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  •  arnold delayed those investments (3+ / 0-)
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    nanorich, BYw, gffish

    he was an active obstacle to progressive change, but the media loved to portray him as a quasi-dem. it's not true.

    •  Obstacle except the environment (2+ / 0-)
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      gffish, too many people

      Arnie has been a serious pro-environment advocate, even though he did once have that meeting with Ken Lay long ago.  That's about the only good thing about him.

      However, Arnie is a lot better than most Republicans in the state, even Darrell Issa, who incidentally spearheaded the 2003 Recall Gubernatorial election and chickened out when Ah-Nold entered the race.

      •  Yeah, (0+ / 0-)

        it does appear there are socalled Democrats who if given a chance will act as boosters for anti union Republicans like Arnie, prochoice Republican...you know...like Mitt Romney.

      •  greenwashing, intended to take in dem dupes (0+ / 0-)

        largely successful, by all accounts. he delayed high speed rail, defunded enforcement of the same environmental bills he signed, talked a good game to cameras but was worse than nearly any democrat. that he was rhetorically less anti-environmental than your average republican just reflects the fact that he ran to win statewide in CA, and not a reactionary safe seat.

        •  Unfortunately, this is Ah-Nold (0+ / 0-)

          He just wasn't a meticulous, detail-oriented Governor.  San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee could be a better Governor than Ah-Nold.

          Hey, a Governor Lee actually sounds good.  I like the sound of that.  Lee may have annoyed a bunch of folks in the progressive community by breaking his promise not to run in 2010 and ended up running anyway.  On the other hand, all of those other bozos that ran added very little to the inclusiveness Mayor Lee has brought to SF.

          •  for such an awesome city (0+ / 0-)

            SF produces exceptionally mediocre mayors.

            the 2018 gubernatorial race will be fascinating to watch, quite the free for all.

            •  Ed Lee is the best Mayor SF has had in YEARS (1+ / 0-)
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              And you are right, SF does produce exceptionally mediocre mayors.  Ed Lee appeals to me because he actually believes in practical politics as opposed to just politics getting too much in the way.  At least Lee communicates to people and doesn't act cocky like previous Mayors did.  I wish more Mayors were like him.

              And as a result of Lee's leadership, SF's business community is become more attractive these days than before.  Even a Commercial President of BBVA Compass and I were talking about financial start-ups and additional new unique businesses that have started in the financial district in recent years.

          •  on the contrary (1+ / 0-)
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            he was quite meticulous, politically, at playing the state political media and electorate for fools while getting key policy passed or teed up. as just a sampling,

            1. he ran a coup in the UC system with dick blum (feinstein's husband) to privatize it, jack up the tuition, shift funds to profit-making centers and away from education, and launder the flood of resulting student loans and construction projects through allied banking donors.

            2. he delayed california HSR to the latest possible moment, within the law, which benefitted his energy interest backers.

            3. he vetoed marriage equality repeatedly, setting up prop 8 in an election year to benefit GOP turnout.

            4. he cut the vehicle license fee, blowing a huge hole in the budget which he leveraged for referendum after referendum of right wing shock therapy and anti-union measures (that few passed is testament to the energy the left and unions out into these battles, which diverted energy away from other fights in CA they might wave chosen).

            5. he cut a bunch of sweet deals with enron to reverse the moves davis was starting to approach that might have tried to get CA money back from that fraudulent clusterfuck ripoff.

            6. he worked with the GOP to run the annual budget hostage crisis negotiations, locking in tons of right wing corporate tax giveaways, which also blew new holes in the budget, enabling future crisis games.

            7. he vetoed single payer twice, depriving CA of affordable health care.

            8. he managed to get democrats and ostensibly liberal media sources to praise him for being a liberal, or at least a moderate, but a little thick-headed and inept. the man PWND CA dems, in a state where no republican ought to be able to win (and no republican may win again for some time).

            no mean feat. he was detailed as all hell, the dumb stuff was a shtick, to cover for his pete wilson-advised policies.

            •  Yeah, you're right (0+ / 0-)

              I think the bottom line is that, Ah-Nold has been around in entertainment but he lives too much in entertainment mentality.

              On the other hand, you have Al Franken, who has been affiliated with entertainment but he at least came from a pretty darn good educational background and has a high IQ.  He's also very intelligent, thoughtful and a damn good U.S. Senator.

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