HANABUSA: I'm Colleen Hanabusa and I approve this message, because government waste is an important issue.
ANNOUNCER: Charles Djou says that he's out to fight government waste, but just what does he consider wasteful spending? Djou calls federal stimulus programs wasteful, even though they're now widely accepted for creating three million jobs and preventing a potential depression. He's called specific stimulus projects in Hawaii a waste, even though he's been happy to pose for news cameras for stimulus projects he supports. He considered emergency funding for Medicaid in public schools wasteful, even though Linda Lingle and 41 other governors urged Congress for the funds to balance their state budgets. But when it comes to extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent, Charles Djou doesn't consider that wasteful at all, even though it would add hundreds of billions of dollars to the federal deficit in the coming years. Fighting government waste is important, but it shouldn't just be a sound bite to justify a personal political agenda.