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Hawaii is as much a state of mind and of heart as it is a physical location. It’s one of the best-known and most popular tourist destinations in the entire world. But few would seriously consider actually living here.

Nobody really comes to Hawaii by accident. Even locals who are born and raised here at some point in their life see the draw of educational and employment opportunities beyond these islands and make a choice whether to stay or to go. Those who move here from elsewhere likewise make a choice whether to stay and retire or to go someplace else.

Some folks come here from the U.S. Mainland for either employment or educational opportunities. I was in the latter category 41 years ago. I was determined that Hawaii would just be for a few years and then we would move on.

But I found a home here in the Pacific Basin. Having spent nearly three years in the Philippines and almost a year on Okinawa while in the U.S. Air Force, I was ready for an opportunity to experience America’s mid-Pacific Frontier.

I purposely do not go into the specifics of my work career in these articles because I don’t want that to taint the objective analyses I try so hard to present. Suffice it to say in that regard that I have been retired for a bit over four years now.

What I’m talking about today is the choice people make whether to remain in Hawaii. I had a career opportunity to leave Hawaii for a few years to work in Southern California while my elderly parents were alive and residing in that area.

I even had the chance to work in Washington DC while living out in suburban Fairfax County, Virginia for about three years three decades ago. Our nation’s capital is the pinnacle of high level job opportunities. I was in a mid-level position and had to decide whether to seek career advancement or to live where I would prefer.

But the Inside the Beltway Scene was the opposite of Hawaii in so many ways. The weather is obvious, but it was much more than that. DC is really a dog-eat-dog world.

If you don’t step on the gas within a split second after the light turns green, brace yourself for honks and rude hand gestures. If you dare stand on an escalator rather than walking while it’s moving, expect somebody to trample over your back.

Never block a pathway on the DC Mall with two or three people abreast or somebody in a big hurry to get nowhere will push his or her way through. People get to Washington DC because they are mostly aggressive Type A personalities.

I still remember the middle-aged fella in a suit and tie who used to push his way onto the Metro at West Falls Church to take the Orange Line into DC. He was going to get that last seat no matter what. Ladies and the infirm could stand as long as he got his place to sit down. I often wondered what he was like at whatever job he held.

Going out to eat at a run-of-the-mill restaurant on a Friday evening, most folks are dressed up. I’ve always hated the hangman’s noose they call a necktie and wondered what idiot actually came up with that dress code for men.

I will say I absolutely loved and was fascinated by all the history of the East Coast, including battlefields of both the Revolutionary War and Civil War. I could drive from my townhouse in Virginia to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in just about an hour and a half crossing Maryland on the way and passing by the Antietam Civil War Battlefield.

I won’t list all the other memorable places we were able to see while we were there. But it just wasn’t a place to raise a family or to stay and retire. This was my only time residing east of the Mississippi River, so for others, your mileage may vary. I realize that.

I’m just giving you my own personal story of one who chose to come back to Hawaii. It was the easiest decision I ever made. Power, influence and even big bucks were not enough of an attraction to dissuade me from getting as far outside the DC Beltway as possible.

I have been back since Friday the 13th of December in 1991. Hawaii is home. I have no plans to ever move away again. Sometimes the overcrowding and traffic here on Oahu can make that thought pop into my mind. But it never lasts very long.

Without going into all the details, I spent my early years in Northeastern Oklahoma, the South Oregon Coast and in Southern California. But the majority of my adult life has been spent in Asia and the Pacific.

Unfortunately, too many families are having to leave Hawaii because our current crop of politicians ~ who just play musical chairs from one position to another ~ have run the economy into the ground and made life unaffordable. Those who want a decent higher education and those who want to be able to earn a good living to support their families often find it necessary to relocate.

But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Tourism will always play a major role in Hawaii’s economy. This is also an irreplaceable strategic hub for the United States military, especially as Chinese hegemony in the Pacific Basin worsens.

But there is nothing here in this over-regulated and over-taxed environment to attract new businesses to open up in Hawaii. Agriculture had to basically give up because of the overhead costs. Sugarcane and pineapple fields have given way to urban sprawl.

The sugar mills around Honolulu are gone. Dole some years ago had to cease growing pineapples commercially here and closed their cannery. Labor is far cheaper in places like the Philippines or Costa Rica.

Now Democrats want to pay an exorbitant minimum wage for everybody who works at McDonald’s. They don’t understand the difference between an entry-level or part-time position and a substantial position that can provide a living wage to support a family. No wonder McD is going to the use of more kiosks. They don’t eat that much electricity.

But proximity to the Far East could make Hawaii a Gateway to Asia if proper entrepreneurial knowledge and insight were used to create a friendlier business environment. Hawaii doesn’t export much more of interest than just bottled water and military scrap materials.

It has even been suggested that a reputable flight school for commercial pilots could be established perhaps on the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. There is much room for development and I mean that both literally and figuratively.

People remain in Hawaii because this is home. Many qualified people sacrifice promising careers that they could have pursued on the United States Mainland. It’s a choice one has to make.

Politics aside, we all know that Barack Obama chose to make his career in Chicago. I just learned today after President Trump appointed CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, that this highly qualified government leader was born here in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Not a lot has been written about that fact that I could find today. How long he lived here or at what age he moved to the Mainland would be interesting to know. But his education and his career have excelled in ways they never could have here in Hawaii.

There are only a few government positions in Hawaii that get any attention in other states. More often than not, it is the negative antics of our two Democrat Senators and two Democrat Representatives that are noticed. Or when an Attorney General appointed by the Hawaii Governor challenges the President’s Executive Orders in court. Or a Governor mishandles a false missile alert.

In other words, most publicity about Hawaii officials is of the derogatory variety. But we can and must do better than that.

Nobody should have to sacrifice their financial well-being or their career aspirations in order to live here in Hawaii! Folks of the 50th state are among the nicest people anywhere.

One of the financial incentives is that Hawaii does not tax retirement income. Families care for their own kupuna who cared for them when they were young. Hawaii had employer-based medical plans for the majority of workers long before Obamacare just convoluted the situation.

As a senior citizen, people are extremely courteous to you. Men are addressed as uncle and women as auntie. Not just by literal nieces and nephews. Not even just by the extended family. Even when meeting complete strangers.

Respect for elders and for tradition are part of the Hawaii way of life. There is a total disconnect between what our elected politicians do and say and the way most Hawaii people conduct their everyday lives.

That is the message I’m trying to get across! If the voters of Hawaii can just think in terms of their own values and not be ensnared by party-line politics, we can elect leaders who truly represent us and what we believe.

Those who stay in Hawaii through thick and thin are here because this is our home. Hawaii is not only for the tourists. Hawaii is a hospitable host of our military friends. But most of all, modern-day Hawaii is what we let it be.

But we mustn’t just let others decide what life in Hawaii will be like. We must get involved and do our part by following only leaders who respect everyone in Hawaii, not only special interests.

Hawaii is in a unique position in Polynesia. Our location and our needs are not identical to those of North America. We are closer culturally as well as geographically to Asia and the Pacific Basin than we are to the government institutions on the banks of the Potomac. That’s why those of us who love Hawaii choose to stay!

Only Hawaii is Hawaii!

Let’s keep Hawaii Hawaii!

Let’s make Hawaii affordable for Hawaii families once again!

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Most Americans must pull their heads out of the sand on the national debt

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Most Americans must pull their heads out of the sand on the national debt

How do you stop any conversation at a cocktail party in America? Bring up the national debt. Boredom will overcome everyone listening as the complacency associated with a very simple topic that has been rendered falsely complicated sets in. Everyone will go glassy-eyed. People will nod in agreement while simultaneously not listening to anything you’re saying.

That’s the state of the national debt in the collective consciousness of Americans. Ask if it’s a problem and everyone will agree. Ask if it needs an immediate solution and most everyone will agree. Ask how they’ve voted to fix the problem or how they’ve demanded their leaders address the issue, and suddenly the drinks in their hands become much more interesting than they were moments before.

The problem with the debt isn’t that people don’t know about it. It’s that they just don’t care. Every American alive today who has paid even a little attention to the news in their lives has heard about the crippling effects of the national debt ever since the first real warning bells were sounded. Those bells rang out following the passage of the New Deal when expected GDP growth didn’t match expenditure growth. The result was the debt breaching the 40% mark of GBP. It was the end of the world for many economists who saw no way out.

At the time the national debt was 40% of GDP at $34 billion. Today, it’s 106% of GDP at nearly $23 trillion.

This is a problem that has no face, no tangible effects on the population, and no easy solutions. Entitlement reform is grossly unpopular, yet absolutely necessary to even start the process of fixing our debt issue. But entitlement reform would mean politicians would lose elections, most likely Republicans. Most of them have no intention of taking on something that’s desperately necessary yet immensely unpopular.

The Manhattan Institute’s Brian Riedl took to PragerU to discuss the omnipresent problem that nobody likes to think about. We need to start thinking about it immediately. Otherwise, the problem will “solve” itself.

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Moderate vs progressive: Democrats on both sides tell the other they can’t beat Trump

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Moderate vs progressive Democrats on both sides tell the other they cant beat Trump

Moderate Democrats are busy in the media delivering a message to progressives. Meanwhile, progressives are sending a message to moderates in the same manner. You can occasionally see both types of messages from different authors on the same left-wing publications from one day to the next. The funny part is, they’re both trying to deliver the same message.

Your candidate can’t win.

Moderates are pointing to polls. They’re pointing to logic. They believe Trump is polarizing enough that if the Democrats put up a “moderate” candidate like Joe Biden (though his moderate reputation doesn’t seem to match his radical views lately), they give themselves the best chance of winning the general election by appealing to the middle.

Progressives are pointing to recent history. They say they fell for that sales pitch in 2016 when Hillary Clinton was forced onto them and look how that turned out. Fool me once, they say…

Both have valid points. Biden is currently polling higher than anyone else against Trump, but polls are for suckers (see 2016) and are essentially meaningless at this early stage (see 2015 frontrunners Scott Walker and Jeb Bush). On the flip side, progressives believe their champions have more passion to inspire the middle and possibly even some Republicans who aren’t happy with Trump.

A lot of this internal strife has been prompted by the rise of Senator Elizabeth Warren. Mired in laughable obscurity in the polls following her Native American DNA test debacle and extending through most polls until the last month, the radical progressive has been throwing out socialist policy proposals like candy to the masses. And it’s working. She has now overtaken Senator Bernie Sanders in many polls to be slightly ahead of three of the five current favorites.

A former Clinton pollster is taking Warren seriously and believes she can’t beat the President:

The rise of Elizabeth Warren spells bad news for the Democratic Party

To be victorious in 2020, the Democratic Party must focus on pushing moderate economic policies that do not involve radical wealth taxes, on fixing the health care system without adopting extreme “Medicare for All” policies, and on compromises on immigration. To be sure, I believe in the Democratic primary process and that competing ideas and challenging the status quo is what we should do in a democracy. However, looking ahead to 2020, if the main goal of the party is to beat Trump, we must advocate for center of left policies that result in steady progress for the country, while still appealing to crucial moderates and independents.

The echoes from the other wing of the party are trying to paint Biden as worse than a moderate. They’re not even sure he’s really a Democrats, at least not one by today’s standards.

Beware Joe Biden’s “national unity” campaign: Win or lose, it’s a bad idea

Biden is willing to perform a little pseudo-wokeness on command — and to ditch supposedly cherished and considered principles to make the millennial snowflakes shut up — but he doesn’t pretend any of that matters. Liberals and progressives will have to make their peace with Biden (or not) if he becomes the nominee, which is par for the course in Democratic politics. But any talk about “pushing Biden to the left” or insisting on a progressive platform at next year’s convention is idiotic. That’s all dust in the wind in the general election, when his only pitch will be that he’s a normal adult who can beat Donald Trump.

These are both very different tunes than the ones being whistled during the 2016 Democratic nomination race. While Sanders’s fans were still very passionate, they weren’t really bashing Clinton. It was hard to remain “woke” and still attack the first major female contender for the White House for the sake of an old white guy. The two sides were generally nice to each other, especially compared to what we’ve seen in the press lately. They left the bickering to the Republicans, whether it was Chris Christie hitting Marco Rubio, Marco Rubio hitting Ted Cruz, Ted Cruz hitting John Kasich, or Donald Trump hitting everyone.

Again, look how that turned out. Democrats saw the bickering. They saw that in the end, it worked. Never-Trumpers notwithstanding, the GOP put the bickering aside when the dust settled and rallied behind the MAGA call.

Democrats are hoping for same thing for themselves, which is why the daggers are out now. They’re going to attack each other. Their fans are going to attack each other. Media personalities are going to attack each other. And whoever comes out of it with the nomination will call them all together for a group hug before taking on the President.

Maybe they’re both right. Maybe the progressives are right that a moderate can’t inspire enough people. Maybe the moderates are right that the progressives won’t get the middle. Either way, Trump looks poised to win.

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Steve Hilton: Democrats ‘are totally corrupted by foreign government lobbying and cash’

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Steve Hilton Democrats are totally corrupted by foreign government lobbying and cash

Anyone American who’s been awake at any point over the last three years has heard of the Russia scandal. Following President Trump’s comments last week signaling a willingness to accept information from foreign governments, the Democrats were apoplectic. But as Steve Hilton noted on Fox News last night, the real scandal actually surrounds them.

Hilton called this segment, “The people versus Democrat hypocrites.” He cited known examples of foreign lobbyists from Mexico, Saudi Arabia, China, and even Russia paying the very Democrats who are beside themselves stirring up the media to attack the President’s comments. But in the battle of his words versus their actions, the hypocrisy is thick. Watching Democrats make accusations about foreign powers influencing him would be like watching Bill Cosby complain about how the President treats women.

It’s imperative for every patriotic American, whether Republican, Democrat, or Independent, to see through the lies being told by the swamp and disseminated through the mainstream media. Their hypocrisy is thick on multiple levels, which is why we encourage our readers to help us spread the truth by donating to our cause.

There truly is corruption in DC by foreign powers, but it’s not happening at the White House despite what the “news” outlets report. Foreign influence runs through Capitol Hill and the Democrats are their favorite targets.

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