Our governor, the Terminator, is quite the personality. I don’t want to complain about him too much since he has been o.k. to the glbt community, considering he is a Republican. However, someone got to Arny recently. A few months ago he actively worked with the Democratic majority in the State Assembly and Senate to push through legislation to help with the horrible budget. This included raising taxes (which I don’t have a problem with). However, the special election didn’t go through. Now, all of a sudden, he is totally against new taxes. All the republicans in this state signed a pledge not to raise taxes. Someone from that outside group must have gotten to Schwarzenegger because now he won’t even discuss new taxes.
Now he proposes to take away help to the elderly, the sick, state workers (whom he has forced into taking a 3rd unpaid day/month). So how do you think the Terminator feels about California and all the people he is hurting? Here is a quote from a New York Times article:
Schwarzenegger and I then repaired to a tent that he had put up in a courtyard next to his office, which allows him to smoke cigars legally at work (no smoking is allowed inside the Capitol). The tent is about 15 feet square, carpeted with artificial turf and outfitted with stylish furniture, an iPod, a video-conferencing terminal, trays of almonds, a chess table, a refrigerator and a large photo of the governor. Schwarzenegger reclined deeply in his chair, lighted an eight-inch cigar and declared himself “perfectly fine,” despite the fiscal debacle and personal heartsickness all around him. “Someone else might walk out of here every day depressed, but I don’t walk out of here depressed,” Schwarzenegger said. Whatever happens, “I will sit down in my Jacuzzi tonight,” he said. “I’m going to lay back with a stogie.”
So while people go hungry, go without medicine, go without jobs and money, our governor doesn’t care. He has his giant cigars and his jacuzzi. You want to know what I think about this? As a historian, I can’t help but see the parallels to Marie Antoinette in her (supposed) statement “let them eat cake.” Marie lost her head over that one. I wonder if Arnie will get to keep his cushy job after this?