Critical Decision Time for Kauai and Hawaii

admin | October 6th, 2010 - 9:38 am

It is extremely critical that those who are registered to vote get out and vote for David R. Hamman for State Senate District 7 Kauai-Ni ihau and Duke Aiona for Governor.

Don’t be deceived! Small businesses in Hawaii produce over 99% of the income.

Government does not produce income.

Government consumes income generated by small business.

Excessive taxes and fees kill small businesses and eliminate private sector  jobs, government jobs, and union jobs.

Federal funding and loans are not a solution !

They create more debt that requires more taxes and fees.

My opponent has already made it clear that he is interested in creating more taxes and increasing debt which will kill more small businesses and eliminate more jobs including private, government, and union jobs.

Wake up before it is too late!

Vote David R. Hamman for state senate.

In the same way,  Abercrombie’s claim to fame is a connection to federal funding. He claims that he is going to keep everything running the same as it is without reducing non-essential government spending. In additon to that boast, he touts his access to increased government funding to stimulate the economy of Hawaii. Obviously these claims are ludicrous as there is no “real” money to be had. This state is in serious deficit shortfall crisis and this country is financially bankrupt. Any potential federal funds that Abercrombie claims he could obtain would be at a major cost of increased long t erm debt and inflationary devaluation of the dollar to the tax payers. Any sensible person knows that you cannot continue to borrow and incur debt without making a profit necessary to pay off your encumberances. This is simply a big government  “ponzi” scheme that makes Bernie Madoff look like a flea encircling a huge pile of elephant manure.

Hawaii needs to come to its senses and vote for someone who has a sound fiscal thinking process and is committed to living within its means. There is only one candidate of that mindset – Duke Aiona.

The Real Battle Begins

admin | September 21st, 2010 - 11:52 pm

I thank JoAnne Georgi for the competition she provided in the Republican Primary race for the State Senate  District 7  Seat.

I thank those who prayed for me, spread the word, contributed financially, showed up at the polls and voted.

Now it is time to move ahead with an army of volunteers to get out the vote. I will need those who are willing to make telephone calls, walk door to door, wave signs, spread the word, contribute financially, etc.

I can win this election, but I will need your help. We all have to take this election seriously. We will need to exert serious energy and effort. This is a critical point in history. [My opponent has already implied that he would like to raise taxes.] We do not want to continue in the same “spend tax” syndrome, failed educational system, poor failing business environment, “do nothing” lip service environment relating to alternative energy, etc. We need some one who has the courage to step up to the plate and put forth legislation that directly addresses these issues with simple straight forward terms. We need someone who desires to cut through the misinformation, listens to all sides, understands the varying concerns, respects those who are impacted, objectively evaluates the issues, and makes concientious decicisions that are in the best interests of the citizens.

That is what I intend to do with your help.

Please join the battle. Let  me know how you can get involved.

Dave Hamman

Business and Job Growth

admin | September 5th, 2010 - 11:03 pm

With the current economic situation I see businesse struggling and individuals losing their jobs. The most recent state senator and lopsided legislature refused to live on an affordable budget like you and I. They increased and enacted a myriad of taxes including the 2000% increase in the oil barrel tax as well as inflicting numerous taxes on tourists – our number one source of income. This is economic insanity.

The way to stimulate business and job growth is to provide serious income tax breaks to to businesses that provide vital services to the community and  that train and hire local residents. Business and job growth is accomplihsed by enabling the private sector to do what it does best not by creating more government programs and agencies that are unaccountable, are of no fiscal consequence except to taxpayers, and are controlled by union bosses.

Harry Williams Declared a Legal Candidate

admin | September 5th, 2010 - 10:43 pm

Judge Randal Valenciano apropriately ruled that Harry William’s candidacy for the 14th District is viable. Steven Nishimura, head of the Kauai Democratic party filed a complaint in the Fith Circuit Court against Harry Williams claiming that William’s [candidacy based on a three day extension granted by the Office of Elections when David R. Hamman withdrew from the house race to file for the senate race] was not qualified based upon the allegation that Hamman’s candidacy was not valid due to the fact that two signatures were missing from the application for the house position – [the certification by the partisan candidate and oath of  loyalty or affirmation].

David R. Hamman held the position that he relied upon the clerk of the office of elections to guide him through the process and that the office of elections has a fiduciary duty to properly assist individuals seeking to file. He complied with what he was instructed to do, paid the fee, completed the process, and was declared a candidate.

Therefore, the complaint by Nishimura against Williams was misdirected. Williams complied with protoccol and was not involved in an act of issue. Furthermore, Hamman had to the best of his knowledge at the time, complied with protoccol. If Nishimura had a true concern in relation to qualifications he ought to have filed a complaint seeking inquiry into the actions of the office of elections. But obviously there was no sustainable credence to his misconstrued attempts to eliminate candidates from running against his party.  

This was clearly a political ploy. Nishimura shrewdly attempted to eliminate Williams through default. Williams was on a job out of state. Hamman searched feriously to find an attorney who could be retained by Williams. William’s wife after having retained an attorney to represent Williams was prepared to address the court in request of a continuance. Fortunately Judge Valenciano ruled correctly by stating that Hamman became a legitimate candididate upon the office of elections signing of acceptance of  Hamman’s application.

Ex-State Senator Says he prays to a god who puts love and justice before righteousness

admin | August 18th, 2010 - 10:03 pm

In a rather interesting e-mail, ex-state senator Gary Hooser decrys the July 6th 2010 veteo of the HB444 Bill  by Governor Linda Lingle as a a low moment and a set back for the children and future generations of Hawaii. Furthermore, Mr. Hooser goes on to elevate his status as a legislator by proclaiming that unlike Duke Aiona, he believes in “separation of church and state”, but then he continues on to state that he worships a god who puts love and justice before righteousness.

[Read Hooser’s e-mail article posted below.]

It is rather intriguing to  watch Mr. Hooser spew out and then wade through a number of incongruities in an attempt to prop  himself up above others in a sort of self proclaimed self assumed sense of self righteous conviction without the objective establishment of foundational assertions used to propagate his conclusions. 

First of all, Mr. Hooser alludes to a misnomer concept that does not appear in the constitution. What the forefathers did not want was the idea that any one sect would run the state. They did not want a church run state such as they had in England. But they most certainly believed in God, sought His guidance, wisdom, and direction in leading the country  and established the entire framework of the country upon God’s principles laid out in His text.

Mr. Hooser fails to acknowledge that this country and this state were founded upon the understanding that the God of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob is our Creator. The Declaration of Independence sets forth the premise of their claim by stating  “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights”. The Ten Commandments are etched upon the walls of the Supreme Court of the United States. The whole fabric of the justice system within this country was established upon the premise that the God of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob is our sovereign Creator.

Yes, in this country just as per God’s institution of self volition, each individual has the right within his or her lifetime  to choose to worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob or not to do so. Yet , even though such freedom exists on an individual level, that right does not trump the laws regarding civil interaction that have been established by the fore fathers based upon the premise that the God of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob is our Sovereign Creator. Our “certain unalienable rights” are evidenced by such reality.

You cannot claim “certain unalienable rights” without God. You cannot have justice without righteous standards, and you cannot have righteous standards without God. There is no moral argument without God, because when you attempt to remove God from a discussion relating to justice and morality you no longer have an objective argument. Your argument becomes arbitrary.

Queen Liliokalani acknowledged the God of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob as our Sovereign Creator. She authored many writings regarding such. But probably the most notable is the state motto which says “the life of the land is perpetuated through righteousness”.

Take for instance the HB444 Bill. Its authors say on one hand that homosexual behavior is acceptable yet on the other hand they state that incest is not acceptable. Now on what basis can such an arbitrary statement be made? What about the fundamentalist LDS church leaders in Texas that are having children with their children and practicing polygamy? How would the authors of HB444 argue these issues based upon their arbitrary anti-God position? They have no argument without God, because their arguments have become arbitrary. What happens when someone comes along and says that he  considers himself  to be a good decent person, but he recognizes that he and others like him have urges to rape, and he and those others believe that they should be accepted for who they are, and they believe that rape should not be a crime? And then what happens when other individuals come along and say that they believe the same thing about themselves but they have an urge to murder, and they think that they should be accepted for who they are, and they believe murder should not be a crime ? What do you have? Do you any longer have unalienable rights? No, you do not. You have chaos. When you attempt to circumvent God, you lose your unalienable rights.

God clearly establishes through out numerous passages in the text that homosexual behavior is in direct conflict with His design and is unacceptable behavior just as heterosexual adultery,  fornication, lust, stealing, etc. When we look at the example of  Jesus Christ, we do not see Him enabling incorrect behavior. In the example of the prostitute who was caught in the act and used in an attempt to set up a trap for Jesus, what do we see Jesus telling her after He had understanding with her and turned away her accusers? He told her to go and sin no more.

Jesus said that those who love Him obey His commands. Love has to do with obeying God’s commands. It is an objective thinking process of making choices that reap eternal rewards.

The following is the article e-mailed from Gary Hooser:

On The Separation Of Church And State

It’s hard to see anything good in what happened on July 6 in Hawaii when Governor Lingle chose injustice over equality by killing HB444, the civil unions bill.

But perhaps something good can be extracted from the day this Governor chose to avoid her responsibility as a leader and to hide behind the skirts of political rhetoric and obfuscation. We might look back and someday see July 6, 2010 as the day people in Hawaii realized how important it is to take back control of their government. We might see July 6 as the day this Republican Governor reminded the people of Hawaii that they need to become more engaged as citizens and to demand accountability of their elected leaders.

July 6 perhaps will mark a critical turning point towards a better future in which we can truly reap the benefits and enjoy the freedoms that our democratic institutions and processes promise.

This will happen only if people show up at the table, and take ownership and responsibility for THEIR government.

That is a big IF. Elections are not simply a choice between Democrats and Republicans, but rather a choice between people, values and vision.

Governor Lingle’s veto on July 6 was a huge step backwards. The people of Hawaii watched as the Governor blatantly disregarded the promises contained in both the Federal and State constitutions. She was aided and abetted in this assault on civil rights by a Lieutenant Governor who has made no secret of his missionary zeal of “saving Hawaii for Jesus” – driven by his version of the bible and his version of God’s word. I also pray to God, but the God I pray to puts love and justice ahead of righteousness and damnation. I believe that faith is an essential component in one’s life, but I also believe in the importance of preserving the separation between Church and state. A Lieutenant Governor, or a Governor who does not understand this fundamental principle is a danger to us all.

We stand now at a cross-roads and the choices are clear.

On election day, September 18 and then again on November 2, the people of Hawaii will choose which path they wish to travel down and which future they want to see for their children and grandchildren.

In the end, the kind of future our children can look forward to will be determined by who shows up and the choices made in the privacy of the voting booth.

The people of Hawaii can choose a future where equality, justice and our constitution are protected and honored, or they can choose to support a system driven by a theocratic dogma that ignores the very foundations of our democracy.

I am hopeful that the wake-up call sent out on July 6 does indeed galvanize the good people of our state. I am hopeful that Hawaii residents will become more fully engaged in a new and sustained spirit of civic responsibility. I urge them to drive, walk or ride the bus to the polls, taking a friend or neighbor with them, and cast their vote for leaders who have the courage and integrity to make decisions that help usher in a future in which everyone in Hawaii enjoys equal rights and protections.

Perhaps then we might be able to raise three, not two, cheers for democracy in Hawaii.

By Gary Hooser, former State Senator and Candidate for Lieutenant Governor
More information is available at http://www.garyhooser.com

Hamman “Outsmarts” Opponents / Allows Opportunity for Equitable Election Process

admin | July 23rd, 2010 - 10:51 pm

David R.Hamman, who has been campaigning for the District 7 Kauai – Ni ihau state senate seat previously held by Gary Hooser perceived that Hooser was poised to eliminate potential candidates from running in various house districts by waiting until furlough Friday July 16 to declare his resignation and  thus allowing July 19, the day before the filing deadline for other house seats such as District 14, to be the first opportunity for potential District 7 state senate candidates to “pull papers” and file for the state senate seat. Such a ploy on the part of Hooser would leave only from the time of the opening of the office elections on July 19 until the closing time of the office of elections on July 20, 2010 for a potential house district candidate who may have newly stirred interest or have been recruited to run  to replace the candidate who shifted to the state senate District 7 race to “pull papers” and file.

Obviously it appears logical to recognize that to be equitable some sort of time compensation would have to be allowed. The office of elections determined that the party chairman of the party affected would be contacted and would be given three days from the date of July 20, 2010 to appoint an eligible candidate to fulfill the candidate position for house representative seat contingent on the ability to file all necessary documents and fees.

Hamman waited weeks on end for Hooser to resign, so that he, Hamman, could “pull papers” and file for state senate District 7. Without a resignation on Hooser’s part, despite his pre campaigning for Lt. Governor, no potential candidate for District 7 state senate could “pull papers” and file.

As the weeks went by without a resignation by Hooser and Hooser’s poll numbers appearing to be showing him running around fourth place as far as a potential nominee for Lt. Governor for the Democratic Party, it appeared dubious that Hooser would actually resign and run for Lt. Governor. 

Over a week before the filing deadline, Hamman called Hooser’s office in Honolulu to inquire as to wether or not Hooser was actually going to resign and run for Lt. Governor. Hamman was told that Hooser was definitely going to run, and when Hamman asked when Hooser would file, expressing concern for the deadline, Hamman was told “the early part of the week.”

When Hooser did not follow through in the early part of the week, Hamman prepared himself for the potential that Hooser would not actually file at all. Hamman “pulled papers” to run for state house District 14. After having fulfilled paperwork obligations with necessary documents and being prepared to file, Hamman was unable to get to the office of elections in time on Thursday July 14, 2010, and when he arrived in plenty of time on Friday July 15, 2010, he realized the office was closed due to furlough Friday.

Sometime prior to Hamman’s arriving at the elections office on Monday July 19, 2010, Hamman learned of Hooser’s July 16th, 2010 resignation. When Hamman confirmed with the office of elections that the District 7 state senate race was now open for “pulling papers” and filing, Hamman bewildered elections office workers by telling them that he wished to complete the process of filing for the house representative race District 14, after which he intended to file a withdrawl letter, and then “pull papers” and file for the state senate District 7 seat.

Hamman was aware that if he did not complete the filing process for the house District 14 seat, there would be virtually no time left for someone else to fill the potential candidate spot in that race. So he paid the fee and completed the filing to allow an opportunity for someone to run against the otherwise unopposed Mina Morita.

Hamman drafted a withdrawl letter explaining his desire to withdraw from the house District 14  race due to his intent to file for the state senate District 7 race which had just opened up. Hamman returned within about an hour to submit the withdrawl letter and file for the state senate District 7 seat.

Obviously Mina Morita, who has run unopposed in a number of elections, was surprised when she discovered Hooser’s ploy was “foiled.” It appears from reading comments allegedly spoken and written by her in the Garden Island Newspaper that she obviously didn’t have the accurate facts or else she expected that a candidate would have to withdraw after the filing deadline leaving no opportunity for equitable process, which would leave one wondering why one would want to eliminate the possibility of all qualified viable candidates to participate in the election process, particularly in a state where voter turn out and participation is the lowest.

Fortunately, Hamman was astute enough to perceive Hooser’s ploy and savy enough to “foil” it. And now we have a candidate, Harry Williams, running in the state house District 14 race against Mina Morita.

David R. Hamman Files for State Senate District 7 – Kauai – Ni ihau

admin | July 21st, 2010 - 9:53 pm

 David R. Hamman, a resident of Kauai for over 17 years and owner of Integrity Key Lock & Safe, the business he started almost 10 years ago, filed necessary documents to officially enter the Hawaii State senate race for district 7 – Kauai – Ni ihau.

“We need to end the pattern of excessive out of control big government spending with no fiscal accountability which has been the mode of “operendi” for our recent state senator and the lopsided legislature. Citizens and businesses of this state are now being oppressed by excessive taxation and fees that burden residents and eliminate jobs. The recent 2000 per cent increase in the oil barrel tax and the increased taxes and fees on tourists, who are our greatest source of income in Hawaii, are examples of economic “insanity”. ”

“The “centralized” public school system in Hawaii is a failure. It is a big black hole for misused tax dollars. The money is not getting to the teachers and the students. Big union bosses are “ripping off” our teachers and our children. The “centralized” DOE needs to be eliminated. Local school districts should be run by local PTA organizations. Charter schools and private schools should be encouraged to succeed. The attitude towards education in Hawaii needs to change. We need to see our children excelling.”

If you wish to contact the campaign to elect David R. Hamman to state senate, you may call (808) 346-3371, e-mail dave@hammankauai.com, visit hammankauai.com, or write to hammankauai.com at PO Box 223454, Princeville, HI 96722

Big Government Spending in Hawaii

admin | July 7th, 2010 - 2:07 am

You ought to be aware of some details of unaccountable government spending in Hawaii that is taxing and burdening each one of us, eliminating jobs, and destroying our children’s future.

The centralized Hawaii State Department of Education ranks up at the top of the list with an annual budget of 2.5 billion dollars a year. The aproximate cost to send a child to Punahou [a notably successful  private school in Honolulu] is $17,300 per year. The amount spent in the centralized Hawaii public school system averages out to aproximately $15,500, and the achievement level in the centralized Hawaii public school system is ranked one of the lowest in the country. Obviously the money is not getting to where it should be going – to the teachers and the students. It’s an issue of accountability. The DOE has not had a comprehensive audit since 1973. And every attempt to see one implemented is thwarted by those liberal big government spenders. [I wonder why? Do you think they are concerned that we might find out where the money is actually going ?]

Furthermore, the $160 million dollar DOE renovation fund [which apparently Ex-State Senator Gary Hooser takes credit for establishing] is another massive unaccounted for misuse of tax dollars created under the guise of helping the children. Per Hawaii Business Magazine, February edition the DOE had no established criteria for building repairs nor a priority system set in place for their completion, and in the abscence of such, went out and hired three layers of outside consulting firms to project manage their renovation program. Having paid out $18-20 million of tax payers dollars already to these firms, there appears to be very little actual value in repair or renovation that has actually been completed in comparison to dollars spent. On top of that, the firm with the greatest oversight authority was deciding the renovation priorities and was almost successful in getting the DOE to sign off on allowing this firm to oversee itself. [Sounds like the dream contract.]

Kauains who have a privatized hospital program also contribute to the massive Hawaii government healthcare program which spends $80 – 100 million a year subsidizing  government run hospitals in Maui, Hilo, and Kona. So, not only do Kauaians pay for their own healthcare privately at Wilcox hospital in Kauai which operates without government subsidies, but Kauains also pay for the healthcare of those government run hospitals in Maui, Hilo, and Kona. As well, these government run hospitals receive payment from the patients who actually receive healthcare in these hospitals besides the major portion of the $80 – 100 million they receive from the Hawaii state government. [Maybe we should ask why these hospitals are receiving from so many sources and are not operating on a private basis as well ?]

To add to the “lunacy”, the Hawaii state legislators [who cannot bring themselves to be responsible and live on an affordable budget, which you and I are forced to do each day to survive] have conjured up all kinds of ways to raise taxes and collect fees to subsidize their unaffodable government programs. According to the latest Hawaii Free Press [7/3/10], the legislature plans on increasing the taxes on visitors, so that a 5 night stay averaging $175 a night will potentially cost an additional $80. That certainly doesn’t appear to be the most astute way to attract visitors to a destination that desperately needs dollars and the job opportunities that go along with them. For a state that receives it’s number one source of income from tourism, you could only conclude that this is economic “insanity”.

Then there is the 2000 per cent increase with the barrel oil tax. Undoubtedly energy costs will rise, and so will all the related residual chain of expenses such as fuel, electric, cost of transportation, cost of production, cost of products [i.e. basic essentials such as food, etc].

Well if all this taxing hasn’t been enough for you, the legislature figured they could whip up the grand finale by hitting you with reimplementing the death tax. So after you have worked hard all your life earnining an income and having paid all your fair share of taxes and fees and having attempted to set something aside for your family and loved ones, they hit you again upon your death. Now starting after the first $200,000 of your estate, you will be hit with a death tax. So all those assets you so diligently set aside for your children or loved ones will be assessed an additional tax upon your death. [Why? Because big government spenders believe everyone owes them the right to spend the hard earned money and resources of others on whatever whim suits their fancy without accountability and even when there are no resources to be had.]

Why those Who attend Church and espouse to Biblical spiritual Values need to Vote

admin | July 7th, 2010 - 12:33 am

I attended New Hope Christian Fellowship’s Sunday service in Kapaa on July 4, 2010.

Pastor  Matt Higa pointed out that laws that conflict with Divine viewpoint and government officials who promote ideas that conflict with God’s design only succeed when those in the church fail to take action and vote. He pointed out that if 80 percent of those who attend churches in Hawaii would actually show up at the polls and vote, we could see representatives who promote Godly values and logic be elected and the principles and blessings of God be established and preserved in this state.

Pastor Matt pointed out statistics that express the fact that out of eligible voters who attend church, only 50 per cent register to vote, and out of that 50 per cent, only 50 per cent actually go to the polls to vote. So in other words, only 25 percent of eligible voters who attend church actually vote in the state of Hawaii.

As Pastor Matt pointed out, when we look at all the chaos and ungodly activity within government and are upset about the moral decay, we must recognize it only due to the fact that church goers are failing in their responsibility to register and to vote.

Pastor Matt revealed certain laws that are being proposed by lawmakers that would allow minors to obtain abortion operations surgeries without their parents consent. These types of ideas directly conflict with God’s design and established authority structure of the family. As he pointed out, these laws will pass if we fail to vote.

Jaimie Story on Government “Pork”

admin | June 18th, 2010 - 10:17 pm

Tuesday June 15, 2010 Jaimie Story of the Grassroots Institute shared insight on the wasteful spending being initiated by different levels of out of control Hawaii state government. She writes the Pork Report for the Grassroots Institute.

The overriding observation was that “big government” entitlement spending Hawaii state legislators continue to pursue a variety of schemes to raise taxes or levy assesments and fees for no other priority than that they are unable to maintain a responsible budget – a requirement for the survival of private citizens and businesses.