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December 9, 2010

Time For Action

A lot of people are being introduced into new positions with a new governor and new mayors throughout the state. With the new appointments comes much hope, optimism, and anticipation. One thing everyone seems to agree on is that the way certain things are done or paid for cannot continue on a going-forward basis. Running a business (or a state, or a city) is simple in one way- you have to either increase revenues or decrease costs to reach financial goals.

Soon, after the warm greetings and perfunctory endorsements of appointees, the time will come to get down to work. What to cut, what to save? What institutions will simply have to be retro-fitted for the new world that the economic realities of the second decade of the 21st century demand? What expectations and age-old assumptions of consumers and government workers will have to be altered to meet budget deficits?

Because rest assured, tweaking a few things here and there is not going to cut it this time around. Yes, increased tourism will most assuredly help, as will more construction and a few other things we can hope for. But no one wants to re-live furloughs and cutbacks like we've seen over the past 18-months, and to help ensure that, things are going to have to change somewhere in how individual islands and the state as a whole are run. Unpopular decisions will be made by realistic politicians and decision-makers, or else we should throw them all out of office and replace them with robots in the coming years. Think about it…

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