LA Times: Boxer and Fiorina Duke it Out Over Abortion

by mkeeffer

Another disturbing Carly trend – she seems unclear on the concept of personal vs. public positions.

The two candidates are miles apart on the subject of abortion.  I was shocked to find out that Carly actually wants to overturn Roe v. Wade.  This from the former CEO of HP who supposedly supported diversity during her tenure.  What a setback of huge proportions for our reproductive rights and for women’s health care if her view prevailed!

But there’s a deeper problem revealed by Carly’s position – it’s not what the people of California want.

We live in a democracy.  A corporation is not a democracy.  Carly’s position smacks of oligarchy – as defined by Wikipedia, oligarchy is

a form of government in which power effectively rests with a small segment of society distinguished by royalty, wealth, family ties, military control, or religious hegemony.

Why do I think there’s a deeper problem?  Because a poll by the Public Policy Institute of California found that two-thirds of Californians said they opposed overturning Roe vs. Wade.  This isn’t just a simple majority.  It’s the same clear, compelling majority we currently require to pass the California state budget.

I can see where a former CEO of a Fortune 500 company would feel entitled to press her position on voters.  But only 28% of the independent voters she needs to get elected to Senator Boxer’s seat agree with her.

When Boxer commented that Carly’s position would result in women and physicians being jailed and journalists asked Carly about it, she refused to give a direct answer.

Spin really doesn’t work – just ask BP CEO Tony Hayward.

Here’s the piece by Maeve Reston of the LA Times.