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Governor Schwarzenegger was Tuesday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”. He answered questions using twitter. Now here are his words:

“Well there was one of the questions that I got which I think was a very good one: Why don’t we go and trim the salaries of our legislators, and then we’ll solve the budget problem right there?


Well, I don’t think that it would, because it would only save, if we take all the salaries out of all the legislators and don’t pay them anything, I think it would save around $14 million.


Think about that, $14 million vs. a $24 billion deficit. So you can see it’s very little, but I think you should know the commission that does take care of the salaries, and make the decision on the salaries of legislators, has already made a decision to cut the salaries by 18 percent, so I think that everyone is willing to make the cuts. The Legislature is. Our office, we have made cuts twice. But I think we really have to get much deeper into it in order to solve the $24 billion problem.


That’s why I think everyone can see that there’s no place to go. We have to go and make certain cuts in health care. We have to make certain cuts in education, in higher education, in all these various different programs, in prisons, law enforcement and so on.


That’s what we have to do, even though it’s very difficult for me to do. It will be very difficult for the legislators to do. But if you only have a certain amount of money, you’re short $24 billion, then the cuts have to come from somewhere, and so that’s why we’re doing it.


But it is in any case painful, unlike some of what the TV ads say, that I don’t see those people when I cut them, I do see them, I do know them and it very painful to do.


One other question was, I just did an event up in Sacramento in front of the Capitol steps with the Electric Hummer. And so the question was, when someone saw that, how far does an Electric Hummer go?


It’s actually a hybrid Hummer. It has an electric engine and has also a gasoline engine. So the electric engine goes about 40 to 50 miles and then the gasoline engine kicks in, and then you run with the gasoline engine for let’s say 50 minutes. And it charges up the electric engine again, 80 percent, it charges it up 80 percent, then it continues on driving for another 40 miles. So that’s the way it actually works.  

So this is why they say you can get with one tank, you can get around 400 miles of distance. So I think it is really extraordinary to see a car go that far. And I think it proves again that you don’t have to switch out the Hummer, you just have to switch out the technology within the Hummer and have a different engine. I think they are very well on their way.


The sad story is this comes from an aftermarket kind of a company where they make the transition from the regular engine to the hybrid engine. And I wish that General Motors was coming out with those Hummers with a hybrid engine or a hydrogen engine so we’d have very little greenhouse gas emissions or zero greenhouse gas emissions. They can do it; as we can see the technology is around. I don’t know why Detroit has been that slow to those kind of technologies, and improve on those technologies.


There’s another question which is about the big CNN interview that I did this week. Someone asked a question, why do I spend the extra time doing those kind of interviews? And they call it social networking or social media, or whatever it’s called. I don’t know. Everyone calls it something else.


But in any case, the bottom line is, I think if you are in the movie business, or if you are a politician, or if you are a public servant, or you do government work, whatever it may be, I think you try to look at as many different areas where you can communicate with the people.


And to me I think that’s very important because, as you know you can hold a press conference, you would never have your total statement in the evening news or in the morning news as far as that goes. It’s always just little sound bites and little clips that the producers of the television shows decide they’re going to use that fits into their story, which is totally understandable because they only have a certain short period of time when they present the news.


So here is a perfect example where actually, people can hear my whole sentence, my whole statement. So this is the advantage here. So one always looks for new ways of communicating with the people, and I think Twitter has been a great new way of communicating with the people.


And I think especially now, since we are going through a crisis, and where people are really hurting here in California, and where people have a hard time making ends meet, holding on to their jobs, holding on to their homes, and providing for their families, all those kind of things, and we’re making severe cuts in programs, there are certain uncertainties.


It’s very important as a Governor to communicate with the people and explain all of those cuts and answer as many questions as possible when it comes to this thing or any other kind of policy that starts to go.


So people have really good questions and I think it’s fun to sit there and to answer some of those questions and not to spin it or anything like this, but to just say it the way it is and I think that’s also very helpful to the listeners or the viewers out there. I think that’s another great way, another additional way, of communicating.”

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

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