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Hillary Clinton Flunks Economics
She says we’re better off with Democrats in the White House. Is that so?There can be no doubt now: The U.S. economy is struggling, inequality is on the rise and too many Americans feel uncertain about their future.On the campaign trail, I have met many of these men and women, who sit at the kitchen table each week, straining to stretch their dollars from shrinking paychecks. Families who can’t save for retirement with near-zero interest rates. Young parents who are being crushed by their student debt. Shop owners who can’t get a loan because their community bank went out of business.We’ve had more than six years to watch the left’s prescriptions in action and the verdict is in: They don’t work. Under President Obama, the economy has been hobbled. The 73,000-page tax code is too complex to navigate without an army of accountants. The administration has added $7 trillion in new federal debt, and has doubled down on environmental regulations that crush business owners and farmers while raising energy prices.And yet Hillary Clinton said on Oct. 13 in the first Democratic presidential debate, “The economy does better when you have a Democrat in the White House,” and she offers variations on that line when campaigning.Whose economy is she talking about? The middle class has shrunk under the Obama administration. According to government figures and industry analyses, median-income households have lost nearly $1,300 after inflation, while the prices of food, health care and college tuition have risen almost twice as fast as inflation.Those struggling to find work are increasingly out of luck: Labor-force participation for working-age Americans has fallen to 62.4%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a level last seen in the Jimmy Carter-era recession. Millions have given up looking for work, and millions have fallen into poverty as a result.
“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”
Carly’s medieval history degree
Fiorina: Medieval History Degree Will Help Her Defeat ISIS
“What ISIS wants to do is drive us back to the Middle Ages, literally.”10.5.2015Who would have thought that a bachelor’s degree in medieval history and philosophy, even from Stanford University, would prove useful for anyone but a university medievalist – much less a presidential candidate?“Finally my degree in medieval history and philosophy has come in handy,” said Carly Fiorina Sunday night, “because what ISIS wants to do is drive us back to the Middle Ages, literally.”ABC News reported that the point arose while Fiorina was addressing a town hall crowd in Windham, New Hampshire. Asked by a member of the military for assurance that she is capable of taking on the Islamic terror group, Fiorina replied that ISIS is “an evil that must be defeated,” and that she would work with allies in the Middle East such as Turkey who have asked for specific resources and assistance to fight the extremist group. Turkey, for example, has asked for help establishing a no-fly zone along its border with Syria.Asked to elaborate on how a degree in medieval history will help her handle ISIS, Fiorina replied,“Every single one of the techniques that ISIS is using — the crucifixion, the beheadings, the burning alive — those were commonly-used techniques in the Middle Ages, so we can’t avert our eyes and pretend it’s an exaggeration that ISIS wants to take its territory back to the Middle Ages. But that is in truth what they want to do and are attempting to do.”
How Carly Fiorina managed and advised the ‘poobahs’ at Langley
by Jim Geraghty May 5, 2015
One week after 9/11, Michael Hayden, the director of the National Security Agency, the electronic surveillance arm of the U.S. government, had a long list of problems. High on the list was the fact that the NSA needed a ton of new high-tech equipment, particularly servers, right away, to handle a vastly expanded, critically important workload.
Hayden called up the CEO of Hewlett Packard, Carly Fiorina. “HP made precisely the equipment we needed, and we needed in bulk,” says Robert Deitz, who was general counsel at the NSA from 1998 to 2006. Deitz recalls that a tractor-trailer full of HP servers and other equipment was on the Washington, D.C. Beltway, en route to retailers, at the very moment Hayden called. Fiorina instructed her team to postpone the retailer delivery and have the driver stop. An NSA police car met up with the tractor-trailer and the truck proceeded, with an armed escort, to NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland.
It was an early moment in the close professional relationship between Hayden and Fiorina. Five years later, President George W. Bush named Hayden director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Upon assuming control at Langley, Hayden decided that he wanted to create an ‘External Advisory Board.’ He once again turned to Fiorina, and she went on to chair that board.
The most obvious knock on Fiorina’s newly announced presidential bid is that she has never been elected to any government office. But during the Bush presidency, Fiorina walked the corridors of the CIA and other high offices of government, assembling recommendations for national-security policy and developing a close working relationship with some of the most powerful officials in the administration. She’s already begun to cite these years in an attempt to counter those critics who say she lacks the experience needed to be commander-in-chief. (more…)
The other woman with her eye on the White House.
The Pemi-Baker Valley Republican Committee’s monthly all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner isn’t the kind of place you expect to see a crowd. Especially one that includes college students, and on a Friday night, no less. But the American Legion on Main Street is hopping. Greeting guests at the door is Omer Ahern Jr., the committee’s round-faced, mutton-chopped executive vice president. And he’s ecstatic.
“Everybody’s excited,” Ahern says. “We’ve never had this many people here.”
The spaghetti is delicious, but the 100 or so people have really come for the evening’s guest speaker, Carly Fiorina. The former chief executive of technology giant Hewlett-Packard is quite a draw among Republicans these days. The woman who once graced the covers of business and tech magazines is now more likely to pop up on Fox News. More recently, she’s becoming a familiar face here in New Hampshire as she prepares to run for president of the United States. Sources close to Fiorina say she’ll make that announcement on May 4.
You get the sense candidates don’t often make their way north past Manchester, Concord, and Lake Winnipesaukee to this little town in the foothills of the White Mountains. And Ashland is a long way from Palo Alto, California, where Fiorina attended Stanford and, from 1999 to 2005, ran HP. But she seems right at home here, sidling up to an empty seat in the middle of the hall with her plate of spaghetti and meatballs, chatting with the locals. At one point, a loud burst of laughter erupts from her table as Fiorina regales the folks with a story between bites.
In her speech, she mentions working shortly after college as a temporary secretary. “Some of you will know what I mean when I say that the big technology breakthrough at that time, which we appreciated as secretaries, was the IBM Selectric typewriter.” Half the room, nearly all women in their sixties, looks at each other, nodding and clapping in recognition.
The people here eat up her personal journey, from medieval history major and law-school dropout to high-powered tech executive. They gasp in sympathy when she mentions the death of her stepdaughter to “the demons of addiction” and Fiorina’s own battle with cancer. They listen raptly as she identifies a “sense of disquiet” among Americans over the future of the country. Fiorina ticks the problems off—a stagnant economy, an out-of-touch federal government, a “web of dependence” that has captured too many citizens—building up to what’s supposed to be her most profound diagnosis.
“I think the American people also fear that we are missing something. I think what they think we’re missing is leadership.” She says it solemnly, but the Republican audience begins giggling at the most obvious assessment of Barack Obama ever uttered. Fiorina rolls with it. “Why, does that sound like an understatement?” she deadpans. (more…)