He’s fought Killer robots from the future; power-mad Latin American dictators; private security forces on the planet Mars, and even Predators from another world. But not even the Governator may be able to escape this fiendish RINO trap:
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) is having a difficult year, what with multibillion-dollar deficits and foundering ballot measure campaigns. Now add to the mix a new petition to recall him from office, approved Friday by Secretary of State Debra Bowen (D).
The recall petition is the second one circulating to take the governor out of the Capitol by the same door he came in. The new petition’s main proponent is John D. Fusek of La Habra, representing a group called Taxpayers United to Recall Governor Schwarzenegger.
According to the petition, “The governor promised to reduce state spending and reform state government. Instead, he increased spending by over 40%, benefiting public sector unions and special interests, at the expense of taxpayers…. The governor promised to help encourage job creation by reducing costly regulation. Instead he passed more job-killing mandates that are destroying California jobs and opportunity. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger must be held accountable for worsening the lives of California taxpayers, voters and families.”
Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear disputed claims of the recall petition. McLear said the governor’s revised budget plan increases state spending by 1.3 percent – “slower growth than under every California governor in recent history,” including terms of Govs. Pete Wilson, George Deukmejian, Ronald Reagan, Jerry Brown and Pat Brown.
He also said general fund spending has increased by a rate slower than inflation and population growth since Schwarzenegger took over for Davis.
Which is a valid point. Trying to rein in Democrats in California from spending must be like trying to herd cats.
Which is a damned good visual if I do say so myself . . .
California chooses not to use its offshore oil or develop more nuclear power. Some environmentalists will say that the oil and nuclear power would not be enough to solve the energy problems of the United States. However, this will show that California could get $5-10 billion per year of tax revenue from the development of 10 billion barrels of oil and 16 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Also, the development of nuclear energy could offset electricity purchases from out of state sources which can often be at spot prices. Each nuclear reactor could offset about $1 billion of electricity and natural gas purchases each year. California’s budget gap is projected to be $40 billion over two years. The initial issuance of oil leases would provide immediate revenue to the state of one billion/year or more. The construction to build the oil rigs and nuclear plants would provide construction jobs, taxes and fees which would provide immediate benefits as the projects are being built and before oil is pumped or electricity is generated.
Of course, when you’re talking California, you’re also talking a very special kind of Eco-Crazy, too — which is why they don’t lease those oil fields or build those nuclear plants.
Which is why they have a crippling budget deficiet.
Which is how the Democrat Legislature has painted the Republican Governator into a corner, so that the Democrat Secretary of State can certify his Recall Petition.
And as much as I’m roooting for the Republican here, this would have been all easily preventable . . . if he’d just applied some Conservative Theory here. Sign the oil leases. Authorize the nuclear plants. Cut the budget — put the onus back on the Democraps, instead of trying to compromise and meet them halfway.
You see where that’s gotten him. As Ronald Reagan used to say, “Conservatism works every time it’s tried.“