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           CAMPAIGN 2004                      HUMANITARIAN VOLUNTEER IRAQ                              AT WORK -  ROYAL KUHIO - WAIKIKI

ALOHA !  I am Rex Saunders and I am running for the Hawaii House of Representatives because we need responsible, sensible leadership. My opponent and the Governor, proudly declare themselves to be "Bush Republicans".  Four years ago we enjoyed record budget surpluses and job growth, now we have record deficits and, for the first time after 70 years of prosperity, we have experienced job evaporation (1.7 million jobs). Seniors are especially hard-hit by a 27% increase in Prescription Drugs, now Skyrocketing under Bush's "Medicare Card Scam", (grossly outpacing inflation 4-fold).  36 million (in 2003) Americans live below the poverty line, 45 million have no health insurance (in 2002, up from 41 million in 2001), and an astounding 75 million had no insurance at some time over 2 years.  (all these statistics were recently reported independently by CNN, the AARP and the AFL-CIO).  When asked that famous question posed by Ronald Reagan 24 years ago, "Are you better off than you were four years ago ?", an astounding 91% said NO !!! (per ~9/16/04 CNN poll).

 

From The Honolulu Advertiser on Saturday September 25, 2004: "Bush, Kerry plans don't differ on cost", but they sure do differ on how they will spend it !

Bush: For the Rich,  Kerry:  For "We The People" !  :

Over the next 10 years, the Republican Bush plan will give $1 Trillion to those making $200,000/year and more, while the Democratic Kerry plan will repeal this Tax Cut (enacted by Bush) and use that $1 Trillion on Health Care (75%) and Education (25%) for all !  Give 1,000,000 people $1,000 and they will spend it and stimulate the economy, give 1,000 people $1,000,000 and they will spend a few thousand and hide the rest in a secret bank account !  ...  and that's only $1 Billion, we are talking about 1000 times that, $1 Trillion dollars !  -   that's real money folks, we must be serious !  It is cut and dry, do we want to give $1 Trillion to the rich or do we want to spend it on Health Care and Education for All !  You are un-American if you don't want to give it to the people !

WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY, NOT AN ECONOMY !!!!!

 

BUSH DESTROYING WHAT LITTLE DIPLOMATIC RESPECT THE REPUBLICANS HAVE LEFT US :

As a Humanitarian Volunteer (with the Japan Emergency Team) in Iraq last year, I know all too well the grave blunder our administration has reeked upon us, shipping home dozens of our children in body bags each week.  It is no wonder that so many members of the current administration never, for whatever reason, served in war.  War is only the last resort. It is this brand of leadership that my opponent wants to bring to our doorstep. Two years ago Hawaiians voted for change. The current administration is not it.  As your Democratic Representative in a Democratic Legislature:

I will ensure your VOICE is heard.

I will work towards creating a safer, greener neighborhood, while sensibly promoting Tourism.

I will work on Health Care Reform and Affordable Rx Drugs along the lines of the Kerry Plan.

I will concentrate on improving our "Unified" Education system, ensure a qualified teacher in every classroom and professionally competitive compensation to recruit and retain the best possible teachers.

I will advocate responsible growth, healthy construction, sensible 'Beautification' and ensure State support for the proper form of rapid transit, 'Light Rail'.

I strongly support Campaign Spending limits and look forward to the day when all elections are fully funded by the State, thus returning the decision-basis to the issues. In years past, some people have said that there was not much difference between Republicans and Democrats.  Today, the difference has not been greater since the Revolution, which founded this country.

I want to bring our other troops home from Iraq ASAP and turn this over to the UN; my opponent wants to continue this quagmire indefinitely.  I know I am right when soldier after soldier waves to me when I sign-wave on the Ala Wai.  Soldiers must follow orders. It is our duty as citizens to question the policies of our regime; otherwise we end up like Germany 70 years ago.

 

In 1970 the ratio of the average salary of a CEO to worker was 20:1, in 1998 an astronomical 419:1 !, today over a 1000 !  In 1970, Democrats were on the left, Republicans on the right, now Democrats stand firmly in the middle on the side of Common Sense, while the Republicans have gone off the deep end led by blind greed. Don't let them drag us down there into their quagmire.

My opponent wants to expand these same policies, escalating the inequity and dictate this by creating a Fortress America, led by the loss of our constitutional rights coinciding with the "Patriot Act", etc.  The Police don't like this, as they have to be the soldiers on the local front. SHOPO (State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers) does not endorse my opponent, despite the fact he proclaims crime reduction his greatest achievement.

Answer that question, are you better of than 4 years ago ?  What has gone right for goodness sake !  Interest rates are down.  Well friends, 70 years ago, we had deflation, we had DEPRESSION !  Is that what we want ?  No jobs, no money, farmers dumping their food while we all starve to death !

Friends if we have any more years of this inept non-sense there will be nothing left.  To the many affluent people in our district I say, "60% percent of something is a heck of a lot more than 90 or 100% of nothing".  Think about it.  Perhaps the top 1 out of a thousand may be able to disappear during disaster, but the rest of us will suffer. Let us not find out the hard way.  To the current administration I say:

"ALL 'DONNE', GO HOME" - Rx

A volunteer Humanitarian Worker in Iraq with JET (Japan Emergency Team) from March-June 2003, Rex helped procure and deliver one of the first
truckloads of aid to the Keiki of Iraq.  He put up the above sign (search Google, both with both 'DONE' and 'DONNE').

I have agreed to and strongly support Campaign Spending Limits and look forward to the day when campaigns are fully and equally State-Funded.  This will help remove showmanship from electioneering and return the decision-making basis to the issues and the people !  I would like to personally thank free and discount service providers for helping me run our "AKAMAI" and "PONO" campaign:  'Olelo, KHNL Channel 8, Yahoo, Google, FreeWebs, GoDaddy, Photo King, DNet: www.dnet.org & www.congress.org (The League of Women Voters), www.vote-smart.org, The Honolulu Star Bulletin, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Weekly, The Hawaii Hochi, and last and  most importantly, your local public library.

Please give me your ideas, your help and your VOTE.   Mahalo, Aloha Ke Akua.  Spread the Aloha; let's make the mainland more like Hawaii !!!   Email: rxrxrxrx@yahoo.com    Tel: 218-0028

Register for the General Election by October 4 and please VOTE Tuesday, November 2, 2004 !    

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--- Endorsements/Recomendations Include:

 

  • AARP - Though they do not endorse candidates, they do publish their and candidtes' positions (see below)
  • ADA - Americans For Democratic Action
  • AFL-CIO -  American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations
  • GLBT Caucus of the Hawaii Democratic Party
  • Hawai'i Democratic Party
  • HSTA - Hawaii State Teachers Association
  • Hawaii Women's Political Caucus
  • HGEA - Hawaii Government Employees Association
  • IAMAW - International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
  • IBEW 1260 -  International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 
  • NASW - National Association of Social Workers
  • UNITE HERE LOCAL 5  -  Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees & Laundries, etc.


--- COMMUNITY SERVICE

 

These 'strong' Iraqi Keiki, from the Assyrian Church where we stayed, unloaded water with us !

 

  A fine meal with my fellow volunteers and the Father.                      Then working toward a new "Green" Iraqi Beginning !

 

 

              Atop the Palestine Hotel, heart on sleeve.                               Have you ever seen more innocently kind, happy Keiki ?

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE:

  • Kokua Council / Coalition For Affordable Long Term Care
  • Waikiki Residents Association
  • Waikiki Neighborhood Board
  • Hawaii Democratic Party
  • JET (Japan Emergency Team)  Volunteer Humanitarian Worker, Baghdad and Iraq (March-June 2003)
  • Volunteer Interpretive Guide,  ONIZUKA Center for International Astronomy, Hawaii, The "Big Island"


Brief Summary as reported to the Hawaii State Office of Elections

       

rxrxrxrx@yahoo.com    Born  Duke University Hospital, where he (also later) met Pat and Richard Nixon, discussed affairs of state, starting a lifelong interest in socio-political issues (He has long been a big advocat of engagement with China and still has the official US Government (CIA) Survey of China given him by Nixon in the early 1970's after his famous world-changing trip to China). His family moved to England and then to Richmond, where he grew up debating issues of racism, religion and government. Gifted, he won the Virginia GRTCM Math Contest, two years running, and ran track. A Chemical Engineer (Georgia Tech), he was lauded by the Dean for delivering an impromptu speech about the ignorance of racism at the Student Union. He worked several positions in Sales & Marketing for major international conglomerates around the USA and world, experiencing the downside of mergers and acquisitions (part of a process which has seen the rich get richer and the working man poorer). In 1997, he resigned as an International Sales Manager based in Europe, to embark on a 4-year sabbatical to survey the world in-depth, living with a Belgrade family during that Spring 1999 war. He returned to Hawaii as a high adventure tour guide, until once again leaving in March 2003 to volunteer to deliver some of the first humanitarian aid to Iraq during that war, also surveying every major city for health and sanitation. Afterward, he traveled to India (Jammu & Kashmir) to observe their "conflict" with Pakistan, Amritsar and Agra to see the great Sikh "Golden Temple" and great Mughal (Islamic) "Taj Mahal", respectively.  He then traveled over KHARDUNG  LA, at 5560m (18,380 ft) the highest motorable pass of the world !!! , on the way to Leh and Ladakh, where he saw the Dalai Lama, a meeting which was joyfully remembered during the recent "Thousand Lanterns" Celebration here in the waters just off of Ala Moana Park.  He then flew to, and traveled through, Russia teaching English in Moscow, learning and experiencing first-hand the very dangerous and difficult situation (due to the negative vagaries of Capitalism: Oil and special interest Mafia, etc.) President Putin has in safely and equitably overseeing the transfer to a market economy, then returned to Hawaii in January 2004. He currently works in the front office for the Royal Kuhio, witnessing and experiencing the wonderful life here in District 23 - Waikiki / Ala Moana .



--- KEY ISSUES

See www.congress.org     Also visit:  http://www.congress.org/congressorg/e4/cinfo/?state=HI&id=127681

 

"WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY,
NOT AN ECONOMY !"


From a very young age, when I had the fortune to both live in Hawaii and also meet Pat and Richard Nixon, I have  followed politics closely. Long since a proponent of engagement with China, I know foreign policy is key: the world wants to see the USA lead it, but not dictate over it as the current Republican administration is sadly attempting to do, and miserably failing.

I have lived, worked and traveled to 49 of the 50 States (eagerly awaiting Alaska!) and over 80 countries; and I ALWAYS return home to Wonderful Hawaii ! I know what is going on in the world, despite the horrible bias in the media and from many of our current politicians.

I resigned from a very lucrative career in International Sales, because I saw the horrible faults of an economy-driven society. We must have balance and harmony to establish a sustainable, healthy society and clean environment, otherwise we all sadly perish.

The financial bottom-line driven policies of the current administration have no conscience, they care not even about their own children, nor for tomorrow. Please read my issues and statements, visit my website: www.rexsaunders.com , and help me, help us, help us all and make the mainland more like Hawaii !

I am running for Hawaii House #23 (Waikiki - Ala Moana - Kewalo - Kaka'ako) because we citizens need responsible and sensible leadership for our country, which should and must lead the world. Four years ago we were enjoying record budget surpluses and job growth, now we are in a mess, both financially and diplomatically. Two years ago Hawaiians voted for change as they saw the Democratic Party as stagnant, but I am sure the current administration is not what we wanted. As a "New Democrat" in a Democratic Legislature, not only will I get the "VOICE" of Waikiki, Ala Moana, Kewalo and Kaka'ako heard, but also the pertinent legislation, important to us all, passed; all of which a Republican can not, and has not been able to do, sitting in the minority. Some of the key issues we need to address are:
 

 Campaign Spending Reform 

I have agreed to and strongly support Campaign Spending Limits ($12,800 per election), preferring to run a grass-roots campaign. Ultimately I look forward to the day when campaigns are fully funded by the State, thus removing expensive advertising, opponent-bashing and showmanship from electioneering, thus returning the decision making basis to the issues. My opponent receives (and participates in) the maximum $1,000 to $2,000 contributions, including Fund Raisers with our current Governor.

With the rapid growth of the Internet, grass-roots campaigns are becoming ever more affordable. Please help us by spreading the word !

 

 Crime Prevention vs. Law Enforcement


The title says it all: I am for Crime Prevention through Positive Reinforcement while my opponent is for Law Enforcement through Negative Reinforcement !

"WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY,
NOT AN ECONOMY !"

We have recently had a spat of violent crime here in Kapiolani Park. My opponent's reaction is to restate that he wants to make crimes against tourists be more severely punished than the same crimes committed against us Kama'aina, the constituency. How ridiculous is that, this blatant and shameless pandering to the Tourist Industry Lobby ! All crime should be treated equally serious, regardless of the race, creed or origin of the victim ! This only points out once again (as with Health Care & Prescription Medication, Education, Traffic & Construction, etc.), that my Republican opponent is here to serve the needs of Big Business at the expense of "We" the constituency that he is supposed to represent.

We need to make sure that our friends, the local police, have the tools necessary to keep our neighborhoods safe; however and more importantly, we need to work at Crime Prevention. Please note that SHOPO (STATE OF HAWAII ORGANIZATION OF POLICE OFFICERS) does not endorse my opponent, though he claims crime his number one achievement ! There is a reason: The police are our soldiers on the front line and have to deal with the excessive crime created by the policies of my opponent and the Republicans.

We can achieve vastly improved Crime Prevention if we provide all citizens equal and fair opportunity to Health Care, Education & Vocational Training, Employment and Recreation; thereby creating a healthier society with minimal crime. "Happy" people rarely commit crime !

If, however, we allow ourselves to be blindly led by our selfish greed and pursue an economy driven society with greatly unequal income and wealth distribution, then we have an ill society with excessive crime. Thus my opponent and the Republicans push for greater Law Enforcement, infringing on and completely destroying our Constitutional Rights such as with the oxymoronic "Patriot" Act.

They lead us to the "Police State" that we so rightly feared from the old Soviet way and one which the Republicans so derided, but now appear to parade in front of us - the height of Republican hypocrisy.

Just remember one thing:

"WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY,
NOT AN ECONOMY !"

 

 Education Reform

My opponent and the Governor, proudly declare themselves to be "Bush Republicans". They propose to break up our School Board into individual districts and give 90% of the budget to the Principals (currently less than 10%), an irresponsibly drastic change. This is Republican rhetoric at its worse, it sounds like great "politics", but it is horrible policy. When something needs to be adjusted, you don't flip it upside down.

We need to invest in Education to ensure that there is a qualified teacher in every classroom (currently 18% of classes are taught full-time by substitute teachers). We need to offer a professionally competitive salary to recruit and retain the best possible teachers, the mentors of our youth and future. Furthermore we should look into an incentive program to attract our young adults into the Education Profession as we are entering a retirement bubble and face an even greater shortage of qualified teachers in the immediate future.

Over the next 10 years, the Republican Bush plan will give $1 Trillion to those making $200,000/year and more, while the Democratic Kerry plan will repeal this Tax Cut (enacted by Bush) and use that $1 Trillion on Health Care (75%) and Education (25%) for all ! Give 1,000,000 people $10,000 and they will spend it and stimulate the economy, give 10,000 people $1,000,000 and they will spend a few thousand and hide the rest in a Secret Bank Account !  And that's just a Billion dollars, we are talking 1000 times that, a Trillion !  It is cut and dry, do we want to give the $1 Trillion to the rich or do we want to spend it on Health Care and Education for All ! You are un-American if you don't want to give it to the people !

WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY, NOT AN ECONOMY !!!

 

 "Big on Small Business ! " and small on Big Business

Huge multi-national conglomerates and many rich people play virtually no tax at all, with the help of tax accountants, lawyers and tax shelters - while the ordinary working man, who can't afford or doesn't seek such options, pays an unfairly high burden of the tax load.  Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely - I am big on small business and small on big business.  Huge corporations loose touch with reality, everything is run by accountants and the financial bottom-line - to the detriment of the environment, natural resources and all living things including humans and the rich themselves.  Big corporations merge, the CEO cuts half the people, makes the other half work twice as hard (the productivity factor is akin to a "slave" index) and pay themselves huge bonuses.  5 years down the road, they are long gone, the company has lost its niche that made it successful, worker moral of those who remain is way down and soon that business becomes uncompetitive.  As Lou Dobbs (CNN) famously says, "we are exporting America".   These rich don't see the light in front of them, not even for their own children sometimes.  We need to spread the spirit of Aloha and sensibility to the mainland - let's start making the mainland more like Hawaii and stop making Hawaii like the mainland.

WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY, NOT AN ECONOMY.

 

 Tax Reform / Simplification 


Income Tax was only introduced a year ago and today we seem to be doing the same things that caused our founding fathers to throw the English Tea in Boston Harbor:  The modern form of Taxation Without  Representation.  Our tax code is too lengthy and complicated, the rich and huge corporations pay little or no tax with the help of this code, their lawyers and accountants, while the average man pays a heavy burden.  We need to greatly simplify our tax code and make it fair, sensible and equitable.  We should set a budget for total Property Tax needed, then adjust that tax rate up and down with the highly volatile real estate market to maintain stable payments for the most of us whose income varies little, year to year.  Sales Tax should be eliminated on staple foods such as milk, bread, etc (as they do in many other countries in the world).  We live in a world headed in the wrong direction:  The rich are getting richer and the Poor are getting poorer; common sense tells us that this must stop or there will be revolution.  I say to the rich as the Indians said long ago, "you can not eat your gold", and I say now  50% or 60% of something is a heck of a lot more than 80% or 90% off nothing, Wake up !

WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY, NOT AN ECONOMY !!!

 

 Freedom of Choice Issues

This boils down to the fundamental issue of the conflict of the individual and society. We must all sacrifice some of our individual liberties for the benefits which society affords us. Whether we are consciously aware of it or not, the individual within us resents having to sacrifice these liberties; therefore we must keep this "sacrifice" to a minimum. At the same time we must maintain order to thus prevent chaos, however the sacrifice of personal freedoms need not extend to our private lives, such as marriage and early-term abortion.

This reason also makes sense on the plateau of practicality:  We are legislators,  NOT theologians;  furthermore we can not legislate a value system. If you tell someone that they can not drink alcohol, they surely will drink alcohol; but if we educate them they to drink responsibly then they are more likely to do so. If we tell someone that they must do this, they surely will not: "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink". Our country was founded on a very sensible principal of the separation of Church and State.  The Repbulicans proudly proclaim they stand for small and decentralized government, then why do they want to tell us we can and can not do in the privacy of our own homes ?

As I have said previously, I strongly promote the introduction of a Philosophy & Ethics class from Kindergarten to 12th grade in order to teach the basic principles and then lead by example - Individuals should be free to make their own personal choices. Parents and Guardians should be their children's greatest heroes and in the end, for the adult: "Be your own hero !" This is the path to a rock solid and healthy society.

 

 HEALTH CARE REFORM

My opponent and the Governor, proudly declare themselves to be "Bush Republicans". Four years ago we enjoyed record budget surpluses and job growth, now we have record deficits and, for the first time after 70 years of prosperity, we have experienced job evaporation (1.7 million jobs). Seniors are especially hard-hit by a 27% increase in Prescription Drugs, now Sky-rocketing under Bush's "Medicare Card Scam", (grossly outpacing inflation 4-fold). 36 million (in 2003) Americans live below the poverty line, 45 million have no health insurance (in 2002, up from 41 million in 2001), and an astounding 75 million had no insurance at some time over 2 years. (all these statistics were recently reported independently by CNN, the AARP and the AFL-CIO). When asked that famous question posed by Ronald Reagan 24 years ago, "Are you better off than you were four years ago ?", an astounding 91% said NO !!! (per ~9/16/04 CNN poll).

From The Honolulu Advertiser on Saturday September 25, 2004: "Bush, Kerry plans don't differ on cost", but they sure do differ on how they will spend it ! Bush: For the Rich, Kerry: For "We The People" !

Over the next 10 years, the Republican Bush plan will give $1 Trillion to those making $200,000/year and more, while the Democratic Kerry plan will repeal this Tax Cut (enacted by Bush) and use that $1 Trillion on Health Care (75%) and Education (25%) for all ! Give 1,000,000 people $1,000 and they will spend it and stimulate the economy, give 1,000 people $1,000,000 and they will spend a few thousand and hide the rest in a Swiss Bank Account ! It is cut and dry, do we want to give $1 Trillion to the rich or do we want to spend it on Health Care and Education for All ! You are un-American if you don't want to give it to the people !

I have a colleague who has two children and she must pay $700 per month in our company-sponsored health care plan ! This is one of her 2 paychecks ! This is wrong. Two decades ago Hawaii used to lead the USA in Health Care coverage, now HMSA and Kaiser are two of the most profitable investments, while many Hawaiians go with substandard or no health care. We need to introduce a plan in Hawaii along the lines of the Kerry Plan to ensure that all Hawaiians have decent and affordable Health Care coverage. This will occur under a Kerry administration.

WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY, NOT AN ECONOMY !!!!!

Let's reverse this recent trend of the last few years and let's make the mainland more like Hawaii !

 

 Iraq & Foreign Policy


Again, my opponent and the Governor proudly proclaim themselves to be Bush Republicans. As a Humanitarian Volunteer with JET (the Japan Emergency Team) in Iraq last year, I know all too well the grave blunder our administration has reeked upon us, shipping home dozens of our children in body bags each week.

I helped to procure and deliver the first truckload of humanitarian aid to Baghdad and Iraq, surveyed every major city for health, sanitation and safety by public transport, attended daily CMCC, UN and other meetings, etc. We were welcomed as heroes at first, but quickly warned that if they were not given their country back in 6 months as promised, that we would be recognized as occupiers and all "heck" would break loose. I left in June 2003 and that is exactly what has happened.

It is no wonder that so many members of the current administration never, for whatever reason, served in war. War is, and should only be, the last resort.

There were no weapons of mass destruction, Saddam Hussein has been gone for a year and a half and yet we remain against the will of 90% of the world. This is insane and dangerous. There is only one sensible exit strategy and that is to turn this over to the UN, where we may take the lead role, but do so under the auspices of the world community.

John Donne said that no man is an island, and so neither can a small oligarchy dictate over the world. The era of imperialism has long vanished with the advent of mass affordable travel and communication. The world has become one and all those who try cling to the past will eventually sink to their own demise. I put up, twice, a now very famous sign on the pedestal of the Saddam Statue at Firdos Square (by the Palestine Hotel) in Baghdad: "ALL 'DONNE' GO HOME - Rx".

Our current administration is alienating us from the rest of the world by ignoring and acting against 90% world opinion and at least 50% of public opinion here at home, thus eroding what little diplomatic respect the Republicans have not already destroyed. Don't let us forget the record 50,000,000 anti-war (Iraq) protestors last (1993) year!

It is this brand of leadership that my opponent wants to bring to our doorstep. Two years ago Hawaiians voted for change. The current administration is not it. My opponent has fallen into line with the current Governor and the Bush administration. If we vote Democrat this November, we have a chance, and only a chance, of saving us from the disaster the current administration is recklessly driving us to. If we vote to continue the current administration, we will certainly initiate the destruction of this country from the inside out. And by the way, the current leaders of all this will conveniently disappear to their villas around the world, while the remaining 99% of us have to endure the consequences of their selfish foolishness.

To our current administration:               (you're) All Donne, Go Home !

 

 Traffic & Noise


Waikiki, Ala Moana, Kewalo and Kaka'ako make up District 23, the engine that runs the whole tourist industry here in Hawaii and those of us who live here must endure the horrible traffic congestion, waste disposal, pollution and noise resulting from this. With China and all of Asia booming, Hawaii is set for even far greater traffic during the next 50 years. We must sensibly and proactively plan ahead for this.

We live on a volcanic island where most of the traffic is linear along the periphery. Most of the people who work here live elsewhere and commute in while many of those who live here work downtown and elsewhere; this all creates a massive contra-flow of traffic.

The only sensible long-term solution for mass transit here is Light Overhead Rail, similar to what they have in Las Vegas. This would add a second dimension to traffic, keeping the current vehicular lanes open and available on the street. This will require a coordinated long-term multi-partisan effort from the City & County, State and Federal Governments extending long past the terms of any individual politicians.

In the mean time, we could promote use of public transport by lowering ticket cost, especially monthly and annual passes, make HOV lanes accessible for carpools of 2 passengers (currently 3 or more) and add Park and Ride lots.

Though rather controversial, we should investigate a Pedestrian Bridge over the Ala Wai, which would promote walking and thus alleviate vehicular traffic.

Long-term, we must have a Light Rail Network and it should be developed in such a way to be a major tourist attraction in and of itself.

 

 Wealth and Income Inequality


In 1970 the ratio of the average salary of a CEO to worker was 20:1, in 1998 an astronomical 419:1 !, today over a 1000 !

0.1% of Americans own 23% of our wealth, 1.0% own 43% and 14% own 90% ! This is ridiculous and grossly unfair. Furthermore this is a foolish and unsustainable policy, long-term.  I'm BIG on Small Business, the backbone of America, and small on Big Business, the scurge of America (Halliburton, Enron, etc.).

Over the next 10 years, the Republican Bush plan will give $1 Trillion to those making $200,000/year and more (the per capita income in District 23 is $29,613, so very, very few here will benefit) while the Democratic Kerry plan will repeal this Tax Cut (enacted by Bush) and use that $1 Trillion on Health Care (75%) and Education (25%) for all ! Give 1,000,000 people $1,000 and they will spend it and stimulate the economy, give 1,000 people $1,000,000 and they will spend a few thousand and hide the rest in a Swiss Bank Account ! It is cut and dry, do we want to give $1 Trillion to the rich or do we want to spend it on Health Care and Education for All ! You are un-American if you don't want to give it to the people !

A quality job is one which you work 40 hours per week and can afford to live in the same neighborhood in which you work. Most people can not do this in Waikiki and District 23. What we have is the modern evolved form of servitude and this in turn creates the massive traffic problem. Just go to your local convenience store or fast food restaurant and see who is working there, this is a grossly flagrant abuse of humanity. Most of the people who work here can not afford to live here and therefore must commute from other parts of Oahu, while many of those who live here work downtown and elsewhere, further compounding the traffic problem. We need not preoccupy ourselves with how much the richest make, but we most necessarily should provide a decent minimum standard of living for the working individual.

In 1970, Democrats were on the left, Republicans on the right; now everything has shifted drastically to the right with Democrats standing firmly in the middle on the side of Common Sense, while the Republicans have gone off the deep end led by blind greed. Don't let them drag us down there into their quagmire.

My opponent wants to expand these same policies, escalating the inequity and dictate this by creating a Fortress America, led by the loss of our constitutional rights coinciding with the "Patriot Act". The Police don't like this, as they have to be the soldiers on the local front. SHOPO (State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers) does not endorse my opponent, despite the fact he proclaims crime reduction his greatest achievement.

Answer that question, are you better of than 4 years ago ? What has gone right for goodness sake ! Interest rates are down. Well friends, 70 years ago, we had deflation, we had DEPRESSION ! Is that what we want ? No jobs, no money, farmers dumping their food while we all starve to death !

Friends if we have any more years of this inept non-sense there will be nothing left. To the many affluent people in our district I say, "60% percent of something is a heck of a lot more than 90 or 100% of nothing". Think about it. Perhaps the top 1 out of a thousand may be able to disappear during disaster, but the rest of us will suffer. Let us not find out the hard way.

"UNITED WE STAND,

DIVIDED WE FALL !"

 



AARP - Candidates' Positions

AARP    

Below from AARP website: http://www.aarp.org/legislative/elections/race_display?race_id=1341 :

 

ELECTIONS:  Hawaii: House District 23   /   SUMMARY:

Transparency And Accountability In Pharmacy Benefit Managment (PBM)

 

Supports

Opposes

Improving transparency and accountability of PBMs

AARP

b

 

Galen Fox, Republican

 

 

Dick Ornellas, Democrat

 

 

Rex Saunders, Democrat

b

 

Drug Marketing Disclosure

 

Supports

Opposes

Disclosing marketing expenses by drug companies

AARP

b

 

Galen Fox, Republican

 

 

Dick Ornellas, Democrat

 

 

Rex Saunders, Democrat

b

 

Social Security Offset

 

Supports

Opposes

Offsetting Social Security retirement benefits against unemployment benefits

AARP

 

b

Galen Fox, Republican

 

b

Dick Ornellas, Democrat

 

 

Rex Saunders, Democrat

 

b


 

ELECTIONS:  Hawaii: House District 23   /   ISSUE BY ISSUE DETAIL:

Transparency And Accountability In Pharmacy Benefit Managment (PBM)

 

Supports

Opposes

Improving transparency and accountability of PBMs

AARP

b

 

Galen Fox, Republican

 

 

Dick Ornellas, Democrat

 

 

Rex Saunders, Democrat

b

 

 Question
Do you support or oppose improving transparency and accountability of PBMs and why?

AARP Response
AARP Hawaii supports greater transparency in relationships between pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and drug manufacturers to highlight revenues and incentives PBMs receive in their negotiations (such as drug rebates). In exercising good faith and fair dealing, AARP Hawaii also supports requiring PBMs to identify how those revenues are passed on to consumers.

PMBs are hired by employers and health insurers to manage drug benefits, negotiate discounts with pharmacies, and secure rebates from drug manufacturers. AARP is concerned about the unique power of PBMs to influence the market for prescription drugs and steer drug purchasing and prescribing behavior. Much of their core business is shrouded in secrecy from state and federal regulators, and even from their clients. The most contentious PBM practice relates to confidential manufacturer rebates that are financially beneficial to the PBM rather than the consumer. Mandating full disclosure by PBMs gives health plans greater leverage to negotiate agreements, achieve greater discounts, and lower prescription drug costs for their members.

Candidate Response: Galen Fox, Republican

Candidate's response does not clearly support or oppose AARP's position on this issue.

My answer is similar to that in the next question. Transparency makes sense, but it will take action at the national level, in Congress.

Candidate Response: Dick Ornellas, Democrat

Candidate was invited to participate, but chose not to respond.

Candidate Response: Rex Saunders, Democrat

COMPLETELY AGREE WITH AARP - We spend more on healthcare than any other country, and yet we get mediocre coverage at best - WE HAVE A PROBLEM. It used to, and should, be that the money went directly from patient to doctor, now we have a gigantic parasite sucking the life blood out of both patient and doctor: this good old boy network of Pharmaceutical, Insurance and Legal Lunatics (PILL), which threatens to sicken us all. Democratic Hawaii used to lead the nation in health coverage, now HMSA and Kaiser are highly profitable investments and Hawaiians are left with substandard, or no, healthcare. It is not our privilege to have healthcare, but rather the privilege of these companies to administer it. Transparency is the key to exposing and correcting this. Lets reverse this recent trend and Lets Make The Mainland More Like Hawaii, Again !
Drug Marketing Disclosure

 

Supports

Opposes

Disclosing marketing expenses by drug companies

AARP

b

 

Galen Fox, Republican

 

 

Dick Ornellas, Democrat

 

 

Rex Saunders, Democrat

b

 

Question
Do you support or oppose disclosure of marketing expenses by pharmaceutical manufacturers and why?

AARP Response   AARP Hawaii supports drug marketing disclosure laws to highlight the huge expenditures by drug companies who promote predominately high cost, brand name medications to doctors, pharmacists, and other providers. AARP Hawaii also supports disclosing the names of those that receive incentives from drug companies, reporting discounts and rebates, standardizing the reporting of “detailing” and “education” costs, and authorizing the attorney general’s office to investigate alleged violations.

AARP has long supported drug marketing disclosure laws as a means to control the rising cost of prescription drugs. Exposing the gifts, payments, travel, and entertainment that the drug industry lavishes on doctors and other providers, and putting a total dollar figure on them, may have a deterrent effect, at least with respect to some of the more extravagant practices. And once these promotional expenditures are made a matter of public record, the case for offsetting their influence with countervailing measures becomes even more compelling.

Candidate Response: Galen Fox, Republican

Candidate's response does not clearly support or oppose AARP's position on this issue.

The high cost of prescription drugs is one of the two major health issues facing seniors today. The other is the crippling cost of Long Term Health Care. President Bush, working with Congress and AARP, has added a prescription drug benefit to Medicare, and that benefit becomes more comprehensive in 2006. Until then, low income seniors are able to qualify for $650 immediately from the federal government for their prescription drug assistance, and may qualify also for the Hawaii prescription drug assistance program. These are important forward steps for seniors without prescription drug coverage. Other ways to help reduce drug costs include allowing purchases from Canada, allowing group purchases, and shedding light on how drug manufacturers spend their money, including on marketing. I believe that control of national and international drug company expenses has to happen at the national level and would support Congressional action on AARP's recommendation.

Candidate Response: Dick Ornellas, Democrat

Candidate was invited to participate, but chose not to respond.

Candidate Response: Rex Saunders, Democrat

COMPLETELY AGREE WITH AARP - We need transparent reporting from all forms of organizations and the Internet will facilitate this ! As a former International Sales Manager in various Chemical Sectors, I know only too well that the great international pharmaceutical conglomerates are the biggest, most profitable, but morally corrupt, corporations in the world. Seniors, who live on fixed incomes, the unemployed and underinsured, and citizens of third world countries are all hindered/denied access to life-saving drugs due to economics alone. I have a friend who is a doctor and whose wife is a pharmaceutical sales representative: I know the decrepit shenanigans of how medicine is bought and sold, this must come to an end. Universal Health Care is a Basic Human Right, not a privilege: we need to be alive to contribute our best. We live in a Society, NOT an Economy!
Social Security Offset

 

Supports

Opposes

Offsetting Social Security retirement benefits against unemployment benefits

AARP

 

b

Galen Fox, Republican

 

b

Dick Ornellas, Democrat

 

 

Rex Saunders, Democrat

 

b

Question: Do you support or oppose offsetting Social Security retirement benefits against unemployment benefits and why?

AARP Response
AARP opposes Social Security offset and will support changing state law to allow individuals to receive Social Security and full unemployment benefits simultaneously.

The Social Security law allows older workers to collect retirement benefits as early as age 62, even if they’re still employed, although they may be reduced if their earnings are too high. Due to the high cost of living in Hawaii, many people are forced to work later in life, and many return to the workforce after retirement. When a worker who is collecting Social Security retirement benefits becomes laid off, the state of Hawaii reduces unemployment compensation 50 cents for each dollar of Social Security payment received.

AARP believes that Hawaii’s offset law unfairly discriminates against older workers. People who are forced to continue working past age 62 while collecting Social Security benefits need both sources of income to ensure economic security and maintain a decent standard of living. Depriving them of unemployment compensation at a point in their lives when they need to build up, not deplete, retirement assets is not only illogical and punitive, it could mean the difference between self-sufficiency and dependency. Hawaii is only one of 12 states with an offset law.

Candidate Response: Galen Fox, Republican

I support AARP's position on this state issue. Workers should be able to receive Social Security and full unemployment benefits simultaneously.

Candidate Response: Dick Ornellas, Democrat

Candidate was invited to participate, but chose not to respond.

Candidate Response: Rex Saunders, Democrat

COMPLETELY AGREE WITH AARP - We pay social security tax from the first day we work; this tax is collected to provide a retirement income at that time which it is determined we should be allowed to collect it. Whether or not we elect to work after that age, we must be paid as per this federally mandated retirement savings program. Irresponsible Republicans would like to privatize Social Security, not for the benefit of us citizens, but rather as it would be a windfall for investment managers. Where is their voice when it comes to allowing these same seniors, who find it necessary to work on after retirement, to always receive 100% of their Social Security ? Not only is this illogical and punitive, but it also deprives society of much of its expertise by hindering seniors desire to work and pass-on their knowledge.



--- REX's UNIQUE INITIATIVES

    • Sensible District Apportionment, stop the effective disenfranchisement of the extreme northeastern section of Waikiki, which is currently isolated by the Ala Wai Canal / Golf Course and Kapiolani Park from the rest of District 21 (in which it is currently misplaced).  Reapportion the adjoining districts and include all of Waikiki in District 23 !  It is absurd that 2 of the 4 Precinct Polling Stations for District 23, actually lay outside of District 23 !
    • 4-Day (8, 9 or 10 hours ?) Work Week where applicable.  Oahu's heavy traffic would be alleviated by reducing commuter transit 20% and those, businesses which as a whole could operate 4 days a week, would save energy.  Furthermore, with the advance of technology, I question whether the dated 40-hour work week is still necessary; perhaps a 32- or 36-hour work week would be better, thus also reducing unemployment and offering more free time to individuals.
    • Term Limits for Elected Officials.  For higher level offices terms should be limited to two, 4- or 6-year terms.  For lower level offices, where there is a smaller pool of candidates, term limits should still be considered (perhaps four 2-year terms for instance).  While not wanting to drive away experienced politicians, we need to keep fresh blood moving through the system: if one has not achieved their goals within the first couple terms, perhaps it is better to try another "servant of the people".  On the other hand, if the official has achieved their goals, then they should move on to a higher office and serve there.
    • Mandatory Voting.  People need to inform themselves of the political process and issues; we must all become more involved in how our society is governed. Perhaps convicts should be included, for if we have a society with ten times as many criminals per capita than the rest of the world, then also perhaps there is a cause that needs to be addressed.  Furthermore these ridiculous, but effective, radio talk shows need to be properly regulated to stop their false programming of the mass public.
    • Make available the trading of all Financial Investments/Instruments 24/7 on the Internet. This will eliminate all "Funny Business", especially from the "Good 'Ole Boy" network.
    • Introduction of a Philosophy & Ethics Course from K-12 in our Unified School System.  We can not legislate Morality, we must teach the basics and lead by example, unlike many of our current Corporate Executives, Priests and other Religious Leaders, and YES ! Politicians !!!
    • We need to create an Incentive Program to recruit our young adults into the Education Profession, as we already have a Teacher Shortage and are now entering a Teacher "Retirement Bubble".
    • High-Tech Industry with high paying jobs, can locate anywhere and so chooses nice climates like Florida and California, So where is Hawaii's High Tech Industry !!!  We need to create an Entrepreneurial High-Tech Development Program starting in our grade schools and centered around, and incorporated into, the University of Hawaii.  My alma mater,  Georgia Tech, did exactly this very successfully over 20 years ago and let me tell you, Atlanta is nice, but Hawaii is paradise ! As a further note, we need to ensure that the University of Hawaii remains the excellent, affordable great treasure for all Hawaiians (i.e. we do not want to raise in-state tuition to exclusive levels and see UH become monetarily "elitist").



--- DISTRICT 23 MAP and ELECTION INFO

    

BASICALLY ALL OF WAIKIKI, EXCEPT THE EXTREME NORTHEAST CORNER, AND ALA MOANA SOUTH OF KAPIOLANI/KING STREETS AND EAST OF PUNCHBOWL STREET.

 

                                                                (PUNCHBOWL STREET)

                                                            (AREA GERRYMANDERED OUT OF DISTRICT 23)

 

Voting is an essential part of our democratic process. By voting you choose the representatives who will make decisions which affect you, your family and your community. If you care about the future of Hawaii, register and VOTE!

 

 

What types of elections does Hawaii hold?

 

 

1) PRIMARY ELECTION

Hawaii’s Primary Election is held on the third Saturday in September in every even numbered year (Section 12-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes). The next Primary Election is Saturday, September 18, 2004. Hawaii conducts a Single Party Primary Election. Voters are allowed to vote for only one political party (a single color coded section).

2) GENERAL ELECTION

Hawaii’s General Election is held on the first Tuesday in November in every even numbered year (Hawaii State Constitution, Article II, Section 8). The next General Election is Tuesday, November 2, 2004.

 

 

 

Who can vote in Hawaii elections?

 

 

Anyone who is properly registered may vote in any election.

Only individuals who are United States citizens and residents of Hawaii are qualified to register to vote.

Incarcerated felons [HRS 831-2] and people adjudicated mentally incompetent are not allowed to vote.

 

 

 I need assistance with voting.

 

 

Any voter who requires assistance to vote (by reason of physical, visual, hearing impairment or inability to read or write English) may be given assistance by a person of the voter’s choice, as long as the person who is helping is not the voter’s employer, agent of the employer, or agent of the voter’s union.

 

 

 How do I register to vote?

 

 

There are several ways to register to vote:

Fill out the WikiWiki Voter Registration form and mail it in to your county office

Visit the Office of the County Clerk where you reside to fill out the WikiWiki Voter Registration.

When you apply for your driver’s license at the Department of Motor Vehicles the Application for Motor Vehicle Driver’s License also contains a Motor Voter Affidavit on Application for Voter Registration allowing you to simultaneously apply for a driver’s license and register to vote.

 

 

Where do I vote?

 

 

You will be notified of your polling place with the Notice of Voter Registration and Address Confirmation (NVRAC) card which your county clerk will mail to you.

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. You may also absentee vote at absentee walk-in polling places or by mailing in an absentee ballot if you are unable to make it to the polls on election day.

Be sure to have your picture ID with a signature on it for verification of your identity. You will be asked to sign a poll book to record that you voted at that polling place. Your Voter Registration Notice is NOT an acceptable form of identification.

 

 

 How do I become a precinct official?

 

 

This is your opportunity to assist your neighbors and fellow citizens with voting. You must be 16 years old by June 30, 2004, a registered voter in the State of Hawaii, able to read and write English, attend a training session and pass a certification exam. Various positions are available.

 
Questions? Contact Us:
Office of Elections:
City and County of Honolulu:
(808)453-8683
(808)523-4293

 

EXACT PRECINCT DESCRIPTIONS, 23RD REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT:

 

PRECINCT 23-01

Polling Location:   Waikiki Baptist Church
424 Kuamoo St.          Mtg Room

Beginning at the intersection of Ala Wai Canal and Lewers St extension and running: (1) southwesterly along Lewers St extension; (2) southwesterly along Lewers St; (3) northwesterly along Kalakaua Ave; (4) easterly on Ala Wai Canal to the point of beginning.

 

 

 

 

PRECINCT 23-02

Polling Location:   Waikiki Comm. Center
310 Paokalani Ave.       Social Hall

Beginning at the intersection of Ala Wai Canal and Kaiulani Ave and running: (1) southwesterly along Kaiulani Ave; (2) southeasterly along Cleghorn St; (3) southwesterly along Kapuni St; (4) southeasterly along Kuhio Ave; (5) westerly along Kapahulu Ave; (6) westerly along Kapahulu Groin; (7) northwesterly along Oahu shoreline; (8) northeasterly along Saratoga Rd extension; (9) southeasterly along Kalia Rd; (10) northeasterly along Lewers St; (11) northeasterly along Lewers St extension; (12) southeasterly on Ala Wai Canal to the point of beginning.

 

 

PRECINCT 23-03

Polling Location:   Ala Wai Community Park
2015 Kapiolani Blvd.        Lounge

Beginning at the intersection of Kapiolani Blvd and Kalakaua Ave and running: (1) southeasterly along Kalakaua Ave; (2) southwesterly along Lewers St; (3) northwesterly along Kalia Rd; (4) southwesterly along Saratoga Rd extension; (5) northwesterly along Oahu shoreline; (6) northeasterly along Ward Ave; (7) southeasterly along Ala Moana Blvd; (8) northeasterly along Pikoi St; (9) southeasterly on Kapiolani Blvd to the point of beginning.

 

 

PRECINCT 23-04

Polling Location:  AAFES Building
919 Ala Moana Blvd. Room 103

Beginning at the intersection of S King St and Kapiolani Blvd and running: (1) southerly along Kapiolani Blvd; (2) southerly along Pikoi St; (3) northwesterly along Ala Moana Blvd; (4) southwesterly along Ward Ave; (5) southwesterly along Oahu shoreline; (6) northeasterly along Nuuanu Ave; (7) southerly along Ala Moana Blvd; (8) southwesterly along Fort St; (9) southeasterly along Aloha Tower Dr; (10) southerly along Ala Moana Blvd; (11) northeasterly along Punchbowl St; (12) southeasterly on S King St to the point of beginning.

*** NOTE: The city has said it will not allow the McCoy Pavillion to be a Polling Station this year.


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