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Ron Paul Keeps Focus on White House for 2012 Race

Longtime congressman and libertarian Ron Paul, who made a spirited campaign for the office of president in 2008, revealed that he is still interested in taking another shot at the White House in the inevitable 2012 just as his fellows at the Republican Party are lining up candidates who can deliver a strong challenge against President Barack Obama. In the last presidential race, the Texas congressman gained a lively following through the internet. In late 2007, he outraised his Republican rivals on attracting campaign donations thanks to the internet. Along the way his grassroots social networking helped him connect with voters who have gotten tired of polarized politics and political bickering.

Other than focusing on the White House, Paul is keeping track of the strength of the U.S. Dollar and stated that he will eventually make a decision before joining the 2012 race or not. Just as he contemplates on a presidential campaign, Paul acknowledged his high ranking among prospects for one of Texas’ seats in the U.S. Senate. Ironically, his son Rand (representing Kentucky) is currently serving as a U.S. Senator. Joining his son in the Senate is a possibility, the 75-year-old congressman said.

A doctor by profession, Paul is well known for his political causes and his sensible approach to issues. Some even declared him as the face of liberty in today’s polarized political environment. In other news, Paul declared that public pressure is needed to make government work and he stated that “what we need is more WikiLeaks on the Federal Reserve.” To this day, the congressman continues to be a strong critic on the legality and function of the Fed.

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Hawaii Rebounds Strongly in 2010

Hawaii, the Aloha State and paradise of the United States, attracted $11.4 billion in revenue from the combined spending of tourists and other visitors last year. This marks a 16% jump over that of 2009. Hawaii is home to many popular tourist spots that travelers from around the world keep coming to such as Pearl Harbor, Waikiki Beach, Big Island, Northshore, and many more.

At $11.4 billion, the figure translates into over $31 million per day spent by visitors throughout the year. The increased revenue resulted from notable increases in tourism and visitor arrivals all over the state’s many islands. Hawaii attracted over 7 million visitors in 2010, which translates to an increase of almost nine percent over 2009. By comparison, the state attracted 7.6 million tourists in 2007 and 6.8 million in 2008. More on the tourism growth of last year, other islands benefited as well. Kauiai’s arrivals increased by 3.8 percent, Molokai at 4.4 percent, Big Island at 6.1 percent, main island Oahu at 6.6 percent, Maui at 10.4 percent and finally Lanai emerged as the biggest benefactor with a 12.1 percent increase. Similarly, tourist spots like Pearl Harbor and others reported increased frequency and quantity of visitors. Even tour organizers and hotels benefitted as well.

Hawaii is famous for its mild weather and throughout the year it attracts a very steady stream of visitors from around the world. Many visitors who wish to escape from the cold climate of their home countries end up visiting Hawaii. The state is also a wildly popular destination for Japanese tourists as Hawaii has historical ties with Japan.

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Healthcare Law Suffers as Florida Judge Declares it Unconstitutional

The Healthcare Law, a piece of reform legislation that had long been debated for decades and divided many before it was passed and signed into law last year, was declared unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson in Florida. Vinson ruled that provision of the law (popularly called Obamacare) that requires Americans to have his or her own health insurance starting in 2014 is too forceful for the people concerned.

As a result of the ruling, Vinson took sides with 26 states (represented by their respective governors and attorneys general) and went on to say that “the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire act must be declared void,” On the other hand, the Obama administration announced that it strongly disagrees with Vinson’s ruling, that it would make an appeal and that it was confident it will prevail even if the legal fight gets elevated to the Supreme Court in the future.

Meanwhile, Vinson’s ruling drew praise from critics of the law as well as attacks from those who strongly support it. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner believed that the decision is correct and that it clearly emphasized that the federal government should not be engaged in forcing people of different walks of life to buy health insurance and penalize them for not getting insured. Historically, the healthcare reform campaign had passed through decades of intense debates not just in the political arena but also in society in general. The reform failed during the time of Clinton administration but succeeded during President Barack Obama’s first fourteen months in office.

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California Governor Declares State is in Crisis

Governor Jerry Brown, who served as California’s top executive from 1975 to 1983, declared during his state of the state speech (his 8th speech) that the entire state is in a deep crisis and that bold moves and sacrifices must be made. Brown revealed many concerns to California’s state assembly and that there a lots of fiscal challenges that are no less daunting. In reality, California and its people have long been suffering and things have turned badly since the turn of the century. According to Brown, the state has the lowest credit rating among all fifty states as well as an unemployment rate that is higher than the national average.

The governor declared that vision and discipline are needed in order to execute decisions to reform the state’s finances, improve efficiency of governance and eventually pave the way for economic opportunities and job creation to come in. Along the way, Brown is reaching out not just to his fellow Democrats for their cooperation but also Republicans and independents as he stated that it is time to put an end to political bickering and start caring about the people. He stated that his plan on rebuilding California requires the people’s participation and that it would be irresponsible for the state to exclude them.

Brown, who returned to the governor’s office after a hard battle with the Republicans’ Meg Whitman (former eBay CEO) in last November’s expensive election, established a reputation of fiscal conservatism and limits. These elements, he believes, will pave the way for improvements. Recently the governor ordered that 48,000 state employees should return the mobile phones issued to them by the state government.

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