Sunday, January 23, 2005

The Empire Strikes Back

As part of his program to streamline state government, Governor Schwarzenegger proposes to eliminate 88 boards and commissions. The Sacramento Bee reports:

Art Pulaski, executive secretary-treasurer of the California Labor Federation, said the shakeout among the boards and commissions suggests to him that Schwarzenegger "is becoming the biggest corporate-interest, special-interest governor in the state's history."

"He's surrounded himself with big business interests, and he is basically implementing their programs," Pulaski said. "That is not a good balance for California."

Gubernatorial spokeswoman Ashley Snee disputed the notion of the governor working as a front man for an alleged corporate agenda. She said the functions of the boards and commissions proposed for elimination will continue within various executive-level agencies and that they were evaluated solely on the basis of whether they are performing on behalf of the populations they were designed to serve.

This sounds like the Left's typical broken record. Anything they do not like is a payoff to big business. I don't know much about the commissions pegged for elimination (all right, I don't know anything about them), but just seeing who is doing the yelling is enough to convince me that Arnold probably is on to something good.


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