Thursday, May 19, 2011

Arnold Schwarzenegger was unfaithful to Californians

Arnold Schwarzenegger soiled his marriage and smeared his image, but he did it on his own time. What he did as governor was mess up the state, and that was while working for us.

Out of office, Schwarzenegger harmed his family and himself. His philandering may be entertaining to people, but it's not their problem.
However, Schwarzenegger's missteps as California's top elected official badly screwed up the state's finances. It affects us all — school kids, the needy, ordinary taxpayers. And that is very much our problem.

I'm trying to keep the man's sins in perspective: Some merely are injurious to those he purports to love. Many are damaging to the state he was entrusted to lead.

Gov. Jerry Brown now is tackling one of the toughest political jobs imaginable: trying to clean up the clutter of borrowing left behind by Schwarzenegger.

Brown called it "a wall of debt" Monday in unveiling his revised budget proposal for the fiscal year starting July 1.

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