In a state where the cost of living is one of the highest in the nation, and where the state is drowning in the deep end of the red ink pool, five Hawaii lawmakers are introducing a bill to make Obama’s birth records public for a $100 fee per request (to supposedly cover the extra work by state workers). Excuse me, but just exactly how stupid is that in the age of the internet? The sponsor of the bill, Rida Cabanilla, wants to end the controversy surrounding the issue, but knowing how things work in Hawaii, I’m sure they think they are going to make a killing off stupid mainlanders.
Please keep in mind that it does not matter if Obama was born in Hawaii, on the Capitol steps, or inside the White House, he is not eligible because his father was a British subject when Barry was born giving Barack Jr./Barry Soetoro dual citizenship. Anyone still pushing the birth certificate issue has been played by the elites, and separated from the rest of the herd.
Since this is an AP story, I am just linking and not excerpting.
Mr. Willoughby has written an op-ed about how the ‘Jones Act‘, (which is very much in the news currently because of the gulf oil leak), is unnecessarily inflating prices on the islands because of the stranglehold that shippers, unions, and democratic lawmakers have on this state. He understands the pieces of the puzzle and would be working to exempt Hawaii from this ancient law put in place to protect American merchant seamen. Our newest representative, Charles Djou has already called for Obama to waive this act as was done during hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The prices of goods and services are higher in Hawaii than any other state in the country.
That’s not news to anyone who lives in Hawaii. However, if the two words ‘kept unnecessarily’ were to be inserted in front the word ‘higher,’ that would be news.
If elected to Congress, the very first day in office I will introduce legislation that will drastically lower the price of virtually every good and service bought or sold in Hawaii.
If you were to ask anyone who lives in or visits Hawaii why prices here are the highest in the nation, they would typically answer that there are several reasons. First, we produce (locally) a very small percentage of what we consume. Secondly, we export very little. But the primary reason people would give is that it costs a lot to transport goods to Hawaii, and we transport virtually all of what we consume – not only to the Islands, but also between the Islands.
These facts accurately describe the effect (high prices), but not the cause. This article will address that, and our solution.
Imagine if you will, Hawaii’s private sector economy as a tall three-legged wooden stool with the legs connected by supporting braces. Let’s say the seat represents the prices of goods and services, once again being kept high by the three legs.
The first leg represents the monopolistic trust of a few powerful and politically influential shipping and transportation companies such as Alexander & Baldwin’s Matson Navigation Company (who sets the costs for transportation of goods and services to and from the Mainland), Saltchuk Resources, Inc. (whose companies Young Brothers and Aloha Air Cargo determine rates for the interisland transportation of goods and services, and who is credited in many circles for shoring up their position by helping to sink the Hawaii SuperFerry), and Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (whose Hawaiian Airlines controls pricing of interisland air passenger transportation).
The second leg represents Hawaii’s union leadership. Notice that I said “leadership,” because most of Hawaii’s union members are good, honest, hard-working people looking to earn an honest-day’s pay for an honest-day’s labor. Union leadership on the other hand is a de facto political action committee operating by a simple mantra – elect politicians who support the union’s goals to work as little as necessary and earn as much as possible doing it. (I’m a union member and my union’s contract and work schedule-bidding program is based on that formula.) Union leaders will make large contributions, lobby legislation and promise votes to labor friendly politicians, and negotiate contracts with their companies to achieve those goals.
The third leg represents four people – our Hawaii congressional delegation including Senators Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka, and Representative Mazie Hirono (and former Representative Neil Abercrombie). They are all responsible to ensure no legislation is advanced to “rock the stool.”
The supporting braces that hold the legs together (and will not allow the others to stray) represent the Merchant Marine Act of 1921, also known as the Jones Act. The Jones Act requires that all goods transported by sea between U.S. ports be carried on U.S. flagged ships that are constructed in the U.S., owned by U.S. citizens, and operated by U.S. crews. The law was designed to support the U.S. merchant marine industry. Opponents (including farms, ranches, and small businesses here in Hawaii) claim it stifles competition and increases the cost of shipping.
Though the Jones Act may still be appropriate on the Mainland (and even Alaska) where there are alternate means of transporting good and services, it is an extremely unfair and business and consumer unfriendly law here in the Islands. Our obvious boundaries allow only two means of conveyance between Hawaii and the Mainland – air or sea. As oil prices rise, it becomes less economical to transport goods by air. A large percentage of our goods must be transported by sea.
And though the increasing price of oil has a debilitating effect on the price of conveyance, it is the lack of choice and competition that radically exacerbates the cost of doing business in Hawaii. These costs are further increased by unions that get what they ask for without a fight, monopolistic trusts that can simply increase their cost of doing business to offset higher costs of labor, and politicians who have received millions in campaign contributions from the unions, Alexander & Baldwin, Saltchuk, Hawaiian Holdings, et al. in exchange for maintaining the status quo.
The only way to stop the continued escalation and lower the price of virtually every good and service in Hawaii is to knock one of the legs out. As with the seat of the stool, prices will fall. We must elect representatives who are not loyal to special interest groups (unions and monopolistic trusts), but to the people of Hawaii.
As we all know, congressional committee assignments are based in large part on the background of the elected representative. As a commercial airline pilot for the past 12 years, I would line up for membership in the powerful House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure where legislation supporting an exemption to the Jones Act for Hawaii would be introduced, debated, and moved forward. We are already off to a good start with the election of Congressman Charles Djou who also favors exemption. With the impending large-scale change in U.S. House membership after the 2010 general election, having both Hawaii representatives co-sponsoring and fighting in favor of an exemption, advancing legislation on Hawaii’s behalf would be virtually guaranteed.
Hawaii desperately needs an exemption to the Jones Act. An exemption will allow us to lower the cost of living for our Hawaii families and the costs for farms, ranches, and small businesses to do business and export their products to the mainland. It is undeniable that an exemption will also lead to more jobs for Hawaii residents, and an increase in tax revenues to state and local governments.
Hawaii voters must elect representatives who will take this “common sense” message to Washington. A Jones Act exemption is a win/win solution that will benefit everyone in Hawaii – everyone that is, except the current legs of the stool.
Republican Charles Djou emerged victorious tonight in the special election to fill Hawaii’s vacancy in Congress, giving Hawaii it’s first GOP member of Congress in 20 years.
Djou won the special mail-in election with 39.5 percent of the vote in the first printout, released at 6 p.m.
The first printout represented nearly all of the 170,312 returned by voters in the district, which stretches from Waikiki and downtown to Mililani.
Democrat Colleen Hanabusa was second at 30.8 percent, with Democrat Ed Case third at 27.6 percent.
“This is a momentous day,” Djou told a jubilant crowd at state party headquarters. “We have sent a message to the United States Congress. We have sent a message to the ex-governors. We have sent a message to the national Democrats! We have sent a message to the machine.
“We have told them that we will not stand idly by as our great nation is overburdened by too much taxes, too much debt and too much wasteful spending.”
Djou is Hawaii’s first GOP member of Congress since Pat Saiki, who represented the party from 1987 to 1991.
Better not tell the unwashed masses they just had another great victory. If and when some type of video surfaces, (remember ‘the Scott heard round the world’), I’ll post it.
…or…The True Beginning Of The Conservative Shift Will Not Be Televised.
I will actually be rather surprised if a Djou/Conservative win even shows up on the Drudge Report as it appears both major parties are trying to keep this one on the down low. The DCCC has even decided to throw in the towel and not ‘invest’ anymore resources into squabbling, greedy dems.
Djou leads with 39.5 percent of the vote, followed by former Congressman Ed Case and Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, who are tied at 25.5 percent, according to the poll by Aloha Vote, a Hawaii subsidiary of Merriman River Group (MRG), a Massachusetts research organization. Nearly 10 percent are undecided.
“He’s got it all but wrapped up,” Matt Fitch, executive director of Merriman River Group, said of Djou’s chances in the May 22 special election. “The only thing in question is who finishes second.”
More than half the respondents â€” 52.6 percent â€” had already voted. And of that group, Djou got 45 percent of the vote, one reason it’s so difficult to imagine trends changing in any significant way between now and May 22.
If Charles Djou wins a long-time dem held seat, you won’t be hearing any “Djou heard round the world” statements from the MSM. What you will be hearing is the following tale of an internal struggle inside the Democratic Party. You won’t be hearing about residents awakening to the level of taxation and interference from state and federal agencies. You won’t be given the opportunity to understand the enormity of the shift happening in a state that has been a nanny state since it’s inception fifty years ago. You’ll just be hearing about Elena Kagan’s partner preference, the Times Square Bomber and whatever else the WH can throw up against the wall to grab your attention.
Charles Djou will be breaking a five decade dem stranglehold on this state with the blessing of a population that is starting to awaken to the slave role they have been placed in by their ‘uncs’ Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka, and their auntie Mazie Hirono.
Though the MSM and the Democratic Party want to blame the true beginning of the conservative shift towards smaller government on dems feuding amongst themselves, don’t be fooled. Scott Brown was the only type of republican that could actually be elected to Dead Kennedy’s seat in Massachusetts with so many average Americans losing their wealth through current Dem policies. Rest assured, Scott Brown is a progressive liberal republican as Charles Djou is not. In the likelyhood that the voters elect Charles to Neil Abercrombie’s forfeited seat, you probably won’t be hearing about all those residents in district 1 who are now becoming more and more fed up with the federal government’s spendy ways. You also won’t be hearing about how Charles Djou is the only candidate of the top three that lives in District 1.
HONOLULU — Across the country, Democrats are on the defense, laboring to put out political fires sparked by angry voters and emboldened Republicans. Even Hawaii, the bluest of blue states, where a Democratic machine has controlled politics for the five decades since statehood, has become a dangerous hot spot for the party in power.
But here’s the catch: The Democrats started this fire themselves.
Democrats here might lose a House seat in a special election this month because of a feud between two candidates that has inflamed tensions within Hawaii’s ethnic voting blocs and between the state’s Democratic establishment and the party’s national leaders.
The result could be a victory by plurality for the GOP candidate. That would upend Hawaii’s political order and, like the recent Senate race in Massachusetts, simultaneously hand Republicans a compelling narrative of Democratic defeat — this time in President Obama‘s birthplace.
“It’s a nightmare for Democrats,” said Dan Boylan, a University of Hawaii history professor.
There is no primary to replace Neil Abercrombie, a 10-term congressman who resigned to run for governor. So the race in Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District will be decided in a winner-takes-all election on May 22.
For weeks, the two leading Democrats — state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa and former congressman Ed Case — were locked in a dead heat with Republican Charles Djou, but a new poll shows Djou pulling ahead in the 14-candidate contest. He led with 36 percent of likely voters in a Honolulu Advertiser poll released last Sunday, followed by Case at 28 percent and Hanabusa at 22 percent.
In a staring contest with Sen. Daniel Inouye over the high-stakes May 22 Hawaii special election, national Democrats blinked first and bowed to the wishes of the Aloha State political titan.
As a consequence, some Democrats say, it could cost the party a House seat next week.
Republican Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou appears poised to capture the heavily Democratic 1st District next week as a result of a three-way contest in which a split Democratic vote is making it increasingly unlikely that either former Rep. Ed Case or state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa can win enough votes to capture the seat.
At the heart of the Democratic predicament is the role played by Inouye, a veteran of nearly a half-century in the Senate and the undisputed heavyweight champion of Hawaii politics.
Inouye’s outspoken and unflinching support of Hanabusa, even as Washington wanted to throw its weight behind the better-known Case in an effort to concentrate the Democratic vote behind a single candidate, has led national party officials to retreat from the contest and leave it to chance.
Sean Hannity interviewed Charles Djou on 4.21.2010 about his race for Neil Abercrombie’s former congressional seat in Obama’s “hometown” (I am using that term loosely here). Charles covers the money and the attacks that the DCCC are bringing against the best chance free thinkers have had in the islands in decades. Mr. Djou’s lead in the polls falls inside the margin of error, but he has gone from 17% of the vote in January to 32% currently; statistically a deadheat. If you want to help Charles place another road block in the progressives’ march toward european socialism, and help Hawaii join New Jersey, Virginia, and Massachusetts, go here. Remember, there are no more local races; get involved!
Hawaii? You are not alone; pull over, park your car and join us!!! These videos deliver the message through patriot interviews of local Kailua-Kona residents. Remember, we can see November from our houses!
Fifteen months into the Residency of Barack Obama, Justice Clarence Thomas states during an appropriations hearing that the Supreme Court is evading the question of eligibility as it pertains to being the president.
Justice Thomas: You and I have been at this together for a decade and a half.
Jose Serrano: I am glad to hear that you don’t think that there has to be a judge on the court, (?), because I’m not a judge.
Justice Thomas: And you don’t have to be born in the United States. You never have to answer that question.
Jose Serrano: Oh really?
Justice Thomas: Yeah.
Jose Serrano: So you haven’t answered the one about whether I can serve as president, but you answer this one?
Justice Thomas:We are evading that one. We are giving you another option.
Isn’t it lovely that they can just sit and joke about the fact that the court is evading the eligibility question? They really don’t believe they work for us, and if RAP is correct, they really don’t.
You may find this interesting also. Jose Serrano introduced this resolution to lift the term limit on the presidency on January 6, 2009.
The size of the Kona Tea Party is growing, and I am happy to report that many more people are waking up to the insanity of congressional and executive branch malfeasance in our country!! Though the pics belie the attendance, at least 100 patriots lined the road, were cheered on by drivers, and one man who slowed down and yelled, “You damn right it’s my money and I want to keep it!”. Even Hawaii appears to be waking up.
"It's My Money!"
Get Ready For Obamacare
And though this pic has nothing to do with the tea party, I thought you might enjoy it. Aloha!!