Arnold Is Giving Fiscal Conservatives A Raw Deal

by John Hawkins | January 6, 2006 4:59 am

I didn’t support Ah-nold when he ran for governor of California not just because he’s a RINO, but because the Pants-A-Nator has morals a little too similar to Bill Clinton’s for my taste.

That being said, I do have to admit I was warming up to the Governor. He was getting the California budget under control, he was an asset for the GOP on the campaign trail in 2004, didn’t cave on Tookie, and his letter to Graz[1] was just fantastic.

But unfortunately, Arnold has made 180 degree turn on his signature issue[2], which also means he has thrown the primary reason Republicans had to support him down a well:

“A year after picking a bitter fight with legislators that he ended up losing at the polls, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled a massive 10-year spending plan on Thursday aimed at winning back Californian support ahead of his November re-election effort.

Addressing legislators in his annual “state of the state” address, the Republican governor proposed $222.6 billion in spending on schools and infrastructure over the next decade that would include a record $68 billion of new debt.”

Arnold was to the left of most Republicans on a lot of issues already and now that he has abandoned fiscal restraint, I’m not sure he really qualifies as anything more than a celebrity version of Arlen Specter or Susan Collins.

That warm feeling I mentioned earlier? It’s gone…

  1. letter to Graz:
  2. Arnold has made 180 degree turn on his signature issue:

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