First, let’s start broad brush, with the basic recognition that Carly Fiorina is a self-made woman. Unlike Trump, she comes from a family of academic types, not business people—let alone already wealthy business people, as Trump did.
She has not had the privilege of inheriting an existing business to run and expand. In fact, she has worked her way up from secretary to CEO, giving her reams of business and human experience that both many business leaders and many professional politicians do not have.
Liz Mair, writer at the Independent Journal Review continues:
Yes, Carly knows what it’s like to be a bigshot in the board room, desperately sought after as a guest by cable business news channels and a featured speaker by big name business leadership conferences. She also knows what it’s like to be the receptionist who takes crap on her boss’ behalf from angry people all day long, who pulls down a meager paycheck, probably is subjected to rudeness if not harassment routinely, and who has had to use every tool in her arsenal to get ahead.
That matters, for several reasons.
First, Carly is more likely to have empathy for those working at the bottom of the totem pole than do those whose personal, familial circumstances have made and kept them remote from average workers and their concerns.
Second, she is capable of taking on big challenges and rising to meet them—with zero safety net underneath her.
Third, she has ideas as to how American workers can get ahead that are cultural and practical, not merely policy-based.
Fourth, Carly knows how to turn nothing, or nothing much, into something—a trait America could use in a leader right now as various indicators ranging from the pure economic to reputational as concerns the international stage suggest we’re backsliding, and becoming a shadow of the amazing, powerhouse nation, the best in the world, that we have previously been and desperately want to be again.
As CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Carly inherited a company that was deeply troubled and whose trajectory looked very bleak to many analysts.
The fact is, however, that under Carly, HP did better in terms of its marketing to consumers and positioning in key areas. The company jumped from third to first, nationally, in the server market and from fourth to first, nationally, in the PC market. It maintained its dominance of the printer market, at #1.
Under Carly, HP’s cash flow also quadrupled. Current assets increased by 60 percent. HP’s growth rate went up.
Mair goes on to address the attacks from Democrats and Trump on Carly’s record for laying off workers on the merger of Compaq.
The truth is that Carly laid people off. The truth is also that she had no choice,…
Mair goes on to list endorsements from colleagues like Ben Rosen, Bob Wayman, Deborah Dower, Craig Barrett.
Unlike any other candidate in the GOP field, she actually has personal relationships with a big chunk of major world leaders with whom the next president will need to interface.
The GOP is lucky that we have a tremendously good array of candidates from which to choose in 2016.
With regards to a tremendous array of candidates, I would agree with Liz. With regards to Carly and the other candidates I say to voters – VET your candidates! KNOW where they stand on the issues.
From Conservative Review on Carly Fiorina:
On the topic of Budget, Spending and Debt:
Despite her experience running a major international corporation, Fiorina has spent little time addressing spending and debt issues. Her belief of transparency in government spending and moving towards zero-based budgeting is laudable, but she has failed to indicate with any degree of specificity which portions of the federal budget are ripe for large reform. Of concern for conservatives has been Fiorina’s past support for the Wall Street Bailout and portions of the Obama Stimulus, along with increasing education spending. The lack of a specific plan combined with her past support for two of the worst and largest government expenditures in the decade gives Fiorina a poor record.
In regards to Taxes, Economy and Trade:
Fiorina’s lack of a detailed economic platform is noticeable given her background in the private sector. While she has advocated for lowering barriers to small business success, she doesn’t provide specific details. Fiorina has taken a position on both sides of the net neutrality argument and the Internet sales tax. Fiorina has also advocated for the destructive and anti-growth cap-and-trade policy. Of some encouragement has been her support for the Bush tax cuts as well as repealing the death tax. However because of taking several mixed positions as well as previous support for the destructive cap-and-trade tax her record is poor at best.
In regards to Free Market:
When it comes to the free market Fiorina has generally conservative rhetoric, but drilling down into the details may give conservatives pause. On positive side of the ledger, Fiorina has stated that she would oppose reauthorizing the crony capitalist Export-Import Bank and oppose federal subsidies for private industries. However contrary to her newfound free market rhetoric, in 2010, she said that TARP was “important and necessary.” Her support for government manipulation of the market place through cap-and-trade is concerning as well.
Again, the bottomline – VET your candidates! Know where they stand on ALL the issues. No candidate is perfect, so align yourself with the candidate that is MOST aligned to your views and principles.
Still not sure about Carly? Here’s a quote from Erik Erickson:
Carly’s conservative record was thin to nonexistent, and there were many troubling signs that she held liberal views. From her praise of Jesse Jackson, to her playing the race and gender cards against DeVore, to her support for the Wall Street bailouts, to her qualified support for the Obama stimulus, to her past support for taxation of sales on the Internet, to her waffling on immigration, to her support for Sonia Sotomayor, to her Master’s thesis advocating greater federal control of local education, to her past support for weakening California’s Proposition 13, to her statement to the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board that Roe v. Wade is ‘a decided issue,’ Carly Fiorina’s oft-repeated claim to be a ‘lifelong conservative’ was only plausible in the universe of NRSC staffers who recruited her in the first place.
Still not sure if Carly’s a “Conservative”?
Fiorina told the National Journal that George W. Bush offered her the role of Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, while she was CEO of HP. Fiorina said in 2008 that if John McCain wasn’t running, Hillary Clinton would be her second choice for the presidency. – Fiorina built her 2010 Senate campaign against conservative Chuck Devore on the fact that she was the better candidate because she was a woman. She served as co-chair of Mitt Romney’s 2012 California presidential campaign.
Conservative? You be the judge!
Stay educated! Stay involved! Stay inspired!
Written by Nancy Hayes
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