learned how American really worked. And what I realized was this: both parties had good ideas - so it was dead wrong to see things only as us versus them, Republicans versus Democrats. That was destructive.

I've seen it myself. The more the two parties point fingers at each other for the sake of political gain, the more divided we become as a people. Weve certainly seen the opposite in the past week-and-a-half - how powerful it is when this nation comes together.

As for me, in the past dozen years I've worked with Republican Presidents and Governors. And now I'm working closely with the new Democratic Mayor of Los Angeles, Jim Hahn. That's the only way to go - the only way to move forward. That's by taking the politics out of public policy.And then:

I still believe government should ensure a fair start and fair competition for all. It shouldn't rig outcomes.

I still believe in lower taxes - and the power of the free market.

I still believe in controlling government spending. If it's a bad program, let's get rid of it.

But I also believe that government is important - and should be in the business of educating our children, defending our people, ensuring public safety, advancing scientific and medical research, and more.

So, yes, Im still a Republican. Just not the same Republican I was at the beginning of this journey I call my education as an American.

I am still strong. I'm just a lot more flexible.Sorry for the long post, but I doubt that you would have wanted to read the entire lengthy piece!

Posted by: Robert Tagorda at August 9, 2003 08:11 AM

I am sure it's not online, but someone should dig up the old Spy Magazine story on Arnold and type it in here. (Mine is in storage). It ran a nude photo of him from body building (and possibly...alternative lifestyle...) days, and I think made some Nazi past allusions.

Posted by: David Handelman at August 9, 2003 08:47 AM

RiShawn Biddle's got a really nice piece on Arnold's business advisors and business dealings at the LABJ today.

Posted by: Mack Simmons at August 9, 2003 02:56 PM
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