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Sunday, July 11, 2010
Former Rep. Cam Cavasso unveils campaign platform in challenge to Inouye
By News Release @ 2:30 PM :: 9140 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

My name is Cam Cavasso.  I am a common-sense conservative who is deeply committed to the Constitutional principles, individual rights, and core values on which this great nation was founded. I’d like to ask for your vote in the Republican primary election for United States Senate in Hawaii on September 18th.

This year represents a turning point for the United States of America.

Our economy is laboring under the crushing weight of unprecedented national debt and an unsustainable addiction to expanding the size and spending of government.

The values that form the very core of our American identity are mocked and marginalized by statist politicians who arrogantly and dangerously seek to substitute government control for individual rights.

Our nation remains at war.

When we go to the polls in September, and again in November, we will be asked to answer an important question:

“Will we return America to the core economic beliefs and traditional values that have made it the strongest, most economically productive, most moral and generous nation in history, or will we continue to chart the same ruinous course that the current Congress has set for it? “

The professional politicians who control Congress are cowards.  They disregard the will of the voters in their myopic obsession with expanding the size and influence of government.  They callously and unconscionably burden our children and grandchildren with debt.  They seek to destroy the fabric our social institutions by redefining family, marriage, and the role that faith plays in our national discourse.

All across America, citizens are waking up to realize that the fire lit by patriots like Sam Adams still burns, despite the efforts of an unaccountable government and its media allies to extinguish it.  This fall our voices must be heard.

Enter the Tea Party movement.  Americans united by common sense and patriotism, have joined together to stop the madness in our nation’s Capital.

There is no more significant or effective blow to be struck against the controlling political establishment in Congress than the defeat of Democratic Senator Daniel Inouye, which is why I ask for your support.

In his almost 50 years in the United States Senate, Daniel Inouye has become perhaps the strongest Senate proponent of government spending. As the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee he controls how our tax dollars are spent—literally, the buck stops with him.  However, through his earmarks and other support for federal spending, he has not hesitated to shower special interests with our hard-earned tax dollars.

Our loss has been Sen. Inouye’s gain.  A recent study by Taxpayers for Common Sense found no other U.S. Senator received more campaign contributions from earmark beneficiaries than Inouye.

As Senator Inouye and his cohorts in Congress continue to pile up debt that our children and grandchildren will be forced to repay in the future, their spendthrift ways are sucking the oxygen out of the economy today. Unless and until they are brought to heel, Americans’ standard of living will continue to decline. Prosperity has never been built on debt.

I respectfully submit the following beliefs and positions for your consideration:

--In the United States Senate I will fight to cut spending and to enact a Balanced Budget Amendment.  I have already signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge that states I will oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals or businesses, and any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless they are matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.

--I will support efforts to reform the federal income tax code.  The Founders believed that taxing individuals on their private income was economic folly and it amounted to a tax on personal productivity. They believed further that, by transferring vast financial power to the federal government, the federal income tax fostered a terrible imbalance in authority between national and state government.  These fears have come to fruition and must now be addressed through common sense tax reform that allows Americans to strengthen our economy by spending, saving and investing more of their own money.

--I will fight to reform federal entitlement programs– including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security– that inexorably consume greater and greater portions of our national wealth. The architects of these “functions of government” have tried to cloak their ideological push to expand government in just five words from the Constitution: “to promote the general welfare”—but I believe the Founders would have challenged them every step of the way.

--I will seek to downsize the federal government. In doing so I will be guided by the words of Alexander Hamilton who stated that limiting government is the critical and continuous task of an elected official. I will support the elimination of expensive, bureaucratic, ineffective federal government agencies including the departments of Education and Energy and return their budgets to the citizens.

--I will support a complete repeal of the recently passed health care reform bill on both Constitutional and economic grounds.  This bill alone established over 130 new government agencies and it will increase costs, limit consumer choice, and ultimately degrade the quality of medical care in this country.

--I support efforts to transition to a national currency backed with some form of intrinsic value as a check against the inflationary risks associated with a federal government that prints money without restraint.

--I will ensure that our military is properly supplied and supported, and that any declaration of war has national consensus, as reflected by a full act of Congress.


--I will be a champion of values and traditions that have defined this nation since its founding.  The backbone of our society is a controlling value set rooted in a shared religious and moral tradition. Today that tradition– and the values it has created– is under attack.  Children are growing up in a nation with fractured families, sexual disease and commercial exploitation on a scale unimaginable just a generation ago.  I will lead both personally and legislatively to protect children, families, the unborn, and the elderly.


--I will only vote for Supreme Court nominees who are strict constructionists.  James Madison said that our greatest source of security as a republic was in having an “inviolable respect for the Constitution and the rule of law”.  As a United States Senator, I will fight against the confirmation of jurists who seek to legislate from the bench or who seek to use their political ideology to infringe upon the basic Constitutional rights of Americans.  That includes my belief that the 2nd Amendment cannot be misinterpreted in any way to diminish a citizen’s right to protect themselves.

I ask for your vote on September 18 and for your help in spreading the word about this important campaign.

I pledge to represent Hawaii in the United States Senate in a manner that is consistent with our Constitutional roots and values, and with common sense, personal responsibility and a strong work ethic.  Let me be your voice in Washington, D.C. and together we will restore the conscience of our nation, and we will strengthen and protect America.


Cam Cavasso

Candidate for US Senate in Hawaii


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