Innovation, rather than regulation
ALDEN -She called it government run amok.
Over-burdensome regulation is crushing small businesses, including farms, said Carly Fiorina, who wants to put the brakes on this bureaucracy if she’s elected president.
In response, she called for economic innovation rather than more government regulations.
“It’s absurd that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will control 95 percent of the water in Iowa by the end of August,” said Fiorina, who spoke on Aug. 13 at a town hall meeting at Summit Farms near Alden.
“Over-burdensome regulations are destroying industries and livelihoods, and all of this needs to be rolled back,” she said.
Fiorina’s message resonated with the crowd of more than 250 people who attended the event.
As birds chirped in the machine shed rafters and audience members sipped on bottled water during the hot, humid, late-afternoon event, the straight-talking Fiorina received rounds of applause and a standing ovation for her conservative stands on the need for smaller government, stronger national security, and a business/political environment that helps jump start the economy.
“The professional political class has failed us all,” said Fiorina, the former chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard, who is taking on conventional politics. “We need to cut government down to size and make it accountable. That’s why I’m running for president.”
From secretary to CEO
After her opening remarks, Fiorina took a number of questions from the audience on a wide range of hot-button topics, from securing the border to strengthening the economy.
In her vision for the future of America, Fiorina described:
- Innovation versus regulation.
While small businesses, including family farms, are the engines of America’s economy, these enterprises are being crushed by government bureaucracy.
“They can’t wade through the thicket of regulations,” Fiorina said.
That’s not to say that all regulation is useless.
“Of course we need to protect the environment and natural resources,” Fiorina said. “However, the farmers I know are responsible stewards of the planet. Innovation, not regulation, is the answer to come up with new technologies that benefit the environment.”
- A revitalized economy.
Cutting spending and simplifying the tax code are vital to spurring the economy.
“The EPA, for example, is spending like crazy as it continues to implement new regulations,” Fiorina said. “We need to cut government spending to help get this economy going and growing again.”
- More opportunity for all Americans.
The promise of America is being squelched for too many Americans, due to the weight, power and complexity of government.
“While progressive policies undermine the very character of this nation, conservative principles have the capacity to lift people up,” said Fiorina, as she spoke to an audience ranging from agribusiness executives to young mothers and grandparents.
Annette Sweeney, whose family farms in the Alden area, liked what she heard.
“I appreciate Carly’s intelligence and business background. She would be an asset to America as president,” Sweeney said.
While the challenges are great and the road to the White House is long, Fiorina said she is undaunted.
“I started as a secretary at a nine-person real estate company, and I’m used to being underestimated,” said the former CEO, whose comments evoked laughter from the audience.
America has reached a pivotal point in its history, she said.
“Leadership isn’t about power, position or title,” Fiorina stressed. “We need servant leadership that will challenge the status quo in Washington, D.C. and help unlock the potential of this great nation.
“I’m willing do this, with your help.”
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