So, after weeks of streaming attack ads to voters across the (once-)Golden State, Barbara Boxer is going on the air with a fluffy ad, attempting to tell us what she’s done in the Senate. And even in that fluffy ad, she doesn’t talk to us. Seems par for the course for this 28-year veteran of Washington, D.C.
And Mrs. Boxer’s campaign rhetoric just doesn’t square with her Senate record.
The career politician tells us she’s fighting for our jobs. Yeah, well, her policies haven’t resulted in new jobs coming to her jurisdiction. She praises the “stimulus” as “very successful[;] it created hundreds of thousands of job”, yet by her own benchmark (approvingly citing the White House prediction that the legislation would “save or create approximately 400,000 jobs in California” in a February 13, 2009 press release), it has failed utterly. California has lost 592,300 nonfarm payroll jobs since she issued that release.*
She claims she’s creating green jobs that can’t be outsourced. Yet, in voting for that “very successful” stimulus, the 3-term Senator voted to send our tax dollars (and those of our children and grandchildren) overseas:
Through one stimulus measure — the Section 1603 Grant Program — developers of renewable energy are entitled to a reimbursement of 30 percent of the cost of building a facility. Since last September, that government program has given out $2.3 billion to developers of U.S. wind farms. About 70 percent of the rebates — more than $1.6 billion in U.S. tax dollars — has gone to foreign developers . . .
Then, Mrs. Boxer touts her leadership in promoting “clean energy” reform. But, her “leadership” meant that the bill stalled in the Senate, with her own Democratic colleagues losing confidence in the Washington veteran. After the bill cleared her committee, “Rank-and-file members from both parties dismissed the Boxer bill, coal-state senators were unhappy and many said Boxer’s move to approve the bill without any Republicans even in the committee room had poisoned the process.”
Let me repeat that. On the signature legislation of her Committee On Environment And Public Works in the 111th Congress, Mrs. Boxer’s leadership poisoned the process.
Is this the kind of woman who should be representing California in the United States Senate for the next six years?
On November 2, let’s just say, “No, Ma’am”:
*For folks at home doing the math, that’s a one-million job difference.