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Maui Recreation Will Cost You

by Pearl Hahn  Planning to escape the troubles of tough times with a walk in the park? Think again, because it may cost you. The Department of Land and Natural Resources is planning on hiking fees in various parks and boating facilities, raising the ire of tour companies, residents, and boaters.

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Turn off the TV

by Pearl Hahn  Is election chaos giving you a headache? Do yourself a favor and turn off CNN, MSNBC, and all the other cable news channels on which talking heads are squabbling over the “future” of the Republican and Democratic parties. In times like these, the GOP and even the White

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Obama’s Economic Advisor Admits to Trouble

by Pearl Hahn  Christina Romer, who heads President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, made a surprising admission on October 22 before the Joint Economic Committee. It was widely predicted and believed that Obama’s massive stimulus package would prevent rising unemployment and create jobs. Romer, who co-authored the administration’s economic recovery plan, admitted four

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Human Climate Control Up In the Air

by Pearl Hahn  How much control do humans have over the Earth’s climate? This is a topic I have covered in a policy paper and commentaries. A reader recently wrote to me to express his concern that it is premature for either side to announce they have an unassailable position based on existing data.

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Two Key Reform Proposals for Health Care in Hawaii

Hawaii’s lawmakers continue to introduce reform schemes that focus on the uninsured population without instituting any provisions that would actually lower health care costs. Growth in managed care and regulations has resulted in the opposite of their intended effect. Market distortions in health care are reflected in greater administrative costs

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Feel-Good Politics of a Styrofoam Ban

by Pearl Hahn  Environmentalists love banning items they claim are destroying our natural ecosystems. Ban paper, ban plastic, ban Styrofoam. I suspect they would prefer to carry around their shopping items stacked on their bare hands while balancing on a bicycle on the highway, but if they actually did so, that

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Councilman Yagong Upholds Accountable Government

by Pearl Hahn On the Big Island, Hamakua Councilman Dominic Yagong has introduced a measure, Bill 132, that would bolster transparency in government land sales. At present, when property is sold, the council does so through sealed bid, lease, trade, or adopts a resolution authorizing the transaction. The finance director then

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Will Hawaii Become the Next California?

by Pearl Hahn  Sunny climates and beautiful beaches aside, Hawaii is starting to experience some of California’s growing problems. The national spotlight on California’s deepening economic crisis continues to shine as its poverty rate rises and its finances slip down the drain. The sad thing is, many of California’s problems are

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Swiss Health Care More “Free Market” Than U.S. Health Care

by Pearl Hahn  Misconceptions concerning the United States and its supposedly broken health care system abound, especially the assertion that nations in Europe have superior health care systems because they are more socialist. As has been indicated repeatedly, government spending dominates America’s $2.5 trillion health care sector, and Medicare and Medicaid

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Why Obama’s Public Option Would Lead to No Option

by Pearl Hahn  American citizens who value choice and freedom have done it again. They rallied enough to force President Obama to back away from single-payer health care following his election. This week, the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, announced that a public option is no longer

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Maui Recreation Will Cost You

by Pearl Hahn  Planning to escape the troubles of tough times with a walk in the park? Think again, because it may cost you. The Department of Land and Natural Resources is planning on hiking fees in various parks and boating facilities, raising the ire of tour companies, residents, and boaters.

Read More →

Turn off the TV

by Pearl Hahn  Is election chaos giving you a headache? Do yourself a favor and turn off CNN, MSNBC, and all the other cable news channels on which talking heads are squabbling over the “future” of the Republican and Democratic parties. In times like these, the GOP and even the White

Read More →

Obama’s Economic Advisor Admits to Trouble

by Pearl Hahn  Christina Romer, who heads President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, made a surprising admission on October 22 before the Joint Economic Committee. It was widely predicted and believed that Obama’s massive stimulus package would prevent rising unemployment and create jobs. Romer, who co-authored the administration’s economic recovery plan, admitted four

Read More →

Human Climate Control Up In the Air

by Pearl Hahn  How much control do humans have over the Earth’s climate? This is a topic I have covered in a policy paper and commentaries. A reader recently wrote to me to express his concern that it is premature for either side to announce they have an unassailable position based on existing data.

Read More →

Two Key Reform Proposals for Health Care in Hawaii

Hawaii’s lawmakers continue to introduce reform schemes that focus on the uninsured population without instituting any provisions that would actually lower health care costs. Growth in managed care and regulations has resulted in the opposite of their intended effect. Market distortions in health care are reflected in greater administrative costs

Read More →

Feel-Good Politics of a Styrofoam Ban

by Pearl Hahn  Environmentalists love banning items they claim are destroying our natural ecosystems. Ban paper, ban plastic, ban Styrofoam. I suspect they would prefer to carry around their shopping items stacked on their bare hands while balancing on a bicycle on the highway, but if they actually did so, that

Read More →

Councilman Yagong Upholds Accountable Government

by Pearl Hahn On the Big Island, Hamakua Councilman Dominic Yagong has introduced a measure, Bill 132, that would bolster transparency in government land sales. At present, when property is sold, the council does so through sealed bid, lease, trade, or adopts a resolution authorizing the transaction. The finance director then

Read More →

Will Hawaii Become the Next California?

by Pearl Hahn  Sunny climates and beautiful beaches aside, Hawaii is starting to experience some of California’s growing problems. The national spotlight on California’s deepening economic crisis continues to shine as its poverty rate rises and its finances slip down the drain. The sad thing is, many of California’s problems are

Read More →

Swiss Health Care More “Free Market” Than U.S. Health Care

by Pearl Hahn  Misconceptions concerning the United States and its supposedly broken health care system abound, especially the assertion that nations in Europe have superior health care systems because they are more socialist. As has been indicated repeatedly, government spending dominates America’s $2.5 trillion health care sector, and Medicare and Medicaid

Read More →

Why Obama’s Public Option Would Lead to No Option

by Pearl Hahn  American citizens who value choice and freedom have done it again. They rallied enough to force President Obama to back away from single-payer health care following his election. This week, the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, announced that a public option is no longer

Read More →

PETITION: Exempt medical services from Hawaii's excise tax!

To the Hawaii Legislature:

Hawaii families face skyrocketing healthcare costs and a shortage of doctors. Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in millions of dollars in savings for residents and help bring doctors back.

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