They’ll Be Back
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger probably thought he was taking a well-deserved break from Californiaâ€™s endless budget crisis when he agreed to film a cameo in Sylvester Stalloneâ€™s new action movie, The Expendables.
The Governatorâ€™s brief star turn comes at the beginning of Stalloneâ€™s new opus, which features an all-star cast of aging action heroes and has been met with a less-than-enthusiastic reception by film critics since its Aug. 3 world premiere at Graumanâ€™s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
Arnold was supposed to walk the red carpet at the famous pagoda-shaped film house on Aug. 3, but he had to sneak in through the theaterâ€™s back door when he was confronted by angry state workers protesting Schwarzeneggerâ€™s decision to order them to take unpaid â€śvacations.â€ť
With furloughs originally set to take effect on Friday, state workers also have responded by creating a mock-up of The Expendables movie poster. The fake poster is illustrated with a muscular back sporting a tattoo of the state capital with a vulture perched atop it. It lists Arnold as the star of the film and has a revised title:
â€śThe Expendablesâ€”State Employees Wonâ€™t Know What Hit Them.â€ť
Service Employees International Union Local 1000, the Association of California State Supervisors, the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association and other unions are suing to stop the furloughs. They say the cuts amount to a 15 percent reduction in pay.
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Steven A. Brick said Monday that the unions had raised â€śserious questionsâ€ť about the governorâ€™s ability to order the unpaid vacations. Judge Brick blocked the furloughs pending a resolution of the court case.
Lawyers for Gov. Schwarzenegger appealed the decision on Tuesday.
Weâ€™re just guessing here, but we suspect that if Judge Brickâ€™s wall against the furlough scheme turns into a permanent injunction, Schwarzenegger may be tempted to dust off a favorite old movie script and reprise one of the most famous scenes in his cinematic oeuvre.
Arnold will turn slowly to the camera, eyes glaring, and inform the protesting state workers: