Posts Tagged ‘Arnold Schwarzenegger’

Wonder what you would find if you frisked California and their Governor Arnold “The Terminator” Schwarzenegger?

Answer: He wants a $8 billion bailout.

Ugh… California has already received $7 billion in state grants from the failing stimulus package, but Gov. Schwarzenegger wants more:

Facing another huge deficit, the governor wants $8 billion or threatens massive cuts in social services. He also plans to renew push for offshore oil drilling.

Facing a budget deficit of more than $20 billion, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to call for deep reductions in already suffering local mass transit programs, renew his push to expand oil drilling off the Santa Barbara coast and appeal to Washington for billions of dollars in federal help, according to state officials and lobbyists familiar with the plan.

If Washington does not provide roughly $8 billion in new aid for the state, the governor threatens to severely cut back — if not eliminate — CalWORKS, the state’s main welfare program; the In-Home Health Care Services program for the disabled and elderly poor, and two tax breaks for large corporations recently approved by the Legislature, the officials said.

Schwarzenegger also will propose extending a cut in the state payroll that is scheduled to expire this summer. That cut has translated into 200,000 state workers being furloughed three days a month, the equivalent of a 14% pay cut. Lawmakers would have the option of extending the furloughs, imposing layoffs or some combination of the two.

Disgraceful… We all know the debt racked up by our federal government is awful, but we at least – as a country – hold states accountable to balance their own budgets. Personally, I don’t give a rat’s (you know what) if the Governor has to strap on his Edward Scissorhand blades to make drastic budget cuts that will likely upset Californians. The state has relied on liberal policies for decades which got them into this whole mess. I feel bad for you California, but as Michigan citizen – which we have our own economic problems – I am not paying for your state’s shortfalls.

IF we end up bailing them out – which liberals love to do – we should impose some serious consequences on the state of California. Ed Morrissey has an interesting idea:

Taken at face value, a bailout request is an insult to the federalist model of state sovereignty.  The basic act of governance at any level is creating a budget and determining which functions to fund and at what level.  California has failed at this for the last few years, and only stayed out of bankruptcy in 2009 because of the Porkulus cash.  Coming to Washington, hat in hand, should carry a big penalty for California and any other state demanding that citizens of other states subsidize their incompetence — say, the loss of voting rights in Congress until the money gets repaid.  After all, if they’re asking to be a federal protectorate, why should California have any more privileges in Congress than Puerto Rico or other federal protectorates?

Something needs to happen, because this type of reckless political spending is destroying our country and the American people are realizing this!

Side-Note: Notice how I didn’t mention Arnold “The Terminator” Schwarzenegger is a Republican… Yeah, I’m in embarrassed and angry. 😡

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked Sarah Palin and Arnold “The Terminator” Schwarzenegger on the subject of climate change?

Answer: We got ourselves a little bit of a Republican battle folks!

In recent headlines, Sarah Palin has urged President Obama to rethink his decision on attending the international climate conference in Copenhagen because of the unfolding ClimateGate scandal. During an interview while in Copenhagen (of course he’d be there), California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was asked to comment on Sarah Palin’s remarks and the Terminator didn’t hesitate to throw a couple jabs toward the Former Alaskan Governor:

The California governor has become an environmental standard bearer for the Republican party, which is split on the merits of curbing emissions. Sarah Palin, John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential election, has attacked cap and trade and questioned any link between man-made emissions and global warming.

“You have to ask: what was she trying to accomplish?” said Mr Schwarzenegger. “Is she really interested in this subject or is she interested in her career and in winning the [Republican] nomination [for president]? You have to take all these things with a grain of salt.”

But don’t worry… Sarah Palin has a couple punches of her own:

Why is Governor Schwarzenegger pushing for the same sorts of policies in Copenhagen that have helped drive his state into record deficits and unemployment? Perhaps he will recall that I live in our nation’s only Arctic state and that I was among the first governors to create a sub-cabinet to deal specifically with climate change. While I and all Alaskans witness the impacts of changes in weather patterns firsthand, I have repeatedly said that we can’t primarily blame man’s activities for those changes. And while I did look for practical responses to those changes, what I didn’t do was hamstring Alaska’s job creators with burdensome regulations so that I could act “greener than thou” when talking to reporters.

BOOM! And it’s on like Donkey Kong ladies and gentlemen! Hmm… I wonder what Arnold’s chances are at wining this fight? How about: slim to none. As we all know, Gov. Schwarzenegger is as moderate of a Republican that one can be without falling into the liberal’s left-sided cesspool. Therefore, he lacks a major disconnect with the American people while he plays politics in Copenhagen and the state of California continues to dive into the red. Personally, Gov. Schwarzenegger should of just jumped around the question (politicians are good at that) because Sarah Palin is pretty moderate on the climate change issue.

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