While Barbara Boxer is on the air with yet another nasty ad attacking Carly Fiorina for supposedly shipping jobs overseas while that accomplished Republican served as CEO of HP, the 28-year Washington veteran fails to address her own record on job creation.
When Mrs. Boxer was first elected to the U.S. Senate during an economic downturn in November 1992, unemployment in the Golden State stood at 9.8%, a very high number, to be sure. (It stood at 4.7% when her party gained a majority in the Senate in November 2006.) In August 2010 (the last month for which such statistics are available), unemployment had climbed to 12.4%, with Boxer’s jurisdiction experiencing one of the largest “over-the-month employment decreases” in employment, shedding 33,600 jobs.
Over the year, California was one of two states (the other being Democratic-controlled Colorado) experiencing “statistically significant job losses”, with 112,800 jobs disappearing. All those jobs were lost six months after Mrs. Boxer’s beloved “stimulus” passed and while Democrats were in complete control in Washington.
If seeing shuttered storefronts and learning of friends’ job losses weren’t enough, Mrs. Boxer’s successor and the National Republican Senatorial Committee remind us of the reality of Barbara Boxer’s California:
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