Great candidates for the U.S. Congress with a good chance of winning are extremely hard to find. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a great candidate, although few predicted she'd win her New York primary. In January, she'll be sworn in to Congress.
Kaniela Ing is a great candidate from Hawaii, about whom everybody will be hearing if he wins, and who will change the public conversation for the better when that happens.
Like Ocasio-Cortez, you can tell how serious Ing is about the programs he proposes funding because he advocates reducing the massive boondoggle known as the U.S. military budget. He wants to establish a green jobs program, end homelessness, create Medicare for all, make public college free, move to 100% renewables by 2035, build infrastructure, provide a basic income guarantee, and protect the environment. But, unlike many candidates, Ing leaves no mystery where such funding could come from, since he wants to reduce military spending.
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And you can tell how intent Kaniela Ing is on transforming Hawaii's first district and the whole country into a moral and sustainable enterprise from the fact that he says taking the U.S. military out of Hawaii would weaken the Hawaiian economy in the short run, but that it needs to be done for the benefit of the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, and other places the U.S. military invades -- just as it long ago invaded Hawaii. Ing knows that the financial savings from conversion to a peace economy are so great that nobody need be hurt during the transition.
This is a moment for such bold ideas. Ing is running for an open seat that is almost certain to go to the winner of the August 11th Democratic primary. The whole country and world would benefit from him winning -- and joining Congress alongside Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Read Kaniela Ing's platform.
Watch his campaign video.
Watch this video of his remarks on militarism in Hawaii at a recent candidates' forum.
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