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 callmemaam.com –– 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.