I'm listening to the audio stream from the Governator's talk at Yahoo today. I'll try to note bits and pieces here while still getting a bit of work done.
Terry introduced him and now Arnold is talking about how the movie business has treated him well. He's talking a bit about his movie career and how he got started.
Land of opportunity, America is great. Blah blah. Does he say this in all of his speeches?
Now he's giving back to this country as a public servant.
He's proud of his balanced budget. Inherited $22 billion in debt. Rough times.
"Nobody can buy me."
"I created 350,000 new jobs.
Still spending too much: $1.10 for every $1.00 we get.
First year: stop the bleeding. Second year: reforms.
Lots of education problems. $50 billion and needs reform. Teachers need to be rewarded for performance. Already gave 'em $3 billion more. Too much of the money goes into benefits, not into the classroom.
Public pension expenses are out of control. Redistricting needs work too. (Wow, he's rambling a lot about redistricting.)
The prepared talk is over. That was fast. I guess it's time for Q&A now.
Four questions, Terry's got 'em.
Q1: What can we do to maintain technological leadership?
Q2: You made promises about cleaning up California politics. How have you done?
A2: A lot of work yet to be done. The economy is improving. It's easier as a outsider. He's talking about driver's licenses for immigrants now. Hmm. Not sure why.
(Terry makes a joke about married life.)
Q3: California as a gateway to other countries (asia, india, etc)... what are you doing to maximize our role?
A3: We need infrastructure in our ports. Follow up question from Terry about what we have done. Arnold talks about becoming a more business friendly state.
Q4: How has being an immigrant affected your views on immigration? What advice do you have for those of us who are immigrants?
A4: Advice: no free handouts. Stay legal.
Terry asks him what is favorite movie was. Arnold says Termintor and True Lies. Hard work but lots of fun.
Of course, he ended with "I'll be back!"
Update: Pictures are on Flickr. See the yahoo tag.
Posted by jzawodn at July 11, 2005 04:00 PM