Category Archives: Politics

Arnie Is Governator No More


governatorArnold Schwarzenegger yesterday stood down as governor of California after 7 years in the job and while the state goes through its most difficult financial crisis in history. Democrat Jerry Brown has taken his place.

The important thing with my job that I’ve had for the last seven years is, you have to have passion … You can’t be afraid…You have to recognize very quickly that political risk-taking is not political suicide.

source: The Age – Hasta la vista: Arnie terminates governorship

The state of California (8th largest economy in the world) is currently going through one of the worse financial hardships the state has ever experienced, with debts in the tens of billions and the majority of state bills being paid with IOU’s its difficult to see where the future of California is headed.

Arnie on the other hand though seems to have many options now open to him post-governator. He holds an economics degree, he’s been a prominent figure in health with his bodybuilding career and of course his film career. He also has a lot going on the business world and now with his recent stint in politics he sure does have a lot open to him.

People who’ve followed down the political path after retirement seem to either write an autobiography, start giving a lot of speeches or sit around doing nothing. I doubt he’ll decide to do the latter, but I can’t really see Arnie write a book either. I think the most obvious thing he’ll end up doing is either get back into starring in movies or take some time behind the camera and direct/produce a few things. Arnie has always done film in his time in Hollywood, it would be interesting to see him in a TV show, but he is such a huge star I doubt that will happen.

Now that Arnie has finished his political carreer what do you think he’ll do next?

Barack Obama’s Leno Appearance: Bowling Joke


Barack Obama didn’t make any new friends last night when he appeared on Late Night with Jay Leno. He made a joke about his (lack of) bowling skill, comparing it to the special Olympics. His white house staff were quick to issue a public apology on his behalf.

Six Years Of War In Iraq Isn’t Worth It!


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What exactly have we achieved in the 6 or so years of war with Iraq?  Besides the thousands upon thousands of military deaths, hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths and still no Osama Bin Laden?

There’s a great photo gallery on UPI.com which depicts the toll its had on our armed forces over the course of the war, the citizens revolt against the war and reminds us of what we still haven’t accomplished in this war.

It’s a tough thing for military families to have to go through when entering any war and I’m proud of all our soldiers who’ve fought (and died) for their countries, but it’s hard to agree with why we invaded Iraq in the first place.

Maybe its a better place now without Saddam Hussein? Or maybe its still as violent as it once was?

Barack Obama – The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming The American Dream


On my way home at Sydney airport over the weekend, I stopped by a bookstore in the airport terminal waiting for my plane back to Melbourne and came across Barack Obama’s new book “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream” and I must say, so far its an amazing book.

Here’s a brief extract from the first few pages of the prologue:

It’s been almost ten years since I first ran for political office. I was thirty-five at the time, four years out of law school, recently married, and generally impatient with life. A seat in the Illinois legislature had opened up, and several friends suggested that I run, thinking that my work as a civil rights lawyer, and contacts from my days as a community organizer, would make me a viable candidate. After discussing it with my wife, I entered the race and proceeded to do what every first-time candidate does: I talked to anyone who would listen.

barackj-audacity-of-hopeYou know when you find a book you just can’t put down you’ve stumbled across something really amazing. He writes in a very clear manor which is very pleasing to read. He is a remarkable story teller and grabs you right from the start to the very end.

I’m about 2 chapters in so far out of a total of nine, in which he covers many aspects of his political views, his thoughts on current politics both in America and the world and how since becoming president how he and his party can change things for the better.

“The Audacity of Hope” has a very personal feel and you know you’re reading something quite special when the leader of the free world is making fun of himself (in a simply humorous way). It adds understanding and value to his words, something that we can all relate to.

I couldn’t have put it any better than the last paragraph of the blurb so here’s the quote:

“Barack Obama writes with intimacy and self-deprecating humour about balancing his family life and his public vocation. His search for consensus and his respect for the democratic process inform every sentence he writes”. 

If you’re interested in politics or just interested in Barack himself I’d strongly suggest you pick this one up, its truly an amazing piece of work.

K-Rudd’s $12.7bn Stimulus Package


Kevin Rudd last night announced that the Australian government will once again be handing out money to low-middle income earners to help bolster the economy and weather the storm so to speak, encouraging spending and to help secure 90,000 jobs from being lost.

Workers, students and drought-stricken farmers will be showered with $12.7 billion in cash payments to provide short-term stimulus to the flagging economy. Source: The Australian

The Australian Tax Office is currently doing work in preparation for an April deposit into bank accounts for individuals as well as families who fall into the income bracket <$80,000. This group will receive the $950 as promised, and I believe that higher income earners will also receive something too, but not as large (in the order of $200-$300).

So look out for an increase to your bank account around April.