In an article published in Hawaii Reporter yesterday, national writer Danny de Gracia speaks out against Kirk Caldwell’s absurd debate performance. de Gracia writes:
During last night’s mayoral debate, former Honolulu managing director Kirk Caldwell sarcastically asked retired Governor Ben Cayetano whether or not he would ask President Kennedy what his backup plan was in response to his challenge to go to the Moon. I think it’s worth reminding the former managing director of a few things:
Funny Caldwell should mention going to the Moon, because the cost of a single Saturn V rocket launch was $185 million in 1969. By contrast Honolulu Rail is $5.3 billion. One could therefore say it is cheaper to go from the Earth to the Moon than from Kapolei to Manoa. (And for those of you wondering, the last Space Shuttle launch into orbit only cost $450 million.)
de Gracia goes on to remind Honolulu voters that contrary to the claim that “it will take World War III” to stop rail, the people have an enduring right to stop it at any time no matter what the politicians say:
This being said, one can’t help but concede that space travel and Honolulu Rail do have one thing in common: both have out of this world, astronomical costs to taxpayers. But it’s time to come back to Earth. And contrary to what our special interest funded politicians say, rail is not a done deal. When politicians start saying “rail will not be stopped” or “it will take World War III to stop this” – and yet a majority of voters oppose the project – that ought to tell you we have a failure of democracy and its time for new elected officials. The Declaration of Independence tells us “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it.”
Yes, Honolulu, you have a right to alter and abolish Honolulu Rail. In a free society, when the majority of the people demand a change, it’s the job of their elected officials to make it happen. No excuses. Honolulu works for us, we do not work for Honolulu.
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