Dead in ten years

I expect to be dead in about ten years.

As you get older, you eventually come to terms with your mortality. You have hopefully lived a full life (as I have) and look to the future, not as unlimited but with your choices narrowing. Based on my family longevity, I think that I have about ten years left, and one day I won’t wake up. As you get older, time seems to speed up. Your life starts off slowly and appears to pick up speed. Your last ten years will go past in a flash.

I’m not religious, as had my beliefs shattered when I was nineteen, but I am pragmatic and I find solutions to problems. I believe that I can, with the appropriate caucus or like-minded congresspeople, fix our nation’s problems. Or I’ll die trying.

So a few years ago, I made a choice in consultation with my wife. The choices were to retire and do all of the normal things that retired people do – travel, enjoy life, read, explore hobbies, complain about the government and so on, or take another path.

This path has nothing to do with starting a dynasty, as we don’t have any children. It’s not about power and prestige, I frankly don’t care. It’s about love of country.

We chose to take this far more difficult path of public service, and so I am running for congressional office. Why? When I was a young adult, I lived in San Diego, California. Living in San Diego was amazing. I did very well particularly as a municipal bond broker, and lived life to the fullest. I had many friends, some of whom were in the navy, both enlisted and officers.

Now here’s the rub – although I raved about how I was unbelievably impressed with the U.S. Navy and that I loved to watch the ships and submarines come and go from Point Loma, it never occurred to me to join. Nor, did any of my sailor friends ever suggest it.

So I missed my opportunity to serve my adopted country in the military. I had a draft card, but my number was high so I wasn’t drafted. And that brings me back to the present. It’s obviously too late to join the service, but I can serve in another way and hopefully do a spectacular job… with your help.

As you know, our nation is in trouble, and Washington is failing at doing anything constructive. It’s like them squabbling over the deck chair arrangement on the Titanic.

If elected, after winning the primary and general elections, I have the opportunity to steer our nation away from Washington’s path of self-destruction. If elected, I’ll work very hard to make the changes necessary so this will still be the American century. With your help, I will.

I have written hundreds of articles about the state of the world. Candidates don’t do that, as they tell the public what they want to hear to get money and votes. They hide their true beliefs to get the most votes and the most, money. Elections are expensive.

I don’t lie; I believe in the truth. If elected, you’ll hear the truth from me whether you like it or not. Politicians try to fool the public by lying to them. They aren’t fooled, but just expect them to lie and deceive. The public accepts it. That needs to change. Truth trumps lies.

Please contribute to my campaign, or at least send this website link to everyone you know. Help me save our nation. It needs saving.

Allan Levene for Congress, Hawaii Committee
820 West Hind Drive, # 240-552, Honolulu, HI 96824

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Allan Levene for Congress, Hawaii Committee
820 West Hind Drive, # 240-552, Honolulu, HI 96824

Why elect me and not the others

I am a first generation naturalized citizen from London, England. This nation has been so good to me that I am compelled to do everything that I can to repay my debt to it. If elected, I will.

This is what I’ll do in a nutshell, my key points. I don’t talk in vague terms; I talk in terms of specific proposals and getting substantial bills passed in Congress and signed into law, not renaming post offices as other Hawaii incumbents do and then claiming progress -

Obtain a permanent waiver to the Jones Act of 1920. The Jones Act forbids Asian or foreign flagged ships from delivering goods directly to Hawaii, and picking up Hawaii products on the way to California, and vice versa. They must unload in California, and have the Hawaii freight transferred to a U.S. flagged ship so it can be sent 2,000 miles back to Hawaii. That dramatically increases the cost of landed goods. A waiver will lower Hawaii's cost of living.

End corporate taxes. That will flood this country with foreign business money, not the phony money printed by the Federal Reserve. Domestic corporations with over a trillion dollars sitting overseas will bring it back to create jobs. Foreign corporations will flood this country with money creating jobs, building facilities and factories. That means millions of new, well paid jobs for Americans, and a dramatic increase in GDP. We’ll beat China at its own game.

Legalize marijuana for recreational use in Hawaii. Although a Republican, I support legalizing marijuana. Why? Because no amount of laws or law enforcement will stop people from using it, and as an innocuous drug (tobacco is far more harmful) it is still misclassified as a Schedule I drug! Others Schedule 1 drugs are heroin, LSD, ecstasy and peyote. Foolishly our government claims that cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone, Dilaudid, Demerol, OxyContin and Dexedrine are all less dangerous!

If Hawaii legalizes marijuana, tourism will increase and create new jobs. That means more tax revenue for the state and more income for Hawaii citizens. Legalizing marijuana means that the police won’t waste their time chasing users of this recreational drug and spend time going after real criminals. The crime rate will drop, as crimes against the public will diminish related to marijuana.

Void congressional pensions if they don’t quit after no more than twelve years in office. It will be much easier to enact than a Term Limits Amendment. Our Washington Representatives and Senators understand and love money. I will use that love to help them retire. We need new blood in Washington, not old hacks that never leave office because they have “safe” seats. Those safe seats are so safe that challengers don’t even bother to run against them.

Make our federal election system fair. The public doesn’t know it, but it’s designed to keep the incumbents in and the challengers out. My method is to take the residual campaign money away from the federal politicians after each election cycle, and give it to charity. They will not be able to start asking for new donations until the next election year. Senators and Representatives have millions of dollars in their campaign accounts, far in excess of what a challenger can hope to raise. If everyone starts at zero, we’ll have a better system.

Modify the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 to eliminate the Postal Service requirement to pre-fund their pensions for up to 75 years! This was designed to bankrupt the post office in favor of private industry. I must reverse that pre-funding clause to save the postal service from either bankruptcy or forcing it to dramatically raise the cost of postage.

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