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Honolulu, HI

Obama WINS!!!!!!

haha! guess not...hmmm, that's not so funny after all. man, if somebody wrecks all of this for all of us, it'll be Pelosi. However, it's amazing how far Americans have come...that's the real story. From segregated water fountains to a black president in ONE LIFETIME...great country we live in.  (Nov 4, 2008 | post #5)

Honolulu, HI

Obama WINS!!!!!!

No need to spoil things by mentioning her. It'll be interesting though, as I think Obama will bring more good will from Republicans than Bush got from the Dems...at least for a short while. Aside from the first black guy as Prez, which is obviously significant and bring the ratio from 3/5 to 5/5, he is also a post-Boomer. That's probably most significant here: a guy who raised millions on the Net vs a guy who doesn't use email. Too bad for McCain, though...great man, wrong presidential race. It was painful watching him try to betray his own principles as he tried to shore up his base and then go negative. At least he'll still be in the Senate where he can still do some good. Obama will do good, and Reid is OK...Pelosi is the devil though, and she will need to be WATCHED.  (Nov 4, 2008 | post #3)

Honolulu, HI

Remembering Hawaii in the 70’s and 80’s

GENIUS...you are the star of the forum.  (Nov 2, 2008 | post #3164)

Honolulu, HI

Who Would Jesus Vote For?

German soliders prayed to Jesus that their aim was true enough to kill American soldiers in WW2. American soliders prayed to Jesus that their aim was true enought to kill German soliders in WW2. Klansmen prayed to Jesus to prevent blacks from gaining civil rights. Blacks prayed to Jesus to gain civil rights. How about a more reasonable standard, both for killing people and voting for politicians?  (Oct 31, 2008 | post #32)

Honolulu, HI

FactCheck Website Admits Obama was Kenyan Citizen

Not an Obama fan myself, but regarding your comment about populism, if you indeed voted for W TWICE, it was because of his intellectual depth and command of the subtls? And BTW, socialism requires state ownership of the means of production, not taxation for purposes of social welfare.  (Oct 20, 2008 | post #153)

Honolulu, HI

Letters - Editorials

Socialism requires government owning the means of production. No major or serious candidate has ever called for that. Demand economics is not what separates the candidates or liberal/conservati ve ideology. Obama is Keynsian, McCain is a supply sider. If anything, supply side economics is more demand-oriented since the argument is that market efficiencies react more quickly to consumer demand. Supply side economics is increasingly being discredited since the value produced by lower tax rates NEVER has offset the reduction in spending by government. It didn't work with Reagan or W because they INCREASED gov't spending. As an apparent believer in supply side economics, please cite three specific examples of sustained succes in the modern era where reduced taxation AND regulation AND lowered gov't spendinhg produced sustainable growth without inflation.  (Oct 16, 2008 | post #38)

Honolulu, HI

Letters - Editorials

I don't think gridlock through filibuster is a fair characterization of the Congress since 1996/2000. Particularly since the GOP could have terminated filibusters with the nuclear option. With that in mind, I think it's entirely fair to fault the GOP for a failure of leadership, which is a greater sin than a failure of opposition (Democrats). But the GOP should actually be congratulated for preserving the filibuster despite their hand-wringing. They could have gone full partisan but didn't, and threw the Dems a bone when they could have changed the rules (even in spite of the threat to prevent a quorum). Government should be about a balance of interests and power...at least to the non-partisan.  (Oct 15, 2008 | post #144)

Honolulu, HI

Letters - Editorials

Yes, I agree with you...mostly That is why I'm wondering where in our origins as a representative democracy was there a prohibition against socialism. It's definately a tradition, worth preserving, but also to keep under ongoing scrutiny. But it's another thing altogether to say it was a founding principle. I've never heard anything to that effect, so I'm genuinely interested if and how such an interpretation can be made. There are all sorts of nooks and crannies in that document, so I wonder if I'm missing something, even if a minority opinion. And as for the Fed or the original Bank of the US, yes, there is no explicit charge in the Constitution...alo ng with a right to vote and the Air Force. That does not mean the federal government is prohibited from excersing what Article I defines as "Necessary and Proper" to execute the letter and spirit of the document.  (Oct 15, 2008 | post #86)

Honolulu, HI

Letters - Editorials

No doubt, but the issue is what else falls in that. The poster seems to be thinking thoughts and words also fall in this category. I continue to question the scope and reach of some of these categorizations.  (Oct 15, 2008 | post #85)

Honolulu, HI

Letters - Editorials

Two quick things: Philosophical - there is a difference between nationalism and patriotism, and thus a fine line between truly anti-American and seditious/treasono us/disagreeable. Factual - Benedict Arnold lived out a long life in GB and died in his home. He was not hung.  (Oct 15, 2008 | post #75)

Honolulu, HI

Letters - Editorials

Please point out where in the documents describing the framework of governance this is explicitly stated. I'm curious. I also think maintaining the uniquely American tradition of no state onwership of the means of production is important...I was just unaware of that intention in our early stages. I also wonder how Hamilton's Bank of the United States bumped up against this (and later stuff like Amtrak).  (Oct 15, 2008 | post #74)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Obama would destroy economy, Lingle says - Hawaii News

And if you have been elected to public office, then opinions on good governance are relevant? If you have expereince in public diplomacy, then opinions on good foreign policy are relevant? If you have served as an appellate lawyer, then opinoins on Constitutional interpretation are relevant?  (Oct 15, 2008 | post #206)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Obama would destroy economy, Lingle says - Hawaii News

Unforunately, it's unclear whether he supports Obama for his macroecnomic acumen, or other things.  (Oct 15, 2008 | post #203)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Obama would destroy economy, Lingle says - Hawaii News

I'm no Obama fan, but I'm always puzzled by posts like this. It's a historical fact that economies generally funtion better under liberal administrations because of their focus on Keynsian principles, i.e. spending. Even looking at your Democrat-controlle d northeast, it's interesting to contrast that with the traditionally conservative, and recently Republican- controlled South. Red states generally take in more federal money than blue, as compared to their share of federal taxes. Again, I'm for neither pary, but what is emerging as clearer all the time is that supply-side economics has severe limitations relative to Keynsian models. Cuts in spending and increased productivity due to lower taxes NEVER replace the value of more money being passed around the economy due to gov't spending...NEVER. If the GOP seizes hold of this fact, then they have something. Lastly, just a fact check but Obama and Dems have NEVER had a socialist agenda. No major party has ever called for government ownership of the means of production as a policy. In fact, the one who have done it previously did so only temporarily like FDR and Ronald Reagan...and now W.  (Oct 15, 2008 | post #202)

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