Explanations on the Other Side of the Coin
I caught a snippet of U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on WPRO this morning remarking on the great mystery of Rhode Island’s horrible economy. Paraphrasing: “I don’t think anybody knows why it’s so bad. We should be in the middle of the pack.”
Well, perhaps such outcomes are puzzling when the actual explanation is ruled out for ideological and political reasons. “Nobody knows the reason” sounds an awful lot like “we don’t want to admit that we’re responsible,” whether the distinction is conscious or subconscious.