With only three days remaining until the June 8 primary, beleaguered Californians have little to cheer about.
The leading Republican gubernatorial candidate, Meg Whitman, and the front-runner to oppose Senate incumbent Barbara Boxer, Carly Fiorina, are rich globalists who have no political experience and have only rarely in their three decades of voting eligibility showed up at the polls to cast their ballots.
For all their campaign chatter about creating jobs and saving California, Whitman, former eBay head, and Fiorina, one-time Hewlett-Packard chief executive officer, both hired thousands of foreign-born workers and brought them to the state on non-immigrant H-1B visas. By so doing, Whitman and Fiorina permanently displaced existing American workers and denied opportunities to other Americans looking for work.
Before Fiorina got the political itch, here's a line from a speech she made in 2004: "There is no job that is America's God-given right anymore. We have to compete for jobs as a nation."
Whitman, at least, managed eBay successfully. Fiorina, on the other hand, ran HP poorly. Under Fiorina's direction, HP fired tens of thousands of workers, but despite slashing payroll, never met its earnings or stock price projections. After six years at HP's helm, the Hewlett and the Packard families fired Fiorina during a contentious public battle.
Over the last weeks, Fiorina has pulled away from her rivals Tom Campbell, another Silicon Valley globalist who failed in a 2000 Senate bid, and state assemblyman Chuck Devore, who is the only true conservative among the Republican candidates.
According to the most recent polls, Whitman's lead over her main challenger, Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, is once again substantial, and she is the clear favorite.
Voters can be forgiven if they don't trust Whitman or Fiorina. They have no political resume to be judged by. And their positions on important California issues shift with the wind.
Whitman, for example, originally opposed Arizona's S.B. 1070. Then, when forced by immigration enforcement proponent Poizner, Whitman changed her mind.
While Fiorina would like to present herself as a Washington, D.C. outsider, she owns a Georgetown condominium which allows her to spend more time with her biggest fans, like Senators John McCain and Mitch McConnell.
While she's schmoozing inside the Beltway, Fiorina takes every opportunity to push her post-American agenda. Her self-promoting website www.carlyfiorina.com flatly admits that it is "focused on global economic development … "
What voters are left with are the familiar non-choices between candidates and incumbents who, because of their vast wealth, have little concern about their constituents.
Consider Fiorina. Although Fiorina's campaigning on what she calls her "real-world perspective," the facts are quite different. With her husband, Fiorina owns a 14-room estate in the wealthy Los Altos enclave and docks a 70-foot yacht in Sausalito. Fiorina left H.P. with a golden parachute package of $21 million. According to her mandatory Senate ethics committee filings, Fiorina estimated her net worth at between $30 million and $120 million. Bet it's toward the high end of the range.
Whitman and Poizer's wealth easily exceeds Fioriana's. Poizner's estimated net worth is $1 billion and, according to Forbes Magazine, Whitman's is $1.2 billion. Boxer, whose net worth is estimated at $1.2 million, is the group's pauper.
Here are my recommendations: Vote for Chuck DeVore for the Senate. DeVore once challenged Vicente Fox on the Mexican president's support of illegal immigration, led a Republican Taskforce on Illegal Immigration that concluded it costs the state $10 billion annually, and co-authored a bill to end in-state tuition for aliens.
In the gubernatorial primary, I urge a Poizner vote. Poizner has boldly pledged to cut off all benefits to aliens. While fulfilling the promise would be a monumental bureaucratic challenge, I commend Poizner for proposing it and for adding in defense of his proposal that social services for illegal immigrants represent billions in state taxpayer dollars.
DeVore and Poizner are solid candidates who, in this era of anti-incumbency, could easily pull off November upsets.
In 2003, Joe Guzzardi ran for California governor. He finished with fewer votes than Arnold Schwarzenegger but more votes than most of his challengers. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.