Sacramento, CA — Governor Schwarzenegger paints a grim picture of California´s political culture.
He accuses Democrats and “union bosses” of reflexively blocking government reform and caring more about bringing down the governor than solving the state´s problems. Schwartzenegger says, “I want to move things forward, and to them, it works like, “they want to destroy me.”
He was interviewed by The Associated Press yesterday. As the governor sees it, “It´s a self-serving government that´s all about them rather than serving the people, and it´s wrong.” There are two weeks left until voters render a judgment on his “year of reform” ballot initiatives.
In the 30-minute interview, Schwarzenegger repeatedly returned to his central theme: that union money and leadership have distorted the political process in Sacramento by cowing Democratic lawmakers to do their bidding.
As an example, he blames Democrats´ close ties to labor for the failure of his signature environmental initiative: a solar energy bill, which would have offered subsides to building owners who installed solar panels.