The calls, in recent weeks, for new sources of government revenue to restore cuts in the Hawaii state Department of Education budget reminds me of a lesson I learned 40 years ago when I was on active duty in the Navy.

A new officer transferred aboard the ship who had served most of his career in joint commands. When we were informed that budget cuts were in the works, he said: “Let me tell you how this works. When the Navy is told its budget will be cut, its response is: