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Bev's Burner
Some's Hot, Some's Not 

By B.K. Carter

"Bev Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend Star, winner of numerous state and national awards. She has been a voice of Fort Bend's largest circulated newspaper for 30 years."


..I’ve never been a big fan of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. I’ve always thought he was just another “B” actor a la Ronald Reagan, who thinks that since they can make movies, they can govern. I don’t know why I’m griping so much. Politics is just theatre and every politician I know is nothing but a big actor.

But I happened to catch Governor Muscles on “This Week” being interviewed by George Stephanopoulos. Hey, those guys have something in common--last names almost impossible to spell. Anyway, Arnold said some things that made me have new respect for him. Oh sure, there was a little political posturing, but for the most part, he made some good points.

I was so impressed I even tracked down the script on the internet and copied some things he said.

Come to find out, Governor Arnold, a Republican (although married to a Democrat Kennedy) believes in an open primary, much like we have for our mayoral and school board election which are traditionally non-partisan. Governor Arnold said, “there’s an open election, where you have the first two -- the two top candidates then have a run-off election. That’s the way to do it. It doesn’t matter which party it is.”

According to  Schwarzenegger, “We are elected to be public servants. So what does it matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican?”

Who knew?

He said that for the Republicans to get back their majority status they have to listen to the people. “It’s very simple,” he said.

Arnold says the Republicans are not in touch with what the majority of the people want to do. “You’ve got to do what the people want you to do rather than getting stuck in your ideology.” he added.

I think even our Texas state legislators should remember that.

He also said, “And remember one thing: It’s always great when the Democratic Party and the Republican Party is against something, because that means it’s good for the people. That is the bottom line.”

He said that the horrible thing about politics is that, the more they attack each other, the more they try to derail each other, the worse it is for the people.

He also said “That creates insecurity when you have those two parties always arguing and attacking each other, rather than coming together and saying to the American people, ‘Here’s the recipe. This is going to be tough, but this is what we need to do for the next two years. And we both believe in that.’ That will bring calmness to the market and stability to the market.”

I feel guilty that I have been so dismissive of Governor Arnold. Sounds like he has much more sense that our Governor Good Hair.

..Rather well-known politicians, who should be ashamed about being so misinformed, are all over the airways about the supposed train between Disney Land and Las Vegas that is purported to be in the stimulus plan.

I don’t know why they are lying about that. Back in June, 2008 President Bush signed a bill which included funding for  a $45 million environmental study about high speed train between Disney Land and Las Vegas.

The current stimulus plan has $8 billion planned for high speed rail and intercity passenger rail projects--throughout the country.

So the next time you hear a politician, either Republican or Democrat, talking about the mythical train between Disney Land and Las Vegas, put them down as either lying or stupid.

And, remind the Republicans that it was their president, George Bush, who started that train rolling down the track. Cheez

...The next time I hear a politician or talking head complain about the stimulus bill, I’m going to ask them if they have really read it. I haven’t. Not entirely.

My understanding is that it is 1000s of pages long, and I doubt if even a double  handful of pundits have gone to the time and trouble to read the whole thing.

If I hear you complaining about it and you haven’t read it, you need a hit upside the head.

..For the upcoming school board and city council election in May, the deadline to file for any of those offices is on March 13. If you want to file, you need to check with the entity for which you are interested in serving. They handle all the paperwork.

But, please, if you do so and particularly if you challenge an incumbent, make sure you attended at least a few meetings of the group for which you want to serve. Make sure you are informed about the issues involved. If you have covered those bases, rock on!

Contact bkcstar@earthlink.net, if you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column. Write a SIGNED letter to the editor with valid day time phone number--name can be withheld by request.

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