In summary, so far it seems that Arnold is 'the man.' He has been
successful for various reasons, one obviously being his coming into
office as the popular actor. Because of this, there has never been
such an interest in California politics among the younger groups
[19 - 24] until now. The California politic, with the arrival of
Governor Schwarzenegger, has had a kindled flame re-lit. Anyway,
onto his strengths.
Ah-nuld surrounds himself with a group that is such a partisan contradiction
that it seems that they would be unable to agree on anything. However,
he is also able to quell both groups by one, fulfilling his no tax
increase agenda, and also stating that gay marriage was 'fine by
me' while discussing with Jay Leno on national television.
The number one thing on Arnold's plate is balancing the California
budget. The extreme hike in the car tax set down by Davis was quickly
put down by the new Governor; a hike that would have generated another
four billion for the state (a decision I am thankful for). He then
turned around and was able to get approval for a fifteen billion
dollar state bond to help handle the state debt. Arnold has now
been trying to work with local governments in order to borrow out
of their budget for the good of the state [an amount that is hoping
to reach ~1.3 billion dollars].
When the Governor could not achieve his aim through charm or force
he would resort to his celebrity, a tool that seems to have amazing
power and draw in politics. Ala Reagan? In the end, Arnold has continuously
grown after his arrival to the states. Finding an outlet in body
building, then gaining popularity through film, and finally completing
repute with the Governor of an economy that is one of the five largest
in the nation.
People Speak Out
In the article run in the Santa
Barbara Independant, persons such as Henry Yang [Chancellor,
UCSB], Naomi Schwartz, Brooks Firestone, Abel Maldonado, Tom McClintock,
and more speak out about how they feel about Arnold's term so far.
The consensus? So far the majority favor Arnold on a wide scale.
A quote from the Independant states, 'Far
smarter than both detractors and admirers expected, the new governor
has thrown himself into the task of government with a focus and
discipline few statehouse pros have ever seen.'
To read the
entire article and to see how Arnold 'grades,' click