“We have made great strides in restoring trust and integrity in government… [and] prepared for natural or man-made emergencies.”
What she didn’t say:
One of the great things about political propaganda is that a politician—incumbent or otherwise—can say virtually anything during a campaign and get away with it. Lingle insists that her administration “prepared” the state for natural emergencies like hurricanes, floods or, oh, let’s just say dam bursts. For instance, some people might say that the state Department of Land and Natural Resources should have inspected the Kaloko Dam on Kauai—an earthen dam dating to the 1890s—at some point in its history, which ended when it burst on March 14, 2006 during heavy rains, killing seven people. Had the DLNR formulated a comprehensive dam inspection plan—it has since looked at every dam in the state—who knows whether such a tragedy could have been prevented.