Common Sense, Common Ground-Opening Day Speech at the 2005 Hawaii State Legislature


We, the people of Hawaii, have reasons to be optimistic. Record numbers of workers are employed. Business is growing and as a result, tax revenues are up. In these times of economic prosperity, besides counting our blessings, we must lay the foundation for enduring prosperity. The Old Testament tells us of a very wise Joseph, son of Jacob, counseling the Pharaoh of Egypt during seven years of plenty to prepare for the inevitable years of famine. So it must be. Wise leaders see beyond today. Let