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July 23rd, 2009
11:24 AM ET

Schwarzenegger wields knife, talks budget cuts in video

(CNN) - California's Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ruffled feathers this week by posting a video on Twitter, in which he brandishes a large knife while talking about the state's recent budget cuts.

Schwarzenegger announced a major plan Monday to eliminate California's $26 billion deficit, with state agencies looking at billions of dollars in cuts as part of the plan.

On Tuesday, the Hollywood actor turned governor posted a video, in which he handles a 2-foot-long knife before thanking Californians for providing him with creative ideas for slashing the budget.

By Wednesday, critics had emerged, some wondering how Schwarzenegger could post a lighthearted video about a proposed budget plan that could slash services for needy people.

he governor addressed the critics at a news conference, saying that though the budget process was tough he had not lost his sense of humor.

"You sent a governor to Sacramento - not El Stiffo, like some in the past were," Schwarzennegger said. "[I am] someone a little bit more entertaining, and who has a little bit more fun with the whole thing, not have fun making the cuts - they sadden me - but fun with the job itself."

California lawmakers will have to make about $15 billion in cuts in Schwarzenegger's new plan to balance the state budget.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Ede

    When I was in CA they were arresting people for stupid stuff like failure to appear on bald tire charges, no wonder they are broke!!!!!!!!
    Forget a ticket on a non-moving violation and they didn't send another court date or bill you for the fine, they paid $400.00 to have you transported, more to feed, clothe and babysit ya!! It was silly and funny then but now if it is costing cuts for education. Education, hummm, might be a good idea, huh?

    July 24, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  2. American

    It is time for this state to stop giving all of the services it has to the illegal people in the state, this would save alot of money. It is time to stop pandering to the special interest groups, we do not need to know the mating habits of the black bear or stopping the drilling for oil off the coast. California is hurting itself by making accommodations for all of these special cases, either integrate with the rest of us or keep quiet you are costing to much money. Finally it is time to legalize it, tax it, and free the people you have wrongly imprisoned for the use of pot.

    July 24, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  3. Annette Cruz

    How can the State of California be in any sort of financial trouble?
    Just ask one basketball player or baseball player or one actor to give
    up one year of their pay and the state will be out of financial
    But it is true what they say the rich get richer and the middle
    class get screwed.
    At least the poor have Angelina Jolie.

    July 23, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  4. Larry

    He wasn't much of an actor, and he's a lousy governor.

    July 23, 2009 at 11:33 am |