In 2001, legislators writing the final version of the annual school spending bill added language ordering the study. A committee later outlined its scope and hired Augenblick & Myers, which had done studies in other states and had a reputation for proposing bigger funding increases than lawmakers expected.
“We weren’t going to listen to Augenblick & Myers because they had no credibility with the majority of the Legislature,” said House Speaker Doug Mays, R‑Topeka.
So why, pray tell, did you hire them? Didn’t the majority of the Legislature get a say in hiring them? Surely the Speaker of the House could have voiced some concerns.
People are so stupid sometimes.
Actually, if we follow the TfK credo (people are smart), we get a different result. It could be that Mays wanted to underfund the schools, and getting a low-credibility report made that easier.
But this conflicts with the dictum that you should never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.
So which is it? Shall we give our Republican House leadership credit for not being malicious, thus making them stupid, or give their intelligence credit, thus making them malicious.