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Avoid economic stratification; it caused the 1954 revolution

Help the middle class: The intent of the 1954 political revolution in Hawai'i was to create equality and fairness for the working people of the plantations. The inequity of that time was based on race and class. The new challenge for our society is to prevent our state from becoming so stratified economically that it comprises only two classes--the rich and those who work for the rich.

Many island societies fall victim to this dilemma because their people have few economic options, the price of land escalates and the mobility of their citizens is limited. Sound familiar? The singular issue that will revitalize Democrats over the next 10 years, and give them a purpose for existence (not just the perpetuation of power), is to assist the middle class to prosper and remain in Hawai'i and to live a healthy, comfortable life with their children and grandchildren. That has to be done through tax policy, a real commitment to investing in education and a renewed effort on re-training our workforce.

Source: Honolulu Advertiser column by Rep. Brian Schatz , Oct 14, 2005

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