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Pacific Business News Feature: Tax Foundation of Hawaii Seeks Boat Rockers

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“On the business side, many of us are fearful that we’ll lose customers or attract political retribution if we support a specific candidate or a specific policy or platform. Some of us contribute to opposing candidates so whoever wins will be our ‘friend.’ Again, these are just variations on the theme of supporting the status quo.

But what if we don’t like the status quo? What if we think that our economy is in the toilet and our elected officials are constantly making it worse? What if we think that real problems that we now face, like staggering unfunded liabilities for pension and health benefits for state workers, or the homeless, or invasive species, are not being adequately dealt with? We’ve got to rock the boat.”

Nothing magically makes a candidate smarter just because they win an election and get to write the laws that affect us all, and a good many things happen that make it harder for a politician to remember there is a Real Life out here, beyond the Capitol Building and Honolulu Hale. So, if you’re worried about something the politicians are doing, or not doing, request a meeting with them, make your case. If nothing else, you’ll know you tried.

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