“Dick Rowland Image”
The Honolulu Advertiser on Sunday 1/12/03 revealed the results of its annual survey of legislators.
Their analysis emphasized that few back export of prisoners or legalized gambling. A complete page was devoted to the results of the survey on 25 separate issues.
What was not prominently mentioned but was particularly revealing were three important facts:
Only three legislators answered every question — Rep. Brian Blundell and Senators Melodie Williams Aduja and Sam Slom. That seems to show respect, confidence and sincerity.
Ten out of 76 legislators did not answer any of the questions. Only four of the responders indicated they favored any kind of tax increase.
Why revealing? Only three legislators out of 76 are willing to frankly reveal their positions. Then 10 of 76 seem to be saying that they don’t want to reveal anything at all to the people of Hawaii. And finally, out of 66 responders, only four favor any tax increase at all.
Thus, the good news is that any tax increase looks to face hard times and the bad news is that 10 are careless, could not care less or are arrogant.
”’Richard O. Rowland is president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. He can be reached via email at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (808) 487-4959. More information about the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii can be found at its Web site at”’ http://www.grassrootinstitute.org