"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Hawaii sinking into an ocean of debt

Former Hawaii Governor Ben Cayetano wants to bring back
sanity to Hawaii's insane spending, pensions and debt.

A One-Party Democrat State where spending and debt can bring all your liberal dreams to life
  • There is only one Republican in the State Senate and only seven Republicans in the 51 member lower house.
  • The Congress enables insane spending at city and state levels by providing Federal funding for every possible liberal wet-dream program.

"When the special interests becomes too powerful...the voter only has the collective conscious of the people who are in public office," warns former Hawaii Governor Ben Cayetano.

Cayetano was a popular two term Democratic governor of the state of Hawaii. In 2012, after witnessing out of control spending and special interests threatening the city's future, Cayetano came out of retirement in a failed bid to become Honolulu's mayor. 

Spending, Debt, and Public Sector Unions:  Former Governor Ben Cayetano of Hawaii

Cayetano was opposed to the city's $5.26 billion rail project, which he says would cost too much and not solve Hawaii's traffic problems.

Hawaii already has huge unfunded liabilities and deteriorating infrastructure and Cayetano saw rail as a political win for big business and powerful labor unions, but a poorly designed transportation project. "They are going to end up raising taxes... or the city will go bankrupt," Cayetano explains.

In a wide-ranging conversation, the 73-year-old Filipino American discusses the Aloha State's fiscal mess, the trouble with Hawaii's one-party government, and why he believes social issues are distracting voters from more pressing economic problems.

A $5.26 Billion dollar rail system
for a state swimming in debt.

Pearl Highlands Station Rendering
The Honolulu Rail Transit Project was established in 2005 with the support of state and local officials to provide an efficient and reliable transportation alternative for Honolulu's congested urban corridor. The rail route runs from East Kapolei to Ala Moana Center, with stations at 21 key commuter and visitor destinations, including Aloha Stadium, Pearl Harbor, Honolulu International Airport and downtown Honolulu's major core commercial and business centers.

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