He won’t be back: Schwarzenegger leaves office – and a huge deficit

It’s been a rough eight years for California, fiscally and politically speaking.  But in the minds of many Californians, the inauguration of Governor Jerry Brown on Monday means that the years of crippling debt and blatant corruption in Sacramento are, if not quite a thing of the past, soon-to-be-terminated.  (ha)

That’s all well and good, but the Los Angeles Times , in an article titled “The Terminator’s Surrender”, cautions Californians against simply moving on as soon as possible:

Arnold Schwarzenegger was busy during his last week in office. While the news media focused on his controversial decision to commute the sentence of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez’s son, he also made a number of last-minute appointments that drew little scrutiny. They’re worth a closer look because of what they reveal about waste and inside deal making in Sacramento, and because of the lessons they offer for Gov. Jerry Brown as he works to balance the state budget.

While another article points out that Governor Brown brings with him many of the same attributes that made voters hopeful about the Terminator, particularly personal charm and a bi-partisan track-record, we choose to believe that Brown, who has already served two terms as governor, stands a pretty good chance of following through.

The Sunshine state, which remains beautiful and full of promise no matter the political climate, will be seeing better days.

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