California Hard Reset – Elizabeth Emken

Posted on October 18, 2012


It’s up to you and me to make it happen.

Anyone who has been around the block with cell phones, laptop computers or really any device with a central processing chip and a operating system, knows that eventually the device will cease to properly function.  The screen will freeze and the device is useless. The less ‘tech challenged’ among us, know how to restore normal operation.  You shut down power to the unit and then reboot.  Soft reset.

In the case of a battery powered device, you remove the power to the unit by briefly pulling out the battery and then replacing it again and somehow, like magic, everything restores to proper functioning.  Geeks call this a ‘hard reset’.

There comes a time when a public official is no longer a public servant and needs to be retired by the voters.  There comes a time when a politician no longer has the moral clarity and courage to lead.  And there comes a time when the old, tired, ideologies which have caused the decay and exhaustion must be replaced with workable solutions.

To apply the above portable computing device analogy in the case of Senator Dianne Feinstein, that time has long since arrived for a hard reset.  In this case, the ‘operating system’ needs an upgrade altogether.  It calls for new leadership – Elizabeth Emken.

Dianne Feinstein knows what’s wrong with Washington D.C. and the Obama regime, but hasn’t the determination or independence to confront it.  Her party affiliation and responsibilities to special interests, trump the imperative to cast aside policies that are counterproductive and undermine progress.

Senator Feinstein is partners with Barack Obama and his record of failure and she can’t run away from it and can’t defend it. This is made obvious by the fact that she won’t defend it in an open debate with her opponent, Elizabeth Emken.

Consider Senator Feinstein’s voting record rather than her empty rhetoric.  Ms.Feinstein voted in favor of a combined $1.7 Trillion in stimulus spending, which has not improved the economy or stimulated job growth.  She has partnered with Obama in growing the National Debt by nearly 5 Trillion dollars in 4 years.  CBS News outlines the results of the Obama – Feinstein partnership:

  • The National Debt has now increased more during President Obama’s three years and two months in office than it did during 8 years of the George W. Bush presidency.
  • The Debt rose $4.899 trillion during the two terms of the Bush presidency. It has now gone up $4.939 trillion since President Obama took office.
  • The latest posting from the Bureau of Public Debt at the Treasury Department shows the National Debt now stands at $15.566 trillion. It was $10.626 trillion on President Bush’s last day in office, which coincided with President Obama’s first day.

The National Debt also now exceeds 100% of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product, the total value of goods and services.  Here is a chart, for those of you who prefer visualizations:

President Obama – you didn’t ‘build’ this by yourself. Someone helped you – Senator Feinstein.

Six more years of Dianne Feinstein’s partnership with Barack Obama will prove to be quite expensive.  According to even the President’s budget estimates, by 2016, the National Debt will have attained a staggering $20 Trillion.  How is that sustainable?  Will the Federal Reserve purchase even more of our debt and send an order to the Treasury Department to print more money?   If you think inflation is tough now – give Barry and Dianne 4 more years.  You’ll see prices that will scare your eyes shut.

Under Feinstein and Obama, we’re already seeing GDP growth atrophy and inflation swell.  With annual deficits over a Trillion each year, count on more of the same.  Senator Feinstein’s record is even more depressing.

She voted against a proposal to pay down the debt by rating each federal program according to its effectiveness and cutting those that don’t meet reasonable and objective criteria.  She also voted no to a balanced budget amendment and prioritizing debt reduction below tax cuts.  When it comes to responsible belt tightening in Washington, Feinstein is an obstructionist.

Her record on other concerns to Americans such as privacy rights, energy policy, education, the environment, immigration and jobs are mixed at best and have proven quite damaging to the nation at the worst.

On Education, Senator Feinstein believes that Washington bureaucrats have better answers for improvement than do states and local governments.  She has voted against school vouchers which would allow low income families to make better choices for their children stuck in failing government schools.

This, despite the fact that the Harvard University Program on Educational Policy and Governance found in a recent study that America is lagging behind even emerging nations in the race for excellence. Here are details on various of the report’s findings:

  •  Students in Latvia, Chile and Brazil are making gains in academics three times faster than American students, while those in Portugal, Hong Kong, Germany, Poland, Liechtenstein, Slovenia, Colombia and Lithuania are improving at twice the rate
  •  Years of rankings show foreign students outpacing their American peers academically.
  • American students ranked 25th in math, 17th in science and 14th in reading.
  • Just 6 percent of U.S. students performed at the advanced level on an international exam administered in 56 countries in 2006.

The ‘Fact Checkers’ will point out that Senator Feinstein did – after 30 years, support vouchers in 2003.  She supported them for Washington D.C. – not for California!  Why is it a good idea for Washington D.C. and not for California?  That is a question desperately looking for an answer.

This is a crisis which is not being solved by throwing more money at an inefficient federal agency that has clearly failed in its mission. Feinstein and her party’s partnership with the Teacher’s Unions has enabled them to maintain a stranglehold on the kinds of reforms we need to implement if our children are going to be competitive in the technology oriented new global economy.

With regard to our budget busting prices at the gas pump, the Senator has consistently opposed measures to responsibly grow energy production in America, while at the same time, promoting policies that advance a counter productive Global Warming / Climate Change agenda.  An agenda, I might add, that has been consistently proven to be bad science.

Just today, the Mail Online detailed a new study has emerged from the United Kingdom’s official meteorological research agency, the Met Office, that strongly indicates that there has been no overall warming in the past 16 years.  Yet, Ms. Feinstein’s priorities are imposing anti-growth regulations from the EPA and stifling the recovery of readily available energy resources in America that can reduce costs for consumers and help turn the economy around.

Then there’s Senator Feinstein’s callous indifference to the gross violations of our 4th Amendment rights.  She defends and supports the illegal actions of TSA employees at the nation’s airports:

“Consequently the flying public is going to have to tolerate more invasive searches.   The American public has not been terribly sympathetic” to this, she said, but “it’s very important that TSA (the Transportation Security Administration) keeps up its efforts.”

The alternative to decades of the status quo,  in which the incumbent has largely dedicated herself to influence peddling on behalf of her husband’s far flung financial enterprises  and a closely knit cadre of San Francisco area based special interests, is Elizabeth Emken. Ms. Emken is a sorely needed antidote to the stale, single party domination of both of California’s seats in the U.S. Senate.  She understands the fiscal cliff we are headed for and has been outspoken about the need to firmly apply the brakes to the debt and the deficit spending.

I’d like to point out a very real, practical advantage in breaking up the Democrat Party monopoly represented by Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer.  For years, the Democrat Party has felt that because it ‘owned’ California politics, that the needs and concerns of Californians were of trivial significance.  Why worry about someone when you have your foot on their neck?

Take for example, the apportionment of Federal dollars. Californians contribute an enormous share of the revenue that flows to Washington D.C.  Yet, if you look at the ‘return on investment’ of our tax dollars, we Californians are getting the rawest of raw deals.  The Tax Foundation has reported that out of every tax dollar that goes to the Federal government – only 75 cents comes back.  Our money is going somewhere else!  That is inexcusable, incompetent and grossly negligent.  It certainly is not an argument in favor of re-electing any incumbent Democrat member of Congress, including Dianne Feinstein.

There are many policy matters that I would dearly love to see discussed between Senator Feinstein and Elizabeth Emken.  There are many questions that need to be asked of the Senator about her record of failure and why 6 more years in office would be any different than the last 20.  Unfortunately, Ms. Feinstein has a Catherine the Great complex.  It is beneath her dignity, evidently, to have to engage in a debate.  Here is a video that illustrates her arrogance:

As the Los Angeles Times even said in a recent editorial this past July, “nothing screams “entrenched incumbent” more than a refusal to debate an opponent.”

So, in order to make California once again relevant on the national stage and to restore our influence in Washington, I call upon independent voters to send Elizabeth Emken to Washington in place of Ms. Feinstein.  Elizabeth is a courageous lady, a successful job creator and a concerned mother who has advocated the needs of developmentally disabled children.

You can learn more about Elizabeth Emken by visiting her website  and please help her in any way you can.  Like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter, those of you of the social media inclination.

There’s an opportunity here,  to bring common sense and sound judgment back in the Golden State and there’s no better time than now.