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Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Who's the stupid, dirty, girlie-man?

Democrats came to the table on Propositions 57 and 58.

They helped negotiate a better deal on the pension obligation bonds--saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

Democrats were instrumental in negotiating the gaming compacts and re-working the dysfunctional behemoth of the Californians Worker's Compensation system.

And what did Democrats get in return for listening to the people of California by negotiating in good faith and doing their jobs? A two-faced governor who smiles and thanks Democrats at one point, then in a wink of an eye turns to his populace bully pulpit and publicly trashes them minutes later, calling them schoolyard names and setting back his alleged bipartisan agenda to square one.

What this amateur actor-cum-politician doesn't understand is that every time he goes out and talks about gridlock, he creates more of the same. Read what George Skelton had to say:  

"But as the latest California budget war escalated Thursday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vowed — as if reading from an old movie script — that "I will stay here and I will stay here and I will stay here and I will fight like a warrior for the people…. And anyone that pushes me around, I will push back, including the Democrats and the special interests. Trust me."Then, instead of "staying here" in the Capitol and trying to negotiate a budget agreement, the governor flew off in his jet to do what he seems to enjoy best about this job: hold rallies, soak up atta-boys and pump up public pressure on Democratic legislators."

We've all known Governor Awnuld has a glaring insensitive side. Whether it be calling gay men "fags," groping and humiliating women, or trying to embarrass members of the State Legislature into implementing his "vision." Sound familiar? It didn't work for Gray Davis, so why would Awnuld think it would work for him?

Republicans laugh off the "girlie-man" comment as Gov. Schwarzenegger poking fun of himself. What they conveniently ignore is that these childish comments directed at the legislature from the Chief Executive of the world's sixth largest economy--California--does have an impact on the everyday workings of the State. Had a Democratic-elected member of the legislature made similar comments, Republicans would be calling for their heads. Again, the duplicity of the California Republican Party is alarming--and sad.

Awnuld and his right-hand right-wing lackey Kevin McCarthy repeatedly charge that Democrats are in the pocket of special interests. So why are California Republicans holding up the budget on two issues that have nothing to do with the State budget? A recent LA Times report uncovered a direct link between the Republican Party and one of those issues, contracting school bus service with non-union out-of-state companies. Who is in the pocket of special interests, now? Dan Weintraub makes this point on one of Schwartzy's backroom deals:

"Finally, Schwarzenegger confronted the prison guards, demanding that they come to the table to renegotiate a five-year contract they had signed with the state when Davis was governor. The old contract promised salary increases now expected to total 37 percent. When Schwarzenegger was done with the guards, though, their raises under the revised deal were expected to total - yes, 37 percent. The guards agreed to take the money a little bit more slowly than they otherwise would have. And the governor, in exchange for this almost meaningless gesture, melted like butter on a Sacramento summer day. He promised them better health benefits, gave more time off to union bosses and expanded the use of seniority, rather than managers' judgment, in setting work schedules. So it's about time Schwarzenegger started demanding a tougher stand against the interest groups. Maybe that should start in the governor's office."

Yeah. Good luck.

Awnuld's Education Secretary, Richard Riordan, recently made another of his usual public gaffes when he told a six-year-old child her name, Isis, meant "stupid, dirty girl." The only excuse Riordan has is that he's older than the State of California and he apparently never learned tact, manners or the appropriateness of bad jokes. Awnuld has the same problem, but he has less of an excuse. He touted himself as a smart man, a business man, who directed his multi-million dollar empire with sound judgment and solid business skills. So, to prove that, Awnuld regularly meets with legislators, asks for their help, portrays himself as a humble servant of the people, then turns around and kicks them in the ass.

Nice going champ.

You're doing a bang up job so far.

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