If you want to know why unemployment is skyrocketing in the (once-)Golden State, drive along the (once-)bustling, commercial thoroughfares of Los Angeles. You’ll see vacant storefront after vacant storefront, their once-creatively outfitted display windows now displaying only a “For Rent” or “Available” sign. I call them Obama-Waxman-Boxers (OWBs), but perhaps I should really call them PFOWBS (including my state Senator Fran Pavley and my state Assemblyman Mike Feuer in the mix).
Confiscatory tax policies and intrusive regulatory policies that these Democrats support have made it more difficult for aspiring entrepreneurs to set up shop and for existing ones to stay in business.
It’s one reason job creators are backing Carly Fiorina for the United States Senate. They know her opponent Barbara Boxer has spent her 28-year career in Washington pushing policies which penalize the productive, preventing them from generating growth and creating jobs. Last month, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce signaled its support for my gal, with local branches following suit this month:
. . . San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO Pat Dando was also critical of Boxer, calling her record as a career politician “abysmal,” in contrast to Fiorina’s experience as the only woman to lead a Fortune 20 company.
“Under (Boxer’s) watch, they’ve taken over the automotive industry, the health care industry, and if she were successful in getting through her job-killing cap-and-trade legislation, they would have taken over the energy sector of the economy,” Dando said.
Taking questions from chamber members, Fiorina showed a remarkable ability to answer all questions by focusing on the themes of job creation and Boxer’s alleged failures.
Emphasis added. A remarkable ability to answer questions about job creation. And that’s not from a Fiorina press release, but from a local journalist covering the event. Now, the Chamber’s running an ad across the Golden State hitting the incumbent hard on her Washington record:
When you look at the documentation the Chamber provides about this ad, we see just how hard Ma’am has worked (to paraphrase her) to devastate the California economy. For 17 consecutive years (that is, each and every year Mrs. Boxer served in the United States Senate), she has received a grade of F form the National Taxpayers Union. Think about that for a minute. With the crushing tax burden on Golden State citizens making it more difficult for up-and-coming entrepreneurs to save and invest in new enterprises, Mrs. Boxer has consistently voted against tax relief for such potential job creators, preferring to seek out new sources of revenue to feed the federal behemoth to looking out for taxpayers.
Seventeen straight years of support for high taxes. 17 years. No wonder we’re seeing so many shuttered storefronts in Southern California.
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