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Former Gov. Ben Cayetano on Hawaii’s Fiscal Mess and Stupid Rail Plan
February 22, 2013, 2:16 pm
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Former Gov. Ben Cayetano on Hawaii’s Fiscal Mess and Stupid Rail Plan:

“When the special interests become too powerful,” warns Ben
Cayetano, “the voter only has the collective conscience of the
people who are in public office.”
Cayetano was a popular two-term Democratic governor of the state
of Hawaii who held office from 1994 to 2002. In 2012, Cayetano
became alarmed by what he saw as out-of-control spending and
special interests run amok. He came out of retirement and made a
failed bid to become the mayor of Honolulu, Hawaii’s largest city.

Cayetano opposed the city’s
$5.26 billion rail project
, which he says costs too much and
will not address Honolulu’s traffic problems. The massive system
and inevitable cost overruns, he fears, simply piles more debt on a
government already straining under unfunded liabilities for
public-sector pensions and benefits. “They are going to end up
raising taxes,” Cayetano told Reason TV. “Or the city will go
In a wide-ranging conversation, the 73-year-old Filipino
American discusses the Aloha State’s fiscal mess, the trouble with
Hawaii’s one-party government, and why he believes social issues
are distracting voters from more pressing economic
5:30 minutes.
Shot by Sharif Matar and Zach Weissmueller. Edited by Sharif
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