Setting The Record Straight *Open Thread*


That would be Hillary Clinton on those evil Republicans, aka, TERRORISTS. Yes, that is Hillary Clinton’s latest stump claim about Gov. Bush and Sen. Rubio. Why? Because they are Pro-Life. Wow. Considering how ANTI-Life Terrorists are as a matter of course, this is an idiotic, absurd claim, but worse than that, it is unbelievably offensive. You can read more about the way-over-the-top-divisive rhetoric of Hillary Clinton at The Federalist.

Here is Senator Rubio’s response to this highly inflammatory charge:

No kidding about the Democrats staunchly refusing to call Islamic terrorists “terrorists,” but they feel free to call their opponents across the aisle “terrorists.” Something seriously wrong there. Clearly, Clinton is taking a page from Obama and other Senior Democrats’ playbook, unfortunately. (Legal Insurrection is none too happy about Clinton’s claim, either.)

But that isn’t the only record being set straight – by Rubio, not Clinton, that is. A former HP Board member is setting the record straight about the oft-cited claim that Carly Fiorina did a terrible job at Hewlett Packard, and that is why she was fired.

Not true, says Tom Perkins, even though at the time Perkins voted to go along with the decision to send her packing. He was wrong, and he admits it in a full page ad ad taken out in the New York Times in response to a misleading article about her in the paper (I know – shocking – not). From Carly For America:

[…] Carly was an excellent CEO. She led HP through one of the worst economic times in decades. Less than two years into Carly’s leadership, the dot com bubble went bust. Silicon Valley was in chaos. Companies were shedding jobs almost daily. There were so many layoffs The Associated Press ran weekly announcements regarding layoffs at tech companies. And The San Francisco Chronicle declared 2001 “The Year of the Layoff.”

While other Silicon Valley icons like Sun Microsystems disappeared, Carly’s vision and execution not only helped to save HP but made it a strong, more versatile company that could compete in the changing technology sector.

I was on the Compaq Board during the HP-Compaq merger and remained a member of the new HP Board once the merger was complete. Both companies knew that we needed something dramatic to inject life back into our companies. The merger, while controversial, was unanimously approved by every member of the HP Board and won approval from shareholders. Thanks to Carly’s leadership there was a path forward for this storied but troubled company.

Critics questioned the move, but history proves Carly was right. Post merger, HP became the biggest computer company in the world. It positioned HP to compete in integrated systems and allowed us to compete in sectors beyond the core strength of the company, printers.
Carly was hired at HP because it was struggling. Revenues were down, quarterly earnings were missed, innovation lagged and growth stagnated. HP, once the leader in Silicon Valley, was clinging to the status quo and failing to embrace the new tech era. Silicon Valley companies were prospering by taking advantage of the new technologies; HP was stubbornly clinging to the past. HP needed a change agent and someone who could return the company to its glory days. Carly was the right choice.

The results of Carly’s transformational leadership? HP revenues doubled to more than $80 billion, innovation tripled to 15 patents per day, the growth rate more than quadrupled 6.5 percent and we grew to become the 11th largest company in the country. Carly did what she was brought in to do: turn the company around make it successful again. Not only did she save the company from the dire straits it was in, she laid the foundation for HP’s future growth.
Critics often claim was fired at HP because she was unsuccessful. As a member of the board, I can tell you this is not true. In truth, it was the Board I was a part of that was ineffective and dysfunctional. The HP board of directors included family members of the founders. Carly worked with the hand she was dealt as best as one could. While Carly fought to save the company and the employees within, some board members fought for their own power or advancement. You see, some board members wanted to micro-manage the company, hand picking friends and allies to run divisions. This is no way to run a global company and Carly had the strength of character and courage of conviction to stand up to it and ultimately she lost her job because of it.

While lesser leaders would have accepted offers of transition plans and graceful resignations, Carly would have none of that. Carly demanded to be fired. In order to restore peace to the board I voted to fire her. That was a mistake.

In the months and years after Carly left, the Board of Directors remained dysfunctional. The Board members who plotted Carly’s ouster eventually resigned after an embarrassing investigation by Congress. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

And there you have it. It takes a big man to admit he was wrong about such a public event. Good on him, though, for speaking out NOW when it can make even a difference by silencing her critics.

It also helps to read that who we are seeing is the real deal, and that when she answers the question about her firing from HP, she is telling the truth. Wow, what a concept.

Now, for (stupid) CNN to put her on the debate stage already. Fiorina spoke about that very thing last night “On The Record”:

Hey, if the RNC can get her on there, they better step it up and do the right thing. We have a right to see the candidates people want to see, not the ones CNN has decreed will be there based n months’-long data. In this technological day and age, there is no excuse for that kind of rationale, in my opinion.

That’s what I think. How about you? This is an Open Thread.

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17 Responses to “Setting The Record Straight *Open Thread*”

  1. foxyladi14 Says:

    Spot on as usual Amy. 🙂

  2. foxyladi14 Says:

    It boggles my mind, To think that for a long time, I agreed with Hillary
    he R’s were baaaaaaad.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I remember when Clinton bragged abt her ability to work across the aisle, and she did. Now, she would be enabling terrorists according to her current logic.

      How in the HELL did we get here in just SIX YEARS?!?!?!?!!?

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        We got here because the public that claims it doesn’t “like” negative ads or rhetoric really does like it. They just don’t like it when it’s applied to “their” team or candidate.

        The “Culture of Corruption” so prevalent in Washington D.C. is now a part of our culture from coast to coast. Some people remain honest and decent. Far too many do not.

        We “get” the government the majority wants and deserves. Those of us in the minority that believe in honesty and character suffer along with the corrupted.

        When nearly 50% of the public is on some kind of government assistance there is proof that a vote and a people can be bought.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Oh, yeah – that’s right.

          What an incredibly prescient quote from de Tocqueville. That is precisely what is happening in our country. Wow…

          Hey, I have another little tidbit related to the Clinton Reps = Terrorists comment: Geraldo Rivera claimed this morning that he was a Republican. Who saw THAT coming?!

  3. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    On a different note, check out the BS the State Department is trying to spin abt Iran and a nuclear site:

    • GinaR Says:

      You know what they say….if you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit. The State Dept is definitely trying to baffle us all with bullshit.

  4. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Charles Barkley makes a great point. And interesting choice of candidate he supports:

    • GinaR Says:

      He’s been saying that for a long time. Odd, then, that he’d support the most liberal of the GOP candidates.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        True, he has been saying it for a while. I hope people in his community start to listen. Stephen A. Smith has said the same thing, abt how the Dems have done nothing but hurt the black community. We’ll see, though I don’t have high hopes…

        I have heard that abt Kasich. It will be interesting to hear what he has to say at the next debate…

  5. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Hey, this is pretty cool. Carly Fiorina has set up a site where you can ask a question, and she has a bunch of videos to address the questions people might ask:

    • GinaR Says:

      I love Carly. I think as much as I love Trey. And Colion.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        LOL – yeah, I am really liking her, too. I am disappointed that she will not be in Charleston for her Sen. Scott Town Hall (she’s going to be in Aiken), but hopefully she will come to Charleston on her own (Walker and Rubio were here today).

        Hey, you may need to share some of Colion’s videos so everyone knows who he is. 🙂

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