Thursday, May 28, 2015

My response to Carly Fiorina

Bloomberg Politics reported part of the speech aspiring presidential candidate, Carly Fiorina, gave in Iowa. My friends and blog readers are quite upset over this and urge me to come up with a response.

Here is what she said, "I've been doing business with the Chinese for decades and I will tell you that yeah the Chinese can take a test, but what they can't do is innovate. They're not terribly imaginative. They're not entrepreneurial. They don't innovate—that's why they're stealing our intellectual property."

Every American politician worth twenty-five cents or more knows full well that trash talking about China is a way to achieve a dollop of notoriety. Carly is not being innovative nor imaginative when she copies that approach to show her credentials as a nascent politician. On the other hand, there isn't much intellect in the property she commandeered. 

Carly's last real job as CEO of H-P was to transform heretofore the most admired iconic company in Silicon Valley into a steady decline towards mediocrity. She definitely left the company in much worse shape than she found it. Even so, she surely should have noticed that H-P and for that matter all the companies in Silicon Valley would be mere shadows of their robust selves if all the Chinese staff were to disappear.


It's a bit startling that for all her education that she had not heard of the Chinese inventions such as paper, gunpowder, compass, iron plough, movable type and many others that were hundreds if not thousands of years ahead of the West. I suspect she was pandering to the farmers of Iowa; it will be interesting to hear what she will have to say when she comes stumping in Silicon Valley. Then again, her campaign may not last that long.

1 comment:

Shelley Molnar said...

Very sad that this nation of immigrants feels compelled to trash talk other countries. I wish more Americans would travel and learn about the other inhabitants of this wonderful planet.
You are right. Her campaign is going nowhere.