Monday, January 24, 2005

Governator Gets it

"Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is probably the most well-known celebrity to drop in on today's inaugural festivities in Washington, but he left plenty of controversy back home in California. The editorial board of the liberal Sacramento Bee couldn't believe their ears when the Governator dropped byTuesday to push his ambitious plans for pension overhaul, redistricting reform and merit pay for teachers. One editor said that even when Ronald Reagan had occupied the executive mansion, no governor had ever been so forth right in explaining why government should be smaller.
Mr.Schwarzenegger told the Bee that the public sector is a "monster" that needs to be "starved." The board tried hard to get the governor to say he would raise taxes to address the state's budget deficit. He flatly rejected the idea. Raising taxes "is out of the question because it will not work," he said, explaining that trying to fix the state's problems with new revenue would only be an excuse to defer needed reforms. "Taking money out of the private sector is a no-no," Schwarzenegger reiterated. "We don't want to feed the monster. We don't want to feed the state -- the public sector -- and starve the private sector. We want to feed the private sector and starve the public sector."

- John Fund, Political Diary, 1/20/05


At 3:26 PM, Blogger Kender said...

I wish I could wake up tomorrow and see a sign that said "Arnie for Prez"

At 7:55 PM, Blogger Hammertime said...

Look - if Arnold can get away with this in Cah-lee-for-nee-ah, why doesn't the national party understand that it can be done everywhere?

I also wish our leaders at the national level would get with what we, as their supporters, want...less government, not more. And yes, that includes the 'Department of Education'.

And sorry about your Steelers, RN.

At 7:12 AM, Blogger TJ said...

Glad the Govenator is 'sticking to his guns' and doing the right thing.

This is part of why I have a problem with 'career politicians' - they are too worried about potential backlash during the next election to do what they were elected to do.


At 8:10 AM, Blogger QFU said...

Our "politicians" are more worried about job security (for themselves) to bother with reducing government. It could mean some of their jobs are, let's say - unecessary?

I'm sick about the Steelers too RN.


At 6:54 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

I voted for Arnold and haven't regretted it for a day. I don't agree with him across the board, but he is the only one who can do battle with the California Democrats. As far as I am concerned he has been a huge success.

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