arnold schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger

California's corrupted governor. Ran as a reformer, and seemed like he might actually at least partly mean it. Then, he was either corrupted or let his true nature show and he turned into a George W Bush/Michael Bloomberg/John McCain-style "moderate Republican". Certainly, some of the examples of him being "moderate" aren't that bad and are supported by most Californians, such as some of his support for environmental initiatives. However, other examples of him being "moderate" are actually examples of him opposing the wishes of most Americans and now supporting policies that have greatly harmed the state, such as Schwarzenegger's support for illegal immigration.

Whatever the cause of him becoming "moderate", he's completely corrupt now. Instead of taking on people like former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez - someone who occasionally acts more like a paid agent of the Mexican government than a representative of American citizens - Schwarzenegger collaborated with him and his friends and capitulated to the far-left California legislature. Some of that may have been due to personal ambition, and he might actually believe he could have a political career after governor (Senator Schwarzenegger?) Some of that may have been due to influence from the national GOP leadership; note that he hired a Bush-linked campaign strategist to help his re-election. And, no doubt, part of it is due to the influence of his wife, Maria Shriver.

Note that, like Bush and a host of other corrupt GOP leaders, the "Governator" supports "comprehensive immigration reform". Not only that, but he's helping banks profit from money that was earned illegally.

He's also a dual citizen with Austria, so perhaps he might consider a future political career there instead of here.

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Obama meets with "stakeholders" for amnesty propaganda push ("immigration reform") - 04/19/11

Earlier today, Barack Obama met with a group of 70 "stakeholders" to discuss a new push for comprehensive immigration reform. The stakeholders in question represent only a small number of Americans; see the list below.

Sam Aanestad for California Lt. Governor? (against Maldonado, Newsom, Hahn) - 03/15/10

Someone I've never heard of before and know little about - California state senator Sam Aanestad - might be the best choice (so far) for Lt. Governor. Based only on a quick glance, his immigration position seems acceptable [1], but the much more important factor is who else is vying for the job:

* Fellow Republican Abel Maldonado is his opponent in the primary. Maldonado is who Arnold Schwarzenegger wants for current Lt. Gov., which pretty much disqualifies him from consideration.

* One of the Democrats in the running is Los Angeles City councilwoman Janice Hahn. Back in 2004 she responded to a raid of an illegal alien drop house raid by saying, "The federal government is turning a blind eye to what's happening at the border". However, I suspect she's not on this site's side for the most part.

* Even worse than the other two, Gavin Newsom has thrown his hat into the ring. The only good thing that can be said about him is that he isn't as strong a supporter of illegal immigration as some of those on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, but that's not saying much.

[1] Per this, he opposed the 2006 decision by some of his colleagues to support the "Great American Boycott", an immigration march. And, per this from 2008:

Senator Samuel Aanestad voted NO to passed Bill SB 1160, Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants, a bill that requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue driver's licenses to individuals allowing them to drive legally although it does not prove legal residence or citizenship. The bill specifies that the Department of Motor Vehicles cannot begin issuing these licenses until the Secretary of Homeland Security approves California's plan. This bill requires California to comply with the requirements of the federal Real ID Act of 2005 for the issuance of drivers licenses and identification (ID) cards by May 12, 2008. The Real ID Act authorizes the issuance of driver's licenses and ID cards to undocumented immigrants, but the license or ID card may not be used for any other official purpose, and must be a unique color or design.

With millions unemployed, Arnold Schwarzenegger calls for more foreign workers (construction, farmworkers, academic) - 03/02/10

Millions of Americans are unemployed, including large numbers of construction workers. So, what does Arnold Schwarzenegger - one of the most corrupt governors in the country - do? He goes on the Greta van Susteren show on Fox News on February 23 (link) and says this:

Schwarzenegger: build prisons in Mexico for illegal aliens - 01/26/10

From this month's candidate for a Rube Goldberg award (link):

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger floated a different approach to trimming down California's bloated prison budget on Monday: pay Mexico to build new prisons and ship off California’s incarcerated illegal immigrants south of the border.

..."We can do so much better in the prison system alone if we can go and take inmates, for instance the 20,000 inmates that are illegal immigrants that are here, and get them to Mexico... Think about it... We pay them to build the prison down in Mexico... ...Half the costs to build the prisons and half the costs to run the prisons. That is money -- $1 billion right there -- that could go into higher education."

The plan does make some sense, with the caveat that corruption in Mexico would drive up the costs and might lead to, for instance, some prisoners "escaping".

However, there would be fewer Mexican illegal aliens prisoners here in the first place if Arnold and his current and past friends (such as Fabian Nunez) weren't such strong supporters of illegal immigration. And, some of the savings that would be spent on education will be to educate citizens of Mexico who are here illegally. What Arnold is proposing might save money, but it's simply a bandaid over the real problem, one that he's too corrupt to address.

CNN, Google global warming propaganda show how untrustworthy they are (COP15 video contest) - 12/14/09

Google is going all out to present a one-sided view of global warming, not even acknowledging that some might disagree. On www.google.com at post time there's a prominent link called "Explore impact of climate change on Google Earth"; clicking the link brings you to google.com/landing/cop15:

Explore the potential impacts of climate change on our planet Earth and learn about solutions for adaptation and mitigation, in the context of the United Nation's Climate Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen. With Google Earth you can view climate change scenarios, interact with narrated tours, investigate deforestation, and even dive into the depths of the oceans.

On the left side of the page is a sidebar linking to 14 videos; the first features Al Gore and all the others are along the same lines, including the ones featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ted Danson (apparently he's now a climatologist). Below the video section they promote projections of the IPCC, link to an editorial from the Guardian UK that appeared in 50 newspapers, promote their google.org (which is "helping to build a clean energy future"), and ask their visitors to "Show your vote for a fair and effective deal in Copenhagen".

This is propaganda in its rawest form, and about the only contrary voices to be found are some in the associated Youtube video contest with user-generated questions. Those take the form of both text and video, and will be used in a CNN "debate". For those sources' commitment to an open debate, see this, this, this, and this among many others.

Schwarzenegger commission to give contract to company with Schwarzenegger associates (Steve Schmidt) - 09/03/09

From this:

California's high-speed rail commission, dominated by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's appointees, is set to award a $9-million contract today to a company led by the governor's top political advisor and his former campaign manager.

The three commission staff members charged with recommending a public relations firm have advised the board to give the contract to Mercury Public Affairs at its meeting today. Schwarzenegger strategist Adam Mendelsohn is a partner at Mercury, as is Steve Schmidt, who managed the governor's 2006 reelection effort.

The web of ties is discussed in more detail at the link.

Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Nazi card against opponents of the massive illegal activity he supports - 06/18/09

Ruben Navarrette recounts a recent meeting that Arnold Schwarzenegger held with the San Diego Union Tribune editorial board (link), during which California's corrupt governor said this about those who, unlike him, oppose massive illegal immigration:

"And what we have to do is, we always have to fight that because it's in all of us - prejudice... So what we have to do, since we have a certain level of intelligence, is to look at this and ask, 'Where does this lead when we go and blame certain people?' ...I come from Germany... So I'm a little bit more sensitive about it because it's led to atrocities and all kinds of crimes that were committed just because there were people who fell for it, and they pointed at the Jews, that this is the problem with the economy going down and all those kinds of things. And there were people blamed who were hardworking like everyone else, Germans like everyone else, but they were blamed, and the next thing you know, they were all being executed."

Schwarzenegger is completely, absolutely corrupt and beyond disreputable; no further comment should be necessary, aside from the suggestion that, since he still has Austrian citizenship he should return there instead of continuing to make California even worse.

He also continued to promote illegal activity, talked down to his (nominal) employers, and continued to use a strawman argument:

"I understand the way people think," Schwarzenegger said. "And I don't blame them for the limited amount of information they have. But I think it's very important that we always correct (misinformation) and talk about how the reality works. Because when you get asked, 'Isn't it the illegal immigrants who caused this budget problem and this budget mess and why we have a $24 billion budget crisis?' you've got to go and tell people, 'That is not so.' "

Actually, Schwarzenegger is trying to fool people who have a limited amount of information. Those who are familiar with this topic realize just what sort of a corrupt hack he is. He's also engaging in a strawman argument, pretending that his opponents claim that all of California's woes are due to illegal immigration. In fact, most or all of his opponents correctly realize that illegal immigration has played a major role in those problems. Not only does it increase spending, but it gives more power to the far-left. The far-left - people such as Gil Cedillo or Fabian Nunez and many others - then used their additional power to push for more spending.

Republicans that Obama administration listens to include McCain, Schwarzenegger, and Mel Martinez (on immigration) - 06/10/09

From our "For What It's Worth" department, Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic offers "The Six Top Republicans Obama Listens To" [1]. He doesn't provide a source for his information, but it could happen. Especially since all those listed are RINOs.

Corrupt Arnold Schwarzenegger praises illegal aliens, "happy" they get services, says only have small role in California's problems; Cedillo pleased - 06/06/09

This is corruption in action:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday disputed claims that illegal immigrants caused California's $24.3 billion deficit, while he praised their economic contributions and said he is "happy" they have access to services.

...In response to dozens of questions from readers who say the state ought to wipe out the deficit by eliminating services for illegal immigrants, the governor said it is a "myth" that those immigrants are to blame.

He said the cost of services to illegal immigrants, which has been estimated at $4 billion to $5 billion annually, is a "small percentage" of the deficit California faces.

"Yes, it is something that ought to be dealt with, but the fact of the matter is, I think it's an easy scapegoat for people to point the finger and say, 'Our budget is out of whack because of illegal immigrants.' "

While illegal aliens aren't to blame for everything, they do play a large role. Massive illegal immigration doesn't just increase spending. It also gives more power to the far-left Democrats in the California legislature; they use that expanded power base to push for more spending. It also fosters a climate of corruption, with leading politicians - such as Arnold - not only turning a blind eye to massive illegal activity but actually promoting it:

"You know something, as far as I'm concerned, I'm happy that they can get the services.. Because I would like to have the services if I'm somewhere in another country … if I have an accident with a motorcycle and I go to an emergency room, I don't want someone to say, is he here legally? ...Everything we eat today is picked and created by undocumented immigrants, to a large extent... And every time we go to a restaurant and every time we go and move into a building, a lot of those buildings are built by undocumented immigrants' hands."

The first part of that is a false choice: no one is talking about cutting off emergency services to illegal aliens. The debate is about cutting off non-emergency services, services that serve as an inducement to come here. No one wants kids to be uneducated, they just want them to be educated in their own countries. And, given that California's unemployment rate is at 10%, Arnold shouldn't be promoting illegal aliens having construction jobs at the same time as millions of those he was elected to represent are out of work.

To show just how much Arnold is on the wrong track, Gil Cedillo praised him for his comments and had this to say:

"Our economy is very, very dependent on the immigrant work force... They're a very disciplined, very stable, very productive work force. Our economy would collapse without them."

"Fullerton Tea Party" was not a "tea party", don't be fooled - 03/08/09

Yesterday, radio hosts John and Ken from KFI in Los Angeles held a "tea party" in Fullerton (Orange County) that was attended by somewhere between 8,000 and 15,000 people. Despite what you'll hear from the usual suspects, this wasn't one of the classic tea parties in the Ayn Rand/"taxation is theft"/"greed is good" sense. Instead, it was based on something that John and Ken had been pushing before the "tea parties" started and it was mostly a protest of local California issues relating to Arnold Schwarzenegger. They glommed on to the "tea party" idea and did feature some discussion about the stimulus plan, and now those behind the "tea parties" are trying to pretend it's indicative of some massive movement when it isn't.

Those misleading about this include (of course) Glenn Reynolds (pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/72439, pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/72434) and Ed Morrissey of HotAir (hotair.com/archives/2009/03/08/fullerton-tea-party-gets-15000-protestors).

There's a running commentary on the event here and a news report here.

UPDATE: There's video from the rally here. And, Insty doubles-down at the first of his links above:

A reader emails: "I'm just wondering if 8-15 thousand at Fullerton is enough for doom sayers like Rick Moran and others to deign to join in."

Another reader (this one named) says:

John and Ken by the way are not Republican by any stretch of the imagination or even conservative. They are very much a “pox on both your houses.” The success of their rally makes me wonder why conservative talk show hosts are not pushing this more. If a local station can get 8 -15,000 people imagine what Hugh Hewitt or Sean Hannity could pull off, never mind Rush Limbaugh.

I doubt whether Rush or the rest would want to be associated with the loony libertarian subtext of these protests. If they held their own rallies, they wouldn't have that same subtext; i.e., they'd be as different from the Instapundit-style rallies as the J&K one was. If those hosts held their own rallies it would be more difficult for Insty to mislead about them, not that he probably wouldn't try.

UPDATE 2: There are more videos here, here, here, here, and here.

Schwarzenegger helps banks profit from illegal activity ("Bank on California") - 12/14/08

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has launched a program called "Bank on California" that seeks to give bank accounts to 100,000 of the "unbanked": those who currently don't have either a checking or savings account. However - right on their front page (bankoncalifornia.ca.gov) - the program states that it accepts as ID the Mexican government's Matricula Consular card, a form of identification that's basically only of use to illegal aliens.

In brief, Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state of California are actively helping banks profit from money that was earned illegally.

Judge Peter Busch: San Francisco can pass out ID cards to all, including illegal aliens - 10/15/08

From this:
A lawsuit to block San Francisco from handing out municipal identification cards to anyone who has lived in the city for at least 15 days regardless of their immigration status was tossed out of court Tuesday.

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Peter Busch ruled against the Immigration Reform Law Institute of Washington D.C., which left open the possibility of an appeal.
A quote from J

Illegal alien farmworker dies from heat; cheap labor liberals, conservatives partly responsible (UFW, Susan Ferriss/SacBee) - 05/30/08

Susan Ferriss of the Sacramento Bee offers "Teen farmworker's death, probed as heat-related, stirs outcry" (link) about an illegal alien who died after working in a vineyard near Stockton:

California occupational safety authorities are investigating the girl's death in Lodi as a heat-related fatality.

John McCain back to supporting "comprehensive immigration reform", "guest" workers, H-1B visas - 05/22/08

Some people have tried to say that John McCain turned his back on "comprehensive immigration reform", i.e., a massive amnesty for illegal aliens. In a Silicon Valley speech today, McCain clarified the matter (link):
After several of the business leaders complained about the difficulty in obtaining temporary H1B visas for scientists and engineers, something the Senate immigration bill was supposed to address, Mr. McCain expressed regret the measure did not pass, calling it a personal "failure," as well as one by the federal government.

...Mr. McCain asked others on the panels for suggestions about how to "better mobilize American public opinion" behind the notion of comprehensive immigration reform.
It gets even worse, as - with Arnold Schwarzenegger by his side, cheering him on - McCain said:
"Senator Kennedy and I tried very hard to get immigration reform, a comprehensive plan, through the Congress of the United States... It is a federal responsibility and because of our failure as a federal obligation, we're seeing all these various conflicts and problems throughout our nation as different towns, cities, counties, whatever they are, implement different policies and different programs which makes things even worse and even more confusing... ...I believe we have to secure our borders, and I think most Americans agree with that, because it's a matter of national security. But we must enact comprehensive immigration reform. We must make it a top agenda item if we don't do it before, and we probably won't, a little straight talk, as of January 2009... ...[illegal aliens] are also God's children, and we have to do it in a human and compassionate fashion...
The last is simply false compassion, and what McCain supports will lead to even more people wanting to come here and will give even more political power to corrupt business groups and far-left groups that currently oppose immigration enforcement.

IT WAS ALL JUST A DREAM UPDATE: From this:
Team McCain tells me the senator's comments were poorly worded. There's been no discussion within the campaign of altering their stance on illegal immigration, and as far as everyone on the campaign is concerned, the policy is still, 'secure the border first.'

I said, "so, this change away from border-security-first wouldn't happen, unless John McCain and his top advisers had gotten together, studied it in great detail, weighed all the advantages and disadvantages, and came to the carefully-considered conclusion that they're really not interested in winning the election?" The strategist laughed and agreed.

San Francisco's IDs for illegal aliens plan may spread to East Bay - 04/28/08

From this we learn that groups in the East Bay are trying to get their own version of
San Francisco's ID cards for illegal aliens plan, specifically basing their proposal on that plan.

The group pushing it is called the "Contra Costa County Municipal ID Task Force" and supporters quoted include Miriam Wong of the Latina Center, a Richmond-based organization that teaches leadership skills to women in the Latino community, Antonio Medrano of Concilio L

Dolores Huerta says we can't enforce immigration laws, promotes demographic hegemony (ask Hillary Clinton) - 03/29/08

United Farm Workers of America co-founder Dolores Huerta - also a co-chair of the Hillary Clinton campaign (link) - gave a speech straight out of the Balkans (or other places) on Thursday at San Bernardino Valley College in Southern California (link).

It'd be great if someone somewhere could go to a Hillary Clinton appearance and ask her to denounce the following statements. I'm not expecting anyone to do that, but it'd be great if someone could prove me wrong.
"We didn't cross the border," the revered immigrant and farm worker advocate told an enthusiastic crowd of mostly college students. "The border crossed us."

...In her wide-ranging speech, which was sponsored by Arts and Lecture Series Committee and MECHA Latino faculty and staff, Huerta railed against anti-immigrant groups, the North American Free Trade Agreement, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed state budget cuts to education, and U.S. government inaction on immigration reform.

...She said illegal workers were a critical bulwark of the national economy, yet were faced with virulent anti-illegal-immigrant groups such as the Minuteman Project that she said were "linked" to the United States government.

She said Immigration and Customs Enforcement crackdowns had deported 290,000 people to Latin American countries in what she characterized as an "ethnic cleansing."

But anti-illegal-immigration efforts were doomed to failure, Huerta said, as illegal immigrants and naturalized Latinos had gained a foothold in the country.

"It's really too late," Huerta said of anti-illegal-immigration movements. "If 47 million (Latinos) have one baby each ... it's already won."

...Huerta's reception at the community college was overwhelmingly positive.

..."I liked how she said 75 percent of the world was people of color," said SBVC student Randy Dale, 23. "We are the majority, and we should be in charge more, especially in the U.S."
Related:
100+ Hispanic groups send letter supporting illegal immigration, opposing raids
Watanabe, Gorman on "Unity Blueprint for Immigration Reform" (massive amnesty, questionable links)
Democrats' fave Mexican congressmen support Elvira Arellano; Dolores Huerta; commission?
Darrell Issa, PFAW, Huerta, Catholic leaders, immigration town hall meetings
AZ Daily Star regrets hate speech headline

Arnold Schwarzenegger: don't blame illegal aliens for California budget woes - 03/26/08

Continuing his descent into becoming a PC Democratic clown, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was asked today what he wants to do about the costs of illegal immigration on the state. He said blaming illegal aliens would be a "big mistake".

Felipe Calderon Feb. 2008 U.S. visit: Eliot Spitzer, Blagojevich, Schwarzenegger, Villaraigosa, Fabian Nunez - 02/09/08

Mexico's president Felipe Calderon will be visiting parts of their former territory next week, stopping in New York, Boston, Chicago, Sacramento, and Los Angeles but apparently avoiding Washington DC.

In addition to U.S. officials, and some who are supposedly U.S. officials, he'll probably also be meeting with community leaders, such as those from non-profits, "hometown associations", the leaders of his PAN party who operate inside the U.S., and the like. Unfortunately, it's difficult to find a listing, but if anyone could leave information in comments that would be quite helpful.

In addition to addressing the California legislature, some people he's known to be meeting with are:

* U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
* New York governor Eliot Spitzer
* Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich
* California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
* Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
* Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez (private meeting)

UPDATE: According to this:
...officials said he'll meet with Mayor Richard Daley, Gov. Rod Blagojevich and other leaders... ...includes a private meeting with some Mexican community leaders at McCormick Place... ..."We will be there making our proposals to him in what we expect to be a sincere dialogue," said Salvador Pedroza, chairman of the Little Village Chamber of Commerce and leader of the Illinois chapter of Calderon's National Action Party... In the afternoon, Calderon is expected to attend a town-hall-style meeting at Little Village High School on the Southwest Side.

...After Calderon met privately with Blagojevich, officials announced an agreement for a teacher's exchange program that would send Mexican educators to Illinois to help teach math, natural sciences, Spanish and other subjects in local classrooms.

"It's very important that we recognize the contributions Mexico has made to Illinois and the United States, by strengthening our mutual bond and improving the quality and scope of Mexican culture in Illinois," Blagojevich said in an e-mailed news release.
Please indict him already.

UPDATE 2: His first meeting was at the Council of the Americas, with their honorary president David Rockefeller. Then, it was off to meet Eliot Spitzer (presidencia.gob.mx/prensa/?contenido=33715); Calderon congratulated him for his "efforts... to provide Mexican migrants with access to public education and health services as well as to guarantee their work rights". Then, a private meeting with the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, and he also spoke at Harvard, with Deval Patrick, and with the President of the New York Federal Reserve Bank. In Chicago he met with mayor Richard M. Daley and with Blago. He even met with Jesse Jackson. All that and much, much more here.

John McCain supporters include George Bush and three border state governors - 02/07/08

John McCain has picked up key endorsements from three current and one former border state governors. First up:

Vote No on Prop 93 (bogus term limits proposition would keep Fabian Nunez, Gil Cedillo in office) - 01/29/08

I urge all Californians to vote No on Prop 93, the term limits proposition.

Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger promote corruption, try to fool people about "unbanked" program - 01/24/08

Bill Clinton and Arnold Schwarzenegger join forces to offer "Beyond Payday Loans". The two promote plans to help the "unbanked" (those without checking accounts), and in so doing completely mislead about the seemy underbelly of their proposals: the San Francisco program they mention is designed in large part to give banking services to illegal aliens. They don't even hint at that:
...[The American dream] is harder to achieve for millions of Americans because they spend too much of their hard-earned money on fees to cash their paychecks or pay off high-priced loans meant to carry them over until they get paid at work.

...This year, California will become the first state in the nation to launch an effort to help unbanked residents open starter accounts -- the first step into the financial mainstream...

In coordination with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, we will partner with financial institutions to increase the supply of starter accounts that work for unbanked consumers and banks. We will form regional coalitions of financial institutions, mayors and community groups to market accounts and help the unbanked build financial literacy. And we will build on work already being done in San Francisco, where city officials, working with banks and credit unions, have already signed up 11,000 individuals who previously had no checking or savings account...
They also mention that the William J. Clinton Foundation's Economic Opportunity Initiative will be helping spread the San Francisco scheme to other cities.

The San Francisco scheme boils down to the FDIC trying to help banks profit from money that was earned illegally. Instead of fighting against such government corruption, Bill Clinton and Arnold Schwarzenegger are promoting it. Pardon me if I have difficulty thinking of both of them as little more than crooks.

UPDATE: Please contact Arnie and let him know what you think: gov.ca.gov/interact or better yet give his office a call and select the option to speak to a live person: 916-445-2841. And, per a note here, Kevin James of KRLA AM 970 will be discussing this on his show tonight (9:00 - 11:00 pm PST).

Fabian Nunez has healthcare activists arrested at California Capitol? - 01/16/08

I haven't researched this, but Jamie Court of the "Foundation For Taxpayer and Consumer Rights" (and founder of an anti-Arnold Schwarzenegger site) says:
Even I was shocked to hear that California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez directed the California Highway Patrol to prevent our consumer group and an uninsured Massachusetts teacher from speaking out inside the Capitol against mandatory health insurance.

One Bill Gil Cedillo brings back illegal aliens driver's licenses (January 2008 edition) - 01/12/08

From this:
Saying Friday's release of final regulations in the U.S. REAL ID Act clears the way, a Los Angeles Democrat said he will move ahead with a bill that would let illegal immigrants obtain driver's licenses.

State Sen. Gil Cedillo has previously proposed such legislation, but it has been vetoed repeatedly by Republican Gov.

ArnieCare: budget busting universal healthcare in California (illegal aliens, Fabian Nunez, Don Perata) - 12/18/07

arnold schwarzenegger fabian nunez andy stern Unlike, say, Grover Norquist, I'm not a reflexive opponent of some form of universal healthcare, at least on the face of it. But, as with other things there's frequently a hidden agenda, such as people pushing UHC who have wider goals.

Barack Obama endorses California DREAM Act; help discredit him - 10/10/07

Barack Obama wants Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign Gil Cedillo's "California DREAM Act". From a statement (link):

Calderon makes demands; Mexicans have "right to work" in U.S.; admits harm to Mexico of emigration - 09/28/07

From this:
Mexican President Felipe Calderon told U.S. governors Thursday that immigration is an inevitable, natural phenomenon and he urged the U.S.

Contact Arnold Schwarzenegger re: Gil Cedillo's financial aid for illegal aliens bill - 09/27/07

California state senator Gil Cedillo - sometimes called "One Bill Gil" due to his constant attempts to pass a bill giving driver's licenses to illegal aliens - actually has come up with a multitude of bills designed to give benefits to those who are here illegally.

White House listening to pork producers, La Raza, Mexico-linked NALEO, NRA... just not you - 06/21/07

The White House offers a PDF entitled "What They're Saying: Border Security And Immigration Reform Agreement" and subtitled 'Business And Agriculture Groups Say "It Is Critical That The Process Moves Forward"' (PDF) [1]. It's just a collection of quotes from press releases from those few groups that support the Bush/Senate massive illegal immigration amnesty, and it contains no accompaning text other than the titles.

As simply a collection of quotes, it's not that shocking. However, it's interesting that these are the special interest groups that the White House chooses to use to bolster their bill, rather than acknowledging the other 99.99% of Americans. And, at least two of the groups are certainly interesting. Let's lead with those two:

* National Association Of Latino Elected And Appointed Officials (has a link to the Mexican government)
* National Council Of La Raza President And CEO Janet Murguia (funds extremists)
* The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce
* National Restaurant Association
* Business Roundtable
* National Association Of Manufacturers
* National Federation Of Independent Business
* Essential Worker Immigration Coalition
* American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman
* Associated Builders And Contractors Chairman David Meyer
* National Milk Producers Federation President And CEO Jerry Kozak
* National Pork Producers Council President Jill Appell
* American Subcontractors Association President Stephen Rohrbach
* Agriculture Coalition For Immigration Reform
* American Health Care Association President And CEO Bruce Yarwood
* Poultry Federation President Marvin Childers
* Georgia Farm Bureau
* Tyson Foods, Inc.
* Western Growers President And CEO Tom Nassif
* Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano
* California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
* National League Of Cities President And Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson
* Boston Mayor Thomas Menino
* MANA President And CEO Alma Morales Riojas
* U.S. Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce Board Of Directors Chairman David Lizarraga
* Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
* Esperanza USA President Rev. Luis Cortes

[1] The PDF is described here: freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1854324/posts. It was posted to RedState by Robert Bluey, so it's probably for real. However, I've cached it locally to avoid linking to that site.

Arnold is back: KFI's John & Ken supporting Rudy Giuliani - 06/11/07

Apparently KFI AM 640 Los Angeles hosts John & Ken - frequent opponents of illegal immigration - want Rudy Giuliani to be president. Or, at least John Kobylt does. He seems to think that the amnesty that Rudy supports isn't amnesty. He is, of course, wrong.

This is oddly similar to a previous situation: John & Ken were one of the major forces behind the Gray Davis recall and have supported Arnold Schwarzenegger. Unfortunately, we see how well that worked out, with Arnie since revealing himself to be little more than a Democrat when it comes to matters like illegal immigration.

Corrupt crypto-Dem Watch: Arnold Schwarzenegger endorses "comprehensive immigration reform" - 05/16/07

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has sent a letter to Sens. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell urging them to pass "comprehensive immigration reform": ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2007,0517-schwarzenegger.pdf

It's the usual swill: the system is broken, we need a "guest" worker program, we need border security, we need to deal "realistically" with current illegal aliens, etc. The swill is of the southwest-governor-variant, demanding that the Feds pay for the costs associated with massive immigration, including the SCAAP program (refunds states for incarcerating illegal aliens).

The Politico/MSNBC/Chris Matthews lightweight GOP "debate" - 05/03/07

The Politico and MSNBC are holding a GOP debate tonight, moderated by super lightweight Chris Matthews; subject to other factors, a live discussion of the "debate" follows.

Summary: Tonight's debate was extremely lightweight and a complete waste of time. The questions were extremely general, largely pointless, and Matthews rarely had follow-ups. A fifth grade class could have asked better questions and done a better job at getting to what the candidates really support and the flaws in their arguments.

"A Christmas Story" director killed by illegal alien (allegedly driving drunk) - 04/05/07

Robert Clark - the director of the movies "A Christmas Story" and "Porky's" - and his adult son were killed on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in Pacific Palisades (home of celebrities such as Arnold Schwarzenegger) yesterday in head-on car collision. The driver of the other car was Hector Velazquez-Nava, who was driving without a license.

Now, Eric Leonard of KFI-AM reports that Nava is an illegal alien.

Gentle Matthew Dowd turns on President Bush - 03/31/07

In what might turn out to be an April Fool's Day joke, the New York Times offers "Ex-Aide Details a Loss of Faith in the President" about former Bush chief campaign strategist Matthew Dowd becoming disenchanted with Our Leader:
He criticized the president as failing to call the nation to a shared sense of sacrifice at a time of war, failing to reach across the political divide

Presidential healthcare forum: Bill Richardson for illegal aliens; more media malfeasance - 03/24/07

There was a big "presidential" healthcare forum in Las Vegas earlier today, but it looks like the only one who attended were from the Democratic Party. Realizing that I didn't watch it and I'm only relying on a few blogger reports, it looks like there was probably more debate involved at the Third Plenary Soviet.

The moderator was Karen Tumulty of Time, and you can read her nearly content-free round-up here [1].

Schwarzenegger may sign Nunez, Perata Protection Act (February primary) - 03/07/07

The California Assembly has approved a bill that would move the presidential primary to February 2008. As previously discussed, this will also allow a proposition to appear on the ballot that will extend term limits for such worthies as Fabian Nunez and Don Perata. Arnold still needs to see the final bill, but he's indicated his support in the past. If you'd like to suggest that Arnie's in the wrong party, give him a jingle: 916-445-2841

NYT: Majority Back Health Care for All! - 03/02/07

The results of the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll are in:

While the war in Iraq remains the overarching issue in the early stages of the 2008 campaign, access to affordable health care is at the top of the public's domestic agenda, ranked as far more important than immigration, cutting taxes or promoting traditional values.

The poll asks about making "health insurance available to all Americans".

The problem i

Arnold Schwarzenegger's "totally reasonable, centrist approach" to illegal immigration - 02/27/07

Arnold Schwarzenegger - California's Bush-resembling, Mexico-pandering, Rove/Kennedy/Mexico-linked governor - engaged in a three-day "media blitz" in Washington DC, attending the National Governors Association meeting, speaking on Sunday talk shows, giving interviews and speaking before

Rudy Giuliani: Schwarzenegger is a "progressive leader" - 02/13/07

Yesterday His Weirdness, aka former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, spoke in Silicon Valley and said:
...Giuliani praised [Arnold Schwarzenegger], calling him a "progressive leader."

"I generally agree with Governor Schwarzenegger," Giuliani said...

...On immigration, Giuliani said while the

Arnold Schwarzenegger: La Cooperativa Campesina dispensing state money to employees of corrupt growers - 02/12/07

Via this comes this:
Gov. Schwarzenegger on Friday announced a $1.75 million state grant to help [California crop] freeze victims with rent, mortgage and utility payments...

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