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Schwarzenegger: I’m Proud Of What We Accomplished

On Tuesday, Governor Schwarzenegger delivered his final weekly radio address as the “Newsmaker of the Day”. Here are his words:

“Hello, this is Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with another California Report.

I have had the privilege of speaking to you for the last seven years through this weekly address. I have spoken to you about the many challenges facing our state, and the work that we have done to meet those challenges.

Today is my final address, and I want to say something simply from the heart. And that is: Thank You.

Thank you for allowing me the honor of serving as your Governor.

I came to California four decades ago with absolutely nothing.

And because of this state welcoming me with open arms, I gained absolutely everything.

My family, my career, all my successes, I owe to California.

The opportunity to give something back as Governor has been an immigrant’s dream come true.

History will be the final judge of my Administration’s record.

But I leave office proud of what we have accomplished.

Working together with Democrats and Republicans, to begin to rebuild California with the largest investment in infrastructure in a generation, has been a fantastic success.

We returned $50 billion to taxpayers through our workers’ compensation reforms.

We made California a world leader in clean energy and environmental protection. With redistricting and open primaries, we passed the greatest political reforms since Hiram Johnson.

We gave parents great new power over their children’s education and schools.

We approved major pension reform, and budget reform that will be on the ballot in 2012.

I am especially proud that we were never afraid to take on the big issues, make the tough choices, and set aside ideology in favor of compromise.

At times this cost me politically.

But I always acted in the best interests of California’s future.

Yet throughout all those political fights and legislative battles, I never forgot that the greatness of California is not found in its State Capitol, but in its people. I have seen the very best of California:

The spirit of our innovators and entrepreneurs.

The heart of our volunteers.

The courage of our firefighters, military personnel and first responders.

If there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s that there is no challenge too great for our state.

We have endured earthquakes, floods, mudslides, oil spills and drought.

Three years ago we suffered from the largest firestorm in state history.

We’ve suffered from the worst global recession in 80 years.

But through it all, we battled, we persevered, and we emerged, still standing strong. We are still the world’s eighth largest economy, with a $2 trillion GDP.

We still attract more venture capital than the rest of the nation combined.

We are still the entertainment capital of the world and the innovation capital of the world; the Mecca of high-tech, bio-tech and clean-tech.

We are still the place where millions flock from around the world to play on our beaches, camp in our redwoods, eat our food, drink our wine, and enjoy our entertainment.

California is still, without a doubt, the greatest state in the greatest country in the world.

It still is the Golden Dream by the Sea.

Now, as my Administration ends, the work of a new Administration begins.

Jerry Brown will be sworn in as my successor.

To Jerry and his wife Anne, I send my very best wishes.

And to the people of California, I say once again: thank you for allowing me to serve you.

I have had no greater honor, and no greater joy.

So thank you for watching, and thank you for listening.”

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard every weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am.

Written by mark@mlode.com