The question on almost everyone’s lips after a terrible event such as this is, “Why?” After Columbine, the videos, website, and other documents left behind by the killers were poured over and picked apart in a search for some reason for the rampage that might answer another haunting question: How?
While care must be taken not to jump to conclusions, when events like this occur, there is a tendency to severely limit how it may be appropriately addressed. The result is that everyone has to walk such a fine line, that there’s not much one can say, beyond rightly calling it a “terrible tragedy” and a “heinous crime.” Any discussion beyond that, any attempt to put the event any relevant context, is either shushed, shouted down, or shamed into silence.
Before Andrew Leonard’s paean to paying taxes (inspired by his house catching fire) sparked me to write a different post on Friday, I’d intended to write a wrap-up post, comparing Mitt Romney’s NAACP speech to Joe Biden’s speech. Something Vice President Biden said in his speech reminded me of something else I heard from a speaker at the closing plenary of the Take Back the American Dream conference this year; something brings into focus the stark choice facing voters in November, and why the NAACP audience responded so differently to Romney and Biden.
Everyone wants to know, “What is Mitt Romney hiding?” Or – given that lately every day seems seems bring to another revelation about Romney’s offshore accounts, or more evidence that undermines Mitt’s story about just when he finally left Bain Capital – “What else is Mitt Romney hiding?” Why can’t he tell us just when he ended his association with Bain Capital? How much longer until Mitt releases his tax returns? What’s he afraid of? What’s hiding in Mitt’s tax returns? And what the hell is “retroactive retirement,” anyway? The unanswered questions are enough to drive even a Fox News host to distraction.
All politics is local. So is the economy.