Early in his first term, movie-star turned Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger made some dramatic proclamations - like this one in his 2004 State of the State Address:
"Every Governor proposes moving boxes around to reorganize government. I don't want to move them around. I want to blow them up."
As the Governor's time in office ends, we're asking political experts to weigh in on whether he kept his promises. Here's Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a political analyst at the University of Southern California:
"It is a major blemish on Schwarzenegger's legacy that Schwarzenegger came in, promised to bust the boxes, promised to cut the state's credit cards, promised to balance the budget; he didn't do it!"
Rob Stutzman is a former communications director for Schwarzenegger. He says many things were out of the Governor's control:
The economy and the dips in revenue obviously have inflated the deficit. He just was never, especially with a democrat legislature, was never able to get real substantial reduction in the size of government which is really where you have to attack the government spending problems."