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The Coming Of The Taxerminator (Arnold Explains His Free Market Views)
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/24/03 | Arnold Schwarzenegger

Posted on 09/23/2003 11:52:40 PM PDT by goldstategop

Edited on 04/23/2004 12:05:56 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

I have often said that the two people who have most profoundly impacted my thinking on economics are Milton Friedman and Adam Smith. At Christmas I sometimes annoy some of my more liberal Hollywood friends by sending them a gift of Mr. Friedman's classic economic primer, "Free to Choose." What I learned from Messrs. Friedman and Smith is a lesson that every political leader should never forget: that when the heavy fist of government becomes too overbearing and intrusive, it stifles the unlimited wealth creation process of a free people operating under a free enterprise system.


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: arnoldplatform; conservatism; corruption; economy; freemarkets; freetochoose; governmentspending; liberalism; miltonfreeman; recallelection; schwarzenegger; taxes
"Free To Choose" economics. If you think Arnold still sounds like a liberal, think again. We need to restore the luster of the Golden State. And win one for The Gipper - with the Coming Of The Taxerminator on Oct. 7th!
1 posted on 09/23/2003 11:52:41 PM PDT by goldstategop
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To: goldstategop
Looks good to me. California conservatives must be humble. Must not boot their best chance to start digging out of the pit. If Arnold succeeds he creates a climate for more conservatives to elected, fewer Democrats. He also makes it easier for GWBush to win California is 2004.
4 posted on 09/24/2003 12:07:53 AM PDT by dennisw (G_d is at war with Amalek for all generations)
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To: UnabashedConservative
The No Child Left Behind Act's requirements are opposed by teachers' unions. Arnold wants to expand public school choice and give local parents and teachers the freedom to manage their kids' education, not Sacramento bureaucrats. Hey Ted Kennedy wrote this bill and now liberals find it too hard to swallow? Let me tell ya, this law has been two years on the books and now the Left is saying its too harsh and there's not enough money. I agree with Arnold 100% we don't have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. Our schools will have to find a way to do more with existing revenue. Ditto for all the other government programs.
5 posted on 09/24/2003 12:10:59 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
I wonder how long it took Arnold's handlers to write this...
6 posted on 09/24/2003 12:14:24 AM PDT by ambrose (Free Tommy Chong!)
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To: goldstategop; Admin Moderator
You couldn't be bothered to use the real title of the article?
7 posted on 09/24/2003 12:15:00 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I'm voting for Arnold. McClintock doesn't deserve my vote!)
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To: goldstategop
If you think Arnold still sounds like a liberal, think again.

Then how do you square that with this?

He can talk about Milton Freidman in broad terms until he's blue. It's what he proposes to DO that scares me.

9 posted on 09/24/2003 12:17:35 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The environment is too complex and too important to be managed by politics.)
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To: ambrose
You think he doesn't have his own mind? Arnold's a social libertarian. Live and let live on the personal stuff like Californians are and conservative on economics. It doesn't drive conservatives crazy for him but he's about the best that can be elected in a place like this. I mean on the stuff conservatives are concerned with, it seems to me I find it hard to disagree with anything he's written here. And if we insist on putting in someone we agree with 100% but who'll lose, California will keep on bleeding to death. Like Hugh Hewitt wrote elsewhere, if I have to make a choice, I'll take a Governor I agree with half the time to a Governor I agree with none of the time.
10 posted on 09/24/2003 12:19:07 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Carry_Okie
But the incredible Milton Friedman ENDORSES Arnold ... not McClintock. McClintock fails.
11 posted on 09/24/2003 12:19:29 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I'm voting for Arnold. McClintock doesn't deserve my vote!)
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To: Carry_Okie
I know about his enviro policy. I'll grant him some leeway as long as he leaves my wallet well enough alone. That's all that matters. I don't expect to agree with him 100% on everything.
12 posted on 09/24/2003 12:21:11 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
Arnold is no social libertarian. He believes in racial classification by the State. Explain what libertarian principles are upheld by this practice.

Just amazing what you folks will swallow for the sake of "victory"...
13 posted on 09/24/2003 12:22:47 AM PDT by ambrose (Free Tommy Chong!)
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To: ambrose
I think he's wrong on Prop. 54. No it doesn't square with libertarian principles. Then again I have yet to meet a politician who is for something controversial and to be fair to Arnold, the Republicans opposed 209 when it was on the ballot here and they opposed the measure abolishing bilingual ed. The public is way ahead on this stuff and its more like the public leads and the politicians follow. So yeah he's a flawed choice in a fallen world but you think he's not where we want him to be, hey Large Breasts is your man.
14 posted on 09/24/2003 12:28:51 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
No, McClintock is my man. You folks can ride the Schwarzenegger bomb down like Slim Pickens at the end of Dr. Strangelove...
15 posted on 09/24/2003 12:31:06 AM PDT by ambrose (Free Tommy Chong!)
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To: goldstategop
I think you need to read all of it then. It's full of new spending, bond debt, unfunded mandates, and outrageous regulatory costs.
16 posted on 09/24/2003 12:31:59 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: Carry_Okie
Really? And where exactly has he proposed new spending, bond debt, unfunded mandates, and outrageous regulatory costs? That sounds well - un Milton Friedman like.
18 posted on 09/24/2003 12:34:25 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
It's all detailed in the article. You have the link.
19 posted on 09/24/2003 12:36:11 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: ambrose
"I wonder how long it took Arnold's handlers to write this... "

My thoughts exactly! Sounds like he is lifting remarks from McClint's points and the critizism of Conservatives. A Conservative he will NEVER make ..... neither will his bevy of advisors.

Nam Vet

20 posted on 09/24/2003 12:36:12 AM PDT by Nam Vet (It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.)
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To: goldstategop
You think he doesn't have his own mind?

How can you know when a professional actor only speaks in sound bytes and waits until two weeks before an election to say things the other major candidates have been discussing since late July?

21 posted on 09/24/2003 1:04:24 AM PDT by L.N. Smithee (Just because I don't think like you doesn't mean I don't think for myself)
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To: L.N. Smithee
Either he wanted to keep the cards close to his vest or save the best for last.
22 posted on 09/24/2003 1:11:30 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
Wow. How many script writers did this take?

One of two possibilites has happened...1) Arnold has woken up and heard the message and is going to fight on conservative principles because he truly believes them...

or 2) his handlers are back to pandering to the conservative base because they see McClintock taking away their support.

More of #2 than #1 in my opinion. And while Arnold reads the script he believes conservatives want to hear, he never mentions the vast spending crap except to say "limit it to inflation and population growth" which is another canard that keeps baseline budgeting in place and never accepts the incompetence, fraud, waste and flat out stupidity in government spending. As I've written here many times (and will continue), Sacramento pays little old ladies to sit in the capitol elevators and push buttons. Fire them.

If Arnold is serious about creating a better business environment, he better jump on something more than just workers comp "reform" (I run to hide my wallet when I hear the word reform). But at least a governor and issue orders on regulations that they can't do on taxes. So I think Arnold needs to be far more specific. But he won't be because that will get the ire of wacko's like environmental nut cases.

Yeah, Arnold didn't write this and his campaign is very worried.
23 posted on 09/24/2003 1:24:43 AM PDT by Fledermaus (While Bush doesn't usually please my conservative heart, no DimbulboRat can keep us safe!)
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To: Fledermaus
Bingo!!!
24 posted on 09/24/2003 2:13:40 AM PDT by Russell Scott (Without massive intervention from Heaven, America doesn't have a prayer.)
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To: goldstategop
Actually, Arnold is pretty much a libertarian, very much like uncle milton.
25 posted on 09/24/2003 7:48:22 AM PDT by The Vast Right Wing (Some drink from the fountain of knowledge, the French and Germans only gargle)
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To: William Creel
Arnold wins, McClintock never wins a state-wide election and slips into (more) obscurity. End of story.
26 posted on 09/24/2003 7:52:45 AM PDT by The Vast Right Wing (Some drink from the fountain of knowledge, the French and Germans only gargle)
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To: goldstategop
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28 posted on 09/24/2003 8:58:46 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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