The Canoe Could Capsize

March 7, 2011

Hawaii’s new governor likes to talk about shared sacrifice and working together to solve our fiscal problems, saying

“The truth is that the canoe, which is our beloved Hawaii could capsize.”

You got that right, the canoe could capsize but it’s from the overload of bull-crap he continues to shovel at us. But you voted for him. At least enough of you did to get him elected (he won 58% of the vote). But we know to watch what politicians do, rather than what they promise -or we should.

Yep, he campaigned on not raising taxes and then did so as soon as he could by passing an increase on liquor. And with a huge budget shortfall and a grossly underfunded Employee Retirement System he now proposes a soda tax, more alcohol tax, increase in timeshare tax and doing away with the deduct-ability of state income tax (among the nation’s highest peaking at 11%). In this film clip you see him jump all over Rep. Barbara Marumoto for her honest concern for those on fixed income whose pensions he will tax, at the same time saying taxpayers will now cover 60% of state workers health care premiums (up from 40%).

He will increase in the State GE Tax despite saying he would not during the election. According to Hawaii’s lone Republican Senator, in Hawaii Reporter, Sam Slom believes other tax proposals will come up as the legislature gets down to the wire and that the governor didn’t go nearly far enough to reduce government spending and government debt.

Maybe Abercrombie as a U.S. Congressional retiree (now enjoying the generous federal government pension plan-based on 1.5% of his highest paid salary year times nearly 20 years of service with full medical coverage) would like to contribute his salary as Governor to help keep our canoe afloat.

Aloha, Mikie

Come On, Get With It Guv

December 27, 2010

Hawaii’s new governor, Neil Abercrombie has made lots of promises, but he’ll have no excuses -aside from the usual,

“The mess we inherited, bla, bladdy, bla, bla.”

Since Hawaii is now the most one-sided state legislature in the country (88% of the legislative seats are held by Democrats), I at least I had some hope the ‘gotcha’ game skewering anything Lingle would end and more time could be spent fixing the problems in our state.

Sadly, a stated top priority of Mr. Abercrombie in West Hawaii Today recently is to explode the Birther conspiracy.

Is this guy articulate or what?

Please Mr. Governor tell us you are more interested in creating jobs or tackling the $772 million shortfall in your recently submitted 2 year budget, or improving our crappy schools or addressing State’s failing infrastructure (Honolulu averages one water main break/day), than wasting time on right wing conspiracies.

For starters why not follow in the footsteps of another new governor, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker who has laid plans to rescind the right of government employees to collectively bargain? In fact as federal stimulus money withers most states are scrambling to stay above water with abig wolf at the door.

Public workers having the ability to form unions and to collectively bargain (long abused in exchange for delivering votes), has proven to be a disaster for taxpayers. The 24 states that don’t allow government workers collective bargaining rights or have limited rights have managed to hold down their pension liabilities. Governor, the campaign is over. It’s time to get together with your buddies in the legislature and do whatever it takes to make it happen for Hawaii.

Aloha, Mikie

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