from Ron Paul 2012 PCC
For Immediate Release: March 12, 2012
Contact: Gary Howard
Ron Paul Hawaii Team
Welcomes Hawaii Bar Owners Association Endorsement
HONOLULU, Hawaii – 2012
Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul, who consistently fights
against government encroachment into the private sector and who is the
sole presidential candidate who champions ending taxes on gratuities, was endorsed today by
the Hawaii Bar Owners Association.
“Ron Paul’s views on government follow the
best solutions to current
government interference in our daily business lives.”
The Hawaii Bar Owners Association represents over 100 establishments,
and is known for its defense against regulations governing how small
businesses and larger establishments are permitted to operate in areas
such as licensing, and smoke or smoke-free environment provision.
The endorsement statement is attributed to the organization’s
spokesman, Bill Comerford, who is a partner in a company that operates
three Hawaiian Irish pubs—Kelley O’Neil’s, O’Toole’s Irish Pub and the
Irish Rose Saloon.
The full Hawaii Bar Owners Association statement follows.
The Hawaii Bar Owners Association
supports the principles of Ron Paul.
Though one could support any Republican candidate for President in
the need to counter a runaway government, Ron Paul’s views on
government follow the best solutions to current government interference
in our daily business lives.
Simply stated there is too much government involvement in our daily
business operations nationally and particularly here in Hawaii.
Hawaii we are most likely the most government-burdened state in the
union. We find regulation and ensuing counter-regulation
across a bloated City and County, State and Federal Government, none of
which care to confer in writing law and each who sees themselves as the
most important branch resulting in too many laws, and often laws that
conflict with each other.
As a highly regulated industry this leaves us in the bar industry
at the whim of government often waiting more than a year to open at
much government-directed expense and then finding a morass of
regulations impeding your business forcing you to respond to myriad
reactionary laws. And upon complying, you find that those laws
once again. This incurs a huge expense. We all like to play
and business relies upon those essential rules remaining the
This allows you to take the risk of creating and supporting your
business plan. Would you risk financial ruin for small returns on
business in Hawaii where the rules change weekly, monthly or annually
depending upon which government agency is involved? As children
learn that the rules are important if you keep changing them your
friends don’t come back to play, such is the case in Hawaii for the
business community. We don’t make the rules we just have to play
them. Government makes the rules and always changes them to their
advantage thus business does not want to “play.” Hawaii continues
be the most difficult state in which to operate a business.
Rules exist and they should remain simple that is what we all rely
upon. The main framework for rules is the federal and state
constitutions. They are the foundations upon which everything is
built. Follow the basic rules and eliminate the reactionary
interference of all governments to micromanage every issue and create
more new and specific law to handle minor situations. The Hawaii
legislature introduced more than 2,000 bills this session. Many
these bills would not stand up to constitutional challenges.
regulations always require monitoring and supervision thus the need for
new agencies and new government employees. Government’s answer is
create those jobs and fund them through increased taxes and fees.
These new agencies demand new laws to empower them and thus more
specific law is required. This creates a spiral of continual
government, taxes, and regulation. Cut the cord on these issues,
Stop feeding unions, non-profit health groups and multiple layers
of government through our taxes. Allow simple clean rules and let
businesses grow. Fund our government liabilities such as
pension funds and unemployment funds. Don’t let our legislatures
every dollar in front of them and rein in government
Reduce the bloat, 1 in 5 adults in Hawaii is on a government payroll or
pension the other 4 carry too heavy a burden to support this
Support common sense, constitutionalism and free choice, reduce
government, and its expense and debt.
We would invite Ron Paul to run for governor here in Hawaii if he
were not running for president. Support candidates like Ron Paul.
Hawaii Bar Owners Association
Providing a strong boost to Ron Paul’s Hawaii state operation, such
endorsements present Ron Paul as the conservative alternative to Mitt
Romney. They also demonstrate that the 12-term Congressman from
has the only campaign organization capable of maintaining a 50-state
competition with the moderate-establishment Romney.