February 22nd, 2009
12:59 PM ET
5 years ago

Schwarzenegger calls stimulus plan 'terrific'

CNN

Gov. Schwarzenegger is a fan of the stimulus measure.

(CNN) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday declared President Obama's stimulus plan is "terrific," an assessment that sharply differs from many of his Republican colleagues.

In an appearance on CNN's State of the Union, Schwarzenegger said he welcomes his state's share of the massive $787 billion package, believing it could create as many as 400,000 new jobs.

"We welcome this economic stimulus package. I think it's terrific and will help us," the California governor said. "We were happy even though there's…people complaining. It's not what they envisioned, but what is? The people will give you 1,000 different answers.

"It was Obama that got elected. He put the package together, so let's support it," he also said.

Schwarzenegger's comments differ sharply from those of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who earlier on State of the Union said he would turn down some of the stimulus money because it could lead to future spending requirements from his state.

Specifically Barbour took issue with extensions to unemployment benefits called for in the package, which he believes the state will have to finance after the federal funds run out.

But Schwarzenegger disagreed, suggesting the added unemployment benefits can be cut off once the economy rebounds.

"If you promise people this money will come next year and the year after that, you'll have a major problem," he said. "But if you use the money for one-time spending…it cannot hurt."

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  1. Randall

    Well for one who cares about rush limbauh he is and extremist and a pill head hahah anyway yes I for once agree with Arnold lets back the president he is smart and capable and has smart people around him. And tell all the republican who have gotten us into a 10 trillion dollar national debt to shut the hell up about spending money on our infrastructure and our schools and trying to create jobs they should fell horrible how can they sleep at night... While all bush did was give 500 billion to the banks which did nothin we dont even know what happened to the money they should all be ashamed.

    February 22, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. Randall in Torrance, CA -A Common American and Armed Forces Veteran

    Good to hear that the Governator gets it and accepts President Obama's stimulus plan even though the Governor's own economic mistakes caused California's massive economic crisis in the first place. I spoke with a California legislator who informed me that the Governor got rid of the license plate tab higher fee and lowered it thereby causing Billions of dollars of reduced state revenues and then never replaced that shortfall with anything else. So, now is a good time for the Governator to change his political affiliation and join his wife's party.

    February 22, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. Scott Peek

    I find it very interesting and revealing that an elected official who under the constraints of the constitution can not seek higher office (ie: the Presidency) supports the stimulus, where as his fellow rebublicans feel political pressure to oppose it solely on the merits of political expedience. I applaud Governor Schwarzenegger for voting on principle as opposed to tested and failed partisan liptmus tests.

    February 22, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. California Gold

    Arnold campaigned to recall our Governor Davis to repeal the vehicle license tax hike from Governor Davis. Fast forward to 2009 and Governor Schwarzenegger brings back the vehicle license tax hike. So much for party politics. He did ok. This is his last term. He doesn't need the Republican party. He has a life and career outside of politics.

    February 22, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. Thanks for being honest

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for being an honest governor Arnold. Its governors like you that keep the states and this country going strong. Its okay to disagree sometimes and we all understand there are two sides to every story; however, when the governors don't take the time to read and review things, it creates more stress on the American people. If the governors are worried about long term cost to their states they evidently didn't even look at the entire bill.

    My children and grand children will pay for Bush's wars and the credit mess that his administration created. Where were all of the GOP members then? Why aren't they talking about all the money we're paying on that load of bull? I work hard and don't want handouts but when handouts are needed its nice to know that America has my back.

    The Obama administration's stimulus package at least has money for my children and grand children to get their education–in a nicer school mind you, drive more efficient cars, on safer roads, have lower energy cost, and make sure they have a higher life expectancy than our previous generations. By doing these things in the stimulus we are making the next generation stronger instead of giving them a band aid and a cookie.

    Now, to all the other republicans and obstructionist out there that don't read the fine print as to how this bill will actually help, you can view it on this website.

    Read the stimulus break down before you open your mouths to comment. Thank you republicans for being literate this time and not listening to the hype.

    February 22, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. Sean Chong

    "other peoples' money: I really don't understand how getting into more debt is going to solve the problems that debt got us into in the first place. Any economist worth listening to is saying these "bailouts" are a mistake."

    Some debts are good, some debts are bad. We need cholesterol, but the good ones, not the bad ones. Buying a house we can afford, but we need to incur debt is a good debt. Buying luxurious goods using credit card is a bad debt. Again, there are good porks and bad porks. Don't pull down all debts, and give one sweeping judgment for all issues. Bailing out failed banks is not good, but selective bailout should be done. Banks bailout should be a discriminating process, where the good assets are differentiated from the bad ones, and we only bailout those good assets, instead of the bad ones. The GOP doesn't make sense, because they cannot differentiate the good from the bad.

    Why are we so against putting the money into Hollywood when it's currently one of the few sectors that actually earn money for America? This is something that we, as Americans, should wake up on.

    February 22, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. Jeanine

    I have currently been working 30 hr work weeks for the last 2 months, we've seen one shift eliminated, we have seen many people laid off. In anticipation of the signing of the stimulus we have received a boost in orders for uniforms last week for businesses in construction and infastructure maintenance & repair. We have been told we will probably be going back to 40 hrs soon. THIS is what the stimulus is meant to do! I am working, I will be working more, more will be hired to help. People who make heavy machinery will be back to work, those who maintain it, those who use it, those who feed the workers, those who provide any services to the workers.....and it is already happening. I agree with the Governator. I just wish the rest of the Republican Party could see that giving big business more tax breaks HASN'T helped and won't help....they just pocket it. Getting Americans back to WORK is what is needed.

    February 22, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. Hector from Canada

    At least one Republican Governor speaks about the benefits that the stimulus plan will bring to the people of the state he governs. McCain and the others live in a crystal bowl, then they don't get what is happening. I hope the plan will work for everybody!

    February 22, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. Mike

    I wonder if any of the politicians have actually sat down and read it yet?

    February 22, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. Josh

    Finally, someone who talks straight, not politics.

    February 22, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. Kelly

    Republicans need to take note from Gov. Schwarzenegger. Although I didn't like how he came to power in California, I think he is doing exactly what Obama is trying to accomplish. Save the partisan rhetoric for now and get to the people's work.

    You can say that the Governator is only talking positively toward the President and his stimulus because the State of California is in such dire need of these funds, but I think it's much more than that. The Republican party needs to reassess itself and stop listening to the wacko's like Rush Limbaugh. The GOP MUST stop listening to all of the idiots who keep spoon-feeding them all the typical Republican ilk and start acting positively through action as Gov. Schwarzenegger has been doing. I'm not a big fan, but for now I say Go Arnie!!!!

    February 22, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. Tom

    Newsflash: Arnold is "not" a republican, but it nice that the media will use this to show how Republicans are embracing the new President and his horrific stimulus plan. Of course Arnold would embrace this, it's all he has left to save his rear end. He's "hoping" that it will offset some of the new taxes that just got dumped on the "taxpayers" (illegal aliens excluded of course). For those of you who don't follow California current events, California is near bankruptcy, has huge deficits, a brain dead legislature, and yet, California voters continue to put these people in office! While the state crumbles, our brilliant representatives refuse to cut needless things out of the budget, continue to add needless costs to our expenditures, then raise taxes on everything possible. There is a mass exodus of business, residents and even illegal aliens from California because of its irresponsible and idiotic liberal causes and agendas.

    February 22, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. Give me a break!

    So, two Republican governors of two of the four largest states (CA and FL) think the stimulus plan is a good idea. Makes sense to me. Who really cares about MS anyway? What has it produced other than Brtiney Spears???

    February 22, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. Mike

    enjoy the money now before the taxes go up to meet that 2013 deadline...
    13 bucks extra a week.. but then Mass raises the gas tax 19 cents a gallon... there goes that...

    February 22, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. Richard n texas

    Of course they will take it, its free money, so they dont have to deal with their issues now, just puts them off for a bit. Each state that takes the money can say they were bought and paid for and own their existance to the corrupted federal government. Might be worth that revolution that Thomas Jefferson says must come very so often and put the US back on the right track.

    February 22, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. Eric Beck

    The Bush Administration, in partnership with Enron (remember those highly controversial meetings in the first days of Dubya's presidency?), specifically targeted California during Davis' administration...and that was the death blow that put California where it is now. California deserves every penny the Federal Government gives it.

    February 22, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. Larry from RI

    Let's keep in mind that the state of California is the 8th largest economy in the world and can't be compared to the economies of RI, Kentucky or even Texas or Alaska – it utterly dwarfs them!

    Doesn't it seem like the divide in the GOP is between the House/Senate Rethugs and the Governors and GOP members on Main Street who are the moderates and are the only ones acting like grown-ups?

    February 22, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. america first

    why not swich over to the dems. Gov. Shwarzennegger , after all if not for them there would be no more california thanks to the republicans.

    February 22, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. joel

    Dana – you should maybe consider that Schawarzenegger is a Republican governor supporting a Democratic president. Perhaps you should read up on the facts.

    February 22, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. Peter E

    Barbour is the only semi-honest republican governor. All the other ones complain about the stimulus package, but in the end eat up all the money offered them. All self-respecting republicans should not just complain about the stimulus bill, but turn down ALL the money from it!

    February 22, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. Ivan

    Arnaold Schwarzenegger cares more about the American People than
    ideology.
    The Republicans when in power of lower taxes, increase spending that results in record deficits and debt, balance budgets be damned.
    When out of power the Republicans ideology is a balance budget, eliminating the deficit and debt along with their old faithful lower taxes.
    The Republicans ideology seems to be at odds with their actions when in power, in other words they talk the talk, but they don't walk the walk.

    February 22, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. Rubio

    Arnold is positioning himself to run for the Senate. He can't win by being a neo-Hooverite. Same for Charlie Crist (FL).

    February 22, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. Doug

    The State of California sends far more tax money to Washington than it ever gets back so it is about time some money came back our way.
    Arnold isn't the only one who is happy to see it...

    February 22, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. dave

    The Republican should take notes and don't run him away and if they do I'll be very happy he's been a great Governor I voted for him and I'm a Dem. They don't believe in country first.

    February 22, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  25. Time for the Governator switch from a Republican'ter to a Democandoer

    Good to hear that the Governator gets it and accepts President Obama's stimulus plan even though the Governor's own economic mistakes caused California's massive economic crisis in the first place. I spoke with a California legislator who informed me that the Governor got rid of the license plate tab higher fee and lowered it thereby causing Billions of dollars of reduced state revenues and then never replaced that shortfall with anything else. So, now is a good time for the Governator to change his political affiliation and join his wife's party. Arnold, what are you waiting for?

    February 22, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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