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A fresh start (Schwarzenegger brings new approach, hope)
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/uniontrib/mon/opinion/news_mz1ed17top.html ^ | November 17, 2003

Posted on 11/17/2003 12:31:58 PM PST by South40

Arnold Schwarzenegger will take the oath of office today at one of the most trouble-filled moments in California's modern history.

In an unprecedented display of dissatisfaction, the voters have recalled the incumbent governor less than a year into his second term. The Legislature is incapacitated by partisan paralysis. The budget is submerged in red ink. Jobs are fleeing because of the high cost of doing business here, including a bloated workers' compensation system that threatens to bankrupt many small firms. And the state's economy is only beginning to show signs of rebounding from a prolonged slump.

Yet, the actor-turned-officeholder exudes an unyielding optimism that contrasts sharply with the conventional political view. Therein lies Schwarzenegger's strength – his unique capacity to articulate a brighter future for California and mobilize public support for an agenda to achieve it.

More than any governor in years, Schwarzenegger has an uncommon chance to carry out wholesale reform in Sacramento. One reason is that the electorate is demanding it. But another is that, unlike any governor since Ronald Reagan, Schwarzenegger has the ability to appeal directly to Californians, to go over the heads of legislators when necessary, and to whack through the partisan thicket that long has stymied progress in Sacramento.

Starting today, Gov. Schwarzenegger must deliver on his own call for "action, action, action, action."

The place to begin is by bridging the destructive chasm that divides Democrats and Republicans, not only in the Legislature but also among statewide constitutional officers. Schwarzenegger already has signaled, through bipartisan appointments to key positions in his administration, that he intends to reach across party lines. Democratic leaders who control the Senate and Assembly have an obligation to meet the new governor half-way, to work with him, not against him, in tackling the enormous problems confronting the state. The extreme political polarization of the last decade must end.

The first challenge to be addressed, of course, is the budget. In the special session Schwarzenegger is expected to call next week, a flurry of critical decisions must be made. The governor is moving toward asking voters next March to approve a bond issue of as much as $20 billion to carry the state through to economic recovery.

As stated in this space when Gray Davis still occupied the governor's office, our preference is to eschew bonding for normal operating expenses. But Democrats who now rail against such huge borrowing should be prepared to propose the very steep cuts in spending that are the only real alternative. Schwarzenegger has rightly made it clear he won't raise taxes except under emergency circumstances – and he is entirely correct that tax hikes are the worst possible response to a sluggish economy.

Despite the bleak circumstances that confront Sacramento, Arnold Schwarzenegger's inauguration offers a historic opportunity for a fresh start – one which Democrats and Republicans alike must make the most of.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: catrans

1 posted on 11/17/2003 12:32:01 PM PST by South40
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To: onyx; goldstategop; My2Cents; FairOpinion; doodlelady; BibChr; EggsAckley; Poohbah
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2 posted on 11/17/2003 12:33:35 PM PST by South40 (My vote helped defeat cruz bustamante; did yours?)
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To: Jessamine; Bob J; RonDog; Tony in Hawaii; Outraged; diotima; Mercuria; dalereed
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3 posted on 11/17/2003 12:35:07 PM PST by buffyt (Can you say President Hillary? Me Neither!!!!)
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To: South40
I love the RX. We need more action less talk and somehow it seemed on target that Arnold happens to be a guy who is not big on small talk. :)
4 posted on 11/17/2003 12:35:08 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: South40

God bless Arnold, Maria, their children, and all of California. Best wishes for a great governorship of a great state. May God guide and bless you during this transition and always! (And it was fun to see Arnold's kids, lovely family!)
5 posted on 11/17/2003 12:37:11 PM PST by buffyt (Can you say President Hillary? Me Neither!!!!)
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To: buffyt
Great pic! I wonder if his kids (the young ones) have a grasp on exactly what's happened and what it means to their family, the state, and all Californians.
6 posted on 11/17/2003 12:39:37 PM PST by South40 (My vote helped defeat cruz bustamante; did yours?)
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To: South40
I have great hopes for Arnolds governance, however, I am a bit dismayed by a inagural luncheon for so many people. Who is paying for this extravagance when the state is broke?
7 posted on 11/17/2003 12:42:49 PM PST by LaraCroft (Grrr baby, very grrrr)
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To: goldstategop
Will the Schwarzenegger Administration really benefit California? Only time will tell. One thing is sure...we've got to be 100% better off than had davis stayed or bustamante had won.

Any idea if those of us who have already paid the tripled car tax will get a refund? I have three personal vehicles. The registration on one was due in Oct. One was due in November, and the third is due next month. I've already paid the first two. $459 to register a Jeep Wrangler? I know liberalism is costly but that's ridiculous.

8 posted on 11/17/2003 12:44:24 PM PST by South40 (My vote helped defeat cruz bustamante; did yours?)
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To: LaraCroft; Lazamataz
...I am a bit dismayed by a inagural luncheon for so many people. Who is paying for this extravagance when the state is broke?

Not to worry.

Laz had a good week last week, said lunch is on him.

Dan
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9 posted on 11/17/2003 12:45:24 PM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: LaraCroft
I have great hopes for Arnolds governance, however, I am a bit dismayed by a inagural luncheon for so many people. Who is paying for this extravagance when the state is broke?

I have no idea. I do know the usual Inaugural Ball with all its extravagance will not take place.

Davis’ mismanagement was/is costing Californians 30-35 million a day. If the cost of a luncheon is the price to pay for booting his sorry butt it's money well spent.

10 posted on 11/17/2003 12:48:14 PM PST by South40 (My vote helped defeat cruz bustamante; did yours?)
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To: South40
When he cuts the budget by 25% to stop the bleeding we will know he is the man for the job.

Here is hoping he has what it takes to do that.

11 posted on 11/17/2003 1:01:26 PM PST by Voltage
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To: South40
Best of luck to the new governor. One thing's for sure - he'll be a heckuvalot better than Gay Davis.
12 posted on 11/17/2003 1:02:35 PM PST by Saundra Duffy (For victory & freedom!!!)
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To: LaraCroft
How silly to worry about who paid for the lunch. There's ALWAYS some sort of inaugural festivity. Usually it's MUCH more extravagant, so this lunch was by all rights much more sensible.

Or are you just looking for something to slap Arnold with?
13 posted on 11/17/2003 1:03:42 PM PST by EggsAckley (..................."Dean's got Tom McClintock Eyes".........................)
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To: South40
I've already paid the first two. $459 to register a Jeep Wrangler?

How much did you pay last year? I already paid my first two. One was $68 (down from $76 last year) and the other was $74 (down from $81 last year). The next one isn’t due until February. I’ve been looking for someone that has paid triple and have yet to find anyone.

14 posted on 11/17/2003 1:16:30 PM PST by Who dat?
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To: Who dat?
I paid $362 for my three-year old GMC Sonoma pick-up. Last year, I paid $146.
15 posted on 11/17/2003 1:20:33 PM PST by Chairman Fred (@mousiedung.commie)
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To: Chairman Fred; South40

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signs executive order S-1-03 to repeal the California car tax as his first order of business after being sworn in as the state's 38th Governor during a ceremony at the State Capitol in Sacramento November 17, 2003. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

16 posted on 11/17/2003 1:45:44 PM PST by Tamzee (EARTH FIRST!!! We'll stripmine the other planets later...)
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To: Chairman Fred
I paid $362 for my three-year old GMC Sonoma pick-up. Last year, I paid $146.

It looks like it must only apply to newer vehicles. 1n 1992 when I brought the car into CA (that I just paid the $74 for), it cost me $680 to register including some sort of tax. It was four months old so I guess CA thought they needed to collect sales tax or something.

I'd be semi-inclined to buy something newer and get rid of some of my junkers, but then maybe not if they think I'm going to pay $300, $400, $500 to register - I've played that game in the past.

17 posted on 11/17/2003 2:15:28 PM PST by Who dat?
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To: Tamsey
That's one cool picture. We're getting our tax dollars worth. GO ARNOLD!!! :)
18 posted on 11/17/2003 2:20:04 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Tamsey; Sabertooth; Joe Hadenuf; Grampa Dave
"California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signs executive order S-1-03 to repeal the California car tax as his first order of business after being sworn in as the state's 38th Governor during a ceremony at the State Capitol in Sacramento November 17, 2003. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson"

Pfft. Too 'm long enuf!

19 posted on 11/17/2003 2:23:20 PM PST by Southack (Media bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: South40
A fabulous day and the car tax is already repealed! A man of his word, I am certain.

We backed the right candidate: Governor Arnold!

He's so humble, sincere and optimistic. It's contagious!
20 posted on 11/17/2003 2:25:25 PM PST by onyx
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To: onyx
Granted he's not Ronald Reagan but you ain't see nuthin' yet!
21 posted on 11/17/2003 2:27:23 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
Thought so myself :-)
22 posted on 11/17/2003 2:30:15 PM PST by Tamzee (EARTH FIRST!!! We'll stripmine the other planets later...)
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To: goldstategop
I share your sentiments. I know he's going to be successful. It's a historic day for CA, and I'm loving every minute of it.
23 posted on 11/17/2003 2:31:14 PM PST by onyx
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To: LaraCroft
Who is paying for this extravagance when the state is broke?

Probably Ahnold himself.

24 posted on 11/17/2003 2:33:19 PM PST by RightWhale (Close your tag lines)
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To: RightWhale
The Inaugural was paid for with private funds. No taxpayer dollars where used in today's festivities.
25 posted on 11/17/2003 2:36:21 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Who dat?
How much did you pay last year?

I paid $179 last year for the Jeep and $459 this year.

Last year I paid $103 for my 1969 Ford truck. This year it was $108. Obviously, the state reamed me on the Jeep. The $5 increase on the truck I can't figure out.

26 posted on 11/17/2003 2:46:50 PM PST by South40 (My vote helped defeat cruz bustamante; did yours?)
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To: Who dat?
Also...

Last year I paid $153 for my Chrysler 300M. This year they want $323. That's not near triple so it makes no sense to me. Sounds somewhat arbitrary, don't you think?

27 posted on 11/17/2003 2:50:58 PM PST by South40 (My vote helped defeat cruz bustamante; did yours?)
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To: South40
Great pic! I wonder if his kids (the young ones) have a grasp on exactly what's happened and what it means to their family

Yeah, they do. It means they have to move to a smaller mansion.

28 posted on 11/17/2003 2:53:15 PM PST by ClintonBeGone
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To: ClintonBeGone
Yeah, they do. It means they have to move to a smaller mansion.

Shirly you jest.

May I call you Shirley?

29 posted on 11/17/2003 3:02:05 PM PST by South40 (My vote helped defeat cruz bustamante; did yours?)
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To: South40
May I call you Shirley?

Shirley Knott :)

30 posted on 11/17/2003 3:10:07 PM PST by ClintonBeGone
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To: South40
Sounds somewhat arbitrary, don't you think?

It does, sort of. I’d bet they’re charging by symbol somehow.

Insurance companies used to do that for physical auto coverages. They began running into problems with SUVs due to the gazillion trim-levels that are within the same vehicle model.

Take the Ford Explorer for instance. You could have the low-end two wheel-drive Explorer or you could have the top-end Eddie Bauer 4WD V8 Explorer. At one time they’d both be assigned the same symbol because they were both Explorers. The low-end owners essentially paid the same comp/collision rates as people with vehicles that literally cost 2+ times more.

They (insurance companies) ended up going to a split symbol/trim-level system to correct it in about 1999.

I don’t know that it is the case with a Jeep Wrangler… it’s the only thing I can think of off-hand that makes any sense.

31 posted on 11/17/2003 3:10:52 PM PST by Who dat?
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To: Who dat?
The car tax is determined as two percent of the last purchase price of the automobile times an 11-year depreciation schedule. It is important to note that every time the car changes ownership, the depreciation schedule starts over, based on the price paid for the car.
32 posted on 11/17/2003 3:23:17 PM PST by ClintonBeGone
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To: ClintonBeGone
The car tax is determined as two percent of the last purchase price of the automobile times an 11-year depreciation schedule. It is important to note that every time the car changes ownership, the depreciation schedule starts over, based on the price paid for the car.

I wonder how they deal with a scenario in which I give you money to buy me a car then you sell it to me for $200. Well, it’s probably a stretch in that case, but I can easily see some old lady buying a Lincoln and “selling” it to her son for a token amount. I’d bet money they have something in place to deal that sort of thing. They’re not going to sit around while you’re paying $4 to register a current model year Lincoln. Or maybe they didn’t consider it.

33 posted on 11/17/2003 3:32:42 PM PST by Who dat?
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To: onyx
Hey onyx...I was walking the perimeter of the Capitol this morning before the inaugural and was picked out by KCRA-3 TV for a spot interview. I said all the usual things: "This is a great day for California, a historical day...A day of hope...Look, the sun is breaking out just as the inaugural is starting!...The new Governor deserves our support...Democrats should work with him to get the state moving again..."
34 posted on 11/17/2003 3:38:13 PM PST by My2Cents ("Well....there you go again...")
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To: My2Cents
WOW! KCRA-3 TV knows a smart good-looking fella when they spot one!
35 posted on 11/17/2003 4:41:45 PM PST by onyx
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To: BibChr; My2Cents
Watch for My2Cents on your local news. Ping any other 'locals.'
36 posted on 11/17/2003 4:42:51 PM PST by onyx
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To: Who dat?
I wonder how they deal with a scenario in which I give you money to buy me a car then you sell it to me for $200.

Probably the same way they would deal with that scenario when they levy the sales tax. What that is I dont know, but surely we're not the first two people who have had this discussion.

37 posted on 11/17/2003 6:26:14 PM PST by ClintonBeGone
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To: BibChr; EggsAckley; South40; Lazamataz
Ok, so lunch is on Laz, I can hang with that, even if I wasn't invited.

Dudes, it's the symbolism. It's not enough that it isn't as over the top as past ones have been,... that's just same old same old "I'm bad, but I'm not as bad as "insert lame politician here".

Arnold should be a big boy and stop letting the establishment lead him around by his steroitically unenhanced manhood and make some changes in Sacramento.

Thats why I voted for him. Not to have him lead a gray light life where I should be grateful because he is only squandering 375 thousand dollars instead of 1.5 million on a bunch of losers that got us into this mess in the first place, hanger ons that are politically meaningless and the rest who could have financed the whole thing from pocket change but still allowed themselves to be feted in fine style.

I know chamber of commerce paid for one...don't you even care who paid for the rest?
38 posted on 11/17/2003 8:32:14 PM PST by LaraCroft (Grrr baby, very very grrrr)
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To: South40
This post has been added to the… California In Transition- Must read Threads!

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39 posted on 11/17/2003 10:42:23 PM PST by DoctorZIn
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To: LaraCroft
Here's an 'excellence in posting' bump.
40 posted on 11/17/2003 10:46:19 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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