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. Todd

    DO NOT take the govinator seriously, HE IS GOING TO BE RECALLED.

    February 22, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. Bud Burgoon-Clark

    1. CA has the eighth-largest economy in the WORLD. If IT fails, there will be WORLD-wide repercussions.

    2. Haley Barbour is an idiot.

    3. Mississippi is an economic, social, educational, healthcare, etc. BASKET CASE. Those "bootstrap" Republicans get back SEVENTEEN DOLLARS for every tax dollar they send to Washington.

    By contrast, CA gets about fifty-seven CENTS.

    WHO'S bankrupt??!!

    February 22, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. sensible Cape Coral FL

    This may not be the most appropriate place to make my comment but it is the only one with space.
    My question is: Why do some bloggers get to be published time after time or even severel times within the same posting e.g. Griff, Texas Teacher, Proud American? Do you have to married to a moderator or perhaps be a love child of one of them to get published?

    At least with the election over that damned Mockingbird Singing in Berkely Square is gone !

    February 22, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. S Westerfield

    California needs the help big-time, and I'm glad Schwarzenneger's pragmatic enough to realize that. I didn't support the recall of Gray Davis, but I have to admit Schwarzenneger (with a few notable exceptions) has done a good job of governing this state. As a Democrat, I find it ironic that he governs with the help of the elected majority Democrats and without the support of his Republican party. In the end, their attempt to hijack governance of this State backfired.

    February 22, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. Brandon Dubois

    I hope they give me some of that stimulus money..... because I have a meth problem... And boy howdy, what an expensive habit. I mean jeepers!!! I am trippin pretty hard right now. I hope my kids don't wake up.

    February 22, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. Mberwa N.Y

    it is very simple to know what the gov. is trying to do... put the country (the american ppl) first before the party, and thats what he is exactly doing... I hope the republ dogmas and that Larry below me gets it...

    February 22, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. Charlie in Maine

    Now I understand those Governors who think the stimulus is bad are all "Gouilrly men" except for that Sarah Palin she's all woman.

    February 22, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. John

    Hey Mr. "Drink the Kool Aid" Comment...Got any more Rush Limbaugh ditto head cliches to spit out?...Try thinking for yourself...You want to bash Obama at every turn but don't want to face that the Repubs got us here and that nobody has presented any better ideas on how to get us out...the President even compromised on his stimulus bill to reach out to Republicans and they basically spit in his face...apparently bipartisan is a word not in the Republican dictionary.

    February 22, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. J.E.E

    At a population of 35 million in California, Mr. Schwarzenegger understands the impact of the stimulus. Please people stop being narrow minded. Stimulus increases weekly pay at about $10-$15/week. Do the math people. 20million taxpayers and multiply that by $10 and you get the product of $2 billion.

    February 22, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. libs be dopes

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhrrrrrrrrrnold joined the Dims years ago.

    He was swept in to replace Grey Davis, another Dim idiot, who doubled car taxes, Arnie cut those, then just raised them for us.

    We first had a spending problem here (his words), that changed within a week to now we have a revenue problem, again his words.

    CA State Gov't doubled in size and spending over that last 10 years all while we lost 1.4 million taxpyers to other states.

    February 22, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. Out here on the Left Coast

    I've lived in CA my entire life, and I'm one of those democrats who Governor would probably place "in the gutter" when he quoted Eisenhower about how one drives in the center of the road, not on the left or right. I make no apologies for being on the side of social justice, human rights, workplace equity. a health care system that serves people not insurance companies, excellent public schools, opportunity for prosperity in a green economy for all.

    I have to say, I am proud of this Governor's unwillingness to play politics and for speaking out, using a simple analogy: when half the players walk off the field, the rest of the team can't win the game. He's truly living up to his word that he would not be owned by special interests or party hard liners. He also learned the hard way how to work and play well with democrats and progressives.

    In your heart, when you're in trouble, you'd rather have social progressives controlling government – even if you're republican. Come on, you know that's the truth.

    February 22, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. T in SF

    As a person born and raised in small-town Mississippi, now living in California, I am a bit sickened but not surprised at the move of Southern Governors. Southern ideals are driven on hard-core, unwavering principles, whether that relates to politics or religion. Sadly, vision is not at the forefront of the leadership of these states, risk-taking is limited, and bitterness and spite exudes towards the unknown and threats to those principles.

    Take Mississippi, last in education, last in economic vitality, last in quality of health of its citizens. Mississippi is last (or first) in so many "bad" areas. I encourage Mr Barbour and the leadership of the state, for Christ's sake, get creative! Find funds in this stimulus to get creative, to bring new industry to the state and educate its people. Where is your thinking hat, Mr Barbour? Garment, textile, furniture, agriculture, are all areas that have left or are non-existent from ten years ago. The Toyota factory that Mr. Barbour was so proud of, is now $400M ghost town. Who knows what is up with the Nissan plant, are they staying or going?

    What I am seeing is basically Mr Barbour and other Southern governors jumping to make a political statement. To take a moment to build a leg for their party and create a shout-out to those principals.

    On a side note, how funny and ironic that Mr. Barbour is so outspoken now against the political machine in Washington and a movement to help the state. Aren't there towns on the gulf still demolished from Katrina? Where was the outrage then? Haley's a man of the party.

    February 22, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Yup, Illegals are the problem

    I hear a lot about illegals taking jobs and putting a strain on our health system. Well, where is the blame on the Owners of these businesses that employ illegals. I have never heard of a company being founded by an illegal, lets start enforcing the currently employment laws and then the jobs will be there – the question is then if the american job market can lower their ego enough to accept those jobs and pay the illegals have been accepting for decades.

    February 22, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. Mike Dallas

    To all you that are complaining that 13 dollar a week is not a stimulus. Try multiplying that by 150 million workers, altho, that number is rapidly declining, and you will see that the total pumped into the economy each week is nearly 2 B that would not have been there otherwise. It was intentionally set up to slowly goes into the economy as opposed to a one time rebate. It is more apt to be spent if it is a small but regular infusion. A rebate as we know, will most likely go to pay off existing debt or savings.

    So, try to see past you own selfish self-interest and see the big picture, but I forget, you are republicans, watching out for your own selfish self-interest is the ONLY view you believe and support.

    February 22, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. AnnaBanana

    P.S. I'm a Democrat and I like Arnold, I voted for him. A lot of this mess here isn't his fault, the rest of our state government here is kind've a joke.

    February 22, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. danny o

    j bailey
    If you'd like to pick your own produce please do so. Also how can someone be more concerned about the Immigrants than knowing how to spell? Please let's stay on subject at hand, inform yourself, unless your a wealthy individual this stimulus package doesn't help you, on the other hand if your low -middle income your state and country will benefit in the long run. SUPPORT THE MAN! DAMN RETARDED Republicans inflated the debt of the American people when Bush was in power and benefited from it. Now on the opposition because they won't get a cent.

    February 22, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. bigeyes

    To all of you hicks slamming California ... when it's hard to find fresh fruits and veggies cuz of a drought and you all start crying and whining over the fact that there's no produce in your grocery store, don't come running to us. We're one of the largest states in the US, covering almost the whole West coast, and WE PRODUCE 1/6 OF THE NATION'S PRODUCE. CA's own economy could compete with other *countries.* We also have more people in our state than six of yer common little house on the prairie states combined (even though we're so big, parts of CA could also be considered little house on the prairie-like). We have one of the largest brain trusts in the US (yeah, OUR innovation has given a shot in the arm to many a US economy past, present and future) and allow more diversity than almost anywhere else in the country. Any noodnick could figure out that proportionally, we *should* be getting more of the stimulus. And yeah, it would make sense that proportionally we'd be more in hock with subprimes, etc. since we have proportionally more unintelligent people here (I'm being diplomatic) who took these kinds of loans out in the first place. Duh.

    February 22, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. Independent FL voter

    Finally, a Republican with a functioning brain. There is a God.

    February 22, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Wow!

    The GDP for California is 1.2 trillion dollars anually. California makes a lot of money for America. If states like this one crumble, then it would create a ripple effect world wide–not just here in the US.

    That state has three of the largest cities in the US and countless military bases for our troops. They deserve to have a large chunk of the money. Arnold is a smart governor for accepting the money not just for Californian's sake but for the country's sake. Think about those nice bottles of wine, the fresh fruit that you eat in the winter time, the wonderful video games, the movies you watch, and the numerous other things from this state that have been taken for granted–that's California!

    Now think about NY, VA, IL , your state and it's GDP's and what it produces for this country and the rest of the world. We are all connected-WE ALL NEED HELP!

    February 22, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. JonPeter in Hartford, CT

    I think everyone here has it wrong. The past 5-6 years both the gov't and the population have been living beyond their means, not thinking about how the growing national or personal debt would be paid.

    Through bad management of the economy, bad personal choices, bad decisions by the banks and investment firms all that debt has come due. We have limited choices what to do.

    We could just let the debt crush our economy through personal bankrupcies, loss of consumer spending, loss of jobs and higher taxes because a smaller depressed economy will have to carry the national debt.

    ...or we could borrow from the future, try to stiumulate the economy, reduce job losses, increase consumer confidence and lessen the recession. If we do that we all must recognize we are are incurring a future debt to spread the cost of the past 5-6 years over the next 12-20.

    However, we must understand we can only do this once, and do it right,in the next 20 or so years and spread the cost over that time period. If we get this nwrong and screw things up there will be no opportunity to fix it and try again.

    For that reason we all have to start thinking as Americans and not a partisan democrats or republicans. Above all we need to avoid thinking like Rush "I hope Obama fails" Limbaugh. If the current adminsitration fails we all fail and will pay for it for a generation or more.

    February 22, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. Drewski

    Arnie is lost in the Terminator role and his power abyss as a wanna be Republican Governor which he ran under but has shown his own ineptitude and conservative leadership. His last name should be Kennedy -Schriver . Having said that it is quite apparent he does not know whose bill this is... This is a Pelosi & Reid bill Arnold. Do you read the papers or are connected with the facts? If this fails Pelosi and the likes of socialist Democrat spendaholichs will be thrown under the bus at the taxpayers expense just like the war in Iraq.

    February 22, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. John, FL

    This stimulus bill is going to do nothing more than waste money, deflate the dollar and prolong the recovery. It might be different if the country wasn’t broke but it is and borrowing more money is not the answer. So keep on parroting ideologues and while you are at it supporting your various party affiliations start learning Chinese. They are your masters now.

    February 22, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. TracyM.

    I am so sick of hearing about "illegals" taking jobs. I've lived in the Central Valley in California most of my life, and let me tell you, if the white boys can't drive the tractor, they don't work in the field. It's the Mexican laborers who pick your lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries and cut your grapes. Have you ever picked peaches? It's horrible - absolutely horrible. And if you think you could pull it off, come on out. Then try to gas up your Yukon on what you make. When you complain about Mexican laborers, don't talk with your mouth full!

    February 22, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. bc

    legalize and tax...

    February 22, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    His fellow Republicans must be calling him a "girly man".

    February 22, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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