Tuesday, September 02, 2003

Over the weekend Big Arnold said something to the effect of, "I don't take any contributions from labor or other special interests, so I'm not beholden to them like the rest. All of my donations come from businesses and individuals." (Sorry, I read it in the paper while out of the house, so I have to paraphrase here).

Can somebody explain to Mr. Schwarzenegger that business is also a special interest? How is he less beholden to their interests than any other candidate would be to union interests?

Lets take a look at the difference:
* The Special Interests of Business: weaker environmental laws, lack of regulation, low minimum wages, shifting the tax burden to individuals.
* The Special Interests of Unions: job security, higher wages, on-the-job safety, health coverage, shifting the tax burden to businesses.

It seems to me that if he truly wants to be the "candidate of the people," as he keeps claiming, that union interests would be fairly important. These are things that most individual Californians (those of us who are not millionairs) worry about.

Another shining example of how out of touch this particual man of the people really is.

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