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

Schwarzenegger calls stimulus plan 'terrific'


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."

soundoff (412 Responses)
  1. jammerama67

    Wow! I use to respect Arnold. Anyone who thinks the stimulus bill is good for anybody other than immigrants and illegal aliens is a complete idiot or is not informed. Try reading it people! What is happening to this country? One day white males will be running for the Mexican border.

    February 22, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Hot mama

    Im not against Obama - i hope he is everything everybody has been hoping for - I hope his balls are made of Gold so we can melt them down and sell them later -- 🙂

    February 22, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. daniel cabrera

    What I do like in all this is the TRANSPARENCY that Obama and his gang has for the american people.The TRANSPARENCY is so tranparent that I can 'see so well '- even through the WORD itself- and it seems that EVERYONE CAN SEE (LIKE X-RAYS) throught this TRANSPARENCY,...for nobody is protesting (I mean, the democrats worshipers)


    It is for this joke what you did vote for?

    Daniel Cabrera
    Merrillville, Indiana

    February 22, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. kent mccoy

    kathleen sevelius, governor of kansas, got to the bones of the stimulus debate when she said recently:
    "hey i assure you that i will apply for use of any money any one refuses to accept" no problems what so ever. thank you

    February 22, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. ST

    Way To Go Terminator!

    The Republicans who think this is a bad idea, should come up with a better plan. But they can't, so it's sour grapes politics as usual.

    February 22, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  6. robert

    this comment is for mike. He can not be reelected nor is he eligible to run again as governor. He is not fighting for votes. He is fighting for a legacy

    February 22, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Ray, Houston TX

    Doesn't stimulis mean to spend to make prosper, why would governors who know that their state is hurting be against any plan that would try to help. I don't think there is a plan that would cure everything but this package is out there now and until it fails why not support it. You are not going to save your way out of this economic problem, so unless you can come up with a plan that is better not more trickle down economics then support it. If you really believe it will not work don't except the money for your state, and send it back instead of the constant negativity.

    February 22, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. kleenex

    Let me tell you how this will end. Ever country on Earth is damn near bankrupt. Nationalism is on the rise and resources are not dependable. Somebody will start a war and a lot of people will die. We will blame it on them. THEY will blame it on us. In the end, the population will be reduced and infrastructure that has been turned to rubble will need to be rebuilt. The economic collapse will be written off and a new monetary system will be put in place soooo all the old debts won't matter.

    Dudes and dudettes there ain't nobody on Earth can fix this collapse. We brought it on ourselves by living above our means and you can cry your damn eyes out but it won't change a thing. Now we are going to build a deficit that is beyond absurd (it already was) and wait till the money runs out while Nero fiddles. I wish President Obama all the luck in the world and hope him all good fortune but he can't fix this. It's not republicans or democrats that did this. It is Americans spending more than they make and buying foreign goods.

    February 22, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. Chris from Savannah

    Get real.... He gets to spend money that's not his in the first place. A gift from hard working people from across america. California doesn't have to raise taxes or cut their budget. The rest of america will keep bailing them out. All the benefits, none of the work. What happens when the money runs out?

    February 22, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. Woody

    FINALLY a republican with the COURAGE to stand up against what's popular in their own party (ie bashing the current admins efforts to fix the mess that they themselves created!!!!!!!!!!!!!).

    February 22, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. Nonparticipating Republican

    The Recovery Website, http://www.recovery.gov, should list all the Republican politicians who said no and still received money from the stimulus package, time to expose the hypocrites in our midst.

    February 22, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. Arnold Fan

    Its about time I hear a smart republican talk. Its too bad Arnold couldn't run for president. Its funny how those same republican nay sayers who rode us into the crapper ,suddenly have all the ideas about whats wrong with Obamas stimulus. How stupid do they think we as americans are to believe that when they couldn't fix the economy then, their ideas will fix it now.

    February 22, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. c-cal

    of course California is getting a larger amount of money than most states, it has the largest economy out of any state in the country and 1 in 8 Americans lives here. I don't understand why people are complaining that California is getting more money than most states without understanding this.

    February 22, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  14. BC

    Good for Gov. Barbour. Mississippi gets less than one tenth of one percent of the stimulus package. I say we reject all federal funds from the stimulus package and let all that money buy one job for an illegal immigrant in California.

    February 22, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  15. Tekmaster

    And this is the same rubber stamp republican party who cheerfully supported and accepted anything and everything during the last eight years of Bush and Cheney to push the national debt from $3.7 trillion to $10 trillion.

    They could not even do the right thing and advocate to internally finance the wars they championed for by raising taxes but had no qualm asking our soldiers to sacrifice their lives.

    To play the usual politics during any other time is fine but to play politics now when this great nation is in dire situation is outright criminal and pure childish.

    However – what does one expect from a party who takes its main cues from an empty barrel radio talk show host?

    February 22, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. David


    February 22, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. docboricua

    Baily, learn how to spell! That is why illegals take American jobs - who wants to hire stupid Americans?

    February 22, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. Mike Allan

    Notice to all posters: If you cannot SPELL please do not POST.

    February 22, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. Danno

    Matt – If you think that we can't get any more into debt than ol' W got us into you just wait. Within the next 18mo or less we'll be so far into debt these will be the glory days. This 780+ Billion in porkulus will by itself ballon into 2 Trillion a few years down the road and with another porkulus bill rumored to be in the works we're headed downhill at a rate never seen before. Spending our way out of debt didn't work for the great depression and it won't work now. This porkulus bill and the one for the banks are the first steps toward inflation as we've not seen since Carter. The good ol' Terminator is trying to save his "legacy" by grabbing as much pork as he can and deferring making real changes in the issues plaguing his state to someone else. Same goes for our "leaders" in congress and the Whitehouse. The only way out of this is to suck it up and make some real changes in our economy engines, financial regulatory methods and personal spending habits. Anything else is just lipstick on a pig.

    February 22, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. Akv

    Those GOP governors who do like the stimulus package and oppose the package the boost the current economic problems are dumb as bricks. We the people must be blamed for electing these bricks to office.

    February 22, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  21. kevin

    as a proud resident from louisiana, i've been long ready to cede from the union. i'd even invite my fellow southern states. btw...the south represents the 4th largest economy in the world. california ranks as the6th largest economy in the world. what do we need california and the northeast for? all they do is cry and complain and blame everything on everybody else. they got no principles. unless you call spending other people's money a really good principle. heck i might even sabotage my own financial well being. i'll stop paying my mortgage so i can get the rest of the nation to subsidize me. this is a really good idea. you know...it is actually a really good principle too. but then again, i don't think i am going to fall into that moral hazard. after all califonia, new york, new jersey, and massachusetts are quite capable of fulfilling that moral hazard. obama is my president and i will support him if he has some good ideas. but i am really frustrated and disgusted with the blue states because they have always acted like their shit don't stink. when did these blue states ever voice an ounce of support for the prior president? the afghan president said just last week that obama has some very big shoes to fill and he also said that george w. bush was a great man. that is strong praise folks. it pays to have principle, courage, conviction and hope. i never heard george w. bush complain or whine. he held his head up and faced fire with fire. he was the true beacon of hope like reagan. this is why the south should cede from the union because the rest of the nation is bringing us down. liberals can have california and the northeast and us conservatives can keep the south. then we will see who really needs stimulating. the south will be running marathons and those blue states will be on life support...

    February 22, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  22. Aaron

    Hey J. Bailey,

    If you are going to complain about illegal immigrants taking US citizen jobs, please at least learn how to spell illegal. Most illegals know it isn't spelled illeagle. 😉

    February 22, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  23. Jason

    Arnie is a Republican? I would never have guessed in a million years. Ideologically, he's a garden-variety liberal.

    Let's face it, you have to be economically ignorant to support this "stimulus" package, the bulk of which has nothing whatsoever to do with economic stimulus at all. Reading the comments from liberals on this site and others, it seems clear to me that they've given up the idea of objective debate and have resorted to schoolyard jeering – calling Republicans "bad losers" and saying things like "you're just jealous," etc. This is the extent of their argument.

    Besides which, it's been made very clear over the last eight years that not only are *liberals* bad losers, they're also bad winners, too. And after eight years of attacking the President and everything he did, all of a sudden they're demanding that everyone support *their* President whether they agree with him or not. Will someone please awaken these infants to the existence of reality?

    February 22, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  24. Linda

    Now you get it Arnold. i suppose the ones against the bill would rather use the money to spend in Iraq. That makes sense. Spend it in another Country and not ours. And for those blaming illegals, stick it up your lousy ass!!!! It is not the illegals stealing. IT IS WHITE PEOPLE!!!!! Why do white people think they own the US? Because they steal everything!!!!

    My new book will be out 2010.
    REPUBLICANS: The root of all EVIL!

    February 22, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  25. John

    Why give all this money away? Why not just add 10 years to those mortgages that are in danger to lower the payments instead of giving handouts from the responsible tax payers. GM and the american autos should fail. They have for years been brought down by their unions. An autoworker can literally retire at ager 48 and be paid for the rest of his life a pension. This is not the way it should be. People should save their own money, not sit around waiting for a handout.

    BTW, the bailout is not 1.5 trillion as stated. Just look at how much money the UN-federal reserve has "loaned" out. It has surpassed 10 trillion dollars. They could have paid off 95% of all homes in the USA instead.

    What a joke these "bailout" packages are.

    February 22, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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