Sunday, December 20, 2009
State of Hawaii on the Ropes
Things are hard everywhere. But in some places, they’re harder. Unless there is a dramatic turnaround, things could get really ugly in Hawaii. “Hawaii dimmed by severe cuts” gives us a snapshot of how the island paradise is falling apart. Food sanitation, homelessness, education cutbacks, and what have you — Hawaii is the poster child of down-at-heel states. Hawaii’s situation is particularly serious because of its isolation. If food and energy imports were curtailed, deterioration would proceed more quickly than a in state with more ready resources at hand. So here’s another canary in the coal mine. When it falls off its perch is anyone’s guess, but although it might be the first, it certainly won’t be the last.