‘Folks are human beings’

The proliferation of the word “folks” in public life presents a troubling trend of an electorate content to be simplified and countrified in order to lower any expectation of a sophisticated and detail-responsive government.

But Richard Constable, head of the state Department of Community Affairs, took the well-worn term (preferred by everyone from President Barack Obama to Gov. Chris Christie to denote citizens) and produced this gem today in his testimony before the Senate Budget Committee:

“Folks are human beings.” ‘Folks are human beings’