My Congressional misrepresentive Crazy Mazie Hirono(D-HI) graced her presence yesterday in Hilo. She was here speaking at the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) hall, located at 100 West Lanikaula street. Billed as a Coffee Talk, the purpose was to meet with constituents and discuss issues important to those in her congressional district. I find the term “Coffee Talk” interesting; was that a slam against the Tea Party? You know, those rambunctious Constitutional protestors that swept their way into the Congressional House of Representatives during the 2010 midterm elections, threatening to take back their country. Anyway, here’s how the meeting went down:
We arrived at the Union hall at 4:40PM; the meeting is scheduled to begin at 5PM. There’s a pretty good crowd gathered already here, and there’s more people filing in to the Union hall. As we find our seats that are arranged in a circular style, the Ohana (family) style, as we later learned. Coffee and doughnuts are available, and Hirono’s staff quickly tries to break the ice to make everyone feel welcome. By the way, this union supports the Occupy Wall Street people.
5PM comes, and goes, and so far, Hirono’s a no show. More people are arriving, and I believe we have about 50+ people in attendance now. Someone hands out a publication called “Aloha ‘Āina Ea Ea“. It is a newspaper/pamphlet that covers island stories about social injustice.
Someone else hands out a single page letter entitled “The Slippery Slope of Indefinite Detention“. It is an opinion piece on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), H.R. 1540, which Hirono, and 283 House Representatives voted for, including Representative Hanabusa(D-HI). Along with 93 Senators, including Senators Inouye(D-HI), Akaka(D-HI), that also voted for this bill. Only 7 Senators voted against it. It is ironic that a bill which allows the government to arrest, and detains anyone the government deems a terrorist, was voted for by three Japanese Americans. Obama signed the bill, with reservations, on New Year’s Eve December 31, 2011. Ambiguity remains about the bills language but that’s for another post. So back to Mazie Hirono and Coffee Talk!
At 5:15PM, one of Mazie’s staff members, Marvin, arrives to explain that our Representative is still meeting with island agricultural business people. While Marvin is explaining the format of the meeting, and asking that people remain civil in their questions. Mazie finally arrives and the meeting begins. And what a meeting it was!
Almost immediately, there is open hostility. One woman wants to know how the order of questions will be asked. That gets quickly diffused as Hirono takes to the floor and begins the meeting. Hirono outlines her priorities: Jobs, Education and Infrastructure. Investments in the future, but little on specifics on how to pay for such investments. There’s talk about Kupuna and Keiki care in Hirono’s opening statements, with emphasis on how Paul Ryan’s(R-WI) budget would hurt entitlements. Again, addressing problems, but offering no solution and slamming GOP solutions. The cheap shot at Paul Ryan’s was uncalled for since Marxist democrats haven’t produced a budget for almost 4 years.
question, er, statement for Hirono: A LGBT person, that identifies themselves as being from Germany? With a thick German accent, this person launches into a tirade on being appalled by Hirono’s NDAA vote. Then into ghey rights, Occupy Wall Street, aqua farming; this seems to go on and on, for better than 5 minutes, as a list of grievances doesn’t seem to include an aluminum pole to celebrate Festivus!
It is a sign! A sign of how this meeting is going to turn out! BADLY! Hirono answers the non-question with a non-answer, of course. A rambling incoherent reply that references Dennis Kucinich(?), another progressive communist, and some Party of Peace, or something. Then Hirono describes her personal life of growing up with an alcoholic father, a single mother and how life just wasn’t fair. How she’s against the marriage bill. It just goes on and on!!!
question, or statement; is from a rather angry woman that rants about losing her partner to Hepatitis C. Then continues ranting about Rat Lung disease, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), pesticides and Geothermal energy. Was there a question in there? Nope, it was just another rambling rant.
Not only does Hirono filibusterer a non-answer, but her response is as lengthy as the constituents rants. It’s using up valuable time, and it’s obvious I won’t be able to ask any questions. It’s clear the meeting is turning into a bitch-fest, and is fast deteriorating in purpose.
question, statement comes up again, with even more directed hostility. A woman accuses Hirono of trying to gas the residents of Puna where the island’s only geothermal plant exists. The claim that Geothermal is not clean and they should be encouraging more solar alternative energy. Hirono has a chance here to talk about tax credits on solar, but she doesn’t discuss it.
After that long rant, Marvin from Hirono staff asks the woman, what the question was: The woman replies, “What are you doing to do about it?” Marvin reminds the audience for the second time to be civil in their questions. Hirono explains that she’s all for alternate energy and anything that wasn’t oil based energy. Much of our electricity is generated by oil. Alternatives such as solar are expensive and priced out of reach of most people.
Hirono does address the need for better medical services, but she doesn’t outline any plan to address the real need for doctors on these islands. We have a shortage of doctors here on the Big Island. Most doctors are not taking on new patients and most are general practitioners. We have some specialist, but if you need to see a cardiologist, you have to go off island. Hirono had a real opportunity to discuss the real need for more medical services, but never discussed it.
The GMO’s subject gets a comment from the audience about labeling foods to identify which are GMO free. Hirono agrees that labeling would be a good idea. This pacifies the audience to a degree.
question, or accusation from OWS supporter claims all members of congress are bought and paid for by Wall Street. Hirono takes umbrage with that and defends herself as independent of Wall Street influences. Another questioner states that health care should be paid for by Wall Street since “they provide no social value“, and then asks Hirono if she supports capitalism.
Hirono finds herself on the defensive again. She explains she supports Dodd-Frank legislation and that jobs are not created by the private sector. Really!!?? Jobs are not created by the private sector? Another person asks about corporations like Monsanto that were bailed out. I wasn’t aware that Monsanto was ever bailed out, but an obvious frustrated Hirono explains it this way:
“The bailouts were necessary to prevent a world-wide depression, Hirono said. “Wall Street had no accountability and something needed to be done to keep teachers working“, she said. Then Hirono went on to say that the House Republicans favors an unregulated Wall Street. She claimed that the Republicans support shipping jobs overseas. Slams the GOP!!! Typical Marxist propaganda by Crazy Mazie Hirono.
It’s now 5:49PM, and the audience is becoming increasingly hostile. Again Marvin from Hirono’s staff reminds people to be civil in their questions. Now comes the conspiracy question.
A gentleman asks about 911, and bombing Iraq, planned preemptive invasions of Iran. I’m thinking we have a Wrong Paul supporter asking questions. Hirono replies that was the policies of Dick Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz and asked where the questioner heard that? “It’s on the radio every day”, the questioner replies. I was curious about that claim since we only have one news and sports radio station in Hilo. I guessing this person is referring to George Noory’s Coast to Coast Am program. Conspiracy theories like that of Alex Jones Prison Planet.
When asked about drone strikes and killing American citizens; Hirono replies that she favors diplomacy over military actions. That did placate many of the people in the audience.
The subject of Veterans came up and everyone agreed more needs to be done to support Veteran causes. I wondered about all the returning Veterans and where they will get jobs.
Another question brings up Individual Liberties. Specifically, the case of Roger Christie who is currently in a Federal prison on O’ahu for the sale, distribution and growing of Marijuana. Christie created the THC Ministry in Hilo and was busted for selling pot. The questioner wondered why murders, rapists and robbers get released, but Christie has been in jail for so long. Hirono claimed she didn’t know anything about it.
question statement of the evening was an obvious labor union person asking Hirono to repeal the Taft-Hartley Act. This person also said something interesting; he told Hirono that she shouldn’t use the GOP as strawman argument on anti-union laws.
Hirono replied that Unions empower people, and that there is a frontal assault on unions and the NLRB. She said more education needs to be done.
Hirono started wrapped up the meeting by summarizing the meeting points. She outlined the problems, but offered no solutions. She blamed the GOP as the root of all the problems. She explained that infrastructure jobs will help repair “our crumbling roads and bridges“. That prompted someone in the audience to ask why she voted against the Keystone Pipeline. She explained that we need to work for more alternative energy sources, and that more oil is not the solution.
In the following video clip, a university person
asks a question makes a rambling statement about Social Security and the ending the Bush Era Tax cuts. Which Hirono quickly says the Bush tax cuts are only for the rich! Keeping with the Marxist rhetoric that only the rich benefit from tax cuts and that tax cuts robs the treasury from much needed taxpayer money. Hirono uses the classic Class Warfare argument that other democraps use to try and convince people that Republicans only care for the wealthy, and not the poor and middle class.
Sorry for the pitchiness
@4:15 in the video, Hirono says we should be creating jobs. Citing special treatment for the returning Veterans, Hirono states that congress hasn’t passed one single jobs bill. But that’s not true at all. There was the stimulus that was supposed to create shovel ready jobs. Obama said those jobs weren’t so shovel ready. Hirono Lied!! An audience member quips that jobs should be for everyone and that Veterans should wait for jobs like everyone else. A little heat in the kitchen??
@4:40 a sympathetic constituent makes a rather odd statement about change and how it will effect us.
@7:00 Hirono thanks everyone and then complains that some people did not treat her with Pono (respect) she thinks she deserves.
@8:00 Hirono speaks about Ohana and Aloha, and then starts ranting about yelling and screaming, and coffins being left on peoples lawns!?! Then strangely brings up guns and the Gabby Giffords tragedy?!? What was she implying?
The meeting ends with a traditional Lei gift. Overall, I’m not sure what was accomplished by this meeting, or rather bitch session. An opportunity to present ideas was lost. Hirono was obviously ill-prepared and did not bring anything of substance to her own meeting. She played the blame game and never once spoke about her own accomplishments, or lack thereof. All Shibai!
What’s for Dinner?