By Sylvia Hampton
September 26, 2010 (San Diego) -- As the CEO of Hewlett Packard, Carly Fiorina told the world that giving high-tech jobs to foreign workers using H-1B status nonimmigrant visas was just part of the reality of globalization. Fiorina likes cheap labor. The woman she hopes to unseat, United States Senator Barbara Boxer, understands that preparing our own students to take these jobs is the better way to go. That is because Boxer sees the big picture while Firorina only looked at the bottom line for her company, Hewlett Packard. That is the company whose board of directors had to pay her over $20,000,000 just to get rid of her.
The company stock shot up on the news that Fiorina was ousted. So why would anyone want to vote for Fiorina instead of Boxer?
Fiorina is against legalized abortion. Boxer supports the 7-2 Roe V. Wade Supreme Court decision written by the Richard Nixon nominated Catholic Justice Harry Blackman who said when he retired "It's a step that had to be taken ... toward the full emancipation of women."
Fiorina is for the right of companies to pollute and add to the national carbon footprint with little or no government interference. Boxer believes this is an area that impacts the environment so profoundly that it must be a national priority to cut back on fossil fuel use and provide incentives for citizens and companies to do so.
Fiorina supports keeping the tax cuts for the wealthy. Boxer believes that the ten-year sunset on those cuts is necessary in light of the economic situation.
Fiorina talks about cutting government spending, yet her spending on the Republican primary and now this general election is turning into a record-breaker. She has so much personal money that the sky is the limit. Boxer raises more money from small donors like me who have house parties and support her dedication to core issues. She believes government spending is what we do to invest in the future and our people ---education, environmental protection, justice system, health care & research, transportation, national defense. We need federal spending for the Coast Guard, border patrols , veterans affairs, CIA, FAA, FEMA, FBI, FDIC, National Parks and Forest Service, consumer safety, global affairs/State Department, land management, Library of Congress, NASA, National Weather Service, Peace Corps, postal services, Secret Service, Social Security and infrastructure. Just to name a few.
This job of U.S. Senator is not for some cute centerfold or failed CEO. It is for someone with vision, political experience and guts.
Fiorina would fight for the Wall Street tycoons. Boxer fights for the general public.
Sylvia Hampton is a community activist inducted into the San Diego County Women’s Hall of fame for 2008 for her work in the fields of healthcare reform, social justice and reproductive health. She is past president of the League of Women Voters of San Diego County and served on President Nixon’s Title X Family Planning Council. Her monthly Community Forum column is published in the Sun Signature Community Newspaper, Diamond Gateway Signature, and her Soapbox in the East County Magazine.
Opinions are Sylvia’s alone and not to be interpreted as the policies of the League of Women Voters or East County Magazine.