The Holidays are almost over and soon it will be 2017!The Obama chapter of American History will be closing and the Trump Administration will open a new chapter of American History on January 20 with 100 days of change and excitement foreshadowing his promise to make America great again. In politics, the rule of thumb is “under promise – and then over-deliver,” so fasten your seat belt for what’s coming con gusto during the 1st quarter of the New Year.
IN THIS UPDATE:
But please don’t get distracted by the Trump naysayers, whether Democrat, Republican or the media. America has made it through some tough times before and our socio-political fabric is still strong. Historically our country has been very divided on several occasions starting with the Revolutionary War, when for example, even super patriot Ben Franklin’s son refused to join the American effort for independence against the British. Jump to the American Civil War and we see even closer blood shed between Americans and members of the same family choosing to fight either for the North or for the South but against their own kin. Fast forward to an era I am familiar with and the Vietnam War when American campuses, the police and just about everybody had some strong vociferous argument for or against the war.
But why am I saying all of this? Because this too shall pass and I have faith in America and America’s people. Our history tells us that we are Americans first and then whatever ever else politically or ideologically or racially or religiously, second. So let’s have faith, we’re Americans!
The Trump Administration will make us proud, not overnight, but it will be as contagious as the Reagan era, when some who were Democrats, like myself, became Republicans, and never looked back, and this is the direction I think America is heading in.
Bottom Line:Hawaii’s Republicans now have a national voice, and one we should be proud of, humbled by, but not afraid to govern by. Our values and principles are the values andprinciples that govern our nation. That’s us!
1. 2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION:
The Hawaii State House and Senate are getting ready to kick off the 2017 Legislative Session on January 18th. No surprises in the Democratic House leaders that were chosen and still led by 83 year old entrenched Speaker Joe Souki of Maui. Many elected members have confided in me how much they miss Senator Slom and how he will be missed in the legislature’s deliberations. Sam was an oratory legend, not afraid to speak his mind, and as the “Lone Ranger” took on all 24 other Senators much to their disadvantage. Sam always won the debate, but lost the vote. He will be dearly missed! But he tells me he’s not retiring.
2. DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP REMAINS UNCHANGED:
Unlike the reelection of Nancy Pelosi in the US House was no surprise, there was one surprise appointment made by Speaker Souki in the State House. House Leadership recently announced the appointment of the former Labor Committee Chair to be the new Chair of the Business and Economic Development Committees. Either the Democrats still don’t get it why they lost the presidency, or Speaker Souki is trying to prove Hawaii is still as unfriendly to business as ever. Ironically also, former Republican, Aaron Johanson, will be the new Chair of the Labor Committee. It will be interesting to see how his former and future ideologies mingle or co-exist without further cognitive dissonance.
3. REPUBLICAN HOUSE LEADERSHIP SELECTED:
Leadership and committee assignment have just been finalized and the Caucus is gearing up for the 2017 Session. The Caucus chose Rep. Beth Fukumoto again as Minority Leader but will be sharing some of the leadership chores with the newly elected Minority Floor Leader, Rep. Andria Tupola.
The Caucus issued the following Press Statement:
HONOLULU – Today, the House Republican Caucus announced the election of Representative Beth Fukumoto as House Minority Leader and Representative Andria Tupola as House Minority Floor Leader.
“Our caucus is comprised of passionate people dedicated to serving their communities and the state. We have a lot of differences, but we recognize that our strength lies in our diversity,” Fukumoto said. “As the Minority Leader, I look forward to highlighting that diversity.” Representative Beth Fukumoto represents House District 36 which includes Mililani and Mililani Mauka.
“Our caucus has a wealth of knowledge and experience within the legislature and the State of Hawaii,” Tupola said. “As the Minority Floor Leader, I plan to emphasize the unique nature of each member which increases our collective ability to be the voice of hundreds of thousands of people in the State of Hawaii.” Representative Andria Tupola represents House District 43 which includes Ewa, Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Nanakuli, and Maili.
Fukumoto and Tupola lead a caucus of six representatives that span four generations and represent a rich variety of communities.
"Beth is the best choice to represent our diverse group and move us forward on constructive policy initiatives for our state.” Representative Bob McDermott (House District 40-Ewa, Ewa Beach, Ewa Gentry, Iroquois Point).
"Our experienced, youthful leadership is a model for the nation.” Representative Cynthia Thielen (House District 50-Kailua, Kaneohe Bay).
“With the new leadership in place, I look forward to partnering with my fellow caucus members to find innovative solutions to the issues facing the people of Hawaii." Representative Lauren Matsumoto (House District 45-Schofield, Mokuleia, Waialua, Kunia, Waipio Acres, Mililani).
"Our Caucus will also be working for the people of Hawaii through its increased access to leadership in the White House and Congress after Republicans took control in November. Representative Gene Ward added as Hawaii's RNC National Committeeman.”
If you want to get a vicarious feel for the Republican revelry and levitation felt on the night of November 8th in Honolulu, come to the (Trump) Pre-Inaugural Gala celebration at the Ko`olau Ballroom in Kaneohe! This will be a warm-up and precursor to what will be taking place in Washington, D.C. on January 20th (and if we’re lucky we might have a video from the President himself or his representative). E-mail me, Fritz, or Miriam for the few tickets still remaining.
5. WASHINGTON D.C. UPDATES: INAUGURAL COUNTDOWN:22 Days until Inauguration Day
Actually, everyone I have talked to wants to attend these historic events. Unfortunately, there will never be enough tickets to make this happen plus we still don’t know how many tickets will be allotted to our party/state. As Miriam suggested in her last update, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to put in your request for tickets.
THEY SAID IT COULDN’T BE DONE!
CARRIER NOT MOVING TO MEXICO and 1,000 JOBS PRESERVED! Carrier will be keeping over 1,000 jobs in Indiana that had been slated to be outsourced to Mexico.
This is a huge win and a perfect example of the kind of leadership the Trump administration is going to provide when it comes to fighting for American workers.
This is the first of many GREAT deals.
The $7 million in tax incentives the State of Indiana offered Carrier will ultimately reap massive returns for the state.
Consider this: The deal amounts to $700,000 per year over a 10-year period. A Business Insider editor calculated the deal costs just $875 per job per year. Anyone who works in economic development will tell you that’s agreat deal.
JAPANESE MOGUL TO INVEST $50 BILLION IN US TO CREATE 50,000 JOBS
The brash and outspoken founder of SoftBank, Masayoshi Son told reporters last Tuesday, that his $50 billion investment in the U.S. could create 50,000 new jobs in the U.S. and mostly from American start-up companies. Mr. Trump later Tweeted: “Masa said he would never do this had we (Trump) not won the election!”
FORD MOTORS OPEN TO DEAL WITH TRUMP TO SAVE U.S. JOBS
Ford’s CEO told Bloomberg that he felt there were important differences between Ford and Carrier, saying that the regulatory changes he was proposing “would impact the entire industry, as opposed to giving special deals to individual companies.” Ford currently has about 8,800 workers in Mexico but employees 85,000 in the United States. SPRINT WILL BRING BACK 5,000 JOBS TO THE U.S.
"They're taking them from other countries. They're bringing them back to the United States," Trump said Wednesday outside one of his Florida resorts. "A nice change." Sprint confirmed the news in a statement saying the telecom company would "create or bring back to America" 5,000 jobs, mostly in customer care and sales.
Stay tuned for more American job rescues.
Presidential Appointments Update
President-elect Trump is filling out his cabinet at the fastest rate since at least 1968. We should expect President-elect Trump to do what he has always done -- surround himself with the best people.
Secretary of State: Rex Tillerson
President-elect Trump after narrowing his search down to several qualified individuals, including former Gov. Mitt Romney and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, General Petraeus, Ambassador John Bolton, Ambassador Jon Huntsman, he ended up choosing Exxon Mobil’s CEO, Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.
In his new role as America’s top diplomat, He will oversee advancing America’s core national interests, promoting regional stability, and working to ease tensions around the world while maintaining America’s national security. President Obama's first Secretary of Defense Robert Gates -- who also served under President Bush -- is the one who initially recommended Mr. Tillerson to the President-elect.
Mr. Tillerson is a world-class deal-maker.
He has completed successful multilateral and bilateral negotiations on deals involving many countries.
He has earned a reputation for being a tough negotiator, but when he makes an agreement, you can take it to the bank.
Secretary of Defense:Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis
The General is nicknamed “Mad Dog” for “his ferocity toward the enemy. Mattis led the First Marine Division from Kuwait to Baghdad in a matter of weeks in 2003, destroying Saddam Hussein's defenses.
Secretary of the Treasury: Mr. Steven Mnuchin
Mr. Steven Mnuchin was the finance director of Donald Trump's successful presidential campaign.
He was also the CEO of Dune Capital Management and worked for 17 years at Goldman Sachs.He and President Trump will push a pro-growth tax plan in which every income group will receive a tax cut and low-income Americans will pay no taxes at all.
OTHER APPOINTMENTS MADE BY PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP:
Dr Ben Carson: Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Ms. Kellyanne Conway: Counselor to the President
Governor Rick Perry: Secretary of Energy
Elaine Chao: Secretary of Transportation
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt: EPA Administrator
Carl Icahn: Special Advisor to the President on Regulatory Reform
Congressman Tom Price: Secretary of Health and Human Services
David Friedman: Ambassador to Israel
Ms. Betsy DeVos: Secretary of Education
Gov. Nikki Haley: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions: Attorney General
U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo: Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
6. What American Can Expect in the First 100 Days: President-elect Trump’s agenda will be based on a simple core principle: putting America First. Executive actions can begin on Day 1 to restore our laws and bring back our jobs. These include the following:
Issue our notification of intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a potential disaster for our country
Negotiate fair, bilateral trade deals that bring jobs and industry back onto American shores.
Cancel job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy – including shale energy and clean coal to create millions of high-paying jobs.
Formulate a rule --- for every ONE new regulation, TWO old regulations must be eliminated.
Have Department of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff develop a comprehensive plan to protect America’s vital infrastructure from cyber-attacks, and all other form of attacks.
Direct the Department of Labor to investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker.
As part of our plan to Drain the Swamp, we will impose:
5-year ban on executive officials becoming lobbyists after they leave the Administration.
Lifetime ban on executive officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.
Lastly, my fellow Republicans, “ask not what the Republican Party of Hawaii can do for you, ask what you can do for the Hawaii Republican Party.”Please join me in starting to recruit and support candidates for the 2018 elections! I promise to keep this candidate-centric focus throughout my 4-year tenure as your National Committeeman.
MAHALO AND HAPPY NEW YEAR HAWAII REPUBLICANS!
Rep. Gene Ward, Ph.D. Minority Leader Emeritus Hawaii NCM