Fox’s Missing Adjective
A quick observation from another article about RI House Speaker Gordon Fox (D, Providence):
Thirty eight years later, the new speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives is a bit more reserved in his choice of words — but not much — when he talks about gambling, taxes, public employee pensions and the difficulty every incumbent will have in a year when he acknowledges: “People are angry. They are hurting. They are scared, and they want to lash out.”
Notice the phrase “lash out.” That’s an indiscriminate verb, an unthinking response. What’s missing from everything that I’ve seen from Fox is any admission that those angry people have a point, that some of their complaints are valid and worth adjusting policy to answer.