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.


3 Responses to “Schwarzenegger Blasts Republicans Over Stimulus Hypocrisy”

  1. Ghiebert on February 22nd, 2010 11:18 am

    Poor Mr Schwarzenegger must have gone to the SAME school of Economics as Obama went to, along with other ignoramus in DC. When one talks about CREATING a job in the USA (or in any other country) one refers to the fact that one is creating a PRODUCTIVE job (that is, one that will PRODUCE something of value for the market) THAT is a created job. ALL other jobs fall in two other categories. A SERVICE job (which is the result of a Productive job, and is computed for projections at the rate of 8:1 – that is for each Production job created, 8 service jobs are LIKELY (but not necessarily) will results in the community- this is merely an assessment and not a fact), secondly, the GOVERNMENT continue to create POSITIONS, not jobs! as POSITIONS are what taxpayers support with their tax dollars. For each Position created in Government, it takes 120 PRODUCTIVE JOBS to support that Position with tax dollars. Therefore, unless you have PRODUCTIVE jobs to support positions, when you create on Government jobs you have created 120 more units of DEBT for each government job. The ratio is changing with the accelerating cost of Positions these days, and it might soon take 300 people taxpayers to support one Position in the government. Since the Private sector is where JOBS are created and POSITIONS are created in the government, when Schwarzenegger says that 120 teaches and other public service jobs(Meaning Positions) have been created by the Stimulus, he is thinking like Obama, who should have studied economics instead of law. (or did he?) That is an idiot statement by Schwarzenegger and I hope he soon goes back to school to understand the difference between one ‘job’ and another. When you create POSITIONS, or government jobs, all you are creating is more debt for the taxpayer. You are not creating jobs. It’s too bad our leaders don’t understand (or simply with to ignore, thinking we are stupid?) this fact. I hope they consider getting educated, or quit trying to fool the public. WE know the difference. Thanks Ghieber

  2. Lala on February 22nd, 2010 12:27 pm

    Ghieber… most of the jobs created have been construction and “green” jobs. It’s very easy to read at Quit the ignorance, check the facts!

  3. AnnaRIL on February 22nd, 2010 3:21 pm

    At least one of the Republicans is honest. The rest of the hypocrites should take an example from Gov. Schwarzenegger and face the truth. Of course, the truth is inconvenient for the Republican Party. They just want to win election, even for the prize of running this Country to the ground. Keep lying…you so called Patriots. I know who to vote out of the office.

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