Schwarzenegger Blasts Republicans Over Stimulus Hypocrisy
February 22, 2010
(ChattahBox)—California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared on ABC’s “This Week,” on Sunday praising President Obama’s stimulus program for creating jobs and staving off a depression, while he also pointed out the “trash and cash” hypocrisy of Republicans, whom attack the stimulus in public and beg for money from it in private. Schwarzenegger said that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the stimulus created 150,000 new jobs in his state alone.
During his appearance on “This Week,” Schwarzenegger was shown a clip of Mitt Romney trashing the $787 billion stimulus bill at the CPAC conference, falsely saying that it hadn’t created any private-sector jobs. The California governor noted the hypocrisy of Republicans, who say that the stimulus created no jobs, while appearing at ribbon-cuttings in their home states taking credit for jobs created by stimulus funds:
“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 jobs,” said Schwarzenegger, who has frequently criticized national Republicans, often on Sunday talk shows. “And then they go out and they do the photo ops and they are posing with the big check and they say, ‘Isn’t this great? Look what kind of money I provide here for the state.’ . . . It doesn’t match up,” said Schwarzenegger.
He called for fellow Republicans to work with President Obama to find solutions to the country’s problems:
“I don’t want to beat up on my Republican colleagues, but I think it’s kind of politics rather than thinking about only one thing, and this is, how do we support the president?” he said. “How do we support him and do everything we can in order to stimulate the economy?”
A recent report confirmed that the stimulus bill saved or created up to 2.5 million jobs and economists agree that the bill helped prevent a major depression. And a research report by Think Progress found that 110 Republican lawmakers, whom voted against the stimulus, are guilty of stimulus hypocrisy by appearing at various ceremonies in their home states praising stimulus funds for creating jobs.
Every single Republican in the House and Senate voted against the Recovery Act, except Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Susan Collins (R-ME), and then-Republican Sen. Arlen Specter.
When asked if the Republican Party were obstructionists and the Party of No, Schwarzenegger admitted that the GOP was using a political strategy to win elections:
“They have to do everything they can in order to win in November, so they are going to say no to everything,” Schwarzenegger said. “They are going to say it is not good what Obama is doing. It is natural.”
Schwarzenegger also dismissed the tea party movement as a disorganized group of angry populists:
“The tea party is not going to go anywhere. I think the tea party is all about just an expression of anger and dissatisfaction,” he said. But he acknowledged that Republicans were using the movement’s anger to make electoral gains in 2010.
Schwarzenegger is in Washington this week for the annual meeting of governors. The group is meeting with President Obama on Monday.