2016 Presidential Race Analysis:
Carleton (Carly) S. Fiorina was born in Austin, Texas in 1954 with the birth name Cara Carleton Sneed. Her mother was an artist named Madelon Juergens who lived a long life and was described as a great mother and wife. Her father was Joseph Tyree Sneed III. He was a WWII Veteran, received his Law Degree from UT-Austin where he was offered to become a professor of Law at the same school. Later an endowment scholarship was created in his name. Later, Carly’s father received a PhD from Harvard and taught at Cornell, Stanford, and became the Dean of Duke University School of Law. From there he became a Republican U.S. Deputy Attorney General followed by becoming a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit nominated by Richard Nixon. During his 35 years as a federal judge, he also served as President of the Association of American Law Schools and was an advisory member of the American Bar associated. Of special interest is that Sneed was a member of the three-judge panel that became the special commission investigating the Whitewater scandal in 1994 along with Star. Sneed was recognized as the conservative voice on the 9th circuit of appeals especially as it became more liberal over time.
She cites or recognizes God and Jesus’s grace often in her public statements but it appears she does not actively belong to a religion.
Because of her father’s career, she most likely calls no one place home attending over five high schools and living in places such as London and Ghana finally graduating from “Charles E. Jordan High School” in Durham, North Carolina. She received a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Medieval History from Stanford University. She then dropped out of the UCLA School of Law after one semester and found herself going from job to job even teaching English in Italy. She went back to school and received a MBA specializing in marketing from the University of Maryland and then nine years later getting a second Executive Masters degree in Management from MIT through the Sloan Fellows program. “The MIT Sloan Fellows Program is a 12-month, full-time executive MBA program designed to prepare an elite group of global mid-career managers to magnify their impact as leaders.” It was in this period of time that she married her first husband, Todd Bartlem, a Stanford Classmate and made it seven years with him before divorcing and then soon after marrying her current husband, AT&T Executive Frank Fiorina who had two daughters from his previous marriage but never being able to have children with Carly.
Upon getting her original MBA, she became a management trainee at AT&T where she eventually rose to become a senior vice president over the company’s hardware and systems division. At age 41 she led a spin-off project in the creation of Lucent becoming second in command of the separated company and taking it public. This was the highest a woman at the time had ever risen in a Fortune 20 company. At age 45 she was recruited by Hewlett-Packard (HP) to become their CEO. At this point she was the first woman to lead a Fortune 100 company. She took over the company in the wake of the dotcom and Tech bubble burst.
Her six years at HP are very controversial. Mixed with hate and love, praise and despair. She was known as a feisty leader and was able to push forth her initiatives against strong opposition including the merger with Compaq. She changed the culture in HP from fun and community like to strict and performance based. She was famous for quick firings and honest talk especially when it comes to the need for a much more business conducive regulatory atmosphere in America. Although the main competitors of HP including Dell and IBM both tanked during her tenure, detractors site that they only fell half as much as HP and that some of the spin-offs and layoffs in the company hurt more than helped. Her detractors claim she was the worst tech CEO of all time claiming she did well in management style but did not execute strategy well. Her apologist say that her coined title of “most powerful woman in business” fits her well and in the long run she saved the company usually with a discussion going back to her unilateral Compaq merger. She summed up this time as CEO with a book called Tough Choices.
Since her time as CEO she has been a commentator on the Fox Business Network, she has been on several board of directors including over MIT and part of James Madison University. She is a Honorary Fellow of the London Business School. She served on John McCain’s campaign and as an RNC fundraiser but was sort of removed from the press when she said neither McCain nor Palin could succeed as a major companies CEO. Until recently chairs a nonpartisan nonprofit called Good360. She started a company or initiative called the One Woman Initiative seeking to create partnerships between the private and public sector and specialized in empowering woman. This position devolved or was resigned from and she started saying her work was now called Carly Fiorina Enterprises which basically revolved around her speaking engagements and philanthropy.
For two years under President Bush and Michael Hayden, CIA director, she served on the “Central Intelligence Agency’s External Advisory Board.” At the end of this time, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent full radiation, chemotherapy and double mastectomy. She has been reported as tackling the disease head on.
In 2010 she ran a tough campaign against a Liberal Incumbent in California Barbara Boxer. In the end she lost by 10 points but gained valuable experience in campaigning and actual politics.
It appears that she has never been an unofficial or official member of the Bilderberg conference. It appears that she is not a member nor has ever been a member of the CFR as the CFR itself has done a write-up on her. She of course has never gone to Bohemian grove nor is a Mason as they are a fraternal order. Her connection to the CIA seems to be an innocent one much less involved than being an actual advisor on the intelligence committee and it appears the time was short lived.
Bill of Rights:
Declares she is super pro 2nd amendment and gives her facts to back it up!
Targeted Drone Killing/Assassination:
NSA Domestic Spying:
She gave the unilateral order to combine HP’s servers with NSA.
Declaration of War:
She is very much against the TPP and is not afraid to go up against other republicans on this one. She says the worst part is that China will be joining the TPP soon. No mention of other treaties.
For them before against. Hates the regulation that creates five big banks. Wants to support local or community banks, not the big five.
Auto Industry Bailout:
Would not answer what she would have done with the auto industry. Does not want to look back. Believes that bankruptcies is the course, not a bailout.
“Where are these jobs?” Thinks that the measures are criminal! Very upset about the stimulus! “We seem to take policy prescriptions from the era of the depression.” She is all about small business! She has an extremely realistic view of what would get the economy going from home and energy prices to the tax code.
Wants everyone regulated equally and does not want any special favors. Not an extremist against this. She has lobbied congress to help make things more competitive. Small business minded, not pro-corporation. Wants to repeal the regulation like crazy. Wants to do a semi-democracy process on regulation!
She does not call her tax plan FAIR or Flat, she just calls it simple. She does not really care if it is progressive or not, she just wants the tax plan to be simple and easy for every individual to understand. Understands economics!
Supports repealing the law, calls it massive legislative overreach. Has so many problems, too long., spawns crony capitalism, called for desperate measures to repeal it, predicted its failure, pointed out that Obama couldn’t campaign on it. She points out she is a cancer survivor and wants simple laws about pre-existing laws and says socialized care is much worst.
Believes in school choice. Supports vouchers and charter schools and recognizes these things benefit the poor. She is very much against nationally controlled education and education standards. She says that tests do not equal innovation and she is very for innovation. ”standardizing behavior is oppression.”
No path to citizenship for those who have come here and stayed here. She wants to secure the border. Fix the legal system. Sick of the talk, wants some action. Wants to streamline the visa system. Is for legal status, but not citizenship. Wants to be fair minded. In California, she supported the dream act and loves the children. MUST SECURE THE BORDER. Very eloquent on this subject.
Was on fire ripping Planned Parenthood and upset at the videos. She points out how horrifying the democratic position on abortion is saying that abortion, any time even post birth is ok and this is not what the people believe in. She is Pro-Life, wants common ground, ban it after 5 months of pregnancy.
Does not think Marijuana should be legalized. She did give a solid 10th amendment answer but did not talk about repealing national laws. She is against medical marijuana as there are too many unknowns. If it is going to become a medicine, she wants the FDA to control it. She has no problem sending people to jail for doing it. She does not want the stigma that it is like alcohol to become mainstream! She supports a continuation on the war on drugs.
Is campaigning on cutting entitlements and ran on that against Sen. Boxer in California. She calls ObamaCare an entitlement and uses that as a reason to repeal it.
Man Made Global Warming:
“We need to read all of the fine print; a single nation acting alone cannot make any difference.” Upset that climate change was used to destroy California’s economy. INNOVATION not regulation. Rebuked liberals on this subject. Proposes a true clean energy plan. Thinks calling this a national security issue is ridicules. Does not rule out the reality of man-made global warming but wants to keep it in perspective. Super pragmatic about this subject.
She believes marriage is between a man and woman. Supports civil unions and will not qualify the Supreme Court’s decision and does oppose a Constitutional amendment for marriage. She strongly believes in religious freedom and does not want to block gay marriage if it is part of a religion.
Very realistic about bringing coal back and understand how important energy is and not stopping its growth. Realistic about the windmills and does not like them. Every form of alternative energy has a downside.
Is against the fact that we left Iraq. Not much else said.
Getting an Arab coalition to fight ISIS like Jordan, Egypt and Kurds. Arm them and have them fight ISIS. Not for direct engagement but for intervention. No mention that we created them.
She believes the Iran deal makes a nuclear arms deal more likely based on feedback from Israel and Saudi Arabia. Wants to use a solid coalition to also force absolute compliance.
First day would be on the phone with Israel. Would treat them like a close partner.
Knows Putin, would be able to negotiate with him. Would reinstall the missile defense system in Poland, do aggressive war games in the Baltic States, would arm Ukraine, and would refund and deploy the 6th fleet.
Supports McCain with large military spending.
Need the wisdom to know when not to act. Need to police the world but not rush of to war. Against rushed war and boots on the ground!
States that she will fix this problem, will streamline the problem and take care of the vets.
She was a strong supporter and campaigner for McCain. No real notable campaign staff just yet.
- One phrase to describe her: Meritocracy!
- Classified ideology: Genetically Infused Classical Conservative
- Notable Donors: She has an estimated worth of $120 million and is largely self funded. She has been courting the Koch brothers.
She is being called the “Anti-Hilary.” She is a poster girl for what she calls the “false war on woman” and has gone on record many times explaining the gender gap and pay gaps. She would be an incredibly effective tool at silencing or stopping the war on woman narrative.
She is extremely talented both in her education, intellect and ability to communicate. She is also fearless often saying surviving cancer gave her a new look on life and took away her fear. She interviewed with Katie Couric and was what I call the “Anti-Palin” and dominated Couric instead of the other way around. Where Palin was a grassroots leader who wanted a better future for her children, Carly is a well bred and raised, highly educated and talented leader who showed great superiority to Couric and also needs no time to pause or to think about answers almost always knowing what she is going to say and never gets caught in a logical trap or false argument. She is extremely talented at promoting herself and definitely will rebuke anyone sharply who tries to call her a failed CEO.
She is a true outsider, never been a politician and is using that to tap into the anti-politician feelings in the country! She gets amazing support from all who hear her speak. Where Scott Walker dodges question after question, I never once came upon a question that she would dodge unless the interviewer was using false language such as the global warming question. This is a very impressive quality especially after enduring years of teleprompter readers and what seems like a perpetual drunk in W.
She really does, more than any politician I have seen in a long time, knows exactly what to do to get the economy roaring. She is pro-energy, simple taxes, deregulating, small business, travel and healthy trade. She is pro-diplomacy and pragmatism and is very much into having allies and having allies do more heavy lifting.
She is definitely a conservative but is a moderate in her war like desires. She is against any sort of criminal justice reform and thinks that prison is a great place for a person doing drugs but she does support religious liberty very adamantly. She never talks about the constitution, liberty, rights, or strong presidential powers and there is no way of knowing what her thoughts on assassination, torture and targeted killings are as well as NSA domestic data collecting. She is the first candidate to say they are pro-small bank, a rare platform that is in a way anti mega international bank which indirectly goes against the near evil Federal Reserve System.
She understands that the best leadership is the ability to predict and prepare for problems and obstacles. She believes in being proactive not reactive. Her leadership style seems to be made for a President who needs to cut the bloat. At HP she downsized and spun off and simplified. That may not have worked for the tech industry but that would work beyond well for the national government. She has experience working with the pentagon and CIA in there hiring and employment fields so she understands just how incredibly bureaucratic it can all be. My favorite thing with her as CEO was her trying to get laws changed to favor a business climate. If she did that same thing as president, she would be a hero!
If she had left HP with the company skyrocketing and as a hero; if she had run for governor of a conservative state and gotten experience as a governor, she would most definitely be the most qualified and loved Republican! As is though, she would make as good a Nominee and President as any classical conservative could! (given my libertarian leanings of course:)