What Arnold’s memoirs need: A chapter on his betrayal of California

April 16, 2012 - By admin

April 16, 2012

By Chris Reed

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s offbeat request last week on his Facebook page for the public to tell him what to write about in his pending memoirs got the result he wanted: lots of attention.

“More than 2,000 people responded: Talk about bodybuilding, your childhood and your time on movie sets, they wrote,” said an account in the Sacramento Bee. “Talk about politics. And sex.”

But the former governor’s upcoming book is unlikely to truthfully detail perhaps the most profound and far-reaching action of Schwarzenegger’s life: his decision to betray Californians and saddle their economy with a permanent burden because of his determination to be remembered as a green icon.

I refer to Schwarzenegger’s 2006 decision to embrace and sign AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 – a bill forcing California utilities to switch to cleaner but much costlier forms of energy and establishing a cap-and-trade pollution credits market for heavy industries.

The state media’s amazingly incompetent and biased coverage of AB 32 treats it as an open question whether forcing California businesses to pay much higher costs for energy than firms in rival states and nations will help them or hurt them. Reporters covering energy and the environment also never mention the very related fact that one of the main rationales for AB 32 — that it would inspire the rest of America and the rest of the world to copy the Golden State in fighting global warming — never came to pass.

The result is that as AB 32 is phased in, California products will have an increasingly large competitive disadvantage because of the de facto green energy surcharge their price includes.

Congress has figured out it’s not a good policy for the United States to go it alone in switching to costlier but cleaner energy. It’s why cap-and-trade legislation died in 2009 — when Democrats still controlled both the House and Senate.

The Obama administration also understands go-it-alone is folly. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu put it in stark terms in March 2009 congressional testimony. He said that if a United States switch to cleaner energy wasn’t copied by other nations, the United States should essentially start a trade war by putting tariffs on their products to erase the competitive disadvantage the United States suffered for trying to save the world from climate change.

Economic suicide

And while Schwarzenegger never gets in the way of his self-aggrandizing Global Green Giant narrative, there is plenty of evidence that he too knows go-it-alone verges on economic suicide. In 2006, he forced legislators to include a provision allowing the governor to suspend AB 32 if the economy were in poor shape. In March 2010, in a letter to the California Air Resources Board that the reliably buffoonish state media ignored, Schwarzenegger even hinted that it might be a good idea to delay implementing AB 32 until it were part of a larger national climate-change policy.

The law should be integrated “as seamlessly as possible into a comprehensive national strategy,” he wrote. “Given the importance of interstate and international trade to California’s economy, we must design our program to ensure that California companies are appropriately positioned to compete under any future federal or international program.”

Nine months later, Schwarzenegger left the governor’s office, determined to buff his image as a green idol and never again to offer the slightest hint that AB 32 was anything but the greatest single act of leadership since President Truman embraced the Marshall Plan. Ever since, he’s traveled the world to accept kudos for his great foresight and brilliant leadership in saving the planet.

Uninspiring

Except that AB 32 didn’t inspire the rest of the world. As a result, it won’t reduce the emissions that are believed by many scientists to contribute to global warming. Instead, such emissions are surging, not receding — especially in China and India, the very nations that are likely to be California’s most significant trade rivals in the 21st century. Nations that will enjoy a permanent competitive advantage over the Golden State — much cheaper energy — because of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Will this be mentioned in Arnold’s memoirs? Of course not. But in time, as the evidence grows that California’s extremely costly energy kills jobs — and reduces disposable income for those with jobs — AB 32’s destructive futility will be impossible to ignore.

The green cultists in the state media — the ones who unlike Congress and Steven Chu couldn’t figure out that self-imposed competitive disadvantages are a bad thing — will be the last ones to abandon Arnold’s ship. But the permanent California recession that AB 32 is likely to create will be impossible for the rest of us to ignore.

All because an egomaniacal action star turned politician was desperate for a legacy.

I have no idea what pun or spin will be used in the title of Schwarzenegger’s memoirs. But I know what the title would be were I the author: “Benedict Arnold.”

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Comments(10)
  1. Rogue Elephant says:

    What do you expect from Arnold? He betrayed his wife and fathered a child by another woman, and then betrayed his illegitimate son by denying him a father?

    A man who will betray his wife and child will betray you. That’s Arnold’s legacy: a betrayed wife, a betrayed child, and a betrayed public.

  2. Beelzebub says:

    “The state media’s amazingly incompetent and biased coverage of AB 32 treats it as an open question whether forcing California businesses to pay much higher costs for energy than firms in rival states and nations will help them or hurt them”

    The bought-off media is not ‘incompetent’. Not by a long shot. They know exactly what they are doing. And it’s not just the ‘state media’. It’s the entire mainstream media apparatus. The media has become an arm of the government. I could show you numerous examples. They withhold information that they don’t want us to know about and shower us with information – oftentimes tainted and reengineered – that favors the ruling establishment. It’s strikingly clear not only in the political news – but on social matters and current events as well. And it’s not just the so-called ‘liberal media’ either. It’s soup to nuts. A profession that once was a ally of liberty has become quite the opposite.

    I wish I could find that video of Arnold’s first appearance on the Jay Leno Show as a gubernatorial candidate way back when. They must have removed it permanently. It’s not even on youtube. It only confirms what a horrendous liar and fraud that he truly is. I remember when he told us that he was going to ‘blow up the boxes’ and that he was going to be a champion for the people and that he had plenty of money and couldn’t be bought-off. :D

    No wonder the state and the nation has all but lost total faith in our political system. Look at the approval ratings. These people can lie with immunity. The system protects them. They can take your money and your votes and lie to you with a straight face and get away with it. What would happen to you in a business deal if you took somebody’s money contingent on promises made – and you reneged on your promises? What would happen to you?

    Think about it.

  3. Beelzebub says:

    Can’t find the Leno 2003 video.

    But watch and listen to the liar here during his first bid for governator in 2003:

  4. Frank Harris-Smith says:

    I agree with what Rogue Elephant says: A man who will etray those closest to him (his wife and family) will betray us insignificant voters.

    Schwarzenegger and Newt Gingrich are in the same catagory. On the other hand – Mitt Romney is still married and faithfull to his only wife.

    Californians need to learn how to evaluate a politition’s ACTIONS, not just snooze away and vote for what they hear.

    I am shamed to admit I voted for Schwarzenegger. Didm’t vote for Jerry Brown. I knew better…

    Never too old to learn new tricks.

  5. Rex The Wonder Dog! says:

    What do you expect from Arnold? He betrayed his wife and fathered a child by another woman, and then betrayed his illegitimate son by denying him a father? A man who will betray his wife and child will betray you. That’s Arnold’s legacy: a betrayed wife, a betrayed child, and a betrayed public.

    I hear you and agree 100%, you can’t trust Arnold, he will turn to which ever way the wind of public opinion blows him…….he was a disater.

    The thing is he tried out of the blocks to make change, and when he got spanked-which had never happened to him before in his life- he tucked tail and ran. If he had stuck to his guns and tried his 4 initatives again he would have won all 4 and would be a hero of the poor and middle class.

  6. Beelzebub says:

    What kind of a guy would jump the bones of the housemaid on the wife’s bed, impregnate her and then try to play the role of Mr. Family Values before the public? I really feel sorry for the boy he sired. Sure, he’ll have all the material things in life – but what kind of a relationship has he had with his dad so far? Seriously. Secret meetings behind closed doors so the tabloids wouldn’t notice the resemblence and start asking questions?

    But his true colors were blatantly exposed on his last day in office when he commuted the prison sentence of Fabian Nunez’ kid nearly in half after a fresh homicide conviction in San Diego. That was just a major FU to the general public as he exited his throne. Wow. That told California what Arnold was all about and what fools we were to buy his line of BS – from the very start in 2003. I voted for him too. He fooled the hell out of me. I feel like a flim flam man just suckered me out of $10,000. Who would ever buy that schweinhund’s book anyway?

  7. Rex The Wonder Dog! says:

    What kind of a guy would jump the bones of the housemaid on the wife’s bed, impregnate her and then try to play the role of Mr. Family Values before the public

    Only a chump that cares about himself-that is Arnold. Arnold is #1, no one and nothing comes before him or his wants.

  8. queeg says:

    Does anyone on this site like anyone???

  9. Beelzebub says:

    I like Gerald Celente.

    He rocks!

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