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Patricia Skinner Sulpizio: Boxer scores a knockout

Democratic Voices

Posted: September 6, 2010 10:39 p.m.
Updated: September 7, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

Sen. Barbara Boxer was relaxed, calm and confident — on her game while debating Carly Fiorina last Tuesday.  Fiorina was markedly different. She frowned, glared and her eyes blinked rapidly.

Fiorina accused Boxer of attacking Hewlett-Packard, one of “California’s gems.” Actually, Boxer never criticized HP. She criticized Fiorina for taking the glow off HP during her 6 years as CEO.

“She’s running on her record as the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, so what she did there counts,” Boxer said. “And I’m going to keep on telling the truth about it.”

Hewlett and Packard family heirs are telling the truth also. They’ve gone public with their disdain for Fiorina.  While opposing the disastrous Compaq merger William Hewlett led a proxy fight against Fiorina. Said CaliforniaWatchblog,”
During the GOP primary, Arianna Packard, granddaughter of the co-founder, posted a letter at Redstate.com calling Fiorina a “greedy, out-of-touch CEO” who almost destroyed the company.

HP folks put up. Opensecrets.org reports Boxer has received twice as much in campaign contributions from HP sources than Fiorina.

 The HP stockholders made their feelings known. When Fiorina forced the Compaq acquisition, HP stock dropped 50 percent. When HP fired Fiorina, stock value soared.

HP employees are so determined to prevent Fiorina’s election, they created carly-fiorina.com to expose Fiorina’s missteps as CEO.

Fiorina portrays herself a “keep government out of our lives Republican”. She claims to run on a platform of less regulation, yet opposes same-sex marriage. If given the opportunity, she would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. Her position reveals a glaring contradiction. Government can’t possibly get any deeper into our lives than if allowed to control the most intimate decisions; who we can and cannot marry, our right to privacy and reproductive choice.

Fiorina’s justification to overturn Roe v. Wade, “I am a strong believer in states’ rights,” is weak.  If California women are denied access to safe, legal abortion, they will be forced to travel to another state to get the services they require.

Regarding a woman’s right to choose, “I think voters have to make these very difficult decisions” is hardly strategic.
Californians overwhelmingly support legal abortion. Fiorina applied the same statement to Proposition 8, revealing lack of constitutional knowledge. Judge Ron George’s ruling reflects the Supreme Court’s decision. American’s civil rights are not up for popular vote.

On the issue of immigration, Fiorina was a complete flip-flop.  The reporter stated that every year 65,000 children in the U.S. graduate from high school but remain undocumented through no fault of their own because they were brought here illegally. When queried if she would support legislation that would help these young people get jobs, further their education and become citizens, Fiorina seemed to say that illegal immigrants should be deported. When asked about assisting illegal immigrant children to obtain citizenship, she said they should be allowed to achieve the golden dream, stating  she supports the Dream Act, but not amnesty for people who came here illegally. If I were a panelist, I would ask, “What exactly then, is your position on illegal immigration?  Do you plan to deport parents, leaving immigrant children without adult family members to guide them? Or would you have all of them all deported?”

As part of her answer on supporting the illegal immigrant children, Fiorina stated “The 21st century is the century of brain power and innovation, and we need to cultivate all the brain power we can by making sure our people are well educated.” Fiorina criticized Boxer’s support of a bill that restored the jobs of 16,000 of America’s teachers.

In her opening remarks, Fiorina emphasized California’s 12.3 percent unemployment rate.

 “I have created jobs.” Fiorina said, boasting that skills to bring jobs to California come from her experience in business. Boxer came back with a left hook when she reminded us that Fiorina was fired from her last job.

“I think the American dream is too hard for too many people.” Fiorina said.

Boxer reminded us that as CEO of HP Fiorina made the American dream harder when she shipped 30,000 jobs overseas.

Fiorina bobbed and weaved. She said that the number of federal government employees increased by 14 percent as if in an era of high unemployment, that’s a bad thing. Fiorina fell hard, “The most important issue in this election is job creation,” then shifted her weight, “Sometimes you need to make the agonizing choice to lose some jobs to save more.”

Boxer packed the final punch when she said that Fiorina’s policies support billionaires, millionaires and companies that outsource jobs.

Patricia Skinner Sulpizio is a Valencia resident and delegate to the California Democratic Party. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. “Democratic Voices” appears Tuesdays in The Signal and rotates among several SCV Democrats.

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