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.