Bold, progressive

July 18th, 2014
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As the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate gets closer, the messages from interest groups are becoming increasingly urgent.

While there are some nuanced distinctions between U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa on Social Security, for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, the world is black-and-white.

Adam Green, the co-founder of the PCCC, which has endorsed Schatz, sent out the following blast:

The next U.S. Senator from Hawaii will be decided in less than a month. The winner will be either Colleen Hanabusa, a corporate Democrat who has voted to cut Social Security, or Senator Brian Schatz, a bold progressive who was one of the first to champion expanding Social Security along with us.

The debate they just had couldn't have made this clash any clearer. Schatz showed us what a Social Security champion looks like.

Watch a clip of their debate, and let us know how you can help ensure that Hawaii keeps its bold progressive Senator in office! <http://act.boldprogressives.org/go/27388?t=1&akid=20485.1869533.DJbDSQ>

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In the debate, Schatz called out Hanabusa for her vote for the Simpson-Bowles plan to cut Social Security. He looked at her and asked, “Do you regret this?” She backpedaled, denied it, and tried to say her vote wouldn’t cut benefits. Then, in rebuttal, he read a letter the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare wrote to her -- it was damning.

This is about the future of the Democratic Party and Social Security. If we want to protect and expand Social Security, we need Brian Schatz in the Senate. With less than a month to go before the primary election, Schatz needs our support now.

Watch the epic video, and tell us how you can help ensure that Hawaii's next Senator is the true bold progressive candidate.

Thanks for being a bold progressive.

-- Adam Green, PCCC co-founder

10 Responses to “Bold, progressive”

  1. Chicken Grease:

    I know. You fine people hath been treated to a bunch of the Grease's wisdom ("talent on loan from God" as Limbaugh would say) in these last few weeks going into the primary ('bout 20 more days, yes, Mr. DePledge and Political Radar company?). But, why limit thyself to such wisdom, yes? Here's more and here goes:

    Colleen Hanabusa, a corporate Democrat who has voted to cut Social Security, or Senator Brian Schatz, a bold progressive who was one of the first to champion expanding Social Security along with us.

    Mmmmm. You can almost taste how delicious this truly is.

    OK, so, we see an established, objective group (they certainly wouldn't have known of a Schatz when they formulated themselves) delineating the correct analysis of Hanab[not my]USA v. Schatz on social security. She voted to cut it; Schatz is doing things to preserve and enhance social security. He cited a really GREAT example at the onset -- his father-in-law. We see no such regular citation from the Colleen camp ("CC" as in "CCCP"). The only nostalgic we get from her is, "oh, I pumped gas." Crickey, does that mean a Grease must needs channel a Hana[not my]USA e'rytime I'm at the Chevron?

    And let's put this rubber stamp issue to bed already (get ready, ahem):

    Wasn't Colleen's all-out expectationto be automatically placed in Mr. Inouye's remaining term veritable rubber stamp politics? Yes. A Grease and many others concur. THE RIGHT thing to do was to involve the entirety of the party and have the gov'nor make the decision.

    And that right thing happened.

    Kupuna going only end up scaring themselves if they waste their vote on a Hanab[not MY]USA.

    Stay Greasy, my friends.


  2. Manoa_Fisherman:

    Adam Green and the PCCC represent the ultra left wing of the Democratic Party. With the demise of the Communist Party, folks like Green and the "Elizabeth Warren Wing" of the party seek to raise taxes, expand social programs, and disarm the United States. They make Barry Obama look like a Blue Dog democrat.

    After their brethren like Barney Frank create the "Great Recession" of 2008, they turn around and create the Dodd-Frank Act to correct the problem they created and make things even worse with additional bureaucratic hurdles for all businesses, much like solving a problem of a sprained ankle by amputating the affected leg. This idiot wing of the Democratic Party are as destructive and polarizing as the Tea Party is to the Republican Party.

    We need less extremists in Congress and more people with COMMON SENSE. With friends like Green and Warren, Schatz will not serve the best interests of the State of Hawaii and all those civilian workers at Pearl Harbor, Hickam, Wheeler, Schofield, Camp Smith and KMCAS better start looking for real jobs, because these left wingers will close as many bases as they can to fund the social programs that they hold so near and dear to their hearts.


  3. Chicken Grease:

    Manoa_Fisherman:
    July 18th, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    We need less extremists in Congress and more people with COMMON SENSE.

    _fishernan. You ALMOST there. Replace "extremists" with "politically-seeking lawyers" and you are correct. I think this is what you mean to say.

    We need more of those with a philosophical slant. Like Schatz. Let's not add to the lawyers in Washington! COMMON THINKERS need to craft and read these bills: not more lawyers need to read them.


  4. Manoa_Fisherman:

    To Chicken Grease:

    I guess you did not know that Schatz's wonderful chief of staff, Andy Winer, is an attorney. We should get rid of those political manipulators Schatz has on his staff like Winer and the other lawyers he employs. After all, Schatz believes all the testimonies given by professionals who have advanced professional degrees are to be ignored, because he knows better.

    Harken back to 2005, when the local dental community said that there was nothing wrong with the Hawaii dental licensing statute. Schatz said, "It's unconscionable to not allow a local kid who has finished dental school to take a test and practice in Hawaii," said Rep. Brian Schatz, D-Makiki-Tantalus. "The bottom line is that it's a free market and this is not like accountancy or law where it would differ from state to state. Teeth are teeth and if somebody passed the board in New England or Florida, I'm prepared to assume they're a qualified dentist." (Pacific Business News, May 22, 2005)

    Well you know body count that resulted from the loophole Schatz and Roz Baker created, one dead veteran and one toddler. Add to that, a few trips to the emergency room and one patient put in a coma since March, the other injured patients of the "loophole dentists" Stover and Geyer to his credit, and Schatz has an excellent track record to campaign on as to how great his judgment has been exercised over the course of his career.

    In 2010, Hawaii PBS broadcast of the Lieutenant Governor candidates, the moderator, Mr. Dan Boylan asked the candidates what emphasis or focus the candidates would bring to the position. Brian Schatz stated that his experience would have him working on the upcoming Asian-Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) in 2011 and that the significance was that it was not just like the American Dental Association(ADA) meeting held in Waikiki in September 2009.

    Mr. Schatz was then asked by Mr. Boylan if Schatz was down playing the ADA meeting or considered it insignificant. Schatz dodged the question.

    Less anyone, let alone our elected officials, feel that large, repeat conventions like the ADA are not significant, let me enlighten them. The ADA meeting brought more than 24,000 people to Waikiki for the meeting. Many of them went on to make an effort to spend additional days on the neighbor islands after the conference.

    Total gross spending just for the conference is conservatively estimated at over $113 million dollars, with a substantial contribution to State and County coffers of excise, accommodations (room) and car rental taxes and fees of over $11 million. This does not account for the post stay expenditures on the neighbor islands. At the Legislature, the Hawaii Tourism Authority refers to the ADA conference as one of the prime examples of a successful year.

    The Hawaii Dental Association and its 960+ members, families and employees VOLUNTEERED thousands of hours to bring the ADA meeting to Hawaii and to staff the conference to ensure the ADA attendees, their families and staff enjoyed a successful meeting experience. Without the significant efforts of the Hawaii Dental Association, their members, families and staffs, there would be no ADA conferences in Hawaii.

    The remark by Schatz reveals his inability to understand some of the basic economic factors that constitute the Hawaii economy. In one dismissive remark, Schatz exposed is inability to understand the efforts small businesses, which all dentists are, who try very hard to make Hawaii a better place.

    Ultimately, Schatz shows that he is not ready to assume an important statewide position without significant seasoning and life experiences to his resume. He is not definitely “Not ready for Prime Time”.


  5. Chicken Grease:

    Ultimately, Schatz shows that he is not ready to assume an important statewide position without significant seasoning and life experiences to his resume. He is not definitely “Not ready for Prime Time”.

    Um. He's doing the job now. And he's doing it well. Have no idea how you can make this assessment with a straight face. But, then again, you might simply be laughing with your SNL reference (yes, uh, I would hope the Senate isn't the old Saturday Night Livelike how you seem to think, _fisherman).

    Well you know body count that resulted from the loophole Schatz and Roz Baker created, one dead veteran and one toddler. Add to that, a few trips to the emergency room and one patient put in a coma since March, the other injured patients of the "loophole dentists" Stover and Geyer to his credit,

    So, where's the lawsuit against Schatz on this? IF he was directly (or, as you might be inferring here, indirectly) responsible for these deaths. Start the class action if he's soooooo responsible for this. Where's the JIm Garrison equivalent of the "only criminal lawsuit" against schatz on this. If you think he's responsible for this, you have an obligation to go to the authorities about this. So go do it. Should see it in the news soon, yeah? While we wait, a Grease'll loop these sounds of crickets for an eternity!

    You miss the forest for the trees -- those dental "professionals" might've ended up with the same results with or without having passed licensing. Those with licenses screw up too -- look at drivers alone. Accident every dang morning and, yes, most of 'em ARE licensed.

    And why the heck isn't this a campaign issue? Hana[not my]USA should hammering Schatz on the head with this. It's because she knows it will go nowhere. Maybe, via your logic, she,m too, has an obligation to emphasize this (a Grease ain't saying she HASN'T brought this up; it's just that she isn't emphasizing Schatz's -- as a Grease is reading your accusation, _fisherman -- "heinous crime"), but she isn't.

    How disingenuous is that on a Hanab[not my]USA?


  6. innocent observer:

    greasy chicken - you don't make sense, not only you are stupid but crazy. have you taken you medicine today? shatz is not senator material and never will be, not smart enough, cannot think critically, afraid of his own shadow, not a leader only a follower. he may be a nice guy but that is all he is. his really dumb answer to adding troops to protect the us embassy in irag. if the lives of the embassy personnel are in danger, they should be removed to safety; not let them stay there and risk more American lives. hence, he has no ability to view things in its proper perspective, is this the kind of person you want to be your senator? not me, I cringe at the thought.


  7. Manoa Kahuna:

    Schatz is winning on this issue.


  8. itoboy:

    Schatz all the way. Schatz is too classy to say it, but age is an issue. Seniority in the U.S. Senate is important - it's not EVERYTHING but it's an important factor to success. Schatz has much more potential to get seniority than Hanabusa. I know some won't agree, but I'm convinced. Also, Hanabusa has too much baggage - sweetheart deals with Jeff Stone, shibai representations regarding the 36% pay raise, retaliation against Margery Bronster for Bishop Estate investigation, botched Superferry deal because she tried to fast track it, dep. chief of staff illegally coordinating with big Pharma, voting with republicans, membership in the New Dems and then pretending to be progressive. No, thank you. If you want to be moderate, fine. Run as a moderate - nothing wrong, but stop making shibai. Her campaign tries to paint her as brilliant and super effective, yet she has nothing to show. (Who gives a rip if she was state senate president years ago?) She comes across as angry and bitter because she wasn't appointed. I bet Hanabusa would be having a love fest with Abercrombie if he appointed her.


  9. Guy:

    We need Schatz in the Senate. He's already doing the job and doing it well. Really, how does Hawaii benefit from losing seniority in both the House and Senate -- the result of Hanabusa quitting the House to run and if she beats out Brian for the Senate. The only beneficiary is her own political career. Let's vote for candidates who put Hawaii first.


  10. Shaun Campbell:

    Here's where Hanabusa voted for the Simpson-Bowles plan that would have cut back Social Security for our kupuna. Hanabusa LIED about this vote in the debate.

    https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2013/h36


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