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Just a Technical Change

Some of the bills making their way through our Legislature are sponsored by executive departments.  One such department, the Department of Taxation, is behind a few of them.  One of them worth mentioning, introduced as SB 2922 and HB 2366, proposes to change some criminal penalties in our Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT) law to civil fines … and “to make various technical...

Proposed State Improvement Surcharge

In the past few legislative sessions, there always had been one or two proposals to raise taxes in a big way.  Some of them got pretty far along the road to becoming law, and some of them actually became law.  You might recall that in 2017, Act 107 permanently reinstated the “temporary” 9%, 10%, and 11% income tax brackets that we thought...

Putting It Into Perspective: Is the Coronavirus Panic Politically Motivated?

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST “In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.”– Sun-Tzu The coronavirus – or SARS-CoV-2 – is indeed real and it is causing deaths around the world. But while the stock markets are reacting in typical kneejerk fashion, we would be wise to truly understand...

Do You Buy Fuel? Then Be Very Afraid!

We have occasionally written about a “carbon tax,” something environmentalists appear to be supporting enthusiastically.  The basic idea behind one is that a tax is placed upon the purchase of all fuels that result in carbon emissions when the fuel is burned to release energy.  The amount of the tax is based on the type of fuel and is priced to be...

How Social Media Echo Chambers Dupe the Public

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST Social media has become a staple in our society. Through these platforms we stay connected with family and friends, create “cyber friends”, glean information, and take action on events and issues that are important to us. As the social media spheres become more politicized they also become more compartmentalized. This leads to the danger...

Product Review: Vortex Razor makes the cut

First introduced a few years ago, the Razor is Vortex’s top of the line red dot optic. The Razor occupies the same place on the red dot continuum as the C-More and the DeltaPoint from Leupold. (Let’s call it the high mid-range). All of the above are exceptionally light and qualitatively better than what you’ll find on...

Loading Plated bullets–The basics you need to know

Techniques for loading plated bullets Loading plated bullets entails a slightly different technique than jacketed bullets. Given that they are softer (without the copper jacket) they must be handled with more TLC. For starters, the best loading manual I've encountered when loading for plated bullets is from Western Powders. In fact...

The Dangers of Michael Bloomberg’s Presidential Campaign

It is difficult to quantify the magnitude of a campaign FOR PRESIDENT - run entirely on the fortunes of Michael Bloomberg and the favors that buys. Bloomberg's campaign is like a machine, oozing unlimited manpower and resources to advance everywhere at once, enveloping the entire country with inescapable messaging...

The Flippin’ Surcharge and Other Housing Solutions

This year’s Legislature has produced some unique proposed solutions to deal with our housing crisis. Senate Bill 2216, introduced by Sen. Stanley Chang, chair of the Senate Housing Committee, proposes an “empty homes tax.“  If you own residential  real property in Hawaii and you can’t swear that you lived in it, then you get charged a tax. The annual amount of...

Bloomberg: This Red Flag Should Be a Campaign Coffin Nail

Bloomberg, Clinton & the DNC
There are a plethora of reasons why Michael Bloomberg shouldn’t be considered for the Democrat nomination to be president, but two stick out with significance: His wealth and the hint that he would restore the Clinton influence in American politics. The comedy show that is the field of candidates for the Democrat presidential nomination is Emmy worthy. They...