January 20, 2005

HOLA, BABY!:

Schwarzenegger makes inauguration appearance (ERICA WERNER, January 20, 2005, Associated Press)

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger left the state's budget deficit - and Democratic wife Maria Shriver - at home in California for a day and made a quick trip to the snow-covered Capitol for the inauguration.

Between pomp, a party and a parade, he made plans for another Washington visit, with California legislative leaders in February, to work on federal issues for the state.

Thursday morning, Schwarzenegger surprised constituents at a breakfast party hosted by Rep. David Dreier, R-San Dimas, the chairman of the House Rules Committee and Schwarzenegger's closest Washington ally. Guests crowded him posing for pictures, and even members of Congress requested autographs.

"Hasta la vista, baby!" said one person present, invoking Schwarzenegger's Terminator movie roles.

"Bless your heart, we're glad you're here," gushed another.

The Austrian-born former bodybuilder said he's watched presidential inaugurations since coming to America in 1968.

"Ever since I've come to this country I've been very interested in watching the inaugurations, and I've watched all of them," Schwarzenegger said. "It's always really very exciting celebrating, you know, a new beginning."

The moderate governor represents a state that voted for Democrat John Kerry by about 10 percentage points, and he disagrees with Bush on social issues including abortion rights and amending the Constitution to ban gay marriage. His embrace of Bush has always been hesitant, though he spoke at the Republican National Convention and campaigned for the president in Ohio.


Hesitant? He's practically a stalker.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 20, 2005 7:23 PM
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Are you contradicting a certified, professional finder of news, sir? Remember your station and act accordingly in the future. The very structure of free speech depends on it.

Posted by: LUCIFEROUS at January 20, 2005 7:34 PM

Arnie's a moderate???

Only to the AP and their ilk.

He's got other troubles, found this at Luskin's place:

Despite the ballot defeat last fall of a plan requiring that most California businesses provide employee healthcare, some Democratic lawmakers are considering an even broader insurance overhaul that would replace private companies with one government-run program.

Sen. Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica), its chief legislative proponent, released a study Wednesday that said her proposal could save $8 billion of the $184 billion expected to be spent on healthcare in California next year. It would also reduce the state’s ranks of 5.3 million uninsured (how many of those are illegal???) residents, one of the highest levels in the country.


The MONEY and I do mean MONEY quote:

Kuehl’s proposal would establish a single health plan that would replace private insurance, as well as Medicare and Medi-Cal and other state-run programs. There would be no deductible or co-payments, but instead a patchwork of taxes: an employer payroll tax equal to 8.2% of salaries; an employee payroll tax of 3.8% of salary; a 12% tax on the net business income of the self-employed; a 3.5% tax on unearned income; and a 1% surcharge on all income of more than $200,000 a year.

Posted by: Sandy P at January 20, 2005 7:43 PM

Kuehl’s proposal would establish a single health plan that would replace private insurance, as well as Medicare and Medi-Cal and other state-run programs. There would be no deductible or co-payments, but instead a patchwork of taxes: an employer payroll tax equal to 8.2% of salaries; an employee payroll tax of 3.8% of salary; a 12% tax on the net business income of the self-employed; a 3.5% tax on unearned income; and a 1% surcharge on all income of more than $200,000 a year.

Cut it out Zelda!

Posted by: John at January 20, 2005 8:19 PM
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