This guy is the opposite of what we've been working for here: more and better Democrats.
Yeah, believe it or not, Hawaii State Representative Tom Brower is a Democrat, and his new hobby (he says he's done for now) is smashing the meager possessions of homeless people.
Lest you think he's a Johnny come lately to the issue, his legislative web page lists homelessness as his only legislative priority. His only mentioned homelessness initiative before this: a proposal to establish “safe zones”, where the authorities could drive (or should I say herd?) the homeless to keep them away from more attractive locations where the pretty people might see them.
As he said to the Hawaii Reporter:
How can government continue using the same failed strategies to address homelessness? How is this different from the definition of ‘insanity’ (keep doing the same thing with the expectation of different results)?
As a legislator I understand first-hand that chronic homelessness does not offer easy solutions. The best place to start is often the simplest. . . . Being homeless should mean fewer options on where you can stay, not more.
You might guess from his statement about “the same failed strategies” that he has a record of supporting effective means for addressing homelessness, like providing housing, employment assistance, or mental health services for homeless people, but you will look in vain for any such suggestion.
If you feel like giving this guy a call, here's his phone number: 808-586-8520. If I can find his home phone number I'll post that, too.
Try this: (808)941-4681.