Friday, January 07, 2005

The governator

You've got to admire Arnold Schwarzenegger's pluck.

For those of you who don't live in California, the Terminator-star-turned-governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, delivered his State of the State address Wednesday night. It was a doozy.

Arnold wants to reform the way state legislative districts are drawn, wants to completely change the state budget system and wants to pay teachers, because education is such a big expense in the state budget, based on merit, not tenure. Oh, and he wants to make public pensions more like a 401(k) system than having a defined benefit. There are a few other reforms too, but those are some of the biggies.

The thing is, the things he wants to do are probably exactly what California needs. But the other thing is, none of it will probably ever happen.

Arnold is certainly no politician, because he still hasn't figured out how the game is played. And that's what politics are, just a game in which politicians, lobbyist and some public employees make too much money nursing off the public teat without doing much to earn it.

Thursday, the unions and others were screaming bloody murder before anyone really has much of an idea what the reforms might look like.

Good luck Arnold. You sure don't act like a politician. Now we'll see if your script can get out of development and into production.

It's going to be fun to watch!

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