August 26th, 2012

Former Gov. Linda Lingle on Sunday released a new television advertisement for her U.S. Senate campaign that highlights her commitment to preserving Social Security and Medicare, citing the example of her 87-year-old father who has long planned for his retirement.

Lingle blamed “election year posturing by Washington politicians of both parties” for worrying seniors about the entitlement programs.

But the most interesting element is that Lingle has now come out in favor of gradually raising the amount of wages subject to payroll taxes, which mirrors U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono’s position. The Democrat would lift the $110,100 cap on earnings subject to the payroll tax that finances the program so higher-income workers would pay a greater share

Hirono has also frequently cited her 88-year-old mother as one of the reasons she wants to protect the entitlement programs.

3 Responses to “Evolved”

  1. Goober:

    Cutter Nissan sells Japanese Cars. Made in Japan.
    Evidently Mr. Cutter knew a good deal and only now linda catches on.

    “This is a decision that should not be made by one person sitting in her office or by members of the Majority Party behind closed doors in a legislative caucus, but by all the people of Hawaii behind the curtain of the voting booth.” ~ governor linda lingle on her veto speech.

  2. Booger:

    Hirono’s mom took care of Mazie and now Mazie wants to take care of her own mom.
    Mazie has a lot of Honor. lingle had to go through a “Make over”.

    My mom, Reece put me in a jacket since I was bad. Shows what kind of person Reece is. Child abuser.

  3. Goober:

    “Mom inspired Lingle’s legislation

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    By B.J. Reyes
    Mildred Cutter, the mother of Gov. Linda Lingle whose battle with bipolar disorder inspired her daughter to fight for improved mental health legislation, has died in a Los Angeles nursing home. She was 78.

    Cutter died yesterday of an undisclosed illness, according to the Governor’s Office.

    Lingle left Monday night for California and it is not yet known when she will return, her office said. Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona has assumed the governor’s responsibilities in her absence.

    Cutter had been living in a nursing home, where Lingle visited her several times a year.

    Lingle always was very candid in talking about her mother’s mental illness, once describing its impact on her family in emotional detail during a House hearing in 2003.

    That year, her first in office, she introduced and was successful in lobbying for a measure that required insurance companies to treat mental illness the same as physical illnesses in benefit packages for members.

    Lingle has said her mother’s illness had perhaps the most significant impact on her life.

    She was 8 years old when her mother was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, then known as manic depression, and rising medical bills eventually prompted the family to move from St. Louis to Southern California to be near relatives.

    “I’m not looking for sympathy from you or from anybody else, but what my family did was use our education accounts to care for my mom,” Lingle told lawmakers in 2003. “My dad had to come to us as his children and tell us we just had to take care of my mom.”

    “My mom is a terrific person,” she added later. “She just has a chemical imbalance in her brain, and as I told the committee, it’s like any other illness that should be covered by health insurance.”

    Lawmakers offered their condolences to the governor and her family yesterday, observing a moment of silence in both the House and Senate.

    “All of us in Hawaii know and respect the particular importance of family,” said Senate President Colleen Hanabusa. “We are keeping the governor and her family in our thoughts at this difficult time.”

    House Speaker Calvin Say, whose parents died last year, said he was saddened by the news of Cutter’s death.

    “I extend my deepest sympathy to the governor and, on behalf of the House of Representatives, we offer our personal expressions of support and compassion during this difficult time,” he said.

    In addition to Lingle, Cutter is survived by her former husband, Richard Cutter, Lingle’s father, who lives in Los Angeles. Details on other survivors were not immediately available.

    Private services are scheduled on the mainland. The Governor’s Office requested no flowers.” April 2, 2008 written by B.J. Reyes

    I recognize that Linda had a great mom and Hirono does too. Hirono grew up in later years without a father who was abusive and Lingle grew up without a mother 24/7/365 days a year. She did grow up with a father. Linda grew up in a man’s world with men all around her. She knew compassion but in a man’s view. Hirono had a father but was raised by her mother. Hirono is not looking for sympathy, either. Lingle knows unions since she worked for teamsters back then. Maybe if the whole Hawaii knew, they may feel differently toward Lingle. My vote still goes to Hirono.

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