CA GOP’s Arnold Problem

CA GOP’s Arnold Problem

Going on 11 years now, the California Republican Party has an “Arnold Problem.” Gone from office now almost four years, ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger continues to loom over the party. Here’s what “The Terminator” promised during the 2003 “Total Recall” election:

The reality: Arnold swept the state’s problems under a giant rug, then created even more problems. In particular, he imposed AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which has crippled industry ever since, especially destroying the good middle-class jobs industry produces. And SB 375, the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008, which is pushing Californians into high-rises and mass transit, while Arnold and his elitist friends frolic in gigantic beach-community compounds and tool around the streets in Bentleys.

And look at these budget numbers. When he took office in October 2003, Arnold assumed control of the fiscal year 2003-04 budget, which began on July 1, 2003, and it spent $78.3 billion. The budget he signed for 2006-7, just three years later, was for $101.4 billion — an incredible 29 percent increase! (See Appendix Schedule 6 here.)

Instead of sweeping away waste, Arnold effectively said to Democrats, “Achtung! Give me your biggest. most wasteful spending programs and I’ll sweep them into the budget!”

No wonder, when the recession hit in 2007-08, he went to the Democrats running the Legislature and said, “Achtung! Give me a record tax increase, and I will sweep it into the budget!”

Which is what happened with the $13 billion tax increase of Feb. 2009.

When President Hoover’s crashed America into the Great Depression, it took Republicans five decades for their party to recover at the national level under Ronald Reagan, himself a former FDR New Deal Democrat. And in some ways, the national GOP still haven’t recovered from Hoover. It hasn’t mattered that President Roosevelt’s New Deal was even worse than Hoover’s. Perceptions count.

It well could take the CA GOP five decades to recover from their Arnold Problem.

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  1. Bud Led Ted S.
    Bud Led Ted S. 27 May, 2014, 06:48

    LOL John– The monetary policy of Hoover was already 25 years old when he took office– the tariffs and taxes didn’t help but the inequality of wealth and the stock market crash were larger factors and out of Hoover’s control—-

    but Arnold was a spender.

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  2. Donkey
    Donkey 27 May, 2014, 06:59

    Arnold was not the same man after meeting with the police and fire union heads where they explained to him that the people with the guns will not be denied their ill-gotten gains stolen from the public treasury. 🙂

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  3. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 27 May, 2014, 07:49

    Wow….,how are those blown up boxes going?

    Doomers foamed at the mouth for the Austrian socialist…..what fools..

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    • Steele, Ted, When only the very best will do!
      Steele, Ted, When only the very best will do! 27 May, 2014, 09:32

      Well….that’s true Mr. U— The doomers did carry him to office on their excited doomy shoulders.

      Buyer’s remorse?

      Too many corn dogs?

      Broken swamp coolers?

      Hard to say.

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      • Rex the Wonder Dog!
        Rex the Wonder Dog! 27 May, 2014, 12:42

        Buyer’s remorse?

        Too many corn dogs?

        Broken swamp coolers?

        Hard to say. –

        Buyer’s remorse, but know one knew Arnold would fold like a cheap laundry after he was spanked so hard by the public unions.

        The sad part is ALL four (4) of his initiatives would have assed with flying colors in 2007/08, but he tucked tail between legs and ran for the hills. Sort of like you teddy after I spank you with the truth 😉

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  4. Steve Mehlman
    Steve Mehlman 27 May, 2014, 11:28

    Ill-gotten gains? Bankers, CEO’s, Wall Street executives? No, of course not, it’s firefighters and police who are the criminals to Donkey. Next time a firefighter or police officer saves your house or your life, thank a banker.

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    • Rex the Wonder Dog!
      Rex the Wonder Dog! 27 May, 2014, 12:39

      “… it’s firefighters and police who are the criminals to Donkey.

      Well, they are scammers, and in a way they are indeed criminals because 1) money laundering; 2) fraud and 3) theft are crimes, and the public unions engage in all three.

      Big Business, the Wall Street scammers, as well as the Big Business CEO’s do the exact same thing. What you’re trying to say Stevie is that because the former do it then the public troughers should be allowed to also.

      Sorry Stevie, two (2) wrongs never make a right.

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 27 May, 2014, 13:41

      Mehlman, I have never needed the help of any public RAGWUS feeder in my life, so what makes you think I would need one in the future.

      My Boy Scout Nephew performed mouth to mouth on his little cousin and saved his life 10 minutes before the hose pullers arrived, and I handled my own attack from two thugs back in the 1980’s. Don’t try and play that BS game with me, we pay way too much for the quality we receive from these RAGWUS clowns. 🙂

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      • Bud Led Ted S.
        Bud Led Ted S. 28 May, 2014, 06:49

        LOL Duncey you never used any gov services?

        Roads, post office, traffic control, crime prevention, fire prevention, city works, water, sewage, libraries, highways, public health?

        You remain a clown little buddy.

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        • Donkey
          Donkey 28 May, 2014, 07:51

          Lets see here my half-witted friend, water was private in the area I lived until the mid-1960’s, the roads were built by private contractors with gas tax money, same with traffic control, sewage is semi-private still, public health has disappeared, city works is an oxymoron, and as I stated I have never used the police and fire for anything and never will. 🙂

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          • John Seiler
            John Seiler Author 28 May, 2014, 09:44

            Right. Privatize all govt.

          • Bud Led Ted S.
            Bud Led Ted S. 28 May, 2014, 20:44

            you use fire and crime precvention but never know it.

            mostly roads are public built and operated.

            nearly all traffic control is public.

            city works are nearly all public everywhere.

            LOL

            There fixed, ream on little buddy, that was just too easy!

        • Bud Led Ted S.
          Bud Led Ted S. 28 May, 2014, 20:41

          Good idea John private companies never fail.

          Oh wait–

          8 out of ten do.

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  5. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 27 May, 2014, 12:36

    …while Arnold and his elitist friends frolic in gigantic beach-community compounds and tool around the streets in Bentleys.

    So hypocritical. Reminds me of DiFi and Rosie O’Donnell who both want to TAKE the publics firearms away yet they get to KEEP their weapons, and their armed body guards.

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    • Steele, Ted, When only the very best will do!
      Steele, Ted, When only the very best will do! 27 May, 2014, 13:51

      LOL like more guns are going to prevent more mass murders?

      LMAO child like reasoning

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      • Rex the Wonder Dog!
        Rex the Wonder Dog! 27 May, 2014, 16:35

        LOL like more guns are going to prevent more mass murders?
        ==
        Duh!

        More guns= less crime, less teddy steals

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        • Bud Led Ted S.
          Bud Led Ted S. 27 May, 2014, 20:40

          didn’t work that way in Mexico– certainly has not worked in the US— the gun problem and mass murder is just about as American as Apple Pie ™, It’s as American as Mt Rushmore– it is here to stay– al least until the Country gets backbone to stand up to the tea bag primary squads. They are far more lethal than the Obama death panels.

          There is ABSOLUTELY nothing to be done about it—-the NRA will never let it happen, Republicans don’t have the courage to stand up and all conservative pols care more about their jobs than doing what’s right.

          More death coming to kids, families, innocent people, soldiers, commuters, women etc etc etc– get used to it– it is here to stay.

          Maybe someday, after enough gratuitous death there will be a tipping point?

          I doubt in most of our lifetimes.

          Trolls– Discuss now–

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      • Rex the Wonder Dog!
        Rex the Wonder Dog! 28 May, 2014, 00:55

        LOL like more guns are going to prevent more mass murders?

        Proven fact, more guns = less crime!

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  6. bob
    bob 27 May, 2014, 12:45

    Ahnode and Algore are the biggest hypocrites in the world.

    They tell us we’re all gonna die if their plans to fight “global warming” are not implemented.

    While we must decrease our “carbon footprints” these jokers have multiple mansions, gas guzzlers and fly around the world in private jets.

    Let the little people eat their carbon.

    What else would you expect? Colliefornia (as Ahnode sez) and the rest of the country has gone to the dogs.

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  7. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 27 May, 2014, 22:42

    Arnold and 187 Pete set Bublicans back 50 years of evolution.

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