The first congressional debate selfie

I think that this is a first selfie ever taken halfway through a congressional debate? Six of us were debating the issues at last night’s debate in Cobb County when the PA system failed.

Never one to just stand around waiting for the sound system to be fixed, I took a few shots amusing the audience. Admittedly, the selfie is a little blurred but I think that it’s a first?

The debate was a lot of fun, and I hope that the audience was better informed about each Republican candidate’s positions and points of view.

SelfieCobb County debate

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.

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.

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! http://www.justice.gov/dea/druginfo/ds.shtml

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.

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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