Here’s a profound idea from California GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who went after congressional Republicans yesterday for criticizing the Democrats’ stimulus bill one moment, then taking credit for the money the legislation is providing their districts the next. From ABC’s “This Week:”
“I find it interesting that you have a lot of the Republicans running around and pushing back on the stimulus money and saying this doesn’t create any new jobs, and then they go out and they do the photo ops and they are posing with the big check and they say, isn’t this great? … It doesn’t match up.”
I think it’s kind of politics, rather than thinking about only one thing, and this is how do we support the president, how do we support him and do everything that we can in order to go and stimulate the economy, get the economy back, and think about the people rather than politics.
Schwarzenegger’s perspective on the economic turmoil, of course, couldn’t be more different from that of GOP leaders on Capitol Hill. He’s got a state to run, a budget to balance, a jobs crisis to tackle — meaning he’s actually interested in a full economic recovery. Republicans in Congress, on the other hand, have their eyes on just one thing: November’s midterm elections. And the worse off the country is eight months from now, the better the GOP will do at the polls. Though they’d never admit it, they’re actually cheering for the chaos to continue. Look for more and more Schwarzeneggers to start calling them out.