Qudos to Arnold

Center of Concern | Wed, Feb 25, 2009

By Maria Riley, OP

Never did I think that I would be cheering for Arnold Schwarzenegger when he was running for Governor of California. I was offended by his macho belittling of gay and lesbian persons. His equally macho approach to women was infuriating. I turned him off.

But on Sunday during ABCs This Week with George Stephanapoulos I was cheering for Arnold. George was pushing him to take very partisan positions both on the California Legislature regarding the state’s budget deficit and on the virtual Republican boycott of the President’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, better know as the stimulus package. George asked the same type of partisan questions about three times, but Governor Schwarzenegger would not bite. His answer was consistently that elected officials are public servants and must make their decisions with an eye to the public good.

What a refreshing reminder of what I learned in civics class in high school. Yes, our elected as well as appointment government workers are public servants. If only more politicians viewed their responsibility as such. Good for you, Arnold, and spread your much needed message widely across all party lines.