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Carly Fiorina: big government policies to blame for CA’s collapse

Every now and again, I support a candidate for public office, only to find that the more I study his (or her) record, the more I find he (or she) has a firm grasp on the issues of greatest concern to me.  This is not to say I agree with the candidate on every issue, but, his focus is where mine would be if I were running for office.

So it is today with Carly Fiorina as it was in 1994 with Jim Miller.  Who is Jim Miller, you ask?  Miller was the Director of the Office of Management and Budget in Ronald Reagan’s second term who, in 1994, ran unsuccessfully against Oliver North for the Republican nomination for a United States Senate seat in Virginia.  I initially supported Miller largely because I didn’t think North would make a good candidate in the general and that he would make an even worse Senator.

My instincts (and not just mine) served me well.  In a very Republican year, North was one of the few well-funded Republican challengers who lost his bid for federal office.

In the run-up to the Republican convention in Richmond (where the Senate nomination would be decided), I learned more and more about the Gipper’s former budget director and became increasingly impressed with his command of economic issues and his unflinching support for free markets.

Last night, after reading John Fund’s piece on my gal for the 2010 Senate race in California, I became increasingly enamored with Carly Fiorina, finding in her a similar commitment to free markets.  Surveying the business climate in the Golden State,

Ms. Fiorina is not shy in pointing out what’s to blame. “The high tax, big government, regulatory regime we see in California is the current course and speed for where the nation is headed,” she warns. “California is a great test case, a factual demonstration that those programs don’t work.” She notes that while state spending has significantly outstripped inflation in recent years, every year government services perform more poorly and it becomes harder to open a business. “I very much doubt Hewlett Packard could be founded today as a manufacturing company in California,” she adds soberly.

In short, Carly gets it, not just where California politicians have lost their way, but also where Republicans have lost their bearings.  We need keep a clear eye on our principles, that the solutions to most social and economic problems don’t lie with government, unless we’re looking for ways to reduce government’s intrusion in our lives and pocketbooks.

We see a similar dynamic in the race for the GOP nomination for the California Senate seat to that we saw nearly sixteen years ago in the Old Dominion, two conservative candidates of different backgrounds vying for the chance to take on an incumbent Democrat.

Like Jim Miller, Carly Fiorina intends to keep her focus on the economy and the failed big-government policies of Democrats–to which all too many Republicans in recent years have acquiesced.  And with a message not unlike that of the greatest Republican even to come out of the Golden State, she points the way forward for the GOP.

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  1. GayPatriot » Carly Fiorina: big government policies to blame for CA’s collapse…

    Thank you for submitting this cool story – Trackback from PunditKix…

    Trackback by PunditKix — November 28, 2009 @ 2:45 pm - November 28, 2009

  2. Lt. Col. North was opposed not only by the Democrat but also by the other [Republican] Senator from Virginia…and also by another Republican who ran as an independent… You should add all the facts to your column… Semper Fi, Col. North…

    Comment by toes192 — November 28, 2009 @ 3:38 pm - November 28, 2009

  3. Interesting coverage of Carly. I must admit what I’ve seen of Boxer is enough to make me want any candidate besides Boxer. It’s good to see Carly has at least a few good qualities as well. What is her take on gays?

    oh and your “fully operational blogosphere” comment a few posts back had “fully operational Battlestation!” ringing in my ears.

    Comment by Argent — November 28, 2009 @ 11:08 pm - November 28, 2009

  4. Argent, and I wanted those words to ring in your ears! :-)

    So far, Carly has not addressed gays in her campaign, except to say she voted for Prop 8. Her campaign has, however, included this openly gay blogger in a bloggers’ conference call and offered me (without my requesting it) a 10-minute interview.

    Given how accessible she’s been in this, the first month, of her campaign, she’ll certainly have a chance to address such issues in the course of the race.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — November 28, 2009 @ 11:29 pm - November 28, 2009

  5. Is there any realistic chance of California’s citizens ever supplanting Barbara Boxer and Nancy Pelosi? I don’t live on the west coast so I don’t have a collective pulse of how they’re received.

    Comment by Sharp Right Turn — November 29, 2009 @ 8:30 pm - November 29, 2009

  6. Sharp Right, we can beat Ma’am, but not Nancy. The mood of the voters is very anti-incumbent. Carly just needs to keep playing offense as she has been doing.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — November 29, 2009 @ 8:36 pm - November 29, 2009

  7. Pelosi is going to be in office for as long as she decides to run. There are that many patently-stupid people and welfare addicts in San Francisco to ensure that one.

    That being said, turn a negative into a positive; every single Obama Party representative needs to be called out as her complete and total puppet, supporting every foolish and idiotic thing that she does and says.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — November 29, 2009 @ 10:29 pm - November 29, 2009

  8. Has anyone noted that Nancy Pelosi has been out there saying the country wants even bigger government and even more deficit spending?

    Comment by V the K — November 30, 2009 @ 7:58 am - November 30, 2009

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