to change the county charter  and restore sovereignty to every citizen.

Recent quotes from three of our own county council members on their positions as elected officials are revealing as to how they view their proper roles : 

“it sometimes takes a law to change people's behavior”

 "Sometimes I have to be forced to do things that are right and I don't want to.”

 (I need) “to take charge, to lead our County, to define policy in the best interests of the people of our island. “

Frightening, isn't it !

Our county government lately has taken on 3 roles:

  • Administrative (such as determining how many police to hire, or where a road should go, or how to process garbage). This is an appropriate level of authority and responsibility for them to play.
  • Telling us what things we CAN NOT do i.e.:restricting our rights, more so every year
  • Taking our money: i.e.: taxes and fees

We the people have delegated out elected officials the power to be administrators, but we have NOT delegated them the power to restrict our lives and take our money without our permission.

The Consent of the Governed acts will restore forever this authority and sovereignty to the people of the Big Island.



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“Knowing ... that our freedom has been obtained at a very high cost, we also pray that we might remain a people worthy of so precious a gift.” President George H.W. Bush, Memorial Day proclamation 1991


Do the math

 April 30, 2012

Do The Math
by Edward Gutteling

April 27, 2012

“ I’m trying to think, but nuttin’ happens ! ”

Curly Howard,  The Three Stooges: Calling All Curs, 1939
All too often it seems our political leaders take actions that just don’t add up.  Perhaps they didn’t think it through all the way themselves, or perhaps they really did but they are deliberately hoping we don’t figure it out on our own.

Take for example the recent proud purchase of 5 Chevy Volt cars for the County of Hawaii by Mayor Kenoi. A recent news article shows him standing like a proud papa next to the shiny cars at the formal blessing and display ceremony, proclaiming “It couldn’t come at a better time, when we look at rising fuel prices....Hopefully we can grow the electric fleet and have it be the county fleet.”

These plug-in-electric / gas hybrids cost us $47,000 each, totaling $235,000 for five. They can go about 30 miles on electric power alone, then need recharging. When the gas engine kicks in, they get about 37mpg and require premium gas. Recharging the 16 kwH battery daily at our highest-in-the-nation electric rates, about 40 cent / kwH, costs about $6.40 / day.

For less than half the purchase price ($21,000) , a comparable sized and powered Chevy Cruze uses regular gas and gets about 30 mpg. Lets take an extreme case, and say gas is $5.00/gallon. That means that the Volt costs $1.40/day more than the Cruze to drive 30 miles, and costs twice as much to buy. For the same cost we could have had eleven Chevy Cruze, and saved on operating costs as well.

And we’re supposed to be proud and pleased about this? For spending more and getting less?
Somehow the thrill of being “green”, and “independence from foreign oil” doesn’t quite add up. This is especially so as the electricity is still being generated from mostly “foreign oil”  and other “fossil fuels”, anyway.

The same sort of “logic” was driving the recent attempt to get approval for the Aina Koa Pono Ka‘ū Energy Farm, to cost $350 million on 13,000 Ka’u acres.  They expected a guaranteed purchase price from Hawaii Electric Light Co. and also a 15% state tax credit. The bio-fuel would have cost $170/barrel.
Oil has never sustained a price above $110/barrel  for more than 6 months, ever.  This was expected to raise the electricity costs for residents by nearly $2.00/month if shared with Oahu, and much more if only the Big Island residents were to be responsible for the required purchase of 16 million gallons/year.  

The State consumer advocate, who’s supposed legal remit is to look out for the interests of ratepayers, recommended that the contract be approved.  Big Island politicians were notably silent about the whole deal. Fortunately, the state Public Utilities Commission unanimously rejected the contract saying that the cost of the fuel was “excessive, not cost-effective, and thus, is unreasonable and inconsistent with the public interest.” Hawaiian Electric issued a statement saying, "We are very disappointed by the Public Utilities Commission's decision”.

It makes one wonder about the perpetuation of “pono”.

As for why we are so dependant on “foreign oil” in the first place, it is because most of the crude oil used in Hawaii cannot be purchased from the US or even Canada for that matter, and instead comes from South East Asia. This is because of the Jones Act requirements of using only US built, flagged and crewed vessels for transport from the mainland. As there aren’t such tankers available, in Hawaii we are forced to rely on foreign vessels and they can only bring foreign oil.  Who supports such a scheme, that costs us all extra as a result? Nearly the entire array of our political leaders in Hawaii.

All these schemes have a common element: the vast majority of Hawaii citizens end up with higher costs of living and lives that are just a little more difficult. This is what our leaders call “sustainable”.
This is what conservatives call a road to poverty and hardship.
Do the math.

Dr. Gutteling is vice-president of the Conservative Forum for Hawaii

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remember 5.1.11


If you missed it: February forum now on na leo community television

In case you missed it, second chance for you all:

on Cable Channel 54



February's Forum featured Heritage Heritage Foundation’s Director of Domestic Policy Studies Jennifer Marshall speaking on school reform.

Na Leo Community Televison recorded the Forum, and is broadcasting the event with 6 showings 

Broadcast schedule: (please check TV Guide to confirm, as changes do occur)

 4pm     Thursday  22 March

11am    Saturday  24 March

 6pm     Tuesday   27 March

 6pm     Thursday  29 March

 2pm     Sunday    1 April

8:30pm  Friday      6 April

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Heritage Foundation held First-Ever Event in Hawaii
By Andrew Walden :: 

by Andrew Walden

Heritage Foundation personnel are pleased by the response to their first-ever Heritage-sponsored event in Hawaii. About 100 Hawaii conservatives gathered for dinner at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Wednesday to hear King’s College President Dinesh D’Souza dissect President Obama’s world-view. Before D’Souza’s presentation, Jennifer Marshall, the Heritage Foundation’s Director of Domestic Policy Studies joined a panel discussion on school choice which included State Senator Sam Slom.

Marshall, who oversees the think tank’s Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, took her presentation on the road. During a three-day tour of Hawaii she spoke to political science students at BYUH and to TEA Party groups in Kona (video link) and Hilo.

Regarding the failure of Race to the Top in Hawaii, Marshall told audiences that federally imposed top-down school reform measures such as Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind hinder parent participation and that successful school reforms come from the grassroots. Marshall pointed out that the city of Washington DC is a heavily Democrat and heavily liberal community, yet parents, the Washington Post, and some Democratic elected officials stood up, and with the help of Congress—which oversees Washington DC—they were able to overcome entrenched opposition from the teachers union and give about 1,900 students an opportunity to escape DC’s failing public school system.

Marshall showed audiences her video “Let Me Rise” – featuring Washington DC parents, students and liberal commentator Juan Williams talking about their fight to win and keep school vouchers in Washington DC schools. Marshall advised her Hawaii audiences to “study success where it’s been had.”

As a result of the school choice success story in Washington DC, vouchers are spreading to school systems nationwide. In Indiana, 60% of students will have scholarships available to them in 2013.

In Hilo, where about 35 people gathered in the upstairs dining room of the New Star restaurant, audience members included leaders of the charter schools movement and Board of Education member Brian DeLima. Charter school organizers participated in the Kona meeting as well.

Heritage Foundation staff hope to hold annual Heritage-sponsored events in Hawaii.

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