Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Da Gunny says: Vote for Carly Fiorina

Da Gunny says: Vote for Carly Fiorina
Carly Fiorina for Senate vote out Barbara Boxer

John J. Miller a national political reporter for National Review talking about Senator Boxer and her describing intimate scenes in her book A Time To Run, a novel by the liberal Democratic senator from California is a way to begin learning about your California Senator.
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"In a note at the front of the book, Boxer says that she wrote A Time To Run to describe "the true world of politics in all its glory and all of its ugliness." Even this sentence is a bad one: The phrasing should be either "all of its glory and all of its ugliness" or "all its glory and all its ugliness. One thing's for sure: Boxer has the ugliness part down pat. Reading the California senator’s novel is ugly work, but I’ve done it.

"Have you ever watched a movie trailer that's amusing, but which also leaves you with the sense that you've just seen all the good parts? Think of what you're reading now as the same sort of thing, except that it covers the bad parts of A Time To Run, the new novel by Barbara Boxer, the liberal Democratic senator from California.

"Of course, saying that A Time To Run has a few bad parts really doesn't give Boxer enough credit — the whole book is stupendously awful, from the first page to the last. As a service to you, dear reader, I have slogged my way through it, in order to share with you the worst of the worst.

"You don't need to know much about the characters or the plot, except that the central figure is a liberal Democratic senator from California (sound familiar?) who must decide how she is going to respond to a Republican Supreme Court nomination. And thus, on the opening pages of A Time To Run, we encounter Boxer's utter lack of imagination:"

Now Boxer's policy positions and voting record
Abortion and the Rights of the Unborn: In December 1995, September 1996, May 1997, October 1999, and October 2003, Boxer voted against legislation to ban (except where the mother's safety might require it) the late-term abortion procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. In March 2004 she voted against the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which proposed to make it an added criminal offense for someone to injure or kill a fetus while carrying out a crime on a pregnant woman. In July 2006 she voted against notifying the parents of minors who have gotten out-of-state abortions. In October 2007 she voted against barring the Department of Health and Human Services from making grants to organizations that perform abortions. In March 2008 she voted NO on prohibiting minors from crossing state lines in order to get abortions.

Marriage: In September 1996 Boxer voted against a bill defining marriage strictly as a legal union between one man and one woman. That same month, and again in June 2006, she voted against bills that would have prohibited same-sex marriage.

Welfare: Boxer voted against the Welfare Reform Act of 1996, which ultimately succeeded in moving large numbers of people off of public assistance and into jobs.

Education: In July 1994 Boxer voted NO on requiring public schools to allow voluntary prayer. In July 1996 she voted NO on allocating $75 million for abstinence education. In September 1997 she voted against the implementation of school vouchers in Washington, DC.

Illegal Immigration: In May 2006 Boxer voted in favor of allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. That same month, she voted YES on an Immigration Reform Bill allowing illegal aliens who have resided in the U.S. for five years to be eligible for citizenship after they pass a background check, pay back taxes, maintain a job for six additional years, learn English, and pay a fine. In October 2006 she voted in favor of a bill authorizing the construction of 700 miles of double-layered fencing between the U.S. and Mexico. In June 2007 she voted in favor of an amendment placing an expiration date on a point-based immigration system (i.e., a system that seeks to ensure that people with skills that society needs are given preference for entry into the United States); she instead advocated a system focusing on the reunification of family members, even if that meant permitting the relatives of illegal aliens to join the latter in America. That same month, she voted against an amendment to prohibit illegal aliens convicted of such crimes as aggravated felonies, domestic violence, stalking, violation of protection orders, crimes against children, or the illegal purchase or sale of firearms, from gaining legal status. In July 2007 she voted against funding for "Real ID" legislation mandating higher standards for State driver's licenses and identification documents. In March 2008 she voted YES on continuing to provide federal funds for "sanctuary cities" that have pledged not to abide by immigration law.

Fossil Fuels: In April 2002, March 2005, and November 2005, Boxer voted to keep Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) closed to oil drilling. In June 2007 she voted against permitting natural gas exploration and extraction off the coast of Virginia. In March 2009, Boxer joined Senator John Kerry in declaring that the United States should adopt the Obama administration's cap-and-trade proposal to reduce carbon emissions, even though such a system was certain to cause huge increases in gasoline and electricity prices.

Nuclear Energy: In July 1996 Boxer voted against the creation of an interim storage facility for nuclear waste near Yucca Mountain, Nevada.

Taxes: In April 1998 Boxer voted NO on requiring a super-majority in the Senate for raising taxes. In July 1999 she voted against a bill calling for $792 billion in tax cuts over a ten-year period. In July 2000 she voted against a bill to phase out estate and gift taxes by 2010. In May 2001 she voted against $1.35 trillion in federal tax cuts over an 11-year period. In May 2003 she voted against $350 billion in proposed tax reductions. In November 2005 she voted to raise the top individual income tax rate of 39.6 percent for millionaires, and to impose higher tax rates on capital gains and dividends as well. That same month, she voted against extending a number of tax cuts for five years. In February 2006 she voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains and dividends. In May 2006 she voted against $69.96 billion in tax credits and cuts through 2010. In June 2006 she voted NO on permanently repealing the "death tax." In August 2006 she voted NO on making cuts in estate taxes permanent. In March 2008 she voted YES on increasing the tax rate for people earning over $1 million annually.

Supreme Court: As a House member, Boxer in 1991 sought to thwart President George H.W. Bush's nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court. As a senator, Boxer in September 2005 voted against the confirmation of President George W. Bush's nominee for Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Roberts. In January 2006 she voted against the confirmation of Samuel Alito, Jr., to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

Patriot Act: In October 2001 Boxer voted to pass the Patriot Act anti-terrorism legislation. In March 2006 she voted in favor of a bill reauthorizing and extending certain provisions of the Act.

Iraq War: In October 2002 Boxer voted against the joint Congressional resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq. In her statement from the Senate floor opposing the resolution, she insisted that the task of dismantling Iraq's suspected weapons of mass destruction was to be left to the United Nations, and voiced her view that America under the Bush administration was no longer a "beacon of hope" but of "fear." In December 2007 Boxer voted in favor of an amendment to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq within 90 days, "with the exception of those troops needed for temporary purposes to conduct targeted operations against … terrorist organizations, to provide security for U.S. government personnel, [and] to provide training to members of the Iraqi Security Forces."

Guantanamo Bay: In September 2006 Boxer voted YES on preserving habeas corpus for the Guantanamo detainees who had been captured by the U.S. in the war on terror.

Military Commissions: In September 2006 Boxer voted in favor of an amendment designating December 31, 2011 as the end date of the President's power to establish new military commissions to try the cases of unlawful enemy combatants captured in the war on terror.

Government Reform: In October 1997 Boxer voted to pass the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill. In February 2002 she voted NO on requiring a photo ID (not just a signature) for voter registration. In July 2007 she voted NO on requiring a photo ID to cast a ballot in federal elections. In September 2007 she voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress.

Guns: In March 2004 and July 2005 Boxer voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence.

In December 2005 Boxer made public a letter she had written to "presidential scholars," in which she solicited their opinions about whether President Bush's use of a National Security Agency program to monitor the international telephone calls of individuals with known ties to al Qaeda and similar terrorist groups constituted an "impeachable offense."

Vote for Carly Fiorina
Unlike Barbara Boxer, Carly Fiorina knows firsthand what it takes to create jobs. She knows that the best way to spur job creation is to get government out of the way
Today, our state’s unemployment rate stands at a sky-high 12.3 percent, and there are more than 2.2 million Californians out of work. There’s no doubt our state is facing a crisis of joblessness.

Our leaders in the U.S. Senate have the opportunity to fight back. But instead of championing policies that support job creators that will help put Americans back to work, Barbara Boxer has throughout her 28 years in Washington forced through job-killing bills that raise our taxes and make it harder for companies to hire workers.

Carly Fiorina, on the other hand, knows firsthand what it takes to create jobs. She knows that the best way to spur job creation is to get government out of the way so that small businesses – which create two-thirds of our nation’s new jobs – have the freedom and the ability to hire.

Take a look at who’s fighting for you:
Carly is opposed to tax increases on hard-working Americans, which will only further slow down economic recovery and expand government even more.
Boxer has voted for more than $1 trillion in higher taxes over her career in Washington. Some of the higher taxes she’s supported include the gas tax, the income tax and the death tax. And, she’s opposed expanding tax credits for adoption and children.

Carly has called for a two-year payroll tax holiday to give small businesses and start-ups an incentive to hire unemployed workers.
Boxer has repeatedly supported higher taxes on small businesses and entrepreneurs, inhibiting them from growing and succeeding.

Carly believes government can best support economic growth by getting out of the way of small businesses and entrepreneurs that are trying to grow and hire.
Boxer voted for an $862 billion big-government stimulus plan that cost taxpayers money; but since its passage, California has lost hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Carly has proposed creating “Jobs for Americans” Zones that will help lure manufacturing jobs back to America through targeted, substantial federal tax benefits.
Boxer has supported increasing regulations on American companies, making it harder for them to do business in the United States and driving jobs overseas.

Carly opposes the largest tax increase in American history scheduled to go into effect January 2011. This tax increase will cost the average middle-income family in California more than $1,600 every year.
Boxer supports this tax increase and has made no proposal as a U.S. senator to ensure it does not go into effect.

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