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March 14, 2013

Think About It: Do Right, or Be Left

The intransigence that continues to ail elected officials in Washington, D.C., surely indicates a system that needs to be revamped or refreshed. When most everyone in a room takes a hard line, for fear of alienating voters or special interest sponsors, and therefore does not even consider compromise measures, the system, and the people behind it, are failing miserably. Our late and esteemed senator Daniel Inouye told me two years ago when I sat with him at a luncheon how he had never seen such stubbornness and vitriolic behavior in all his years in our Capitol. And it saddened him. 

And now, we have sequestering, which sounds like something out of an Olympic dressage contest with horses, but these horses are nags, and we are all nagged by the lack of leadership and lack of accepting responsibility we are witnessing in Washington, D.C. Whether or not anyone wants to state it, for fear of voter revolution and loss of job, the real keys to debt in this country are social security, Medicare, Medicaid, and military spending. But those entitlements and age-old programs are sacrosanct- no one wants to admit it and dig into what needs to be done. 

Hawaii, like many other places, will suffer with this latest round of cuts. Everyone wants solutions and fast action to resolve the fiscal crises that come preceded by scarier adjectives every day, but when will someone in power get a coalition hui together to step up to the plate, address the trillions that need to be saved by fixing broken programs, and admit that this may cost me my Senate or House job, but it's the right thing to do for this country and its 314-million people? Think about it…

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