Sen. Boxer vs. Latinos

John Seiler:

Suppose an American auto company in Detroit opened a new plant in Canada. Would anybody gripe that the company was “killing American jobs”? No. And if someone did, he would be laughed at mightily. Everybody knows that the American and Canadian economies have been closely integrated for hundreds of years, and especially since industrialization.

Well, that’s also true with Mexico. Now, someone has attacked an American company for creating jobs in Mexico. That person is Sen. Barbara Boxer, Carly Fiorina’s opponent in the U.S. Senate race, on the Web site In an attack on her, it reads:

December [2000] Fiorina plans for HP to build a new factory…in Tijuana.

Boxer - Fiorina ad

Boxer spends almost all her time in Washington, D.C. and Marin County, so she is unfamiliar with how closely Southern California’s economy is linked with that of Mexico. It’s just across the border. Folks go there all the time. Goods and services go back and forth.

In fact, Mexico is the prime destination for California exports. We send them computers, software, medical devices, movies, etc. They send us oil, food, and manufactured goods such as those made by HP.

It’s called free trade. It’s called prosperity.

A lot of Latino families on both sides of the border depend on such friendly, free trade. Our economies thrive on it. If the government followed what Boxer is hinting at and imposed protectionism, our economies would be harmed even more than they have been by her policies. She has backed Obama’s socialist medical scheme, his tax increases, and his wild “bailout” spending — which means taxing Main Street to bail out her fatcat buddies on Wall Street.

In case you’re wondering, I’m not backing Fiorina because she supports the Bush-Obama wars, as does Boxer. I’m just pointing out how what an economic illiterate and demagogue Boxer is.

It’s also a puzzle why any Latino supports Boxer. Well, I’m still wondering how anyone could support Bush, to cite a Republican example.

Meanwhile, as California collapses, the media are fixated on Carly’s catty comment about Babs’ hairdo.

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  1. Diana Shaw
    Diana Shaw 12 June, 2010, 13:04

    I hail from Detroit. I’ve got news for you. Detroit workers, and American workers and the State of Michigan are none too happy when jobs go to Canada. Canadian workers do not pay U.S. taxes. They do not support Michigan’s infrastructure. They do not pay to fix potholes in Detroit. Your attack against Barbara Boxer is a transparent attempt to rile Latino voters. Do you really think they will toss Boxer in favor of Carly Fiorina, who is famous for outsourcing California’s jobs to Asia when she helmed HP? You’ve got to be kidding. If you’re so concerned about border economics, how about insisting new factories be built on our side of the border?

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  2. Jim
    Jim 13 June, 2010, 06:04

    Michigan and California and US are run by progressives that want to tax and regulate business into the ground. So the businesses go to a more friendly business climate, which sometimes is out of the country. When the business leaves and the jobs leave, then there is no one to pay those taxes. Just keep voting the progressives back into office and you will get more businesses leaving your state. How is that Hope and Change working out for you?

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  3. John Seiler
    John Seiler 14 June, 2010, 18:55

    Well, I was born and raised in Michigan, and don’t remember any resentment of Canadians taking our jobs, even during the Depression of 1982, when I came from the U.S. Army to 16% unemployment. Canadians are our friends and good neighbors. And because of our relatively free-market health-care system (soon to end with Obamacare), millions of Canucks drive South to avoid the long and sometimes deadly lines of Canadacare to pay good hard cash for care in the U.S.A.

    Canadians might not pay U.S. taxes, but they pay Canadian taxes, which are plenty high.

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