Is Arnold Schwarzenegger still a moderate?
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California is notorious for his "post-partisan" stance within the Republican party. So it was something of a surprise to see that he wants to balance California's budget by cutting state spending:
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s tough stance on climate change and a recent willingness to engage with Democratic rivals in the California state legislature has won praise and backing from across the US political spectrum.Cutting spending is a stereotypically Republican conservative move. Is Arnold Schwarzenegger still a moderate? There are two possibilities.
But a series of drastic spending cuts announced in the last few days, aimed at reducing a gaping $14.5bn (€9.9bn, £7.4bn) budget deficit has taken the sheen off the former movie star’s tenure as California governor.
Mr Schwarzenegger has caused a public outcry with a series of measures aimed at curbing spending. The radical proposals include cutting the state’s education budget, closing some of its most popular parks and releasing some prison inmates early.
- Schwarzenegger really is back to being a conservative after realizing that his mushy moderation, in part, contributed to California's budget mess.
- Schwarzenegger is still a mushy moderate and is just proposing the most politically incorrect spending cuts that he can in order to build support for a tax hike.