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.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Single Mom and the Census Guy

Am I my neighbor's keeper when it comes to the 2010 census form? [graphics for affects –– not me in the photo left]

As early as January I had been bombarded by census ads, the short-lived controversy, and our government touting that the 2010 census form was "the shortest form in U.S. history." Back in February, I had even written an article about the 2010 census and its $340 Million campaign, including our taxpayer-funded Census Road Tour and a 30-second, $2.5-million Super Bowl ad –– a reminder to "stand up and be counted."

Back in early March, I received an announcement that my 2010 census form was forthcoming and later that month it arrived. Like a good citizen, I filled out my census form and thought I did a good thing. April came and I got knock on my door. Wearing the signature census necklace-type badge and sporting a clipboard, it was a census worker, a.k.a., "the census guy." I was excited to tell the census worker that I had already filled out my 2010 census form and he informed me that he knew that –– he was inquiring about my neighbor, who hadn't filled out his census form.

Since I live in a townhome complex, my place is in close proximity to three of my neighbors, one of whom I know pretty well because our daughters attend the same middle school. I politely told the census guy that I rarely see that particular neighbor and don't even know his name. I even took the time out to show the census guy the front side to my neighbor's place and that maybe he would have better luck contacting him that way. The census guy thanked me and went on his way.

A couple of weeks later, the same census guy knocked on my door, looking for my neighbor again. We had the same type of interaction; the census guy left and I went about my day. A few days later, I ran into my neighbor as he was off to play golf, and told him that the census people were looking for him. He laughed and said, "I know."

At this time, I should add an important factor to this scenario: I am a single parent –– in the most legitimate form that title implies, raising a daughter by myself. I'm not seeking sympathy here, but it is relevant to what is about to come next. It is also a testament to the fact that I am very busy, however, I am the type of person to stop whenever I see a stray animal and make sure they get home or to an animal shelter. I'm even crazy enough to stop traffic and help a mother duck get her little ducklings safely across the street.

Just last week, I was having a bad day and was quite grumpy. I had just gotten home and was unloading groceries, getting ready to prepare dinner, feed the animals, walk the dog for the second time, do some laundry, keep my daughter on task with homework, and so on. I got a knock on the door and who do you think it was? Yes, another census worker; again equipped with a badge and clipboard. This time, I wasn't so pleasant –– no patriotic, "I did my duty" attitude –– and before the census guy could get a word out I said, "You guys have already been here twice, what the heck?" He responded with, "It wasn't me, this is my first time here." I then confirmed, "Well, I already told the other guy that I don't know where my neighbor is and I am sick of you guys knocking on my door, bothering me." Prefaced with a "ma'am," the census guy kept his calm demeanor and offered a "limp" apology, yet he still wanted to know about my neighbor. So, I pointed at his clipboard and pleaded, "Can you please get my name off of your list or something? Make a note on your file there." The census guy, a little ruffled at this point, told me that he didn't know what he could do, offering no solution. I'm sure I spewed out a few unpleasantries during our brief interaction, but I ended our encounter frustratingly with, "Well, then can you call someone at the head of the Census office? Can you call the president or something?" As I slammed the door, the census guy left.

After the fact, I felt bad of course, but dang, all that for my neighbor's census form. It's June; isn't the 2010 census stuff over yet? More probing thoughts have entered my mind since; was I too hard on the census guy and will another census worker be back knocking on my door looking for my neighbor's 2010 census form? Gee, I hope not, but then again, worse things could happen.

First published in
Blogcritics Magazine –– Politics
The Single Mom and the Census Guy
Author: Christine Lakatos — Published: Jun 02, 2010 at 10:05 pm