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action hero-ing while California burns…

Arnold Schwarzenegger must be saying to himself, “Ronald Reagan never had to deal with this shit.” Via The New York Times

SAN FRANCISCO — State workers across the country have long complained about budget-cutting by way of furloughs and pay cuts. Now California’s state employee unions are taking the fight to the wellspring of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s popularity: the big screen.

The workers, scheduled by the governor to be on unpaid leave on Friday, say they will demonstrate outside theaters across the state showing the new action thriller “The Expendables,” which features a rare cameo by the actor turned governor, who is likely to become an actor again when his term expires early next year.

And here Arnie was being so considerate, making sure they all had a day off so they could see him at teh moobies the moment The Expendables opened. That’s gratitude for ya.

“While state workers are being asked to do their job with less money, he is restoring his movie star status,” said Jim Zamora, a spokesman for Service Employees International Union Local 1000. “It’s another slap in the face.”

A demonstration on Aug. 3 during the premiere of “The Expendables” at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood forced Mr. Schwarzenegger to skip the red carpet and enter the building from the back, the service workers said.

They forced him to enter his gala premiere through the back door.

Are there no indiginities the peasants of California won’t subject their noble ruler to?



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  • lol

    California would not be in the position it is in if it had cut spending a long time ago to begin. That is what Schwarzenegger was elected by recall to do in the first place. It only took him till the very end of his governorship to do it.

  • AJP

    Yeah, California’s budgetary problems are not really Arnold’s fault, nor does he have very much leeway to deal with them. To raise taxes to cover the shortfall requires a two-thirds vote in the California legislature, which is functionally impossible to achieve. Increasing spending, on the other hand, only requires a majority vote. The problem is compounded by the fact that much of California’s spending is mandated by Constitutional provisions or controlled by provisions voted in by plebiscite and thus cannot be reduced. This means that the available range of expenditures that can be cut to try to balance the budget is quite small, so the cuts in those areas have to be deep.

    Basically, California is in a hole of its own making.

  • Yep. What AJP and lol said. California is a living demonstration of why direct democracy is untenable in large populations.

    Also, it’s kinda funny that one of the Governator’s Union opponents is named “Zamora” . . .

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