Even on the liberal editorial pages of newspapers in the Golden State, pundits acknowledge that while they sometimes share Barbara Boxer’s politics, they’re turned off by the 28-year Washington veteran’s partisanship, faulting her ineffective leadership. Yesterday, in endorsing Boxer’s opponent, Carly Fiorina, the editors of the Pasadena Star-News attributed the three-term Senator’s failures to her ideological zeal:
Incumbent Sen. Boxer has spent 18 years hammering away on a national liberal agenda for which she has accomplished little except for driving away colleagues. Even Democrats find her a one-note politician instead of a problem-solving public servant working for all 36 million California residents.
They contrasted Boxer to her fellow Democrat Dianne Feinstein, finding that Feinstein had more in common (temperamentally at least) with the Republican who wants to replace her partisan colleague. Not just that, they found that
. . . Fiorina possesses an extraordinary record of accomplishment for California. Those accomplishments are entirely in the private sector. In our ongoing economic downturn to which joblessness is key, it’s precisely someone who understands private-sector job creation who we want representing us in Washington. As a Silicon Valley leader, the only woman CEO of a Fortune 20 corporation, Fiorina understands the way forward economically for our state.
That record of accomplishment contrasts with Boxer’s absence thereof. Pat Dando, president and CEO of the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, echoed the assessment of the Pasadena editors, chiding Boxer for being “more interested in partisan bickering and ideological wrangling.” Fiorina, on the other hand,
. . . may not be in agreement with valley residents on all issues, she has clearly demonstrated that her priority, if elected to the U.S. Senate, would be to represent the people of this state and, most important, to focus on job creation and economic growth — issues of chief importance both here in Silicon Valley and across the nation.
Fiorina’s economic growth plan underscores a keen understanding about how to foster innovation and create jobs. In addition to fighting against the higher taxes and thicker regulations that make it costlier for job creators to grow, succeed and hire workers, Fiorina supports making the research and development tax credit permanent, and she recognizes the competitive disadvantage the United States faces because we’ve dropped from first place to 17th place in R&D incentives in just 30 years. She’s witnessed the deleterious effects of our country’s sky-high corporate tax rate, which is the second highest among our closest competitors.
In short, Carly’s got the temperament to work with thoughtful Democrats like Feinstein while having a plan to spur private companies to create jobs. She knows that innovation comes not from Washington, but from creative individuals, freed from the shackles of burdensome federal (and state regulation). To make the Golden state golden once more, we need to return to that can-do attitude which built this nation — and once made our state the envy of the rest of the country.
It’s turning to the entrepreneurial spirit which made Silicon Valley boom and made the Central Valley green. And you can help this good woman unleash that spirit once more. Join me in supporting Carly Fiorina.