Arnold Schwarzenegger, Progressive Caveman
Meditate on this excerpt from an op-ed by former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger:
“An inclusive party would welcome the party’s most conservative activists right alongside its most liberal activists,” the actor-turned-politician said. “There is room for those whose views, I think, make them sound like cavemen. And there is also room for us in the center, with views the traditionalists probably think make us sound like progressive softies.”
As usual, Schwarzenegger is being too soft on himself. After promising to “blow up the boxes” in Sacramento and get tough on a legislature full of “girly men,” Schwarzenegger passed seven laughably unbalanced budgets that everyone acknowledged were premised on accounting gimmicks that are illegal in the private sector. He signed into law AB 32, the global warming regulatory scheme that burdens California’s economy without making a single degree of difference in the global temperature. He supported a multi-billion dollar bond initiative to fund embryonic stem cell research despite the industry’s pivot toward adult stem cells as an ethically better, more scientifically promising avenue for treatment.
Ignoring the laws of fiscal gravity? Cursing the sun while your neighbors grow their economies? Defying science to serve a political ideology? Who’s the real caveman in all this Mr. Schwarzenegger?
H/T: Catalina Camia at USA Today