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The November/December Issue of the Pono Press, the newsletter of TEA Party Maui.


  • Pono Press, November-December 2013, Page 1

    Special points of interest:

    TPM at the Senior Fair Page 2.

    Debra Green gave an interesting talk to TPM. More info on Page 3.

    Have you seen the Maui Liberty Network episode on the Second Amendment? Check out info on their second episode on Page 4.

    Book review of Freedom and the American Future on Page 9.

    Public Education in 2013 by Jim Wagoner... Dont miss it on Page 11.

    Decision Points by George W Bush! If you havent read it yet check out the review on Page 12.

    Heard of the Bitcoin? Learn more from Joe Kent on Page 12.

    In This Issue:

    TPM Happenings Pg. 2

    Local Issues Pg. 8

    National Issues Pg. 9

    N o v e m b e r - D e c e m b e r 2 0 1 3

    The voice of The TEA

    Party Maui In

    Support of a

    Fiscally Responsible,


    Limited Government

    & a Free Market


    V o l u m e 3 , I s s u e 7

    by Lee Aldridge

    TEA Party Maui welcomed Councilmember Mike White at our October

    monthly meeting. Mike White is a sixth-generation kamaina, born and

    raised on Oahu. He spent his career in the travel industry and has been

    the General Manager of the Kanapali Beach Hotel for the past 27

    years. Mike represented the Seventh District in the Hawaii State House

    of Representatives from 1993 to 1998. In 2010, he won a two-year term

    on the Maui County Council, serving the residents of Makawao, Haik

    and Pia and was re-elected in 2012. He serves as the Chair of the

    Councils Budget and Finance Committee, which deals with all matters

    relating to County revenues and expenditures. Mike spoke to TPM about

    pending County issues such as: the Old Wailuku Post Office, proposed

    Launiopoko land acquisition, state of County finances & budget overview,

    and fiscal challenges facing Maui County

    Mike did cover these subjects, but he also spoke about a great deal more

    than just these topics for the nearly 80 minutes that he held court front

    and center of the TPM audience. Of course the time also included a bevy

    of questions from the audience. Mike came armed with interesting facts,

    some of which include that between 2001 and 2011, Maui County has

    experienced only a 3% growth of jobs in the private sector while there

    was a corresponding 27% growth in the public sector (County)

    employment during that period. Commensurate with the job growth

    numbers for the same span of 10 years, private sector wages grew by

    36% while public sector (County) wages increased by a whopping 97%.

    It was not clear whether or not these numbers were adjusted for inflation;

    but nevertheless the comparison of wage growth between the public and

    private sector demonstrates that true economic growth is all but stagnant

    on Maui. The more depressing news is that the County estimates a long

    term budget shortfall which is illustrated by the fact that an estimated

    $6200 in taxes and fees per resident is required for future County

    expenses, yet only $750 is actually collected per resident. This revenue/

    expense imbalance can only mean either a hefty increase in taxes

    (primarily property taxes) in the future, or a substantial decrease in

    (Continued on page 2)

    County and Budget Issues Covered

    by Council Member Mike White

  • Pono Press, November-December 2013, Page 2

    by Marty Foit

    TEA Party Maui host-

    ed a table at the 40th

    Annual Senior Fair at

    the War Memorial

    Gym in Wailuku on

    Saturday, October 26,

    2013. This was the

    second consecutive

    year that TPM was there and it appeared to be another

    great success. Despite not being an election year, there

    were still a reported 88 vendors at the Fair.

    TPM Event Chair Marty Foit, Bill Doyle, and Bill Seaton

    arrived at 6:00 AM to set up at the same spot as last

    year. It was an excellent location with a lot of foot traffic

    just outside one of the main entrance/exit doors. The

    TEA Party Maui Banner was stretched out in full view

    between two large American Flags set up on each side

    of the table festooned with other red-white and blue ban-

    ners and ribbons, rendering it the most patriotic looking

    table at the Fair.

    David Deuter, Bill Doyle, Tim Means, and Bill Seaton

    spoke with most passers-by and presented them with

    God Bless America flags, pocket Constitutions and the

    new TPM tri-fold brochure about how ObamaCare af-

    fects Seniors and Medicare Benefits. People also

    helped themselves to the stash of goodies in the candy

    bowl, TEA Party Maui pens, and other informational

    handouts. David Deuter brought along very good articles

    from some great sources to arm the public with accurate

    information on ObamaCare. A majority of the fairgoers

    who passed by the booth acted civilly, if not favorably,

    while approximately 200 people actually stopped to talk

    and/or take handouts, candy, pens, etc.

    TPM also wishes to acknowledge and thank other partici-

    pants including: Rosemary and Lee Aldridge who

    worked hard to research, design, and print copies of the

    tri-fold brochure entitled "Affordable Care Act: What it

    means for Seniors and Medicare". Also, Michael Hack,

    Bonnie Seaton, and Valerie Sisneros who were all at the

    table and/or involved one way or another with the prepa-

    rations and event. TPM will favorably consider partici-

    pating in this event again next year, as it will no doubt be

    a larger and more significant event given the November

    2014 mid-term elections.

    TPM Participates in the


    County expenditures and services. Yet, when asked if

    the County Council recognizes this dilemma and that

    they need to treat the peoples' money as if it is their own,

    Mike frankly stated that for many in government it is too

    easy to spend other peoples money. Mike also spoke

    about the issues revolving around the old Wailuku post

    office and how the Council has a fiduciary responsibility

    to pursue the matter. There has definitely been a

    violation of the County Charter inasmuch as there was

    never any Council approval for the demolition of the

    building and the responsible party in the County

    administration is at risk of losing their job over the

    incident. TEA Party Maui wishes to express its heartfelt

    appreciation to Mike White for an interesting and highly

    informative evening with this frank and forthright Maui

    County Council member.

    (Mike White talks with TPM, Continued from page 1)

  • Pono Press, November-December 2013, Page 3

    by Valerie Sisneros

    Debra Greene, PhD of spoke

    to TPM about the Smart Meters

    project that has been in various

    stages of implementation across the

    nation. Many of us have been

    concerned about this Grand Scheme

    to make us more sustainable, and

    in hearing Debras presentation it is

    clear that this concern is well

    founded. She talked to us at length

    about the cost increases, privacy

    invasions, security threats, safety

    issues, health concerns, and the

    global agenda/the Global Grid.

    She began by informing us about

    Electromagnetic Radiation/EMR, and

    Radio Frequency Radiation/RFR. In

    the last 75 years, the amount of

    EMR has increased one quadrillion

    times from just 2003 to 2007


    The history of Smart Meters began in

    2007 when both houses of congress

    and President Bush approved the

    Energy Independence and Security

    Act. In 2009, the government began

    subsidizing this Smart Grid

    Modernization Project, which started

    with taxpayer funding of 3.4 billion

    dollars and has so far increased to

    over $11 billion. At this time, 25

    states participate in this project, and

    the goal was to quickly rollout 18

    million Smart Meters in the U.S.

    Currently there are over 36 million

    smart meters installed in the U.S.

    That is one in every three


    Smart Meters operate in the

    microwave frequency range and they

    are 2-way communication devices

    that send and receive information.

    They can definitely be classified as

    surveillance devices. They are part

    of a Home Area Network with an

    interactive website showing how

    much energy you are using, what

    devices use

    more than

    others, and

    time of day

    use, etc.

    They also

    interact with

    Smart Appliances, which can be

    programmed to be turned off and on

    at certain times. The utility

    companies can also turn off our

    appliances if they see fit. We were

    shown a diagram of the Advanced

    Meter Infrastructure from the utility

    companies. It looked very simple

    and harmless, showing just your

    Smart Meter communicating with the

    utility company and giving you both

    the information about your energy

    usage. In actuality, it is much more

    complicated and invasive. Your

    Smart Meter is also communicating

    with the neighbors Smart Meters,

    which makes the data delivery

    extremely vulnerable to petty

    hacking and even worse, opens up