July 23rd, 2009
12:13 PM ET
11 years ago

Schwarzenegger wields knife, talks budget cuts in video

(CNN) - California's Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ruffled feathers this week by posting a video on Twitter, in which he brandishes a large knife while talking about the state's recent budget cuts.

Schwarzenegger announced a major plan Monday to eliminate California's $26 billion deficit, with state agencies looking at billions of dollars in cuts as part of the plan.

On Tuesday, the Hollywood actor turned governor posted a video, in which he handles a 2-foot-long knife before thanking Californians for providing him with creative ideas for slashing the budget.

By Wednesday, critics had emerged, some wondering how Schwarzenegger could post a lighthearted video about a proposed budget plan that could slash services for needy people.

The governor addressed the critics at a news conference, saying that though the budget process was tough he had not lost his sense of humor.

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  1. brenda

    twitwits are the new nitwits @ 12:41 – Loved your post. Made me laugh.

    July 23, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. jaye

    Arnold – the butcher of California.

    July 23, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. Hugo Castrobama

    OMG, anyone that seriously thinks that legalizing mary jane will solve CA's problems has been seriously smoking some. Haven't you brain dead zombies (infesting CA as we speak) seen that any time revenues increase, this loony lib government simply sees that as an opportunity for further increasing state social programs (at 2 or 3 times, or more, the revenue increase!).

    More money has never helped CA's problems! Boot out the illegal invaders and the problem is solved!

    July 23, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. Katrinka

    That knife is symbolic of what that man has done to his state's employees. Slashed their pay 15% so that all they can afford is rent, food, and commute costs. No discretionary income for anything else. How does that help a state economy get out of the crapper??

    July 23, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. Dan In Nor-Cal

    Legalize Marijuana, tax it.

    Done and done.

    Put the knife down Arnold, you do realize that wealding a 2 foot knife after slashing health care for the elderly, laying off thousands of teachers, and further gutting our education system is not something to celebrate.... How unprofessional. How Pathetic.

    This rhino Governor should be ashamed, as should the republicans AND democrats in the California legislature for allowing this all to happen. California needs to repeal the 2/3rd majority rule as well. We can't pass a budget for anything, and now – we all pay the harsh price. Enjoy your low property tax folks. YOU asked for this. Look it up.

    July 23, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. Tami in CO

    All of you wanting him to legalize marijuana and tax it don't know all of the facts huh? He may legalize it, but until the Feds do, it will remain a Federal offense to possess/sell/user this produce.

    July 23, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. Bill

    Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is all MUSCLE, No BRAIN.

    All he did all his life is EAT and BUILD BODY. His Education level is Zero. His I.Q. Level is less than a 5th Grader.

    This is what happens when you Elect a BODY BUILDER rather than an ADMINISTRATOR as a Governor.

    Californians Deserve it. 😐

    July 23, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. Nationalism is our answer!!

    Being wise is not a job requirement for the government. You have to know who's who to run a city, state, and/or nation.

    What education/experience does 'Conan' have to make him qualified to govern California? Why did you all vote him? You must of really liked his movies.

    Glad I am from Ohio, not that it is any better here.

    July 23, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. Maiga

    A huge knife? oh... ooooo!!! too scarry! Go back to hollywood.

    July 23, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. Yankee Doodle

    Maybe he's going to slash the tires on nancy's jet, go ahhnold, go.

    July 23, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. Brad

    In dealing with the fiscally irresponsible California State Legislature, Arnold needs to turn back into the Terminator and kick some of their sorry butts. This hasn't been just a one-time problem. The California State Legislature always wants to be all things to all people and doesn't know how to say no to anyone.

    July 23, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. phoenix86

    California. They gave us Pelosi (spend billions on porkulus); Waxman (tax billions on energy); Boxter, etc.

    They don't have a fiscal crises there, they have a mental one.

    July 23, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. Dennis

    Ok, the video is over the top, but what choice does he have? There must be cuts. He understands you can't spend more than is coming in, which is something that Obama doesn't seem to comprehend. Obama apparently thinks it's like Monopoly money and we'll just print more.

    July 23, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. Roger

    Sure its a little hokie but you have to admit its entertaining. Better than all the "NATOR" talk he did do..you know IM the goverNATOR, Im the collectNATOR....thats what I like about celebrity politicians. When faced with difficult times they resort to what they do best act! when he totally drives CAL-LYE-FORN-NYE-A into the gound...oops ocean I'm sure his press release will say.....HASTA LA VISTA BABY.

    July 23, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. Neutralizer

    Like most liberal states of the union, California is bankcrupt. That's the problem when a state becomes too liberal, they want all kinds of programs and freebies they cannot afford. California deserve what they get.

    July 23, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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