|..... IN 2004 "WE" WON THE PRIMARY AND HALF THE VOTE ON ELECTION DAY - NOW ITS 2006, LETS WIN IT ALL !!!
Rex in Iraq 2003 Royal Kuhio Sign Waving "CODE ORANGE"
Once again (as in 2004), Rex is one of less than 5% of candidates to agree to Hawaii State Campaign Spending Limits (at $12,000 per House election, a fourth of the average spent) and earn Double Matching Funds by receiving $1944 in contributions from individuals giving a $100 or less, tax deductible, each $1 you gave is worth $3 !
CAMPAIGN TOTE: MAHALO, As of Sep 21 we received $1944+ and earned State Matching Funds !!!
SEP 13: The Honolulu Weekly gives SAUNDERS the nod ! District 23: "a strong challenge all around, most notably by former Iraqi Humanitarian Volunteer Rex Saunders, whose thoughtfulness and grasp of the issues are worthy of note"
"Talk Story With Rex Saunders"! Olelo 49: Sep 20 9:30am, Sep 21 3:30pm, Sep 23 9am
Sep 15 : "Candidates In Focus" (Hawaii Kai to Ala Moana) Olelo Ch 49: Sep 20 8:30pm, Sep 22 2am, Sep 23 2am
Aug 26 : Saunders Most Viable in District 23 in over a Decade
Aug 21 : Rex Saunders wins The Hawaii Women’s Political Caucus’ Recommendation for District 23
REX'S HUMANITARIAN WORK IN IRAQ (MARCH-JUNE 2003) Click on: rexsaunders.com/rexiniraqalldonne.htm
" WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY,
NOT AN ECONOMY ! "
ALOHA ! I'm Rex Saunders and I want to be your Representative. Please read on, visit my Key Issues and Unique Initiatives pages (click on the specific "NavBar" on the upper left) for detailed discussions of key topics and contact me with your comments and suggestions. When it comes to society, I am no nonsense and let you know exactly where I stand on the issues. Formally a Chemical Engineer with 15 years experience in international marketing, I now happily manage a tourist property here in District 23. I am not a government bureaucrat and I see this as an advantage, for I am a fresh, energetic Progressive individual who is well-traveled and knows what is going on. I do know public service: from March-June 2003, as a volunteer with JET (Japan Emergency Team), I helped to lead an expedition which delivered one of the first truckloads of humanitarian aid to Baghdad and stayed for 3 months, surveying every major city in Iraq by public transport for health, sanitation and safety. As soon as I returned to Hawaii, I asked how may I help. The answer: Run for office and a month later I went head on against the 5-term incumbent House Minority Leader. After winning my Primary Election, momentum continued and we received almost half the vote on Election Day, loosing mainly due to the early vote and my then lack of campaign inexperience to prepare for it. I welcomed the challenge to volunteer in Iraq during the war and I welcomed the challenge to run against what most considered to be an unbeatable 5-term incumbent; now he has resigned and, all of a sudden, 4 other candidates have decided to run in 2006.
So you make the choice and PLEASE VOTE:
Saunders, Rex PROGRESSIVE, Sincere, Will Stand Up and Fight For You
GENERAL ELECTION: TUESDAY NOV 7, 2006
Thank You for your support in 2004, when I entered my inaugural political campaign with very strong views regarding the key issues; since then I have been heartened to see public opinion sway our leadership, especially regarding EDUCATION where we maintain a UNIFIED School Board, however we still need to work on getting "A Fully Qualified Teacher In Every Classroom" and Properly Maintained Schools With Air Conditioning, etc. We must Greatly Reduce The 30% High School Drop-Out Rate, which is so "convenient" for big business as it provides a source of cheap labor. Nature distributes talent randomly throughout the population, regardless of race, religion, wealth, national origin, etc.; thus it is in the best interest of society to provide the highest quality education to all so that all talent and effort may be identified, nurtured and rewarded and thus contribute to a better society.
When I met with the teachers (HSTA - Hawaii State Teachers Association) the other day, they reminded me that while the bottom 20% of Hawaii's workers pay $12.60 for every $100 they earn, the top 1% only pay $5.80 for every $100 ! This is deplorable: our tax code is too long and complicated, full of loop holes that many of the rich and Big Business take advantage of. They say with a warranty, the longer it is the less you get; I say with our tax code, the longer it is the less the working man gets. Let's Simplify The Tax Code and Eliminate The 4% General Excise Tax On Staple Items such as bread, milk, etc. and Prescription Medication !
Four years ago Hawaii voted for change and a new Governor, now all we have is political gridlock. On July 11, 2006 the Governor vetoed 27 of 28 bills from the legislature, "Among the 27 bills vetoed ... was House Bill 3116, which would have extended basic health care insurance to uninsured children." (from Honolulu Star Bulletin). Again this is deplorable: Quality, Affordable Health-Care is a basic human right, not a privilege - we are talking about innocent children ! Prescription Medication costs are increasing 3 or 4 times the inflation rate. This is all about big business, we spend over $2 trillion per year on Health-Care, more than the entire GDP of any other country except Japan and Germany, and yet 25% of our population does not have coverage ! Furthermore, the Medicare Card Scheme locks beneficiaries to one source, thus eliminating competition and greatly increasing cost. Again, for the betterment of society, we need to ensure that everyone has coverage and is healthy, so that "We" may all contribute our best to society.
Quality Jobs are ones which afford workers the ability to live in the same area in which they work; too many jobs in our district do not and this leads to major traffic congestion and the associated noise as workers commute back and forth across the island every day. While it is not popular with all, Light Rail is a sensible addition to our infrastructure: The combined benefits of rail (from reduction in traffic congestion, commute times, noise, pollution, etc.) outweigh the negative aspects. Every other major city in the USA, with traffic levels like Honolulu's, already has some sort of rail system: Like it or not, it is coming and so it is better that we participate in its design, than just have one "dropped" on us. We must work with the State Department of Health and the City Council regarding Noise Abatement. The Superferry will not only provide an affordable means to travel with your own vehicle, but also promote healthy fun. Back to Affordable Housing , we should consider some form of commercial/residential rent stabilization and a property tax similar to that of Washington State, where the rate (%) varies inversely to the market fluctuations, thus providing both stable owner payments and government receipts.
I believe in Term Limits for Elected Offices: and Voter-Owned Elections: if one has not accomplished what they set out to in a few terms they need to step aside and let someone else try, if they have they should move up to a higher office and start improving matters from there ! In 2004, I was one of less than 5% of candidates to agree to Campaign Spending Limits ($12,800 per election) and received state matching funds for receiving at least $2000 in $100, or less, contributions ! Meanwhile my opponent, and some candidates this year, received virtually all of their contributions in amounts ranging from $500 to the maximum $2000. In the case of my 2004 opponent, 90% came from 3 main big business groups: the Pharmaceutical, Insurance and Tobacco Industries - the same companies which are bilking the American people out of over a $1 trillion every year without providing Health-Care coverage for 25% of the population !
Understandably, a lot of people talk about less government, but many contradict themselves by wanting government to tell citizens what do in their private lives ! When it comes to Freedom of Choice Issues, as long as no one is hurting another, it is best to leave these decisions to the individual (otherwise we create contempt between the individual and government). How is it that some people refuse to allow Stem Cell Research to help develop cures and save millions of lives, yet have no qualms about sending our innocent soldiers into battle to be killed in a war 60% of Americans and 90% of the world believes is wrong, while raising our cost for gasoline to over $3 per gallon, thus making huge profits for big business and the rich !
We must provide more sensible and equitable policies, both at home and abroad, including Foreign Policy such as in IRAQ and the Middle East; otherwise our current unilateral policies will alienate us from the rest of world and lead to our downfall. At home, we need to Make Hawaii More Small Business Friendly and protect local businesses from Mainland and Foreign competition, which are not always forced to adhere to all of Hawaii's laws. Let's make the mainland more like Hawaii and stop making Hawaii like the mainland !
We live in a world unfortunately controlled primarily by wealth, which is most unfortunate as the qualities, values and desires necessary to accumulate assets rarely are the same as those which make people fit to lead society. Indeed, the financial bottom-line does not account for "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness" - lest we forget what America was founded on (look at the face of a new $10 bill: "We The People ...."). Yet it is the wealthy who are most empowered. So we must all, whether culturally, philosophically or materially rich, work together to better society. The first step is to always remember:
" WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY,
NOT AN ECONOMY ! "
ALOHA KE AKUA - Rex Saunders
Sep 14: Please note that of SAUNDERS two other Democratic opponents, one received 70% of his contributions from out of state thus Grossly Violating the 20% Limit set by Hawaii Campaign Spending Law [§11-204.5] , while the other wrote a check to himself for $12,000, received $1,000 from a Maryland multi-millionaire quite familiar in Hawaii politics and received one contribution for $50 from a person in Kaneohe - that's all ! - BOTH have avoided a Debate on the issues ! Of SAUNDERS two Republican opponents one is also in Gross Violation of the same Contributions Law [§11-204.5] by greatly exceeding the 20% limit, while the other governor-appointed successor to Galen Fox (who received 90% of his contributions from Tobacco, Pharmaceutical and Insurance corporations and had to later resign) is receiving one $2000 contribution after another from the rich and Big Business. Don't Sell your Vote :
VOTE SMART, VOTE SAUNDERS !
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