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December 28, 2009

Bill Swill

Whoops. What else can you say about the changes that were made to the pending Akaka Bill, unbeknownst to the State of Hawaii authorities, a couple of key Hawaii legislators, and the general public. This is not good politics, let alone a good move on the ethics and trust fronts. The piece of legislature known as the Akaka Bill has been shaped, shifted, transformed, and argued about for years, and now, just when it looks like it might find its way to passage in Washington, D.C., somebody somewhere along the way decided to edit it quite a bit just one more time, putting in a bunch of unsavory morsels, according to even the proposal's strongest supporters.

So how does this happen, and who's talking to whom, or not talking to whom, as the case may be? Ah, the vagaries of politics, where sometimes, stuff just happens. Is it really any wonder the general public tends to look askance at all politic things in this era? Is it a wonder that people question the system, from time to time, when things just seem to happen? Bipartisanism? Maybe when it's BUY- partisanism, or bye-bye-partisanism sometimes.

The goal now, as it was before this re-do took place, is for there to be a cordial agreement between the Obama administration, the state hierarchy, and the lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Hopefully, that can be done without other stuff being stuffed into this landmark legislation. Think about it…

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