What a crybaby! Blaming others for problems he helped create and then expecting someone else to bail him out. The hypocrisy boggles the mind.California suffers from several problems, not all are the Governor's fault. It used to be a liberal state with a great school system, but every year people from conservative states moved to California to pursue the dream and brought their politics with them. They wanted the dream but didn't want to pay for it or for anyone else. Taxes are lower but never low enough so more must be cut from the budget. Firehouses, libraries and parks are closed, the schools are producing uneducated citizens, jobs have moved overseas for the tax breaks and the dream has disappeared for all but a lucky few.
For all the pissing and moaning about intrusive federal government what does this Republican governor do? He begs the feds to bail him out or he will once again take from those who have given; the elderly who paid taxes most of their lives and are now incapable of working; the disabled, who don't have a snowball's chance of earning enough money to live; and children, who through no fault of their own need healthcare.
He's a namby pamby excuse for a governor. He governed the state into the ground as he did his corporate master's bidding and now that the state has fallen into ruin, he wants a federal bailout and tries to blame the state misfortune on its federal representatives. Now that's taking responsibility. Not.
California has needed help for quite a while and now that his reign is ending, the governor is trying to deflect attention from his own inadequacies or he will leave a scorched earth behind. In defiance of both the courts and the people.
The two thirds budget voting needs to be repealed or California will never recover. The partisanship has prevented the legislature from doing its job of representing the people.
Somewhere, Gray Davis is sipping champagne and laughing his ass off.
In Cathleen Decker's article, she writes that in the early months of Schwarzenegger's first term that nobody could have foreseen the wreckage that was to come. Why do people say that when it is patently not true? I, and quite a few others, told anybody who would listen that changing governors was like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic minutes before it sank.
Before Arnold took office I had a successful practice and was considering adding another treatment room. Two years later I didn't even have a roof over my head. My small business wasn't big enough to stay afloat. His policies ruined my practice, destroyed my dreams and left me with a mountain of debt. Just like he did to California.
Like most politicians, his wealth grew while in office and it wasn't from royalties. When I was a kid I used to wonder how someone could have more money at the end of their term than their salary would have provided. Now I know. Campaign contributions, PAC funds, vacations paid by someone else under the guise of business trips, etc. Politics as usual.
I may have moved to Nevada, the land of philandering governor and senator, but I still care about California. There are days when I miss it terribly. This isn't one of them.