With California’s Economy Tanking, It’s Good To Know That Governor Schwarzenegger Is Focused On Righting The Ship
If you watch television at all or have been to any type of action/comedy movie in the theatres over the past month, you’ve probably seen the trailers for The Expendables. If not, the movie is basically a homage to late 80’s/early 90’s over-the-top action flicks. Appropriately enough, Sylvester Stallone is at the helm (he’d directing and starring) but Sly has also brought in Bruce Willis, Dolph Lundgren (Ivan Drago from Rocky IV!), Mickey Rourke, and a host of other washed-up action “legends.” What I don’t think a lot of people know is that Arnold Schwarzenegger, the governor of California, is also making an appearance. No one seems to think much of this development, so I’ll pick up the slack and say that the Governator attempting to further his film career at the tail end of his run as governor is patently absurd.
Things are bad in California right now. Real bad. So bad, in fact, that back in October there was a legitimate fear that it could become the first failed state in U.S. history (check out this article from The Guardian). Unemployment is rising, the educational system is a mess, and the state itself is bankrupt. Taken alone, California has the 5th largest economy in the world. With 33 million people, it is arguably the most diverse and complex state in the union. And in this time of crisis, what is their leader doing? The guy in charge, the person that millions of Californians ostensibly look to for answers, is spending his time shooting an action movie.
No one expects Arnold to spend every moment of his existence working to fix this seemingly unfixable problem. I do think that he should at least pretend to be doing so. It’s one thing to take some time off, it’s another to do so in such an open manner. It’s really a slap in the face of the millions of people who picked this guy as their leader. It’s like he’s saying to them “While you’re struggling to pay the bills, I’m gonna go get paid to pal around with my acting buddies.” One could argue that Californians knew what they were getting into when they voted this muscleman into office, but I think the expectation was that he would take a hiatus from acting to, you know, run the state. Reagan wasn’t filming the Bedtime for Bonzo sequel in between his Iran Contra coverup meetings, that’s for sure.
I’m just surprised that there is not more anger about this. The primary reason is just ignorance, I would imagine. The dire state of California’s economy is not something that has gotten a ton of mainstream media coverage, for some reason. I also don’t think that many people know that Arnold is even in The Expendables. At any rate, I hope this decision comes back to haunt Scwarzenegger if he decides to run for Senate, because the last thing we need is another fool in the Senate.
Oh, and this is one of my favorite Onion articles ever: http://www.theonion.com/articles/muscleman-put-in-charge-of-worlds-fifthlargest-eco,877/