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Schwarzenegger's legacy: Green laws and red ink
San Jose Mercury News ^ | 12/26/10 | Paul Rogers

Posted on 12/26/2010 9:23:56 AM PST by SmithL

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1 posted on 12/26/2010 9:24:01 AM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Kalifornia is worst off now than when he took over from Grey Davis.


2 posted on 12/26/2010 9:27:25 AM PST by 23 Everest (A gun in hand is better than a cop on the phone.)
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To: 23 Everest

This “action hero” buffoon was poison from the git-go. He’s a fool who’s always been a fool, but he fooled the folks in CA real good.


3 posted on 12/26/2010 9:32:12 AM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: 23 Everest

yes it is,But electing Gray Davis to help California is like sending a chicken with a headache to Coronel Sanders.


4 posted on 12/26/2010 9:33:33 AM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: SmithL

Hmmmm - wonder where the freepers are who told the rest of us we were nuts for not supporting Arnold - those of us who wanted to see McClintock in the governor’s mansion! Don’t see them around any longer, do we?


5 posted on 12/26/2010 9:50:40 AM PST by Thank You Rush
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To: SmithL

What happened to everyone on this forum who rejected McClintock because he was “unelectable?” Remember when Schwarzenneger was our best hope, even though he was the lesser of two evils? This is what you get when you vote for RINOs.


6 posted on 12/26/2010 9:51:42 AM PST by thesharkboy (<-- Looking for the silver lining in every cloud, since 1998)
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To: SmithL; calcowgirl; SierraWasp; Liz; Extremely Extreme Extremist
My favorite “damn fool” moment during the Ahnuld era was when he claimed to have “learned his lesson” about forcing taxpayer funded “special elections” to pass ballot measures in 2005.... then Ahnuld got amnesia and insisted on dragging voters out for ANOTHER “special election” in 2009. California voters then had to give him a second smackdown. Never understood why this guy was so fixated on wasting money for “Special elections” when he could have gotten the exact same measures on the ballot a few months later in the regularly scheduled statewide primary ballot.
7 posted on 12/26/2010 9:53:03 AM PST by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: SmithL
If he had surrounded himself with conservatives, he had a chance, but all the liberals sabotaged any good he could have done. If his administration had been able to succinctly give reasons to the voting public for his voting measures, he had a chance, but he let the unions guide the discussion.
8 posted on 12/26/2010 9:53:19 AM PST by Rockitz (This isn't rocket science- follow the money and you'll find truth.)
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To: BillyBoy
Pols' sense of entitlement.

"Gimmee. Gimmee. Gimmee."

9 posted on 12/26/2010 10:21:21 AM PST by Liz (There's a new definition of bipartisanship in Washington -- it's called former member.)
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“His latest rating is 23 percent, no different statistically than the 22 percent with which Davis left office.”

Even the dumbest electorate in the USA can see through Schwarzenkennedy’s B.S.


10 posted on 12/26/2010 10:25:24 AM PST by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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“He’s completely allergic to ideology”

Not really. He’s obviously a religious worshiper who bows before the alter of ClimateChangism.


11 posted on 12/26/2010 10:26:38 AM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Made from the right stuff!)
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"Here's my plan," he said. "Audit everything, open the books, and then we end the crazy deficit spending. "... If you're happy with the way things are, keep your current leaders. If you want to change this state, then join me."

Arnold had the right ideas, but then he realized how unpopular his stances were and gave in to "practical politics" to preserve his celebrity image. There aren't many out there with the character of Chris Christie, who can stand up to the public employee unions.

12 posted on 12/26/2010 10:30:30 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves ( "The right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended." - Rowan Atkinson)
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What happened to everyone on this forum who rejected McClintock because he was “unelectable?” Remember when Schwarzenneger was our best hope, even though he was the lesser of two evils? This is what you get when you vote for RINOs.

Funny, I was thinking precisely the same thing. I also remember the lengthy lectures the pro-Arnold crowd used to subject us to. "I'm voting for the one who can win" they would say. Very well - and now California is probably closer to the cliff now than it once was.

13 posted on 12/26/2010 10:31:06 AM PST by Zack Nguyen
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To: SmithL

In fairness, there isn’t anyone who can fix California. At this point, the prevailing view is “Eat, drink and be merry. Tomorrow we die.”


14 posted on 12/26/2010 10:56:19 AM PST by Brilliant
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“California is probably closer to the cliff now than it once was.”

Yes, but there were a lot of us who believed the only good conservative strategy was to let the libs win, and watch it fall over the cliff. I think we pretty much got what we wanted. Ironic, though, because the same thing would have happened no matter what we thought or did. The libs have a complete lock on CA politics, and they are hell-bent on self-destruction.


15 posted on 12/26/2010 10:59:50 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: SmithL

The climate change credo is a legacy gift that will keep on giving. Watch as our industries buckle under the regulatory load of bull&%$# that is coming down upon them. One has only to look at the timber and biomass industries on either side of the California/Oregon border. One is healthy, and new alternative energy technologies are supported. The other is foundering with the last remaining mills closing and cogeneration plants mired in tons of lengthy, expensive red tape.

The gift of “sustainable communities” is right on track as California emmulates failed European strategies. And, if you read the new “visioning” blueprint for the CVPIA, it comes straight out of the European playbook.

Arnold took us quite a pace down the road to European socialism to the great loss of our individual freedoms and the integrity of private property rights. But it will be nothing in comparison to the steep slope we are about to travel down with Jerry Brown.


16 posted on 12/26/2010 11:26:10 AM PST by marsh2
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17 posted on 12/26/2010 12:17:20 PM PST by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: 23 Everest

Another conservative seduced by the MSM at large and leftist pillow talk at home.

Sad.


18 posted on 12/26/2010 12:27:38 PM PST by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: thesharkboy

Arnold didn’t run as a RINO. He had never held elected office before, so there was no record to consider, except his history as a successful businessman who had amassed a fortune in real estate. To my mind, that’s a pretty good predictor of executive success in the governor’s chair.

I voted for him in the recall election because Gray Davis had raised taxes and was borrowing money instead of cutting spending.

And because Arnold said, “Taxes are too high” and “California must operate under a balanced budget.”

Not a word about bankrupting us to adhere to nonsensical environmental standards. Not a word about a state asset fire sale for pennies on the dollar. Not a word about his plan to hire an all-Democrat staff of advisors and policy-makers.

Sure, we were suckered, despite our due diligence. And as for re-electing him... did you see the alternative in the last election?


19 posted on 12/26/2010 12:35:42 PM PST by Blue Ink
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Arnold didn’t run as a RINO.

The hell he didn't. All you had to do was R-E-A-D his position papers and you would have known he was going to take us into the sewer. You just believed the whisper campaign that he was a "fiscal conservative." It was complete crap from the beginning.

20 posted on 12/26/2010 12:55:21 PM PST by Carry_Okie (The environment is too complex and too important to manage by central planning.)
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