Video: 7-year governor laments gov’t impact on business

posted at 2:45 pm on August 7, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

In a way, it’s kind of a shame. Imagine what Arnold Schwarzenegger could have done about California’s hostility towards business if he had, oh, perhaps, run for public office?  If he had spent the last seven years in a position like Governor, why, he could have fought to improve the business climate in the Golden State and perhaps saved California from one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, a rapidly-declining tax base, and …

What?  He’s been Governor since 2003?  Oh.

After seven years in office, it took a personal relationship with The Salad Bowl’s CEO for Schwarzenegger to find out that his state is driving business away?  I’d say the surprising thing is that Governor Schwarzenegger admits it.

He also mixes apples and oranges a bit in this case, too.  While California’s taxes are too high and block more investment, the problem Schwarzenegger describes in this clip is overregulation, not taxation (and arbitrary enforcement, too).  The regulatory burden on California business is so immense, and so layered, that businesses like The Salad Bowl have to have a huge profit upside to bother entering the market.  The key point here made by Schwarzenegger (and good for him for recognizing it) is that if it takes California eight months to approve a business for opening while only 30 days in Colorado and 22 days in Texas, businesses will invest first in those states and put California far down their list — especially when considering the high taxes California also imposes along with its regulatory burdens.

Maybe California should elect a Governor in this cycle who already knows this — or who at least can figure it out in less than 7 years.  Which would that be: the former CEO of a multi-billion dollar corporation, or the former two-term governor who helped create the regulatory burdens and spent his entire life drawing checks from taxpayers?  (via The Right Scoop)


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If California votes as usual we’ll get the former two-term governor who helped create the regulatory burdens and spent his entire life fdrawing checks from taxpayers? (via The Right Scoop)

repvoter on August 7, 2010 at 2:51 PM

A failed and defeated man.

Get out.

artist on August 7, 2010 at 2:52 PM

The people of Kalifornia are the only ones responsible for the condition it’s in. Is there any way to kick it out of the Union involuntarily?

darwin on August 7, 2010 at 2:52 PM

I’m torn. Arnie started off wanting to cut the budget, but was blocked on all sides by the blue majorities in the state houses. Had he prevailed, I think California would be in better shape now.

Nethicus on August 7, 2010 at 2:54 PM

What weird politics this man has.

He is a perfect example of actions and words being opposite each other.

I guess that makes him a liar and a hypocrite.

That’s sad.

California deserves better. I hope they are finally smart enough to start cleaning up.

petunia on August 7, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Christie proved you can deal with the corrupt unions. Too bad Arnie didn’t talk to him.

darwin on August 7, 2010 at 2:55 PM

It’s not going to matter much if Brown or Whitman is governor. Whitman has no spine. It would be like Schwarzenegger’s third term. The state is screwed.

Mark1971 on August 7, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Whitman has no spine. It would be like Schwarzenegger’s third term. The state is screwed.

Mark1971 on August 7, 2010 at 2:55 PM

^

artist on August 7, 2010 at 2:57 PM

California deserves better. I hope they are finally smart enough to start cleaning up.

petunia on August 7, 2010 at 2:54 PM

How can you say Kalifornia deserves better? It’s their fault they’re in the condition they’re in. A sanctuary state and overflowing with corrupt unions and politicians … which the people put in office.

darwin on August 7, 2010 at 2:57 PM

This is the tip of the iceberg. One experience with the Coastal Commission or the Air Quality Management Districts or the Regional Water Quality Control Boards or any any of the other State, county, city or other local government agencies is enough to send any potential employer looking to set up in another state. And the attitude of these government employees is that we’re here to serve them. California’s dead. The maggots and vultures are just picking over the cadaver.

InterestedObserver on August 7, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Most disappointing politician of the modern age.

Purple Fury on August 7, 2010 at 3:01 PM

A failed and defeated man state.

Get out of the Union.

artist on August 7, 2010 at 2:52 PM

darwin on August 7, 2010 at 3:01 PM

darwin on August 7, 2010 at 3:01 PM

I like it.

artist on August 7, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Which would that be: the former CEO of a multi-billion dollar corporation, or the former two-term governor who helped create the regulatory burdens and spent his entire life drawing checks from taxpayers?

And yet we know which one they’re going to vote for, don’t we?

Midas on August 7, 2010 at 3:04 PM

His wife told him what to believe the last 7 years. Now that he’s almost done, he back to being a conservative. That’s 7 years we won’t get back.

Hummer53 on August 7, 2010 at 3:06 PM

California deserves better.

petunia on August 7, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Sorry, no they don’t.

The rest of us deserved better, but California led the way (a la “As goes California, goes the country”) down our current doomed path, dragging the rest of us kicking and screaming.

California deserves every bit of sh1te coming its way right now.

Midas on August 7, 2010 at 3:06 PM

After Obama, he’s one of the bigger deceivers of our time.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Where was this the last 7 years? Too bad he just now is going back to the message that put him in office.

California is a beautiful state, too bad the leftists have screwed it up so badly.

AZfederalist on August 7, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Which would that be: the former CEO of a multi-billion dollar corporation,

Not gonna happen. Arnold Shriver Kennedy has ruined the “R” brand, for ever.He has done his best to destroy the state and the Republican party because he wants to appear
‘bi-partisan’ .

or the former two-term governor who helped create the regulatory burdens and spent his entire life fdrawing checks from taxpayers?

This is what illegals and unions in CA will vote for, he is just like them. Its a mutual back-scratcher’s club.
With Jerry Brown in Sacramento as Gov, Gavin newsom as his side-kick and Kamala Harris as Attorney-General, the state will have its own amnesty for illegals. In addition to that, there will be state sponsered seamless enforcement of hostility towards capitalist oppressers(= businesses), pigs (=law enforcemnt agencies)
and baby killers ( US armed forces).
Brown never investigated ACORN but went after Breitbart. Newsom delights in sanctuary for illegals and shielding criminal illegals from prosecution. Kamala Harris has always been reluctant to prosecute crime, specially cop-killers.
Look at the degenerate San Fransisco. That will be the whole state of CA, come Jan 2011.

macncheez on August 7, 2010 at 3:12 PM

When liberals and the MSM (but I repeat myself) say the Republicans need to be more sensible and moderate, this is the type of Republican they mean.

I.e., someone to give them cover. Instead of a huge boondoogle, the Republican would support half a huge boondoogle.

That’s moderation.

SteveMG on August 7, 2010 at 3:12 PM

I Want Your Money

the movie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wty7974IKg

Lockstein13 on August 7, 2010 at 3:16 PM

If a recall petition existed today I would sign it.

enginemike on August 7, 2010 at 3:18 PM

This is the tip of the iceberg. One experience with the Coastal Commission or the Air Quality Management Districts or the Regional Water Quality Control Boards or any any of the other State, county, city or other local government agencies is enough to send any potential employer looking to set up in another state….

InterestedObserver on August 7, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Yet when they look where to cut the budget, the first thing they come up with is police and firemen. Why is that? How about cutting out any state department ending in ‘commission’?

slickwillie2001 on August 7, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Most disappointing politician of the modern age.

Purple Fury on August 7, 2010 at 3:01 PM

I dunno. Be a photo finish between him and ‘W’.

Just my opinion.

listens2glenn on August 7, 2010 at 3:22 PM

The regulatory burden on California business is so immense, and so layered, that businesses like

Like Boeing to move 2 defense programs from Califonia to Oklahoma City.

Boeing spokesman Forrest Gossett said the lower operating costs in Oklahoma were a factor in the company’s decision.

BDU-33 on August 7, 2010 at 3:23 PM

It’s not going to matter much if Brown or Whitman is governor. Whitman has no spine. It would be like Schwarzenegger’s third term. The state is screwed.

Mark1971 on August 7, 2010 at 2:55 PM

So go and vote for Jerry Brown’s third term.

bayview on August 7, 2010 at 3:23 PM

macncheez on August 7, 2010 at 3:12 PM

You really know how to depress a California Republican voter.

:(

Honestly, I’m 5-7 years from retiring and putting California in my rear view mirror forever. The whole family is looking forward to it. I’m taking my healthy portfolio and my generous pension with me. I am very anxious to leave this God forsaken reprobate run state.

Dhurka Dhurka on August 7, 2010 at 3:23 PM

To call Arnold Schwarzenegger an absolute dismal disappointment of a failure as a Governor is only slightly skimming the top of the proverbial iceberg.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has proven to be a failure not only as a Governor, but as a leader as well; not to mention a RINO of the worst possible caliber.

For all his brashness and his bravura in attempting to bring his various movie personas, not to mention his previous body-building background, into some strange meandering type of surrealistic reality that only Californians seem to understand and appreciate, while all the time deluding himself to believing that such “qualities”, in some dark and twisted way, resemble leadership, Schwarzenegger proved to the world at large that not all great actors make great politicians.

Even Clint Eastwood’s term as Mayor of Carmel, California was far more satisfyingly successful than the 7 years Arnold Schwarzenegger has spent driving California deeper into the ground than Gray Davis did.

Frankly, I would not be surprised if Californians now believe that maybe they acted in haste when they gave Davis the boot from the Governor’s mansion.

I would also not be surprised if Califorians now believe that maybe watermelon smashing sledge-o-matic comedian Gallagher or even sleazy bubblehead porn actress Mary Carey could have made a far better Governor than Arnold Schwarzenegger failed to be.

pilamaye on August 7, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Having lived over 30 years in Kahleefornya,(I’m back in my native Texas now)I must say it is sad to see what a disaster it is now. But when Ahnold lost on his 4 ballot initiatives which would have gone a long way to turn the state around(he underestimated the unions)he adopted the motto: If ya can’t lick’em, join’em! He then went “green” and stuck to businesses as much as anything he’s crying about now. Girlie man.

cartooner on August 7, 2010 at 3:25 PM

After 7 years he’s discovering his inner Republican?

ButterflyDragon on August 7, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Is he insane?

His carbon footprint bill alone will be the final blow to our economy in CA.

PattyJ on August 7, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Arnolds greatest failure was that he completely caved in to the liberals when his ballot measures to try and curb some spending lost.
He sold out and tried to “get along by going along”- which was a prescription for disaster when the economy crumbled.
He had a chance to be like Christie in the last 2 years but had zero credibility left.
Principles matter.

jjshaka on August 7, 2010 at 3:28 PM

I think I’m going to vote for Moonbeam. I think that he is the more incompetent of the two lousy choices and would probably accidentally do less damage becaue of that incompetence. Whitman is insincere and would literally be giving us Ahnold’s third term…been there done that …let the Democrats be at the wheel when the Ca economy finally crashes then maybe we can get them out!

CCRWM on August 7, 2010 at 3:30 PM

I live in California, and remember well…

After campaigning to reform state government, Governor Schwarzenegger called a special election for November 8, 2005, for voters to decide on measures that would limit state spending and establish an independent redistricting commission, among other reforms. Half of registered voters cast ballots, rejecting all eight ballot initiatives.

… It is amazing what over 200 million dollars of union money did to keep the status quo.

After that, Arnold was never the same…

Seven Percent Solution on August 7, 2010 at 3:34 PM

“Roids is not the answer, your Gayness

Captain America on August 7, 2010 at 3:34 PM

The gov’s insight makes no difference at all. the goal of liberalism is not to foster economic growth. they don’t care if the salad bowl or any other restaurant opens, closes, or whatever.

The goal is to give people money…the regulators are people too. the restaurants that are in the market and play by the rules enjoy a privileged position…they don’t want salad bowl in their market.

most everybody is happy, the teachers, the public workers…aside from a few mal-contents

don’t rock the boat is the mantra

r keller on August 7, 2010 at 3:39 PM

when he failed to win the popularity contest against Marx with the state legislature, he folded. He’s been worse than useless ever since.
Instead of fighting the leftists, he’s acceded to ruinous taxes, failed to take them to task in any sustained manner on any subject, and has signed some egregious anti-gun and eco-marxist legislation to boot.
And when he opens his mouth these days to give speeches on these matter you can see Maria’s hand moving.

Lamest of all, this dork prattles about ‘Green’ BS and carbon footprints while he himself flies a private jet from santa monica to sacramento nearly every work day.

rayra on August 7, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Ran as a Republican and will leave as a liberal doofus.

grapeknutz on August 7, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Worst gov in 40 years. He’s everything wrong with pseudo Repubs. The exact kind that have run the Repub party since the early 2000′s.

Even if the Repubs take over the House there will be no changes whatsoever to our current fiscal dilemma. They helped create it. Only 13 Repubs have signed onto Ryan’s proposals. That tells you everything you need to know.

Sure it will be great to get rid of Pelosi but nothing else will change. The designers of the bridge to nowhere will be back in charge. As we get closer to the election independents may even have second thoughts contemplating these losers back in control. Arnie represents these losers perfectly. Repubs have no one to blame but themselves. They have had six years to truly reinvent themselves and they have done NOTHING.

In 2012 Obama will be elected again just to try to offset the idiot Repubs. Until the entire leadership of the Repubs, three deep, quits we have no chance of getting anything done.

patrick neid on August 7, 2010 at 3:46 PM

My state of california is like a race horse with two broken legs. Jerry Brown, should he be elected, will just take a .38 and put a slug in the temple of the suffering creature.

Whitman is whitless. She is shackled by an army of professional campaign parasites that are feeding her conflicting bad advice that is harming her. Possibly unrecoverably. If she gets smart she will have a purge of these people and come clean with the voters as to where she ACTUALLY stands on subjects.

Until that time, I’m looking to libertarian.

kurtzz3 on August 7, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Michael Dukakis in a “hulk costume”!

tim c on August 7, 2010 at 3:55 PM

I think I’m going to vote for Moonbeam. I think that he is the more incompetent of the two lousy choices and would probably accidentally do less damage becaue of that incompetence. Whitman is insincere and would literally be giving us Ahnold’s third term…been there done that …let the Democrats be at the wheel when the Ca economy finally crashes then maybe we can get them out!

CCRWM on August 7, 2010 at 3:30 PM

With a democratic governor, Bammie is much more likely to bail out California, and all that will do is put off the tough measures they need to recover. California needs a state government that is willing to crush Big Union.

slickwillie2001 on August 7, 2010 at 3:56 PM

How can you say Kalifornia deserves better? It’s their fault they’re in the condition they’re in. A sanctuary state and overflowing with corrupt unions and politicians … which the people put in office.

darwin on August 7, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Not only that, but the idiots who have fled the state continue their destructive voting habits in other states.

Daemonocracy on August 7, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Christie proved you can deal with the corrupt unions. Too bad Arnie didn’t talk to him.

darwin on August 7, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Good point, but Arnold would have talked with Christie till all the cows came home but he is NO CHRISTIE. You have to be a conservative like Christie to govern like Christie. Also, in many ways the people of NJ are supportive of their governor I do not believe that would be the case in CA.

All republican governors should make it a point to get in touch with Christie and make plans for their states.

OneConservative on August 7, 2010 at 4:08 PM

Arnold has been one of the biggest appointments to the GOP and the people of the State of California. I voted to recall Gray Davis as many others and we were all betrayed by Arnold. Turns out, he is just a muscular Davis. Goes to prove- can’t trust any Kennedy or anybody related to the Kennedy family. This upcoming election- we have nobody to vote for. Jerry Brown started the decline of the State when he was Governor before- Meg Whitman is just another Arnold. I,as many of my friends are going to stand down this election. No matter which of the two gets elected, it will be business as usual and the State will continue the decline.

flintstone on August 7, 2010 at 4:08 PM

Matrix: Remember, Sully, when I promised to cut the budget?
Sully: That’s right, Matrix. You did.
Matrix: I lied.

mrt721 on August 7, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Not only that, but the idiots who have fled the state continue their destructive voting habits in other states.
Daemonocracy on August 7, 2010 at 3:58 PM

No kidding – a LOT of them are coming in and infecting Texas (we welcome the Conservatives from California – the Socialists and Communists can stay there and reap the benefits of their “Glorious” system).

TeresainFortWorth on August 7, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Loser. And he can kiss off being a US Senator.

GarandFan on August 7, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Lots of problems with Arnold:
1. He couldn’t leave celebrity status behind and commuted from LA to Sacramento in his private jet
2. His #1 advisor was his left-wing wife
3. He was more interested in pleasing the beautiful and powerful than the citizens
4. As another well-known Republican would say, “He has no cajonas.”

I don’t see Meg “I just love Van Jones” Whitman being any better. Elect Moonbeam and take the state off life support.

bw222 on August 7, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Second only to Obama, Arnold is the biggest buffoon to ever be elected. California seems to disregard the Law of the Hole. When you are in over your head, stop digging. They are bankrupt and there is nothing that can be done unless they can find a Chris Christie clone.

volsense on August 7, 2010 at 4:17 PM

I live in California, and remember well…

After campaigning to reform state government, Governor Schwarzenegger called a special election for November 8, 2005, for voters to decide on measures that would limit state spending and establish an independent redistricting commission, among other reforms. Half of registered voters cast ballots, rejecting all eight ballot initiatives.
… It is amazing what over 200 million dollars of union money did to keep the status quo.

After that, Arnold was never the same…

Seven Percent Solution on August 7, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Yep, and the problem is that most people dont understand how powerful the CA Democrat majority legislature is and that it is just a few Republicans who have kept us from totally going over the cliff…now there is a measure to make passing a budget doable by 51% not the two thirds needed now…so after that passes the Republicans will have lost any tool to stop more taxes and spending… Lastly when this thing crashes, if we have a Republican govenor, even though that govenor doesn’t have any power, you will hear tha Ca crashed with a Republican Govenor at the helm…people are that ignorant here…

CCRWM on August 7, 2010 at 4:23 PM

arnold needs to get back on the steroids and grow a pair…

he’s become a girly-man.

right4life on August 7, 2010 at 4:23 PM

California needs a state government that is willing to crush Big Union.

slickwillie2001 on August 7, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Meg talks like she will but do you believe her? Do you think she’ll fold just like Ahnold?

CCRWM on August 7, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Arnold has been one of the biggest appointments to the GOP and the people of the State of California. I voted to recall Gray Davis as many others and we were all betrayed by Arnold. Turns out, he is just a muscular Davis.

We all got rolled by Ahnold…. Darryl Issa was the one who led the charge to get Davis out and Ahnold came in at the last minute an stole the Governoship right from under him with the help of the star struck stupid Ca voters… Things might have gone differently with Issa…maybe he would have fought hte Unions here harder or made more of an effort to show what frauds they are…

CCRWM on August 7, 2010 at 4:33 PM

California deserves better.
petunia on August 7, 2010 at 2:54 PM

I’m not sure we do. We’ll have ample chance to show it this November by deep-sixing two total clowns, Boxer and Brown. Shouldn’t be close, but it is.

As for Schwarzenegger, he’s the poster boy for political fraudulence — the antithesis of backbone. A zero. I supported him and feel personally defrauded.

rrpjr on August 7, 2010 at 4:38 PM

The high taxes and regulations in CA have more to do with the Democrats controlling the CA legislature having very little private sector experience running a successful company.

The governor is mostly just a pretty prop, sitting in the drivers seat.

He doesn’t actually have much control of the donkeys pulling the cart other than what little he can do yelling at them to go this way or that… And they don’t listen….

drfredc on August 7, 2010 at 5:00 PM

It is absolutely the regulations much more than the taxation in California which drives business out. Back in the early 90′s I was there for business for a two year period. Manufacturing was leaving the state at an unbelievable clip for places in the U.S. like Utah, Nevada & Arizona.

Now it is not that their environmental regulations were any worse than any other state in the nation, it was just the strict interpretation of them by the regulatory agencies to the extent that someone sanding bare wood in their “backyard” can be cited for unlicensed discharge to the air. What a crock of sheeesh that is.

It once was an ideal place to do business, but then that Eden started taking a boatload of migrants from the East Coast Cities who screwed up their economies and then set about screwing them up in other states. Californians was all to willing to allow such trash across their borders.

Kermit on August 7, 2010 at 5:01 PM

What? Did he sleep for 7 years? Now he wants to talk like a Republican? He helped California become what it is. Now he wants to work for Obama and implement what he did in California to change the whole country. This is who we were waiting for?

tgillian on August 7, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Meg talks like she will but do you believe her? Do you think she’ll fold just like Ahnold?

CCRWM on August 7, 2010 at 4:29 PM

I know about one issue on which Meg didn’t fold.
IIRC, when she was the CEO of eBay, in the city of Campbell CA, Hooters wanted to open their joint just a few blocks down from eBay campus ( which is incidently called the Whitman campus). There were rumors that the city of Campbell was ‘persuaded’ to kindda nix that Hooters project by Meg, but there was no official paper trail.
Surprise surprise !! the day Meg was out of eBay, the Hooters opened…jusayin..

macncheez on August 7, 2010 at 5:03 PM

In the words of Sarah Connor:

“You’re terminated…f*cker”

BobMbx on August 7, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Whitman has no spine. It would be like Schwarzenegger’s third term. The state is screwed.

Mark1971 on August 7, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Did you mean the state is screwed up or the state is a bunch of screwballs?

Wade on August 7, 2010 at 5:35 PM

I heard on the radio today that Harley Davidson is thinking of leaving Wisconsin, because they cannot afford to operate there anymore. I have a feeling California is not on the list of potential new locations. My vote would be to set-up in SD between Rapid City and Sturgis.

cobrakai99 on August 7, 2010 at 5:43 PM

After failing the impeach and expel the judge who overturned Prop 187, Kalifornia was doomed.

This is the doom they girliemanishly allowed.

profitsbeard on August 7, 2010 at 5:48 PM

but Meg Whitman is a RINO!!!11!!!11!1!1111

rockmom on August 7, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Maybe if small business weren’t responsible, through taxes, for paying for the politicization of science to the tune of $3billion…

Failed technology that has done nothing to alleviate physical suffering but but has feminazis feel like they’ve accomplished something – it’s only the fruit of other people’s labor the legislature and the governator wasted.

Don’t even get me started on those in Sacramento wasting time getting pissy over Arizona actually doing something about the people who are in their state illegally….

Branch Rickey on August 7, 2010 at 5:54 PM

I,as many of my friends are going to stand down this election. No matter which of the two gets elected, it will be business as usual and the State will continue the decline.

flintstone on August 7, 2010 at 4:08 PM

Yeah, that’ll teach them!!! I mean, that strategy worked so well when we all stayed home instead of voting for the RINO POS McCain. Didn’t it?

If you don’t vote in this election, of ALL elections, you are a bad American. Shame on you.

rockmom on August 7, 2010 at 5:58 PM

Whitman has no spine. It would be like Schwarzenegger’s third term. The state is screwed.

Mark1971 on August 7, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Care to elaborate on your basis for this statement? She’s never held public office before. isn’t there at least a reasonable chance that someone who was as successful as she was in business could be a better Governor than a bad movie actor and Kennedy-in-law?

rockmom on August 7, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Which would that be: the former CEO of a multi-billion dollar corporation

It would not be Meg if you heard her on John and Ken. She is a wreak. It is sad that is the best we can do. NJ gets 300 lbs. of awesome. We in CA get these losers. Sad.

tommylotto on August 7, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Lefty hostility towards business and it’s results is one of the things the GOP needs to have a plan for when they take over the House. That and a lot of other things too. But that is one of the biggies. When small and medium sized businesses feel comfortable(even if they get a little special treatment for a while)will turn the job market around more quickly that anything else I can think of. Why is the obvious always lost on the the liberal mind? They seem to specialize these days in economic incompetence–especially Obama and his people. Why they keep on repeating the same mistakes and expecting different outcomes is mind boggling.

jeanie on August 7, 2010 at 6:15 PM

I heard on the radio today that Harley Davidson is thinking of leaving Wisconsin, because they cannot afford to operate there anymore

Heard the same thing. They said they needed to move to a more business friendly state. Does anyone here think that the Dems will actually digest the ramifications of that statement?

jeanie on August 7, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Does anyone here think that the Dems will actually digest the ramifications of that statement?

jeanie on August 7, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Lets get their yapping points together…here goes :

Harley Davidson=Hells Angels=White man=racists
See, that was easy
:P

macncheez on August 7, 2010 at 6:24 PM

macncheez on August 7, 2010 at 6:24 PM

lol! Possibly, but faced with more loss of jobs, I doubt(hope?) they’ll be so dismissive of that kind of criticism. Here in NH we used to be in the top 10 of business friendly states until—we got a Dem Governor and especially Dem leaning legislators. We have now slipped to, I believe, the top 25. The level of business stupidity reaches new heights in the progressive mind.

jeanie on August 7, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Look at the degenerate San Fransisco. That will be the whole state of CA, come Jan 2011.

macncheez on August 7, 2010 at 3:12 PM

I can’t wait.

It’s gonna be fun.

BallisticBob on August 7, 2010 at 6:36 PM

How stupid is he…I have a friend, the CEO and President of a major Fortune 200 company that tried to contact Arnold’s office to tell him they might be moving if things don’t get better (this was about 5 years ago), never heard an answer, was ignored by Arnold…so he moved to a state where the Gov. flew out to meet him.
600 high paying ($100,000+) jobs lost in California, buying and merging with another company of several hundred more jobs, you are talking about a multi-billion dollar company…Arnolds assistant called him after the move and asked “why?”, then asked “why didn’t you fly up here and make an appointment?”…….ummmmmm, because this man was paying millions of dollars a year in taxes, and he was easy to find, easy to talk to, willing to meet, but he didn’t have the time to hunt down a potential meeting with the gov.
He still shakes his head in how stupid and how poorly California is run.

right2bright on August 7, 2010 at 6:56 PM

right2bright on August 7, 2010 at 6:56 PM

You know another point is that you shouldn’t have to ‘know someone’ to have a viable business.

sharrukin on August 7, 2010 at 7:00 PM

I can’t wait.

It’s gonna be fun.

BallisticBob on August 7, 2010 at 6:36 PM

I can’t wait to breathe
the wafting fragrance of pot and urine in the air.
I can’t wait to walk
on gum, used needles and poo of all varieties on the sidewalks.
I can’t wait to be hassled
by Critical mass hoodlums every month.
I can’t wait to be solicited
by drug pushers and day laborers at every intersection.
I can’t wait to eat in restaurants
where the itemized receipt tells me how much I paid for SF healthcare for illegals.
I can’t wait to dance
on Market street when it is closed to all traffic.
I can’t wait to have Dame Edna
as the Los Angeles Police commision chief.
I can’t wait to ride in city buses
and be beaten up bloody for no reason.
I can’t wait to park my car
and pay a small fortune, daily.
I can’t wait for peace activists to follow me home
when I walk home from Church.
I can’t wait to be given 3rd grade service
just because I’m not a mexican or chinese customer.
I can’t wait for the fun to begin,
when the legends of Oakland and San Fransisco
take over Sacramento

macncheez on August 7, 2010 at 7:01 PM

The people of Kalifornia are the only ones responsible for the condition it’s in. Is there any way to kick it out of the Union involuntarily?

darwin on August 7, 2010 at 2:52 PM

It’s not the PEOPLE of California (or, Kalifornia), it’s the Leftwing bedsucks of San Francisco/Oakland/Bay Area and Los Angeles.

There are still many a tolerant but Conservative lot of voters in the state, there are still a lot of “family values” in the state, it’s just that they are silenced by a Leftwing methodology that continues IN that state such as in the state legislature (many of the Democrats there, Marxist/Communist and more than a few actually proud of that), and the concentration of Leftwing if not nutty voters in the Bay Area and L.A. and the predictably deluded Hollywood saturation.

Arnold is simply thinking ahead to his next movie plans. He wants to make sure he’s still popular with the ticket buyers and the ticket buyers are increasingly the Left especially for beefcake-Ahnold fare (though I admit, I used to be a fan of his beefcake work).

Lourdes on August 7, 2010 at 7:14 PM

darwin on August 7, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Just keep in mind that something like 58% (“a strong majority”) of voters in California voted FOR Prop. 8.

And Arnold won the Governor’s office by something just around 30% of the voters, since many didn’t even vote in his “recall election” run (from among those who did vote, Arnold got only about 30% or something close to that, which was even more than his competitor).

In an open election, Arnold would not win the Gubernatorial. I wrote as much many times when he was running in the Recall, I’ve written as much since then and even Schwarzenegger has recently taken to admitting as much (he wouldn’t win if he’d run in an open election for the Governor, nor would have if any earlier run).

The state still has a lot of people of both Independent and somewhat ‘noncommitted’ but leaning-Conservative perspectives. They just don’t get the headlines except when activist judges overrule their majority vote.

Lourdes on August 7, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Care to elaborate on your basis for this statement? She’s never held public office before. isn’t there at least a reasonable chance that someone who was as successful as she was in business could be a better Governor than a bad movie actor and Kennedy-in-law?

rockmom on August 7, 2010 at 6:01 PM

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/aug/05/whitman-strategy-troubling/

I can’t put it any better than this.

Mark1971 on August 7, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Look at the degenerate San Fransisco. That will be the whole state of CA, come Jan 2011.

macncheez on August 7, 2010 at 3:12 PM

The Left has utterly RUINED San Francisco and now they’re trying to ruin the nation. RUINED a once-quite fine place (which still had problems, yes, but the city used to be a quite nice place to live or visit, prior to the late ’60′s).

It’s a cesspool now and the Left is to blame for that. The Left appears to really enjoy destroying nice areas and turning them into cesspools, as long as some of them have a few gates to run and hide behind.

Lourdes on August 7, 2010 at 7:20 PM

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/aug/05/whitman-strategy-troubling/

I can’t put it any better than this.

Mark1971 on August 7, 2010 at 7:19 PM

It’s a good and frank article. We are left with few to little choices yet again as to the state of California: vote for a Democrat/Communist or vote for a Democrat/RINO.

Happens so many times, it’s not moving the state anywhere but further into a pit.

Lourdes on August 7, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Mr. Governor my mother is old and fat yet she could kick the stuffing out of you (as she takes a hit from oxygen tank), intellectuality and physically. Sir, you area disappointing wimp and a douche nozzle.

Mason on August 7, 2010 at 8:13 PM

For years California politicians have relied on climate and natural wonders and just plain chic to draw business to the state. It didn’t seem to matter if the state was becoming business-unfriendly, people wanted to live and work there. They took great advantage of this while the weight of their folly and incompetence bore down on the people and businesses in the state. The citizens are as guilty as the incompetents they put in office for not paying attention to anything but the promises and for believing the house of cards would never collapse. It’s collapsing and nobody knows what to do but whine. The only plan is to tread water until the federal government pulls them out of their sea of red ink. This will ultimately happen because, well…California is just too darned big to fail.

Extrafishy on August 7, 2010 at 9:23 PM

Yeah, that’ll teach them!!! I mean, that strategy worked so well when we all stayed home instead of voting for the RINO POS McCain. Didn’t it?

If you don’t vote in this election, of ALL elections, you are a bad American. Shame on you.

rockmom on August 7, 2010 at 5:58 PM

Hey Rockmom,
Who are you to decide who is a bad American and who isn’t.If being a good American to you is to continue to voting for the same type of people who screwed things up in the first place, then I guess I am a bad American.

flintstone on August 7, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Is this disappointment over with yet?? I really wasted $50.00 on this guy??

mmcnamer1 on August 7, 2010 at 9:56 PM

The problem is that California is just like the rest of the country — highly concentrated toxic leftism and “flyover country”, with everything gerrymandered sixteen ways from Sunday.

Those who say that California is completely without hope are making the same mistake as saying the US is anything the Obamacrats want it to be. There’s a great deal of the state that is just as reasonable as anywhere else in the US. After all, remember the guy that trounced Jerry’s dad for CA Governor, way back in the 60′s? He didn’t do too badly in politics, did he?

cthulhu on August 7, 2010 at 10:35 PM

macncheez on August 7, 2010 at 7:01 PM

It’s gonna be a blast.

Literally.

BallisticBob on August 7, 2010 at 10:41 PM

The only plan is to tread water until the federal government pulls them out of their sea of red ink. This will ultimately happen because, well…California is just too darned big to fail.

Extrafishy on August 7, 2010 at 9:23 PM

I think the current plan is to turn the state into a marijuana and perhaps poppy cartel. Taxes! At least that’s what they claim is their incentive, taxes.

Lourdes on August 7, 2010 at 11:03 PM

California’s Reverse Gold Rush: There is no more Gold in California; the liberal Democrats took it. All that’s left is high taxes.

TN Mom on August 7, 2010 at 11:05 PM

yeah, okay, darwin and artist and all you California bashers. Wasn’t so long ago this was Reagan country.

I hate elitist conservatives.

John the Libertarian on August 8, 2010 at 1:04 AM

This has Bush-obama comparisons to it.

tomas on August 8, 2010 at 8:47 AM

You ARE a bad American if you sit out this election. We are where we are today because too many responsible, right-thinking Americans have refused to get involved and VOTE, or they have acted like spoiled children, making the poerfect the enemy of the good and refusing to vote for any imperfect Republican.

Bill Clinton was elected in 1992 without a majority because too many conservatives stayed home or voted for Ross Perot. George W. Bush lost the popular vote in 2000 because too many conservatives stayed home, and if not for Karl Rove engineering all the gay-marriage referenda on the ballots in the swing states in 2004, we would have been where we are today much sooner with John Kerry as President.

rockmom on August 8, 2010 at 10:27 AM

I said seven years ago that Ahnold was Gray Davis light. That’s why I wanted to push Thom McClintock. Meg IS another Ahnold, but I shudder to think what Moonbeam will do! Ahnold says “Yeah, let Gays marry NOW!”, but that’s just one of the things wrong with this state. It’s government is going entirely and completely against what it’s voters are trying to tell it.

I don’t look forward to Meg, but I prefer her to Moonbeam, although again, it probably is very much a “McLame vs Obama” vote once again. McLame (Meg) will just take us more slowly along the path of socialism then “Obama” (Jerry Brown). What’s a conservative to do except pray for a miracle!?!?!?!?

Vntnrse on August 8, 2010 at 11:43 PM