The Supreme Court sent the Arakaki v. Lingle case back to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to rule on whether taxpayer funding of OHA passes constitutional muster.
Archive for June, 2006
Matt Kibbe, president and CEO of FreedomWorks wrote a column that ends with this sentence:
Let’s hope the recent Senate vote will be the last we hear of this divisive piece of legislation.
It is time to return to the principle that he refers to in his first sentence.
The concept of e pluribus unum holds that the diverse peoples of the various states are bound together in a government that protects the rights of all.
The program of trying to implement increasing entitlements for Hawaiians hasn’t worked in improving their lot. It is time to try something else. No one wants to admit it but OHA is an utter failure. Time to move on.
Whole article by Matt Kibbe here.
KITV – The HawaiiChannel.com reports:
The “Akaka Bill” is set for an important milestone Tuesday, when Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is expected to introduce a measure to bring the controversial bill to the Senate floor.
This would be the Cloture vote. Stay tuned.
“The Time is Now” is a slick trifold brochure asking people to support the Akaka bill. It was mass-mailed in late May and early June. The brochure features the Hawaiian flag but no American flag. One reason for the absence of the American flag is that many Hawaiian activists believe that the U.S. is illegally occupying their ancestral homeland and has been the source of prolonged oppression. To empower such people by creating a government for them is to empower a secessionist movement.
See a detailed critique of this OHA funded propaganda here.
Once a “sovereign” entity is created it is only a matter of time.
The resolution cleared its final State House hurdle when, after about an hour and a half of debate, it won Senate approval on a 23-to-13 vote. . . .
Matthew Thomas, the Narragansetts’ chief sachem, said he was “delighted” by the vote, which marks one of the high points in his 2,400-member tribe’s never-ending quest, since a 1994 defeat at the polls, to join many of its Indian brethren in the gambling business.
If the Akaka bill passes legalized gambling could still be “negotiated” for the Native Hawaii Government. The Akaka bill so wide open that anything is “game.”
Full story here.