“A Chinese company is bankrolling the governor’s “trade mission” to Asia. He says its better to do it this way than use taxpayers’ money. What do you think?”
He will get criticized either way. If he uses taxpayer money, it’s a boondoggle. If he allows someone to “bankroll” it, it’s undue influence. If he can save taxpayer money and bring more jobs to California, I’m all for letting a Chinese company pay for it.
You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.
With a $19 billion deficit, the only trip he should be taking is to his office to sit down with legislative leaders and balance the budget.
It’s a lose-lose either way. Obviously, using taxpayers’ money is untenable. Using a Chinese company’s funds at a minimum creates a perception issue which probably won’t be worth the grief it will cause.
It’s all their money anyway.
The Chinese are a huge threat to this country in terms of financial stability. This is not a good trend.
It looks bad, because it is bad. These “trade missions” are nothing but a pretext for tourism and self-promotion. Arnold is wealthy, and if he wants to travel to China, he can jolly well buy the ticket himself.As long as it’s a one-way ticket.
Might have been a different decision if he was facing re-election. But the real question is: When are they opening their plant in Sacramento?
Not an ideal situation, but making an issue out of this when the state is melting down financially is akin to complaining about no air conditioning in a car that is driving off a cliff. The real question is why is the Gov. going to China now when he should be using every waking moment to resolve the budget and pension crises?
Why not? The Chinese are bankrolling the debt on all of the President’s wasteful spending programs.
As long as it’s a one-way ticket.
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