Candidate blasts Boxer
Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/18/2010 08:44:33 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Speaking in a showroom that was once part of a bustling Mitsubishi dealership in the San Bernardino Auto Center, Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina on Monday touted her plans to cut federal spending and create jobs while lambasting her opponent, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.

The failed dealership and several others that closed in the city in 2009 are examples of why leadership change is needed, Fiorina said.

“(Boxer) believes the way to get the economy going is to regulate more, tax more and spend more,” Fiorina said. “We know how to get government spending under control. First, we have to hold the people spending it accountable.”

Fiorina supports a cap on federal spending and called 2009’s $787 billion federal stimulus package, also known as the Recovery Act, a failure.

Since it was approved by Congress in February 2009, unemployment has risen from 12.4 percent to 14.2 percent in the county and 10.2 percent to 12.4 percent statewide, Fiorina said.

“Borrowing is not working. It is failing,” she said. “We have to realize simply throwing taxpayer money at a problem isn’t helping it.”

She supports extending Bush-era tax cuts, set to expire Jan. 1, to everyone, while Boxer supports extending the cuts to all except wealthy Americans.

A Boxer campaign worker said Boxer hasn’t decided if she would support extending the tax breaks to those with an annual income of $250,000, but does support eliminating them for those who make over $1 million and businesses that outsource jobs overseas.

In television ads, Boxer has criticized Fiorina for laying off 30,000 workers during her tenure as CEO of Hewlett-Packard and outsourcing jobs overseas. Fiorina didn’t touch on the subject Monday, but Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, who attended the event, said Fiorina’s career in the private sector has created “50 times” more jobs than she’s ever outsourced.

Fiorina supports abolishing federal earmarks because they’re known to be used by politicians to steer money to campaign contributors, she said, adding Boxer is known to do so. Boxer Campaign Manager Rose Kapolczynski said Boxer has secured millions of dollars in earmarks for the area, including $1 million to the San Bernardino Municipal Water Department, $312,550 to help San Bernardino fight gangs and $200,000 for the San Bernardino Boys & Girls Club.

“Fiorina would turn her back on those local communities because she wouldn’t even ask for the funding,” Kapolczynski said. “That’s wrong and means she would be shipping our federal tax dollars to other states just like she shipped jobs overseas.”

Lewis said he’s not worried about Fiorina’s earmark statement and would speak with her about the subject if she’s elected.

Fiorina wants to put the budgets of every federal agency online so the public can see how its money is spent.

“It will totally change the nature of discussions of appropriations,” Fiorina said.

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