Schwarzenegger calls out Romney, conservatives for stimulus hypocrisy

Appearing yesterday on ABC’s This Week, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a moderate Republican, singled out former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for arguing this past week that the stimulus bill hadn’t produced a single “net” job gain:

“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 job,'” said Schwarzenegger. “And then they go out and do the photo ops, posing with the big check and they say: ‘Isn’t this great, look at the kind of money I’ve provided for the state and this is money to create jobs, and this has created 10,000 new jobs, this has created 20,000 news jobs, and all those kinds of things.’ It doesn’t match up.”

It’s hypocrisy, said host Terry Moran. “Exactly,” Schwarzenegger replied.

“I don’t want to beat up on my Republican colleagues but I think it is kind of politics rather than thinking about one thing, and this is: ‘How do we support the president? How do we support him and everything we can in order to go and stimulate the economy back and think about the people and not the politics?’

“Anyone that says this hasn’t created a job, they should talk to the 150,000 people getting jobs in California,” he added, “from the private sector and also from the public sector.”

One hundred and fifty thousand new jobs in California thanks to the stimulus…kinda flies in the face of Republican talking points about the stimulus, doesn’t it?


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6 thoughts on “Schwarzenegger calls out Romney, conservatives for stimulus hypocrisy

  1. I would like to see the breakdown of those 150,000 jobs between private and public sector. Because public sector jobs cost taxpayers money.

    Also, how are the private sector jobs in CA attributed to the stimulus bill? Once the stimulus money dries up from limited make work projects, will those people still have a job?

    Finally, give me a break Jim. Hypocricy is not limited to one political party. Ask Al Gore and his outlandish utility bills. Or is he simply stimulating the economy?

      1. Thanks for the link. Now, what part of what I said isn’t true? It confirms that the Gore residence consumed a larger portion of energy than the average American home. I don’t care whether they use it as a business too, or it’s the same as their well-off neighbors, or that they buy carbon credits (i.e. indulgences) to make themselves feel better about it. Bottom line is he asks people to make sacrifices and change their lifestyles, so he should lead by example and live his life more simply, not above or even comparably as the rest of us.

        Kind of like John & Elizabeth Edwards saying they would give up eating tangerines and all other foods not grown locally, while they live in a mansion with a basketball court. But then, it’s already been proven they are pretty big hypocrites.

        As usual you seemed to have missed the point in that hypocrites and such are found in all walks of life and are not limited to the political party that you dislike.

  2. I’m not saying there aren’t hypocritical Dems too. I can’t speak for all of them. Why I single out Republicans for it is the hypocrisies in their party’s general platform. They claim to want limited government, but discriminating against gays is fine in their eyes. I believe liberalism has roots in a limited government, as far as foreign policy and domestic policies like drugs and gay rights. Get what I’m saying? I’m kind of a hillbilly Democrat, I love guns and don’t necessarily trust the government but I see the hypocrisy from Republicans and I know where I stand.

    1. I’m sorry but liberalism has absolutely no roots in limited government! Perhaps you are thinking of libertarianism or classical liberalism?! Modern liberalism never met a federal program it didn’t like, and then added another to it. I do not see the Dem party limited in foreign policy either, as Bill Clinton’s administration involved the military in Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, etc.

      As far as hypocricy in a party platform, how is it Democrats claim to be “pro choice” — except when it comes to school choice, the right to decide health care provider or not pay for health care I don’t want, or keep more of my own money so I can choose how best to spend it, and they even get worked up when someone says they “choose life.” No, they are only for choice when it comes to abortion, otherwise it’s all well and good for the federal government to decide just about everything else for us. Sounds like hypocrisy to me.

      Jim, you say you don’t necessarily trust the government, but you trust it enough to give your money to it (or have it take other people’s money) to run many programs and services. That sounds like you trust it an awful lot. You are a hillbilly Democrat that loves guns — you must be one of those bitter guys Obama referred to who clings to his guns.

      I can’t find anything in the GOP platform that discriminates against gays. They do advocate preserving traditional marriage, but I believe that is something President Obama also supports. I guess that’s called bipartisanship.

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