Editor’s note: For Hawaii’s Aug. 11 primary, Civil Beat asked candidates to answer some questions about where they stand on various issues and what their priorities will be if elected.
The following came from Eddie Pirkowski, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. There are seven other Republican candidates, including Robert Helsham, Michael Hodgkiss, Consuelo Anderson, Thomas White, George Berish, Rocky De La Fuente and Ron Curtis.
1. What would be your first priority if elected?
Make Hawaii a zero tax state, (using Wyoming as a model) thereby bringing new corporate headquarters, data centers, a new Hawaii Stock Exchange, and high technology data centers to Hawaii for high speed internet (dark fibre), long term secure data backup, AI, Big Data analytics/high technology training, long- and short-term data storage centers/robot assembling centers, to attract high technology companies and to retain the best and brightest of Hawaii to bring new permanent lifetime jobs to Hawaii for all the families of Hawaii.
2. Under what circumstances should America go to war?
Follow constitutional, congressional and presidential mandates to ensure lifetime safety and security for all the families of Hawaii and this nation with both cutting edge defensive and offensive security.
3. Should Facebook be regulated by the federal government? How?
4. What should the United States do to control carbon emissions and slow climate change?
Make reponsible decisions on sustainable green development, assembly, manufacturing, reducing emissions and impacting the environment. Regreen all of Hawaii and reduce our carbon footprint.
5. Is it time to reform Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid? How?
Hands off Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, make trust funds secure for the next 100 years.
6. Congress has struggled in recent years to reach agreement on budget deficits, the national debt and spending in general. What would be your approach to fiscal matters?
2020 balanced budget amendment, with responsible spending for jobs and stable growth, while reducing overhead administrative costs, and duplicative costs for services provided.
7. Whatever happens in the midterm elections, Congress will remain deeply divided. What specifically would you do to help bridge the partisan divide in Washington?
Make all members of Congress realize that in order to reach the common goal of the best for all our families, states, and the nation, we must work together in a common bond.
8. What should be done to reform U.S. immigration policies, if anything?
Follow the Constitution, the United States of America was founded by immigrants, these hard-working families and individuals made this country great by their hard work and toil and to this day it is unique in the world, a beacon of light from the darkness of inequality with trust.
9. What is your view of the role of the U.S. military in the islands, and would you like to see that role increased or decreased?
The Pacific Command and all the Armed Forces of the U.S. are vital to the integrity of both the defense and the offense of this nation. We seek peace through strength, trust and reliability, and we must always keep our word, for in the end, it is all we all really have.
It is in this spirit with our whole hearts and souls, we support all the armed forces, allies, and their families. In this time of fast-paced technological development, we must lead as never before (e.g. hypersonic weapons, AI, defensive asset, state and nation shields, high speed reliable robotics, war fighting platforms, high speed data, reliable communications and space platforms with offensive and defensive platforms. We must clean up space/ocean junk)
10. What specific reforms, if any, would you seek in gun control policies?
Follow the Constitution, the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms since Dec. 15, 1791, and is one of the first 10 amendments contained in the Bill of Rights.
11. What other important issue would you like to discuss here?
Restore respect for all families and all countries and peoples in America.
Restore America to lead the world again by always keeping its word, treating all people, leaders, countries and religions with absolute honor, integrity, respect, trust, commitment and love of country.
Restore America to the shining light of freedom and trust as a model of leadership and peace to the world.
Restore America to regain world leadership and all peoples respect, status and honor by always doing the right thing, and always honoring our word and acting always with respect, honor, integrity and trust to all.
Restore American to fight for what is right, and always do what is right for America and all the people of the World.
Restore America’s seadership by supporting freedom worldwide.
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