Carly Fiorina’s Way Of Unlocking Human Potential
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina says that she “believes in unlocking human potential”. That sounds great, but it’s a little vague. Unlocking human potential isn’t one of the explicit powers of the President of the United States. So, if we’re going to understand explicitly what Fiorina means when she talks about unlocking human potential, we need to look at what Fiorina has actually done, and what explicit policies she says she will follow if she is elected President of the United States.
Unlocking Human Potential at Hewlett Packard:
– During Fiorina’s time as CEO of Hewlett Packard (or HP, as she chose to rename it), the company’s stock lost half of its value. That’s a whole lot of potential that went leaking out all over the place. Is it because it was left unlocked?
– As HP went into a tailspin, Carly Fiorina insisted that she be provided with three private airplanes. That way, she could make three times as many business trips, you see. Were these corporate jets left unlocked?
– Fiorina fought to bring changes to Hewlett Packard. For instance, she battled the status quo in order to have the company pay for the transportation of her 52-foot yacht from the Atlantic Ocean to San Francisco. Presumably, they unlocked it before they moved it for her.
– While at HP, Fiorina fired 30,000 people from their jobs, thus unlocking their potential to move out of their homes and go live on the street.
– Finally, when people at Hewlett Packard begged her to leave, Carly Fiorina summoned all the human potential that she could muster, and said that she wouldn’t leave the sinking ship without a 40 million dollar retirement package. If you used that money to buy as many padlocks as you could, you wouldn’t have time to unlock them all before you died.
Unlocking Human Potential In The White House
– Fiorina hasn’t shared any specific written plans for what she would do if she were elected President. Apparently, they’re all locked up somewhere… possibly in the same place she keeps her human potential. Fiorina has only spoken extemporaneously in interviews, speeches and debates.
– We know from Fiorina’s various speaking engagements that she has opposed the legalization of same sex marriage. Apparently, when she talks about unlocking human potential, Fiorina doesn’t count gays and lesbians as human beings.
– Fiorina wants the Employee Nondiscrimination Act to be repealed. Part of unlocking human potential, in her eyes, is unlocking the potential of corporate bosses to fire people just because of their religion, ethnicity or gender.
– Fiorina want to repeal recent health care reform, but has no specific plans for replacing them, except to say that she wants to make it more difficult for people to sue medical doctors who engage in malpractice. In health care, it seems, unlocking human potential means giving physicians more leeway to play fast and loose with their patients’ health.
– Carly Fiorina opposes any government action to deal with climate change. She says that, “A single nation acting alone can make no difference at all.” If Fiorina believes that an entire nation of people working together can’t make a difference, how can she claim to believe in unlocking human potential? Fiorina says that the only way to deal with climate change is to have the government stop trying to do anything, and wait for corporations to “innovate” a solution to the problem. Innovate what? Fiorina doesn’t say. She just wants corporations to innovate… stuff… like the way that corporations innovated the polluting technologies that led to climate change in the first place.
Fiorina hasn’t mentioned any other policies that could possibly unlock human potential. Maybe the human potential she needs to focus on unlocking is her own, while sitting in front of a keyboard, to finally make clear to the American people what she plans to do if she gains power.