Mayor Kenoi’s $44 million budget shortfall for fiscal year 2011-2012 — double last year’s shortfall — is outrageous and in no small part caused by Mayor Kenoi’s no-look pass-over of our coffer balance.
Council Chair Dominic Yagong and Finance Chair Brenda Ford have tried to rein the coffer spending spree by Mayor Kenoi, but the Mayor has been enabled by the Hilo triangle of Ikeda/Onishi/Yoshimoto. Mayor Kenoi’s clueless administration of our County goes down as among the most inept in County government history, right there with Thomas Keonelehua “Lofty” Cook’s lack of governance 1960-1962. My friend Don Pakele (b. 1944) would add Helene Hale‘s administration 1962-1964 as among the worst. Hale’s histrionics-for-publicity marked her as our female Billy Kenoi. Cook/Hale had the shortest elective stints back-to-back.
Desperate times especially call for desperate measures. Private sector cost-cutting as promulgated by Council Chair Dominic Yagong is the only sensible thing to do – or else private industry goes belly up. The differences in public sector vs. private sector with Mayor Kenoi and Council Chair Yagong include but are not limited to factors such as that Mayor Kenoi never engaged in private industry entrepreneurship and has never managed an office. Whereas Council Chair Yagong, with only a high school diploma, always has been in private industry and has vast experience in lean mean private industry management as amanager, with austerity and belt tightening an absolute and dire necessity. Council Chair Yagong’s high school diploma would not advance him far via our antiquated civil service system, which rewards inefficiency, seniority, lethargy, and complacency — not merit.
Essentially, ego-inflated Mayor Kenoi is Santa Anna, who trumps himself invincible, whereas underdog Council Chair Yagong is Sam Houston, who rises from the ashes like the Phoenix – to triumph over the decadent opulence and self-glorification of Santa Anna. And like Santa Anna, Mayor Kenoi has forgotten that Napoleon lost at Waterloo, just as every candidate endorsed or supported by Mayor Kenoi in 2008 lost, including Mufi for Governor.
In contrast, Council Chair Yagong’s support of fellow candidates resulted in their election wins, including Neil Abercrombie for Governor. The 2010 Census shows that 34% of the Hawaii Island is Caucasian, and 22% undifferentiated Asian. But looking at it another way, ethnic haoles far outnumber Japanese by a factor of 3, far outnumber Filipinos by a factor of 3, and far outnumber Hawaiians by a factor of 3. Ironically haoles are the most vulnerable bloc via their newcomer status, and get pushed around for being imperialist interlopers, so to speak, and because Council Chair Yagong’s special focus is on the socially maligned and scorned — including newbie haoles –Council Chair Yagong’s Social Gospel especially appeals to our malihini/newscomers.
And with Mayor Kenoi’s hocus pocus voodoo economics/2011-2012 fiscal year budget unveiled yesterday, our ethnic haoles will have a field day vs. shibai/imposter sensei Kenoi. This time around, in contrast with 2008 when Kenoi got a free pass for being a jolly Hawaiian, no tender hooks abate Kenoi’s utter incompetence and failure to address our fiscal crisis. Mayor Kenoi’s idealized buddahead backing of 12% of overall population demographics, just as Hawaiian 12% of overall population demographics, just won’t cut it and translate to a win for him. Voodoo economics eventually come crashing down to reality. Mayor Kenoi’s sleight of hand/misdirection will be exposed in the next 3 months as Council members address the real issues of cost containment and revenue building, unlike Mayor Kenoi’s bamboozle smoke and mirror dramatics.