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February 18, 2010

Democratic Leaders Had Better Wise Up Soon

Filed under: HI Politics — Joe @ 11:54 pm

Why doesn’t Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid appear on Meet The Press frequently.

Newt Gingrich was the most frequent guest on Meet The Press during the last six months. The Democrats MUST get out there in front of those TV cameras and on radio talk shows and start explaining why their health care bills are so necessary and why people should re-elect Democrats in November. The Democratic leadership in Congress MUST appear on any talk show that will have them and explain and defend and explain and defend and explain and defend the health care bills.

And then, ……. then they should explain and defend it some more.

Surveys of Massachusetts voters showed a high degree of ignorance and mistrust about exactly how the Democratic bills, which  already passed the House and Senate, will affect people who already HAVE medical coverage. The biggest mistake Obama made was to say that much of the money to pay for the health care bill in Congress would come from unspecified “cuts” in Medicare. That left Medicare recipients wondering if those cuts would mean more out of pocket expenses for them.  And wondering if maybe Medicare would not be covering as many health costs for tests and procedures  as it presently does.  Remember, there are millions of  Medicare recipients.  And they generally vote.

How COULD Obama have not forseen that before he made that statement about cuts in Medicare (he called them “savings”). He needed to make it crystal clear that no one who is now  on Medicare would be paying any more out of pocket expenses than at present. He failed to do that.   I thought he was more politically savvy than that.

Also, Democratic leaders must VIGOROUSLY defend the stimulus  money spent and show how it has helped specific people, using actual people as examples and showing how the money saved or created their jobs. When are the Democrats going to start doing that. It needs to be done IMMEDIATELY.

Time flies. The November election is getting nearer by the minute. Further delays in convincing centrist voters to support Democratic Congressional initiatives will only help the Republicans this fall. Personally, I think that Reid and Pelosi have been terrible salespeople when it comes to selling the Democratic agenda to the voters.  Those two couldn’t sell a glass of ice water to a thirsty Arab in the Sahara desert.  In August.

February 12, 2010

Hanabusa Completes PDH Survey

Filed under: Elections,HI Politics,National Politics — Tags: , — frosty @ 10:07 am

Here’s Senate President, Colleen Hanabusa’s responses to our survey:

REGARDING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENT

What steps do you think Congress should take to rebuild our economy on a more sustainable, yet economically viable basis?

My first priority in Congress will be to put people back to work and to get our economy moving again.

I support increasing our investments in America’s people and infrastructure, including aggressively expanding education and training initiatives, preparing America’s students to compete with the best and brightest around the world. Our students can only do this if we provide them with the tools that will let them excel.

I’ll also work to strengthen America’s technology sector, energy policy, educational systems, and transportation infrastructure so that our students and America remain at the cutting edge. These investments will lead to fostering and sustaining America’s economic strength.

While the rising national debt continues to remain a concern, I do know that the more prosperous America is, the faster we can pay off the debt incurred. (more…)

February 6, 2010

Case Completes PDH Survey

Filed under: Elections,HI Politics,National Politics — Tags: , — frosty @ 10:00 pm

PDH is in receipt of surveys from both Senate President Colleen Hanabusa and former Congressman Ed Case. However since Ed completed the survey first, I thought it only fair his responses be posted first. Look for Colleen’s responses to follow in the coming days.

REGARDING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENT

What steps do you think Congress should take to rebuild our economy on a more sustainable, yet economically viable basis?

All sustainable economies rest on three foundations: (1) the facilitation of private effort encouraging economic activity to enable people to pursue the lives they seek and to generate fair tax revenue for collective efforts through our government; (2) reasonable levels of taxation and regulation that do not stifle individual initiative yet do curb abuses and provide for common needs; and (3) stable societies where wealth is fairly distributed and collective needs are addressed. Congress must set the big pictures balance for all three, especially in terms of taxation and regulation and establishment of funding of core government efforts such as education, but cannot and should not micromanage economic activity. (more…)

February 4, 2010

Afghanistan Resolution

Filed under: 1Stop War,National Politics,SHAPES platform — rachel @ 3:56 pm

At our January general membership meeting, we discussed and passed a resolution regarding the situation in Afghanistan. It is now a month later and I am getting ready to go to our Feb general membership meeting… but I figured this was worth posting for people to see anyway.

If you agree with the sentiment, call your Congressional Representatives and let them know!

Afghanistan Resolution:

The dispatch of thirty thousand additional troops to Afghanistan is a profound mistake that is likely to undermine the credibility of the Obama administration and any of the progressive reforms it is trying to enact. Our soldiers will be used to prop up one of the world’s most corrupt regimes, one that has recently “won” a fraudulent election and has little if any appeal to the people of the country. In fact, its power does not extend outside of Kabul. American soldiers and firepower will alienate Afghans and drive them to support the Taliban.

The scenario we are following is familiar from Vietnam. As Under Secretary of State George Ball (the one senior advisor to advise Lyndon Johnson to withdraw) later recalled: “Nobody was prepared to concede that any particular step would require any further step.” We will send more and more troops under the guise that “progress” is being made. The casualties we take and treasure we expend will become justifications for deeper and deeper involvement. President Obama’s decision is sending us into a new quagmire which will split the Democratic Party and sabotage hope for genuine “change.” We urge the Hawaii Democratic Party to insist on withdrawal of all troops from Afghanistan.

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