Cara Carleton “Carly” (Sneed) Fiorina (born Sept. 6, 1954, in Austin, Texas), a Republican, is a former technology executive. She chairs the non-profit philanthropic organization Good360.
In 1980, Fiorina started at AT&T as a management trainee and rose through the ranks to become the company’s first female executive officer. As chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005, she was the first woman to lead a top-20 company as ranked by Fortune magazine.
In 2002, Fiorina oversaw what was then the largest technology-sector merger in history, in which HP acquired rival personal computer manufacturer Compaq. HP subsequently laid off 30,000 U.S. employees to save 80,000 jobs by making the company more competitive. On Feb. 9, 2005, the HP Board of Directors forced Fiorina to resign as chief executive officer and chairwoman.
After HP, Fiorina served on the boards of several organizations. In 2010, she won the Republican nomination for the United States Senate in California, but lost the general election to incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer.
Fiorina received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and medieval history at Stanford University at in 1976. When she married in 1977, she and her husband moved to Bologna, Italy, where he was doing graduate work; there, she did English tutoring to Italian businessmen.
In 1980 Fiorina received a master’s degree in marketing from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. In 1989 she earned a master’s degree in management at the MIT Sloan School of Management under the Sloan Fellows program.
Debt and deficit
Our national debt has reached $18 trillion – more than 100 percent of GDP. In 2014 alone, the government spent $3.5 trillion — nearly $30,000 per household.
We have no idea how our money is being spent. In the last few weeks of every year, every agency spends every dollar because they don’t want their budgets to be cut.
As President, I will move all agencies to zero-based budgeting so that every agency has to justify every dollar that it spends. The Zero Act requires every agency to provide a description of their activities as well as a summary of the cost-effectiveness and efficiency.
Size of the federal government
On my first day in office, I will instruct all executive agencies not to replace the employees who are retiring. By 2017, more than 30 percent of the workforce will be eligible to retire – 600,000 people. I will not replace a single one.
I also will ensure that the federal government moves to a meritocracy. In a seniority system — which is what we currently have — employees are paid for time in grade, not for performance. Over time, that means that people who are trying to do a good job get discouraged. We know from Inspector General reports that people who spend all day watching pornography receive the same pay, pension and benefits as those trying to do a good job. As President, I will insist that all agencies eliminate the seniority system and move to a pay-for-performance model.
Our tax code is 73,000 pages. Some 59 percent of Americans hire a professional to help them with their taxes. It also is crushing the small and family-owned businesses that create two-thirds of our new jobs.
We need to radically simplify the tax code. That means our tax code needs to go from 73,000 pages down to about three pages.
We also need to move from revenue-neutral to revenue-reducing tax reform, because the federal government spends far too much money.
To do both of those things, we need to lower every rate and close every loophole. I will support a low flat tax for businesses and individuals. The Hoover Institution and Congressman Michael Burgess both developed tax plans that do this. Under their plans, both businesses and individuals can file their taxes on a simple form. They won’t need armies of accountants, lawyers and lobbyists to figure out how to take advantage of loopholes and game the system because there will be no system to game.
Ours was intended to be a citizen government. As President, I will use the power of technology to do that.
Specifically, every week from the Oval Office I am going to ask citizens to take out their smartphones. I will ask them to answer some simple questions about what they want from our government: Do you think we need to move to zero-based budgeting? Do you think that we ought to be able to fire federal employees who fail to do their jobs?
The goal is not simply to see the anger and frustration of the American people. The goal is to channel that frustration toward positive, productive progress.
As President, I will ensure that the United States is the global energy powerhouse of the 21st century. That means reinstating the Keystone XL Pipeline.
It also means rolling back regulations on hydraulic fracturing and drilling on federal lands.
I believe the Second Amendment protects the individual rights of gun owners like my husband and me because gun ownership is our God-given right and our Constitutional right.
The world is a more tragic and dangerous place when America is not leading. For too long now, we have not been leading.
On my first day in the Oval Office, I will make two phone calls. The first will be to my friend Bibi Netanyahu. I will reassure him that the United States will always stand with Israel. My second call will be to the Supreme Leader of Iran. He might not take the call, but he will get the message. I will tell him: new deal. Unless and until Iran opens itself to full and unfettered inspections of all nuclear and military facilities, we are going to make it very hard for Iran to move money around the global financial system.
As President, the first thing I will do is secure the border. It will take money, manpower, and technology — but most of all it will take political will. The Heritage Foundation has developed a plan that would support the National Guard and Coast Guard, invest in infrastructure and the right technology, and encourage federal-state-local cooperation. As President, I will ensure that we are doing all of those things.
Second, we need to fix our legal immigration system. Nearly half of the people in this country illegally came here on legal visas and simply never left. We need an employer verification system that holds employers accountable.
Lastly, I will not support citizenship for those here illegally. Those who cut the line and broke our laws as their first act entering this country have foregone that opportunity.
Wednesday: Jim Gilmore