When most of California was going gaga over Arnold the Actor
who wanted to be the Hero Governor, I took a lot of heat for
comments I made on the FOX News Channel and other outlets,
predicting the Terminator was simply a mediocre actor and
could never be a successful political leader. My fellow Republicans
blasted me as a traitor and Democrats have never liked me
I now feel vindicated.
The disastrous special election, which cost my fellow California
taxpayers somewhere between
$80-million and $330-million, depending on whose numbers you
believe, was a total waste of badly needed pubic cash and
an indictment of Arnold Schwarzenegger's ability to fool the
people of "Caleefornia".
He's been an okay actor and a terrible governor. Yes, we
have major problems in the state legislature and the Sacramento
nit-wits do spend more money than we take in, and yes, there
are some bad teachers in some of our schools, etc., etc.,
But the notion that ALL teachers should suffer for the ills
of a few is the mindset of a fool, a fool named Arnold. The
notion that the Governor should have the right to tip the
balance of power more to HIS direction is very scary to anyone
who ever disagreed with Pete Wilson on the right or Gray Davis
on the left. Balance is what we like best and gives us the
It was kind of cute and funny when our Austrian Mega Star
called the legislators "Girly Men" a few months
back, but it wasn't funny when we realized he really felt
that way and thought it was appropriate to piss off the majority
of the 120 men and women who run the state government in the
Assembly and Senate.
It became obvious that Arnold, used to being pampered by
hair stylists, make-up folks, sitting in his trailer waiting
for his next shot, thought he could live the high, arrogant
life at the public trough by constantly bombarding us with
his screen lines.
We got tired of that and the failure of the Governor's four
major ballot initiatives, Props 74, 75, 76, and 77 is ample
warning that his career trying to act as a public servant
is over. The stink he generated against this election also
worked to defeat Props 73, 78, 79, and 80. Wow, Arnold, what
We ARE an odd bunch here in California. I never wanted to
admit that because as a native Californian, I always believed
that we do set the trends for the rest of the nation. Well,
we set a bad trend with Arnold.
I always like to offer solutions to the complaints I make
- it's an old habit of mine - but I am afraid there are NO
good candidates for governor on the immediate horizon. We
should start looking hard for some real talent with experience
in running a large operation like California. Arnold's acting
experience and his brief stint running a Santa Monica was
NOT the best resume and so many of you out there bought his
And my recent travels around the country have convinced me
that although we have been a leader in the past, we have picked
up some bad habits in this Golden State that we should change.
One of the most annoying issues we have here is traffic.
It is compounded, of course, by the accidents that spawn "looky-loos",
the folks who just can't help themselves and have to slow
down to see EVERY gory detail (or boring details in most cases)
on the highway.
Well here I have to tip my hat to the people of Atlanta,
Georgia where I recently spent a week working and traveling
Interstates 75 and 85. It was absolutely amazing to be driving
55 miles an hour through the downtown area in what is traditionally
rush hour, and all of a sudden realize there were police cars
and fire trucks tending to an accident on the shoulder.
NO ONE stopped, or even slowed down. NO ONE even looked in
the direction of the accident. It was a NON event for them.
I liked that. Okay, maybe they were a little callous or heartless,
OR, maybe they just weren't as nosey as we are in California.
Either way, I loved it. And I think we should learn from them.
Another classic California story is funeral processions.
When my mother died, I was slightly shocked at the sticker
price for each of those motorcycle escorts with the annoying,
but effective, duck horns. That is the only way you can take
someone from the funeral home to the cemetery in the Left
But in attending my first out-of-state funeral in Chicago
last week, for the mother of one of my business partners,
I can't tell you how startled I was to see that there are
no escorts. As the hearse makes it way through intersections
and past stop signs, cars traveling in the opposite direction
stopped out of respect for the dearly departed.
I thought was either drunk or dreaming in the bright sunshine.
People actually were patient, understanding, and stopped to
let the procession of 30 or 40 cars pass. I can't imagine
that ever happening in L.A. or anywhere else in California.
Yes, we have a lot more to learn about trend setting in this
great state. Let's start with a real governor, not a bad B
grade movie actor (Ronald Reagan was both a true leader and
a reasonably good actor); then we should learn to stop slowing
down just to ogle at accidents, and finally, slow down when
the departed pass you by for the last time. You would want
them to do the same for you, right?