Who’s the “Girlie Man” Now? February 19, 2009Posted by Dwight Furrow in Current Events, Dwight Furrow's Posts.
The on-going debacle in Sacramento over the state budget lurched to a temporary cease-fire this morning. A simpering, quaking Republican from Santa Maria, fearing retaliation from the meanies in his party for putting the interests of his state first, was thrown a life-raft. He was promised a proposition on the ballot in 2010 that would mandate open primary elections. This would allegedly enable people who are not certifiably insane to vote for more-moderate Republicans.
There are so many angles to this story that I don’t quite know where to begin. The budget proposal as it stands is a miserable document full of give-aways to business and budget cuts that will cripple education, public health, and public transportation. In order to get this turkey passed, the state had to endure furloughs of state workers, and was threatened with insolvency and massive layoffs. All of this to please a few extremist Republicans who are ideologically opposed to taxes.
But what has stood out from the beginning, in this mess, is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s utter powerlessness. Time after time, over the past few months, budget deals were negotiated only to be scuttled by members of his own party who could not be persuaded that collapsing state finances require new sources of revenue.
Keep in mind that this is someone who came to power in a recall election in which he not only pretended to be some sort of action hero who could magically solve California’s budget problems by kicking some butt in Sacramento, but pranced around the stage calling Democrats “girlie men”.
But when Republicans held California hostage for months, our “action hero” governator was on the sidelines shaking his pom poms and doing splits, utterly unable to persuade them that the sky is blue.
Who’s the “girlie man” now?