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Politics & Power

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Two Former CEOís Spend Their Way To Victory In California GOP Races

Early poll results show that both Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina are likely to win their cash driven primary races in convincing fashion. This means that Whitman will be the first woman to ever get the Republican nod for the Governorís seat against Democrat Jerry Brown who ran virtually unopposed in the primary and Fiorina will be facing off against incumbent Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer who has occupied the Senate seat she now holds for over fifteen years.

One issue that is likely to take center stage in the general election is the excessive spending that took place in the Republican primaries. While both Whitman and Fiorina are women, which puts a somewhat new face on the GOP, their spending in the primaries was primarily out of their own pockets emphasizing for voters how rich the two women are reinforcing negative stereotypes about the Republican Party as being a party for the desires of the wealthy over the needs of the average person. There is little doubt that the two Democrats in these races will use that perception to hurt their opponents.

The question in this current political climate may come down to what is more distasteful to voters; rich people or incumbents. While Jerry Brown is not the sitting governor he is seen by most as the ultimate political insider in California. He has been Governor, the mayor of a major city and Attorney General of California. This may play to the advantage of the business experienced Whitman who can run as an outsider in a very rough political climate for insiders. The same holds true in the Boxer-Fiorina Senate race. Boxer has been in the House and Senate for decades while Fiorina was helping to run a successful business. The perception of voters could end up being that it will take a different mindset in Washington to fix the problems the nation and state face.

One thing is certain; the upcoming general election will be one where campaign spending in California will likely break records. Even in a down economy with unemployment at well over ten percent in California the candidates will shamelessly spend millions to win a job that pays a small fraction of that over an entire two terms in office. One does have to wonder how so-called fiscal conservatives can justify spending millions of dollars of their own money to win a job that pays far less than that unless they see other ways of using the job to make that money back. In the end it will be up to voters to decide who will best represent them in Sacramento and Washington DC. For now we will all just have to wait and see how it all unfolds.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom | Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column. | Click icon to Digg this article



Get Involved

Do you sit and yell at the TV when politicians come on? Do you shake your head sadly whenever you see a homeless veteran? Is that all you tend to do?

It's time to put up or shut up America. We all love to talk about how we could do things better or how we would do it if we were in charge. Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. If you can think of it, you can write it down. If you can write it down, you can type it. If you can type it, you can e-mail it and if you can e-mail it, you can send it here.

We at Reform America are committed to giving voice to anyone who wants to put their ideas out there to make our nation a better place. As the readership grows, we are able to take those views to a wider and wider audience. Grassroots campaigns begin with voices speaking out. You have opinions. Voice them. We aren't about conservative or liberal. We aren't about pro-this or anti-that. We're about Americans and the First Amendment. Reform America is about politics by, for and of the people. You are the people. You only need to speak up. America is listening. Send your article to: stories@reform-america.net



Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to stories@reform-america.net





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