By Jim Campbell
The article below is taken directly from Dianne Feinstein’s own campaign page.
Finally, in her own words without debating Elizabeth Emken she has her own empty chair moment.
The 79 year-old senior senator showed clearly in her speech to the Monterey Chamber of Commerce exactly how out of touch she is with reality, not just her constituents.
“Job numbers are good,” she said. Perhaps she means since Californians are 49th among the unemployed and they are not 50th?
That’s right, she talked about it, after all, the election is 35 days away and the tax and spend icon from California needed to say something.
She bemoaned her sense that bipartisanship in Congress seemed dead. An odd observation from the senator who is joined at the hip with Obama and consistently votes the party line.
It’s time for voters in CA to put Dianne Feinstein out to pasture. They may do so by casting their vote for Elizabeth Emken a far more qualified candidate, in touch with the needs of California citizens and the entire nation.
Optimism was the entrée served up by U.S. Sen Dianne Feinstein at an address before 150 people attending the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Luncheon Monday in the Monterey Conference Center.
California’s senior senator, now in her 20th year in office, presented side dishes from a smorgasbord of election issues and added her insights into partisan politics and foreign policy with regard to national security, intelligence and terrorism.
Feinstein is seeking re-election to her Senate seat. She is challenged in the Nov. 6 race by Republican Elizabeth Emken of Danville, a businesswoman and national advocate for autistic children.
While laying out some bleak demographics about job losses, the mortgage crisis and manufacturing malaise, Feinstein stayed upbeat, saying “I see positive changes taking place.”
Jobs numbers are good, she said, but not good enough. California has added 300,000 jobs in the past nine months, she said, and “the California housing market and manufacturing are showing signs of life.”
The manufacturing sector has shown a loss in productivity, she said, and to counter that trend, Feinstein is looking to introduce legislation that will use patents as a basis for incentives where companies doing innovative research, development and manufacturing of new products in the U.S. would see the corporate tax rate of 35 percent drop to 15 percent.
She urged higher taxes for those making more than $250,000 a year, creating a “federal backstop” allowing commercial home loan modifications like for those mortgage holders with loans now backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. This would help 4 million people nationwide and 1 million Californians, Feinstein said.
As for the gridlock in Congress, Feinstein recalled that bipartisanship was thriving when she first set foot in Washington, D.C.
That is sorely missed now and the entrenched partisanship that replaced it is the central roadblock to any forward progress for the nation, she said.