Governor Schwarzenegger was Tuesday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”. Here are his words:
“ello this is Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with another California Report.
As you know our state is facing a $26.3 billion deficit.
These are indeed difficult times but I want to remind everyone that this is not a new problem.
This is not something that has just come up because the economy has gone down or because California government is suddenly dysfunctional.
Our state has historically lived beyond its means spending every dollar that comes in during good years leaving us with nothing left to cover shortfalls in down years.
When I came to this country in 1968, Ronald Reagan was the governor of California and he was wrestling with the same problem.
He said in his inaugural address that “The time has come to match outgo to income instead of always doing it the other way around.”
Governor after governor has fought for fiscal responsibility and governor after governor has fought the very same forces.
Jerry Brown in 1975 said that “every branch and department of state government must re-examine itself.”
George Deukmejian said in 1983 that he wanted to create a “government which improves services while keeping within its means.”
Pete Wilson said in 1991 that the people of California “want and deserve an end of government in gridlock and to the annual trench warfare that passes for a budget process.”
Each governor heard the same response from the Legislature: “We will fix the system later. We don’t have time to do it now. We can’t hold up the budget. We will get to it another day.”
Well that day has come.
We must change the way California does business.
We must streamline government and root out fraud and abuse.
We must stop promising programs and services that we know we cannot afford.
We must become smart lean and efficient in the public sector just like in the private sector.
As a matter of fact I was just talking with a friend of mine who told me about an American company that is going to produce a car for $10,000 to $15,000.
Think about that. For $10,000 or $15,000 compared to the average car sold in America for close to $30,000.
Everyone is making changes. Everyone is adjusting. Government must do exactly the same thing. That is reality.
Sacramento has pushed its financial problems down the road for decades. That road ends here.
Governor Earl Warren said in 1951: “It is not an easy task, but in time of crisis and great danger, prudent men put their house in order.”
I consider myself a prudent man. And I know that the history books will show that California government finally reformed.
In 2009 California finally put its fiscal house in order.
Thank you for listening and thank you for watching.”
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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