|Every week I end up shelling out about 50 bucks at the Gas Express here
in Hawaii Kai. One fill-up for my car, and one for my wife's
car. It's a cost of living, and as long as I'm paying the same as
everyone else, I don't cry about it. My brother on the mainland
tells me he pays about $1.20 for Unleaded up in Seattle, while I pay
$1.65. Why the disparity? Ummm, "Freight", my
brother tells me. Does it really cost 45 to 50 cents per gallon more
to ship the gas out here? As Nell Carter would say, Gimme a break!
Gubernatorial Candidate Andy Anderson's press release, held at scenic John
Dominis restaurant off Ala Moana, deals with this problem which has been
haunting the citizens of Hawaii for years. Gas is expensive here in
Hawaii, and we've just learned to accept that without asking why...
Going to court to solve anti-trust lawsuits is a waste of time and
effort. And after waiting five years and spending a lot of time and
money in court, the state will end up losing the battle like many other
larger states have before us. Wasted time, wasted money, wasted
efforts.... One of my favorite quotes from Andy? "How many times do
we have to get knocked on the head before we learn?"
Anderson's proposal is pitched as a business plan. Whereas
politicians of the past attempted to settle problems using a roundabout
convoluted court system, Andy's idea proposes a straight line solution
using the simple economics101 solution of supply and demand. If a
lower gasoline price can be provided, competition would drive gas prices
closer to mainland levels.
He proposes a publicly owned non-profit entity known as the Hawaii Fuel
Authority. This entity would purchase gasoline in bulk from other
countries and trans-ship it to the outer islands. This Authority
would then run several gas stations, priced fairly at near mainland
levels. Competition will prevail and prices will fall. Either
way, the people of Hawaii win! It's a publicly owned
authority, remember? And every time we go to fill up, we get paid
our dividends in the form of lower gas prices. The 20 million it will cost
to set up the program and get it running will bring 250 million in savings
for the people of this state. That 250 million in turn is put back
into the economy via people spending, and soon that paltry little 20
million investment balloons into a 700 million dollar infusion into the
Hawaii economy. It's so simple it's a wonder it's not in effect
But I don't even drive! This won't help me!
You don't drive, but you eat, buy clothes and other things, don't
you? How do you think the products get to the stores, on foot?
No, they are delivered by trucks that run on, you guessed it, FUEL!
Fuel is integral to our everyday lives... Every single one of us...
But we know nothing about running this type of business! No problem,
says Andy... "I'll hire the number 2 guy away from Chevron.
Talent can always be bought." Gotta love this guy's style!
Andy admits the program is nothing new. It's modeled after a Jet
Fuel program they came up with a few years back. Once showing the
same types of inequities between the Mainland Jet Fuel costs and Hawaii
Jet Fuel costs, the difference AFTER this very same program was put into
effect has been and continues to be a negligible 4 cent difference.
He showed us the numbers, and they look sound. He's done his
research, and figures that on average we will be saving around 40 cents a
gallon. For me, that's about 16 bucks a week. I'll take that
He's betting the farm on this one... Andy states that this proposal is
what he will be campaigning on. It's a good one, and more
substantial than anything I've seen from his opponents. That's just
my humble opinion of course, but there are a lot of short, fat Chinese
guys out there that not only look like me, but think like me.
So why ARE we paying so much for gas? "Abuse, abuse,
abuse..." is Andy's simple answer to that question. Hawaii
people are just used to putting up with a lot of things... And it's about
time someone asked "Why?" Good going, and I hope to see
some changes for the better next year. Andy Anderson is always fond
of saying, "Even if I don't win, I will have raised the level of
dialogue." And it seems that Andy's opponents better ante up,
because the stakes have just increased.
The gubernatorial race is getting more and more interesting every day.
Check out Andy's Proposal yourself by clicking
Or go to his website at www.andy2002.org
for more information.