Sunday, July 18, 2004

Governor of CA Confesses to Long, Sad History of Mental, Moral Retardation 

But not in so many words:
With his frustration mounting this weekend over his inability to muscle a budget through the Legislature, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called his Democratic opponents "girlie men" and vowed to work to unseat them in November.

He said Democrats blocking his $103 billion proposal for the fiscal year that began July 1 were too weak to stand up to special interests like unions and trial lawyers who wanted changes in the budget.

"I call them girlie men," Mr. Schwarzenegger said of the Democrats, as hundreds of shoppers who had gathered to hear him speak roared their approval at the Ontario Mills megamall, about 40 miles east of Los Angeles. "They should get back to the table and they should finish the budget" . . . .

Arianna Huffington, the author and activist who ran against Mr. Schwarzenegger in [the California gubernatorial] race, said in an interview on Sunday that the governor had a habit of resorting to verbal abuse when he did not get his way.

"What we've seen in Arnold is an alternation of the seducer and the bully," Ms. Huffington said. "Seduction worked for a while because he's a very charming man and the people were so relieved to be rid of Gray Davis and have someone entertaining in his place."

Ms. Huffington said the budget talks had tested the limits of Mr. Schwarzenegger's charm. "When the seduction doesn't work anymore, the bully comes out. The expression 'girlie man' is the bully speaking. It's not something you can imagine 99 percent of politicians saying."

Rob Stutzman, Mr. Schwarzenegger's spokesman, said the phrase was not intended to question the virility or sexual orientation of Democratic legislative leaders, who include some women. The governor was expressing his frustration with his opponents' refusal to pass his version of the budget, Mr. Stutzman said.
To his credit, the large-breasted son of a Nazi did tell the then-popular beaver magazine Oui in a 1978 interview that "I have absolutely no hangups about the fag business" -- after all, business is business -- but let's get one thing (ahem) straight: the California Democrats have signed off on all the substantive spending issues. It's Republicans who are holding the budget hostage, by insisting on the repeal of two labor-related laws, and a deal that would allow the state to siphon off $2.6 billion in local tax funds in exchange for a promise not to do it again. From the AP:
While Schwarzenegger calls himself the champion of protecting local money, he started the latest controversy in January when he proposed shifting $1.3 billion from cities and counties to help close the state's budget deficit . . . .

Schwarzenegger struck a new deal with local officials in May in which cities and counties and special district would accept $2.6 billion in tax shifts over the next two years in exchange for the governor's support of a new constitutional amendment that would prevent future raids.

The agreement was subject to legislative approval and Democrats have offered a different plan. The latest proposal also provides constitutional protections for local money and requires any money shifted to be paid back with interest. They have also agreed to limit the number of times money can be borrowed to twice every 10 years . . . .

Schwarzenegger's push for the repeal of the two labor laws is needed to mollify Republicans who don't like the governor's plans to borrow billions of dollars to close the state spending gap this year.
And, from the San Diego Union-Tribune:
Democrats say they are mystified as to why Schwarzenegger, who had previously shown some skill at maneuvering through political minefields at the Capitol, let the budget get hung up on what they consider a minor issue.

[Senate President pro tempore John] Burton said local government funding has become a "smoke screen" for the real budget dispute: a demand by Republicans for the repeal of two laws backed by important Democratic constituencies – trial lawyers and labor unions.

One law allows workers to sue their employers for labor code violations and to receive part of any award. The other prevents school districts from contracting with [nonunion] private firms for services such as busing to save money.

Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, D-Los Angeles, has suggested that Republican legislators are demanding repeal of the two laws because of deals Schwarzenegger made with Democratic leaders that increase spending.

Núñez said the governor has agreed to restore enough funding to allow the admission of 11,400 eligible freshmen turned away from the University of California and California State University this fall because of budget cuts.
Meanwhile, our testosterone-drenched all-male research team is hard at work, rock-hard at work, trying to ascertain whether any of the Democratic girlie men in the California legislature have ever posed in the buff for Robert Mapplethorpe, or bared all for a 22-picture nude spread in After Dark magazine.

Not that there's anything wrong with it! -- and that's more than you can say for the Gropinator's secret Ken Lay meeting in 2001, now isn't it? (Thanks to Zemblan patriot J.D. for the link.)

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