Sunday, April 26, 2015

With Fiorina, who needs expertise?

Get out your brackets: time to write in Carly Fiorina, with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker donning their gym togs.

But first, Carly (nee Cara Sneed).  Sitting on millions in  her treasury, she's been restlessly trying to be  relevant ever since she was deposed as CEO of Hewlett-Packard  in 2005.  Her corporate  rap sheet?   HP 's stock fell to half of its value as she led a move to merge with rival Compaq.

A Republican, she later lost to  Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in 2010.

That has given her five more years to consider her stage career and the word from California is that she is running for president.  Of late she has been going around damning environmentalists  for her state's drought, describing it as "man-made " by obstructive liberals  who opposed a waterline into the state.  (The more thoughtful Romans succeeded with viaducts!)

Funny, but I recently read a piece in National Geographic about the drought in which some experts predicted that it could last more than 200 years, long after the current collection of environmentalists leave the scene (as well as Carly herself or her money, whichever comes  first).

B. Lynn Ingram, a paleontologist from the University of California at Berkeley,   based his scary forecast on studies of tree rings and microorganisms in ocean sediment to build his case.  I don't know  much more about the science than that.  Interestingly, not once did the National Geographic experts lay the blame on environmental hoodlums. But political jabberers  like Fiorina normally don't' turn to expertise to support their empty shop talk.

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