March 15, 2006, - 4:16 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Remember the annoying, heavy-handed liberal character, “Meathead,” on “All in the Family”?
Meet “Meathead” in government. Not a pretty sight. And yet another argument against actors and celebs getting into politics . . . from either party.
As chief of California’s “First 5 Children and Families Commission,” actor/filmmaker Rob Reiner is in hot water from both California Republicans AND Democrats.
“Meathead” wasted millions–at least $23 million–of California taxpayer money to run radio ads touting the benefits of preschool, at the same time that he was collecting signatures for his June ballot initiative to soak the rich to pay for free pre-school. And he used these publicly-funded ads to push his ballot initiative. Not kosher (maybe Halal, though).
Apparently “Meathead” has aspirations for higher office, but he faces possible ethics charges and is under investigation. And there’s more. USA Today details the whole thing, including an unscrupulous relationship between Reiner and his consultants, including paying the same PR firm for both the state ads and his ballot initiative. Sweetheart deal? Sure sounds like it.
There’s an Arnold connection, which reaffirms why we don’t like him in office either. Both the Kindergarten Gov. and Meathead pushed a similar soak-the-taxpayers initiative that funds Midnight Basketball-style afterschool programs in California, at the same time that Reiner headed the same state-funded commission. Was tax money used then?
Big actors into even bigger government. Time to end the bloat–of both egos and budgets.
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