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Because Every Cancer Patient Needs a Calming Recipe!

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This whole transcript from Arnold Schwarzenegger's interview Sunday with ABC's George Stephanopolous is well worth reading in full, if for no other reason than to watch the workings of a masterful political mind utterly untroubled by consistency, but connoisseurs of economic policy by mixed metaphor will especially enjoy this section, wherein Arnold explains why he's dropped limited-government principles faster even than his taste for steroids:

I know, but that's why I said, you know, you've got to go beyond just the principles. You've got to go and say, "What is right for the country right now?" I mean, I see that as kind of like, you go to a doctor, the doctor's office, and say, "Look, can you examine me?" The doctor says, "You have cancer."

What you want to do at that point is you want to see this team of doctors around you, have their act together, be very clear, and say, "This is what we need to do," rather than see a bunch of doctors fighting in front of you and arguing about the treatment. I mean, that is the worse thing. It creates insecurity in the patient.

The same is with the people in America. That creates insecurity when you have those two parties always arguing and attacking each other, rather than coming together and saying to the American people, "Here's the recipe. This is going to be tough, but this is what we need to do for the next two years. And we both believe in that." That will bring calmness to the market and stability to the market.

To see how California's cancer has been self-inflicted by its political leaders, read the Reason Foundation's Adam Summers here.

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  1. Better a team of doctors that agrees on yet another course of leeches than a team of doctors that might have differing opinions.

  2. for example: Bernanke says things are lookin up and the market makes a 3.3% gain. The whole, changes in platitudes, changes in attitudes thingy.

  3. There was a time when, if a team of doctors had told Arnold Schwarzenegger he had cancer, he would have ripped out their tongues and something along the lines of, “I’d like a second opinion”.

  4. The California electorate is one of the doctors.

  5. I thought Arnold had gone pro pot by the sound of the headline.

  6. MikeP | February 24, 2009, 7:19pm | #
    Better a team of doctors that agrees on yet another course of leeches than a team of doctors that might have differing opinions.

    Sad but that is exactly what the majority of the populace wants. Like the TSA’s security theatre, the impression of “doing something” is seen as better than actually doing something worthwhile, even if that means doing nothing at all.

  7. Arnold is a republican? Could have fooled me. And where the eff did this little idea of his come from… ‘So the federal government always had that right to take over’

    What arnie? the government, always had the right to take over any bank, simply because it backs consumer deposits via the FDIC? i think arnold is smoking some fine cali crack. that is probably the dumbest thing i have heard from a politician recently, and they have been saying a whole lot of dumb shit lately. to me he looks like a socialist in a republican’s clothing, kinda like bush.

  8. What you want to do at that point is you want to see this team of doctors around you, have their act together, be very clear, and say, “This is what we need to do,” rather than see a bunch of doctors fighting in front of you and arguing about the treatment. I mean, that is the worse thing. It creates insecurity in the patient.

    On the other hand, if one doctor is saying “let’s shoot him in the head” and the other one is arguing “I think it can be cured with two aspirin”, arguing *isn’t* the worst thing. In fact, it’s very important to me for the aspirin guy to argue and to win.

  9. So I guess this is why nobody ever asks for a second opinion before undergoing a cancer treatment?

  10. I have to laugh at all the conservatives who were so gung ho on Arnold becoming governor of California. How’d that work out for you, dudes?

    “All I see is a bunch of low foreheads who want to change the world with dreams and talk. If you’re not ready to act, give me a break and shut up.”

  11. “And we both believe in that.”
    So…I should lie? Or is he referring to legislators? In that case, I think they already have it covered.

  12. “So I guess this is why nobody ever asks for a second opinion before undergoing a cancer treatment?”

    I’m pretty sure I read a Krugman column somewhere explaining why second opinions do not contribute to net stimulus.

  13. ceanf,
    “to me he looks like a socialist in a republican’s clothing”
    What is “Republican’s clothing” these days, anyway? Isn’t it basically watered-down socialism, with some warmongering and priggishness thrown in for good measure?

  14. What is “Republican’s clothing” these days, anyway? Isn’t it basically watered-down socialism, with some warmongering and priggishness thrown in for good measure?

    And religion. Rush Limbaugh read some Ayn Rand material today on his radio program. He prefaced the material with ‘This is from from Ayn Rand: is that pronounced Ann or Ine?”. Like he doesn’t know.

  15. I do believe it’s pronounced “Ine”.
    Maybe I’ll tune in one of these days. Just as a curiosity.

  16. I do believe it’s pronounced “Ine”.

    My point was that Rush knows that her name is pronounced ‘Ine’. He also knows she was atheist. By pretending not to know how her first name was pronounced he put up some cover for not knowing she was atheist. Much of the Rush audience would be appalled if they knew that. But he just couldn’t resist using Rand’s material because it was so more lucid than anything he could he come with.

  17. The people who need Arnold’s advice are the President and Dodd, who keep saying we are about to head off a cliff. If they’d shut up, and let people have calmer discussions, and actually invite both parties to those discussions, then we’d be doing what Arnold advises

  18. “laugh at all the conservatives who were so gung ho on Arnold becoming governor of California. How’d that work out for you, dudes?”

    Funny I don’t remember ANY conservatives being happy – everyone knew he was not a conservative. This is no surprise to anyone. Sorry to burst your bubble.

    People were happy because hey, he’s AHNOLD.

  19. I think Arnold’s metaphor is perfect.

    Your doctor says you have cancer, your governor says your state is in the red. Either way, you are going to undergo a cashectomy.

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