative?

Within days of former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina winning the GOP primary, to face Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer in November, her favorable ratings jumped and latest polls place Fiornia in a statistical tie with Boxer, marking this as the re-election fight of Boxer's career.

Both candidates have their high-profile endorsements. In Boxer's corner is President Obama –– a president that blew off the Gulf memorial service to attend a fundraiser for Boxer, and Vice President Joe Biden, who is scheduled to assist Boxer here in California next month. Ringside for Fiorina are Condoleezza Rice, Sarah Palin, and Dick Morris, but more interesting is the way that this political bout has heated up so quickly.

Boxer came out swinging at Fiorina’s CEO background, a full liberal "hot air" attack, void of the complete Fiorina story. Meanwhile, The National Republican Senatorial Committee landed a right hook to Boxer's campaign by launching –– Senator Barbara Boxer: Decades of Epic Failure.

The latest jab came from left-wing media, who briefly attempted to turn "hair-gait" –– an "oops, I forgot the mic was on" comment about Boxer’s “that’s so yesterday” hair –– into some sort of defining moment for Fiorina. Oh please. But if you want to talk about "gaffes" (a term I use loosely) let’s take a look at Boxer’s greatest hits. First on the docket is Boxer’s recent claim that, “carbon pollution leading to climate change will be over the next 20 years the leading cause of conflict, putting our troops in harm’s way.” Forget about terrorists, CO2 is now our greatest national security threat.

Last December at the height of the ObamaCare debate, Boxer compared abortion to Viagra –– a moment that defined her ignorance or insensitivity (still trying to figure that one out). During August, Boxer was more wrapped up with her book signings than that of her constituents, yet she took the time to appear on MSNBC to condemn concerned citizens that gathered at town hall meets across the nation to protest against ObamaCare –– proof this woman is out of touch with reality.

This month we celebrate the one-year anniversary of Boxer's arrogant request to General Michael Walsh, “Don’t call me Ma’am, call me Senator. I worked so hard to get that title.” Still, Boxer's classic hit is her interaction with Black Chamber of Commerce, President and CEO Harry Alford –– a video that needs no interpretation.

While this is guaranteed to be a fascinating political race to watch, what really counts is character and how each candidate will handle the issues facing California and America. Most troubling is the direction of our country, our national debt that has topped $13 trillion, and our economy that is in shambles –– with no hope in sight. As a resident of California it is difficult to face the sad reality that our state is no longer "golden" –– we're broke and saddled with 12.6 percent unemployment rate, which causes many of us to worry about the future of our state, as others scramble to find jobs. If we don't have a job, can't put food on our table or a roof over our head, how are we going to pay for mandated health care insurance?

So, where are the jobs, Madam Senator?

Evidently, Boxer believes that you create jobs by passing bills in the Senate that expand government, increase taxes, add more regulations, mandates, and entitlements. Boxer even voted to throw money at the problem like the $862 billion pork-laden stimulus package that has failed miserably, unless of course you are one of the 411,00 temporary Census workers.

Moreover, Obama and the Democratic leadership, which Boxer strongly supports, are killing American prosperity and creating an abundance of economic uncertainty through their legislation –– past and future –– that are nothing but huge government power grabs, assaults on our liberties, and ways to redistribute the wealth: ObamaCare, EPA carbon regulations and cap-and-trade, financial regulations, impending tax hikes (an I'm sure there are more in the "liberal works"). And, believe or not, Obama is proposing spending more money to "fix" the economy.

In stark contrast to Boxer, Fiorina understands that "our nation’s top priorities should be economic growth and job creation, and that "small businesses, family-owned businesses and entrepreneurs are the economic engines that will lead us through these difficult times." Thankfully, Fiorina can see right through Washington, asserting that those on Capitol Hill (the party holding the majority, which includes Boxer) are "destroying jobs through too much government, too much taxation, too much regulation, too rich entitlements."

Fiorina wants to "unleash the talents and energies of California workers, small-business owners, innovators, and entrepreneurs" –– which she views are best served by "government staying out of the way and reducing the uncertainty that is inevitably caused by intrusive and over-reaching government regulatory policies" –– and she is armed with a 3-point "economic growth plan" to do so: lowering taxes, fighting for every job, and incentivizing innovation.

Fiorina is also ready to take on other issues that Boxer had three terms (28 years total in Washington) to address, yet failed to do so entirely, adequately, and/or appropriately –– restoring fiscal responsibility, reducing deficit, energy and the environment, illegal immigration, the California water crisis, health care, and protecting America.

Californians have to ask themselves whether or not they are eager to re-elect a career politician like Boxer, with her far left political agenda, her "tax and spend, baby, tax and spend" mantra, along with her ongoing drivel on the Senate floor and in the media. Or do Californians want a fresh and feisty businesswoman like Fiorina –– not part of the “establishment” –– a fiscal conservative who is ready to solve problems, make tough decisions, and do what's best for California and America?

The choice is obvious. Boxer needs to be stripped of her Senator title and returned back to her Ma’am status and Fiorina is just the woman to "bounce Boxer out" of the political ring. That is change we can look forward to this year.

This article first published as California Senate: Carly Fiorina VS. Barbara Boxer on Blogcritics Magazine. Author: Christine Lakatos — Published: Jun 19, 2010 at 10:24 am. Brought to you by Concerned Citizen: The Right Perspective.