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A new day in California. Much at stake when Schwarzenegger takes office Monday
The Californian ^ | Nov. 15, 2003 | Jake Henshaw

Posted on 11/15/2003 8:24:10 AM PST by FairOpinion

Edited on 05/07/2004 5:46:43 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

SACRAMENTO -- Arnold Schwarzenegger will usher in a new era Monday when he takes office as California's first governor elected in a recall campaign.

His victory has created high expectations for success in dealing with entrenched problems from budget deficits to the high cost of workers' compensation.


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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: catrans
"It also has given Republicans renewed hope for a return to political power in the nation's largest state after losing every statewide office in last November's election for the first time in more than 100 years."

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Republicans take heed. We have a chance and a choice. We saw the winning formula to retake CA: Arnold.

We can nominate moderate Republicans and WIN, or "radical conservatives" (using Reagan's term for them), who have zero chance to win in CA, and let the Dems rule the most important state in the USA, after all, California is the WORLD's 5th largest economy.

1 posted on 11/15/2003 8:24:11 AM PST by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion
Will you vote to approve Arnold's plan to issue $20 billion in bonds that turn that debt into $40 billion over the life of the bonds and saddle the next generation with payments to cover the betrayal of public trust that has occured in Sacramento in the last 5 years?
2 posted on 11/15/2003 8:38:22 AM PST by concentric circles
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To: concentric circles
It's either the bonds or huge tax increases now, which will kill CA's economy.

Do you have any other solutions?
3 posted on 11/15/2003 8:42:46 AM PST by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion
Another interesting article, which I have seen ignored by those too anxious to bash Arnold over his choice of the guy to head the EPA.

A Delicate Balance on State EPA Appointees. Schwarzenegger names a lumber executive No. 2. of EPA

"But the governor-elect turned in a different direction for the agency's No. 2 slot, naming James Branham, government affairs chief at Pacific Lumber and an official in former Gov. Pete Wilson's administration, as Cal-EPA's undersecretary. Schwarzenegger appointed another onetime Wilson official, Los Angeles attorney Maureen Gorsen, as the agency's deputy secretary. "

4 posted on 11/15/2003 8:45:17 AM PST by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion
Declare a fiscal emergency. Cut programs. Cut departments. Cut entitlements. Cut jobs. Undo the hiring and spending of Gray Davis. Direct state employees to report violators of immigration law to the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Do what's necessary instead of what's easy.
5 posted on 11/15/2003 8:51:39 AM PST by concentric circles
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To: concentric circles
Cut...cut.. cut..

Of course. WHy do you think he hired Donna ARduin?

But you can't cut $40B in one year.

The bonds give him/us time to get CA's house in order without tax increases.
6 posted on 11/15/2003 8:53:50 AM PST by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion
The payments obligated today will bring tax increases tomorrow. Not necessarily during Schwarzenegger's term but the life of this debt will last for years, putting the squeeze on taxpayers who aren't even old enough to hold a job today.
7 posted on 11/15/2003 8:58:36 AM PST by concentric circles
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To: FairOpinion
We can nominate moderate Republicans and WIN

Was Matt Fond a "radical conservative"? No , he was a moderate Republican -- and he LOST to Barbara Boxer. Is Tom Campbell a "radical conservative"? No, he's a moderate Republican -- and he LOST to Dianne Feinstein. Is John Seymour a "radical conservative"? No, he's a moderate Republican, and he LOST to Dianne Feinstein -- even thought Seymour was the incumbent.

In short, fairopinion, you're ignorant, and people shouldn't listen to you if they care about facts instead of phoney baloney.

8 posted on 11/15/2003 8:59:29 AM PST by churchillbuff
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To: FairOpinion
Another appointmen:

Schwarzenegger names health care chief, deputy legal secretary

Friday, November 14, 2003

(11-14) 18:20 PST SACRAMENTO (AP) --

S. Kimberly Belsh De, a former official in Gov. Pete Wilson's administration, was appointed Friday as health and human services secretary by Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Belsh De, 43, served as Wilson's director of the California Department of Health Services and later as deputy secretary for the California Health and Welfare Agency.

"Kimberly is a leader in the health care field, and I am confident that her public sector and philanthropic experience with issues affecting the health and well being Californians will be an asset to my administration," said Schwarzenegger in a statement.

But some social advocates criticize Belsh De for her performance in the Wilson administration. "She did everything she could to cut eligibility for disabled and poor children," said Jamie Court, executive director of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights.

The incoming governor also appointed Paul H. Dobson as his chief deputy legal affairs secretary.

Dobson, 57, is a veteran of the attorney general's office. He has also worked at the Sacramento firm of Neilsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Mueller & Naylor.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2003/11/14/state2120EST0144.DTL

9 posted on 11/15/2003 9:06:40 AM PST by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion
We can nominate moderate Republicans and WIN,

We have nominated lots of moderates statewide and they have LOST, in fact most of teh tiem they lose far worse than conservatives do. Arnold won because he is a CELEBRITY.

10 posted on 11/15/2003 9:37:08 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (Fighting for Freedom and Having Fun)
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To: FairOpinion
"...Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger's pick to head the state's environmental protection agency on Thursday criticized the Bush administration for failing to curb greenhouse gases or prevent forest fires. ..."

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/11/14/BAG5U321AS1.DTL&type=printable

Is this what we have to look forward to in this new era?
11 posted on 11/15/2003 9:45:13 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (Fighting for Freedom and Having Fun)
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To: ElkGroveDan
The key is the #2. Taminnen is basically window dressing, a sop to the Greens. The number #2 guy at CAL EPA is all business.
12 posted on 11/15/2003 9:48:38 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: ElkGroveDan
See my post #4 in this thread.
13 posted on 11/15/2003 9:49:37 AM PST by FairOpinion
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To: goldstategop
Am I the only one that's rolling around laughing at this name??

**I need more coffee**

14 posted on 11/15/2003 9:51:37 AM PST by RandallFlagg ("There are worse things than crucifixion...There are teeth.")
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To: goldstategop
"There's a lot we don't know about him," said Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a political scientist at the University of Southern California.

Am I the only one that's rolling around laughing at this name??

**I need more coffee**

Sorry for the double..

15 posted on 11/15/2003 9:52:24 AM PST by RandallFlagg ("There are worse things than crucifixion...There are teeth.")
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To: goldstategop; FairOpinion
you guys are going to need this for the next three years
16 posted on 11/15/2003 9:54:13 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (Fighting for Freedom and Having Fun)
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To: ElkGroveDan
We never said slaying the Government Beast is easy. Now its time to roll up our sleeves and get to work.
17 posted on 11/15/2003 9:55:24 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
We never said slaying the Government Beast is easy.

Its going to be down right impossible if he keeps appointing the people who created our problems in the first place. The people of California did not rise up in revolt because we had too FEW environmental whackos in government.

18 posted on 11/15/2003 10:40:19 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (Fighting for Freedom and Having Fun)
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To: FairOpinion; concentric circles
She and other political observers, however, agreed that the public wants Schwarzenegger to succeed and will give him some leeway if he at least demonstrates progress on key elements of agenda.

Strange how many here on FR seem to want Arnold to fail.

The $20 billion bond proposal is a prime example.
It's the exact opposite of irresponsible.

Yesterday Hugh Hewitt was discussing it with John Campbell. Hugh compared Davis and Arnold to 2 brother-in-law's asking for a loan.

The first has a track record of squandering money, can't hold a job, is a proven liar and wants to borrow $100, 000. The second has never squandered money, is responsible, reliable and asks for $10,000. Who would you trust?

19 posted on 11/15/2003 10:50:01 AM PST by b9
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To: FairOpinion
Schwarzenegger is considering a long-term $20 billion or larger bond for the March ballot to get the state's debt under control.

Arnold inherited a state with massive debt, high unemployment, and a less than rosey future. The ratio of private to public economics is one of the lowest in the nation. Simply, cutting back on government jobs, "aka welfare for work" would pitch the state into a massive depression and be political suicide.

20 posted on 11/15/2003 10:54:20 AM PST by SSN558 (Be on the lookout for Black White-Supremacists)
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To: ElkGroveDan; FairOpinion
Arnold won because he is a CELEBRITY.

Arnold won because there was no PRIMARY.

21 posted on 11/15/2003 11:21:28 AM PST by b9
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To: doodlelady
Strange how many here on FR seem to want Arnold to fail.

An honest examination of major policy decisions is hardly a wish for failure.

Leadership in government requires selling ideas to the public. If people believe the ideas are sound, they will follow.

Scepticism exists because citizens have learned that officeholders would rather take the easy path of deception instead of engaging in the hard work of honest, public discourse.

I wish the new governor well but if he wants to lead he will need to make the argument that his destination is worth visiting.

22 posted on 11/15/2003 12:02:09 PM PST by concentric circles
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To: concentric circles
Declare a fiscal emergency. Cut programs. Cut departments. Cut entitlements. Cut jobs. Undo the hiring and spending of Gray Davis. Direct state employees to report violators of immigration law to the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Do what's necessary instead of what's easy.

I agree with you 100%. Like my father says, "It's easy to make easy decisions, but it's a lot harder to make tough decisions".

23 posted on 11/15/2003 1:24:20 PM PST by usadave
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To: FairOpinion
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24 posted on 11/15/2003 3:03:24 PM PST by DoctorZIn
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To: ElkGroveDan
Thank you so much. I have never seen anyone state the real reason Arnold won -- because he is a celebrity. Does anybody really think that more than 15 people would have voted for Arnold Schwartzenegger if he wasn't an "action hero"? Does anybody really think that record breaking crowds would have shown up to see Arnold Schwartzenegger if he wasn't a movie star? It's like the elephant in the room. People discuss why Arnold won -- because he's a moderate Republican, because he said he'd repeal the car tax, etc., but they never admit the ONLY reason he won is because he's a movie star. Sheesh.
25 posted on 11/15/2003 3:13:14 PM PST by halfdome
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To: halfdome
Who did you vote for, and why?
26 posted on 11/15/2003 3:58:43 PM PST by b9
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