Arnold: Being governor cost me $200 million

January 18, 2011

Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger told an Austrian newspaper reporter that serving seven years in Sacramento cost him at least $200 million. [Reuters]

“But I’m not sorry. It was more than worth it,” Schwarzenegger went on to say.

The Hollywood actor-turned-politician seemed more concerned about the price his family paid while he was governor.

“What was much worse was the damage my time as governor did to the family. There is a lot there that needs to be repaired,” Schwarzenegger said, recalling the many Sunday evenings when his wife, Maria and children broke out in tears at his heavy work schedule.

“We hate your job,” Schwarzenegger quoted family members as saying during his early years as governor when he would leave his Los Angeles home every Monday morning for the capital, Sacramento, and not return until the end of the week.

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Being Gubernator cost HIM $200M? What did it cost the taxpayer???

I know Arnold likes describing opponents as ‘girly men’ but I think he might be one – he caved on every issue except pretending to be green.

I’m deciding that the only thing worse than a professional politician is an amateur politician. Where have the ‘leaders’ gone from California?

Arnold used his commuted between home in So. Cal and Sacramento as a passenger in his personal Gulfstream jet

From the linked article: “The governor’s Gulfstream jet does nearly as much damage to the environment in one hour as a small car does in a year, according to figures compiled by the Helium Report, an online publication for buyers of luxury items.” Okay, so he paid for his personal jet out of his pocket; just because one can do a thing, does that mean they should? Apparently he felt badly enough about the cost to the environment that he also purchased carbon credit offsets, which in the article amounted to $43.00 an hour, which is very small when compared to the estimated $10,000 and hour it supposedly costs to fly such a jet. The article makes some very good points about how unusual it was to have a “commuting Governor” with a few quotes by a past governor. Thanks for the link.

Oh boo hoo; what really concerns me is how much the governorship of Arnold cost the citizens of California. How much did he give away to Enron in not pursuing action against them for the energy debacle that led to the recall of Gray Davis? How much has it cost to delay implementing the higher DMV charges that Arnold campaigned against that led us to start down the bad path of having such large budget deficits ? How much was given away in his kow towing to the demands of big business in the form of lax oversight? The only saving grace of a Schwarzenegger Governorship? The absolute defeat of Meg Whitman and every single state wide office that went to the Democratic candidate; priceless.

What’s not included is the last part of the Reuters article: “In my second term of office, I did better. I tried to fly home every evening.”

Um…did Arnold pay for a private plane (I hope!) or did the taxpayers pay the bill?

Poor Arnold, he lost $200 million.

Someone should remind him that “opportunity costs” (not being able to earn money through lost opportunity) is not really money. You don’t lose money until you first earn it.

So now what? He returns to Hollywood to make more “action” pictures?

Or is he now believable in a meatier role, like say the President?

It’s a shame, one good thing that I always thought came out of his being Governor, was that he wasn’t making violence-filled shittymovies.

I guess nothing good ever lasts…

Arnold cannot be President, thank goodness!