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willie

Plymouth, MI

#1 Nov 25, 2008
"Hawaii should actively claim our new president"

Now if you could just get Obama to actively claim Hawaii as his rather than Illinois which he does all the time.

Since: Nov 08

Kaneohe, HI

#2 Nov 25, 2008
Aren't we special to have the next president come from here? No. It's only a big, egotistic deal to us. "Obama is from Hawaii, not your state." "Obama is from Oahu, not your island." "Obama went to Punahou, not your crummy school." "Obama lived on my street, not your loser street." Are we actively seeking trivia to become condescending jerks? Keep building walls and towers but remember King of the Hill when we were young? Somebody always got hurt. Here we have a president who wants us all to pull as one and Hawaii wants special recognition.
Bob

AOL

#3 Nov 25, 2008
ODAMA was born in Hawaii...........its not his home...........thank god
Keith Haugen

AOL

#4 Nov 25, 2008
Aloha:

I remember when "conservative" was synonymous with Republican. But that was before the GOP appointed President gave us the record debt, record deficit spending, etc. Borrowing from the "borrow and spend" philosophy of former President Reagan has not served GW Bush well.

Now, it is the Democrats who are the "fiscally conservatives" and the Republicans have the reputation of bigger, more intrusive, more secretive government and who are less conservative than everyone else.

The past eight years of Bush rule has given us the biggest government ever, and has doubled our national debt, while our personal retirement plans have shunk in value by about 30 percent.

That's one reason why the voters ousted the GOP in such a big way and are willing to let the more conservative Democrats lead -- in both the Executive and Legislative branches of our government. Only the GOP-appointed Judiciary branch remains "conservative."

Fiscal responsibility will re-emerge with President Obama, when he takes office, beginning with his promise to end the costly, unnecessary Bush Iraq War.

Keith Haugen
Nu`uanu
manini

Kapaau, HI

#6 Nov 25, 2008
Responding to Roger Abbey. The conservatives of the Republican Party left it after it was taken over by the right wing nut jobs. You too should join the exodus.
al Guacamole

Honolulu, HI

#7 Nov 25, 2008
It's no surprise to me that there are so few conservatives in Hawaii. They are associated with self-centered and elitist social policies. Lincoln would disown his party were he alive today. Republicans just don't get it.
rope1

Honolulu, HI

#8 Nov 25, 2008
WOW, Keith have you been listening to Obama's news conferences? Doesn't sound like fiscal responsibility to me!!! And please let us not forget that lending laws that were stripped away by the Clinton administration, and since we elected a democratic congress alittle over two years ago, the economy has tubed!! The election is over Keith. Only you and Obama don't seem to understand that!!!! Actions now not words will determine whether your faith in Obama is justified. Let it play out and let's see how things are going in a couple of years. Ley's see if the messiah can produce on all those promises. No reason he shouldn't be able to do that. He keeps saying he can and he's known the economic situation for a few months!!
willie

Plymouth, MI

#9 Nov 25, 2008
"can produce on all those promises"

Sorry to say, he is already backing down on the promised tax cuts for the middle class...not bad, he isn't even in office yet.
Kimo

Kailua, HI

#10 Nov 25, 2008
Obama, soon to be President 44, was born and raised here.
As an adult, he has made Illinois his home.
Similarly, the 16th President was born in Kentucky and made his home in Illinois.
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Lingle made a fool of herself this year. No doubt she knows.
Question is, will the voters remember the next time she runs for something?
alice

Honolulu, HI

#13 Nov 25, 2008
joe is right. And Obama is off to an impressive start. He is doing more as preisdent elect than the lousy, dishonest Bush did in 8 years. Obama recognizes how dangerous this economic situation is and is taking bold steps to help us. Unlike Bush who wars against Americans.
alarmclock

Honolulu, HI

#14 Nov 25, 2008
rope1 wrote:
And please let us not forget that lending laws that were stripped away by the Clinton administration...
Yeah, it's too bad that Republican majority congress back then didn't do something to stop the Clinton administration. Maybe Phil Gramm- financial wizard that he is- and that Leach guy should have come up with some kind of bill to save us back then. After all, isn't congress actually responsible for the laws? Oh, wait a minute, they did come up with a bill now that I think about it.... Then, of course, Bush AND his Republican congress majority had four years to fix all those Clinton administration screwups. Wonder why they didn't?
alarmclock

Honolulu, HI

#15 Nov 25, 2008
willie wrote:
"can produce on all those promises"
Sorry to say, he is already backing down on the promised tax cuts for the middle class...not bad, he isn't even in office yet.
Haven't seen this. I did see where he's said he might not immediately repeal the Bush tax cuts (for the wealthy) because of the current financial situation, and instead let them expire as originally scheduled in 2010. McCain wanted to extend them. Funny how Obama's words get twisted now that he's in. What he's said he'll try to do, becomes a "promise." When he changes his mind, or adjusts his position, what he said becomes a "lie." Regarding the financial crisis, it seems to me he's always hedged his bets, so to speak, in what he's said he'd try to do, and how he'd try to fix things. Clearly, it's a rapidly changing situation, almost daily (much like Iraq and Afghanistan BTW). Although a few warned about the crisis in advance, nobody seems to have a clear idea how to fix it. At least Obama seems adaptable and willing to listen to all sides, and change his mind or tactics if need be, rather than just more phony bluster- "fight, fight, fight," we are "fundamentally strong!!!." Yeah, we'll see how he does, and in the meantime have to listen to all the new whiners.
alarmclock

Honolulu, HI

#16 Nov 25, 2008
dudealohajoe wrote:
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Ummmm...Kimo, lay off da Primo braddah...Obama is 47, hon.
Kennedy is still the youngest prez at 42.
pssst...dude...I think Kimo meant Obama was going to be the 44TH president, not that he's 44 years old. But thanks for the info.
thom1s

Honolulu, HI

#17 Nov 25, 2008
alarmclock wrote:
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Yeah, it's too bad that Republican majority congress back then didn't do something to stop the Clinton administration. Maybe Phil Gramm- financial wizard that he is- and that Leach guy should have come up with some kind of bill to save us back then. After all, isn't congress actually responsible for the laws? Oh, wait a minute, they did come up with a bill now that I think about it.... Then, of course, Bush AND his Republican congress majority had four years to fix all those Clinton administration screwups. Wonder why they didn't?
How abso-friggin-lutely FASCINATIN'!

None -- not even ONE -- of the couldn't-pass-a-saliva test Bush bashing, bed wetting, thumb sucking cry babies seems to have recalled that, thanks to Clinton's 8 year long dereliction of duty in matters of national security, we were attacked by the very enemies Clinton declined to pursue because we might violate their legal "rights".

But then of course the cry babies would be forced to admit that the Bush strategy of taking the fight into the teeth of the enemy has protected our homeland from re-attack for almost 87 consecutive months. To the cry babies this is all just a coinkydink.

The reason the Repubs are imploding is because their guts leaked out over the last dozen years when they become more interested in pandering and bribing the people with their own tax money than in the principle they once espoused. The "G" in GOP now stands for GUTLESS. Once people realized that, many naturally drifted over to the party of the gutless America-bashers, the Democrat Party. And who can blame them? Why go for a pale imitation of Treason when the real thing is available and so eager to regain power over all three branches of the govt?

Until the GOP develops a taste for gut fighting, they will correctly be thought of as the striped pants country club set who are not all that interested in the nitty gritty of public service where they might risk soiling their white gloves.
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#18 Nov 25, 2008
alarmclock wrote:
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Haven't seen this. I did see where he's said he might not immediately repeal the Bush tax cuts (for the wealthy) because of the current financial situation, and instead let them expire as originally scheduled in 2010. McCain wanted to extend them. Funny how Obama's words get twisted now that he's in. What he's said he'll try to do, becomes a "promise." When he changes his mind, or adjusts his position, what he said becomes a "lie." Regarding the financial crisis, it seems to me he's always hedged his bets, so to speak, in what he's said he'd try to do, and how he'd try to fix things. Clearly, it's a rapidly changing situation, almost daily (much like Iraq and Afghanistan BTW). Although a few warned about the crisis in advance, nobody seems to have a clear idea how to fix it. At least Obama seems adaptable and willing to listen to all sides, and change his mind or tactics if need be, rather than just more phony bluster- "fight, fight, fight," we are "fundamentally strong!!!." Yeah, we'll see how he does, and in the meantime have to listen to all the new whiners.
I notice that too. Bush is still "in charge" but he doesn't seem to be making much noise or taking the issue seriously. I guess he's turning the reins over early to Obama and can't wait to get out of office so he and his buddies can concentrate on getting the oil from Iraq. And he still has 2 months to go.
kailuaresident

Kaneohe, HI

#19 Nov 25, 2008
Roger, I found your other conservative - hes living in Volcano on the Big Island. I'm afraid the two of you (and maybe Aiona) are about all thats left....you could sell the rights to your story ala 'Lost' to Hollywood, but you think Hollywood is an instrument of the devil. So I guess thats out...
alarmclock

Honolulu, HI

#20 Nov 25, 2008
thom1s wrote:
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How abso-friggin-lutely FASCINATIN'!
None -- not even ONE -- of the couldn't-pass-a-saliva test Bush bashing, bed wetting, thumb sucking cry babies seems to have recalled that, thanks to Clinton's 8 year long dereliction of duty in matters of national security, we were attacked by the very enemies Clinton declined to pursue because we might violate their legal "rights".
I'm glad you find it fascinating.
But again, to solely blame the Clinton administration for national security issues? Who was on the national security committees in the Republican controlled Congress? Who was on the defense committees? Didn't we have a CIA? A military?
I realize the world is completely black and white for you- right/wrong, good/bad, Democrat/ Republican, maybe even white/black- but when you suggest that somehow I or the people I support for office, are treasonous Americans or that we don't love this country as much as you do, well, I can only hope you remain in the minority in this great country for a long time. Plus, I would note that now that Obama's been elected, there are apparently some new cry babies in town.
alarmclock

Honolulu, HI

#21 Nov 25, 2008
Yeah wrote:
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I notice that too. Bush is still "in charge" but he doesn't seem to be making much noise or taking the issue seriously. I guess he's turning the reins over early to Obama and can't wait to get out of office so he and his buddies can concentrate on getting the oil from Iraq. And he still has 2 months to go.
Good. Maybe Bush won't do as much harm in his last months as some thought. We'll see. I'm a little concerned about some of the last minute environmental stuff he seems to be trying to dismantle or change. And his pardons may be interesting-like some kind of preemptive pardon for anyone in his administration possibly linked to torture, illegal wiretapping, fake reasons for war, etc etc etc? I also saw it mentioned someplace, that since Bush is a lame duck Pres, and wasn't directly a party in the election, the turnover is going smoother than it might otherwise. Also, Obama is serious. Kind of a "Move over, I'm driving" thing.
Linda_lingle

Honolulu, HI

#22 Nov 25, 2008
conservative=a**hole

any questions?
elaine

United States

#23 Nov 25, 2008
I think it's absolutely stupid to pass laws which can't be enforced. They don't enforce jaywalking, running red lights, not stopping at stop signs, crossing the streets without looking first,and all other ludicrious such laws!!!

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