+ 0 Votes ineffective john.a.wills 3 years ago The legislature is a tangle of overlapping and sometimes conflicting flows of demand and response. Arnold could not unpick well enough to get what he wanted done, and the crazy people did not back him up in plebiscites. Our probable next governor, Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown, has a much greater understanding of which strings to pull and of adjusting the politicking process. Also, two constitutional changes, one passed and one on the upcoming ballot, may make it easier for sane politics to get through the tangle. + 0 Votes These are good answers, thank you .... jardinier 3 years ago "My personal opinion, from an outsider's perspective, is that Arnold tried to appease too many people too often. He ran as a Republican, but if one looked at his position on issues, he could just as easily been a Democrat. I think he failed to define a set of convictions and rest on them, letting the chips fall where they may." Sounds good to me. Thank you for your thoughtful answer. P.S. No need to edit for clarity. You always express yourself impeccably. + 0 Votes "Compared to US governors in general,..." CharlieSpencer_Palmetto 3 years ago Difficult comparison. Most of us only follow the day-to-day operations of our own governors. We may be aware when one of the better-known ones (like Arnie) does something spectacular, or when one in an adjacent state takes action that will affect us. Otherwise we don't pay much attention to what the other 49 do or how well they do it. + 0 Votes My Father in law JamesRL Updated - 3 years ago Is a conservative, and he is paradoxically a State employee (in California). There were high expectations for Arnie, after all, there had been a lot of political energy spent in recalling his predecessory Gray Davis. Arnold tried to be a mainstream Republican, not too right wing, to appeal to Californians who are, with some exceptions, not traditionally Republican. I think things were bad when he took over, and they are still bad now. State employees are forced to take unpaid days off to try and lower the state payroll. The state debt is still massive. The real estate crash hit California hard. Frankly I'm not sure I'd want the job. + 0 Votes California's scorecard maxwell edison 3 years ago California's debt more than doubled, from $27 billion to $57 billion, under Arnold's watch. California's current fiscal year budget deficit is near $20 billion (which will, of course, increase said debt by a like amount, minus any budget cuts that might be made). Governor Schwarzenegger is currently seeking a bail-out from Washington D.C. (Asking the other 49 states to come to his rescue!) California's credit rating dropped from A to A- under Arnold's watch. All but the first year Arnold was in office, and with the exception of illegal immigrants, more Californians moved out of the state than those who moved in. As a percentage of households, California ranks fourth highest in the number of home foreclosures. California has the third highest unemployment rate of all 50 states (and D.C.). California is the third highest state in per capita welfare expenditures. Because of huge increases in state corporate tax rates and other taxes and/or required payments, increasing regulation, etc., California business have been relocating in droves. Upwards of 1,000 businesses per year have been moving out of California, either all or in part, for more favorable business environments offered in one of the other 49 states. California's bloated and extremely generous state-run pension plan (for state employees) has, since 2004, seen an increase in liabilities of over 2,000 percent, while its revenues have increased only 26 percent; as such, the fund is projected to be operating in the red by as much as $500 billion in 20 short years. California has more illegal immigrants than any other state, well over 3 million in number, costing the state in excess of $10 billion annually. Both numbers have increased each and every year of Arnold's watch. Governor Schwarzenegger is either at or near his lowest approval ratings ever, depending on which poll one might want to reference.