Americans’ Weird Belief Their Country Is Becoming a Lawless Hellscape

By: Monday November 24, 2014 5:26 pm

This is not just idle speculation, but a serious question with big policy implications. We wasted billions on some very misguided “tough on crime” approaches that have result in the word’s largest prison population, crippled the economic prospects of millions, and feed a a massive drug war that has killed thousands on the other side of our borders.

Undoing all these bad policies might depend on finding a way to convince the public about the very good news when it comes to crime rates in this country.


US Public Opinion Zero Effect on Policy, Wealth Distribution Reality vs Perception

By: Saturday April 19, 2014 6:40 pm

Yes the WP is one of the best examples of bought and paid for corporate media,but the article has some facts involved, surprising for the Post. Since there is close to a complete black-out on this fact this is the best I can forward for your consideration.

Mozilla CEO Steps Down Amid OkCupid Led Backlash to Anti-Gay Marriage Views

By: Friday April 4, 2014 5:01 pm

That this decision was inspired by a dating website standing up for the rights of their membership is a pretty powerful reminder of how far we’ve come.

As Gun Safety Debate Heats Up, Danger in Trying to Solve Wrong Problem

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 11:41 am

Before this fight gets waged there has to be some understanding of what problem needs to be solved. I completely agree with Mark Kleiman that asking “how do we stop the type of shootings we saw in Newtown” risks solving the wrong problem. The gun safety debate should not just focus on protecting children, and it may not be accurate to tailor policies toward preventing mass shootings. There are certainly things we can do to curtail the 9,000-odd homicides with guns used each year, but they may not be applicable to the case of the young, mostly white, often mentally disturbed individuals who commit mass murder, often out of a need for attention, which is then lavished upon them by the news media.

Poll: Public Will Blame Republicans If Country Starts Down the Fiscal Slope

By: Tuesday December 4, 2012 1:15 pm

Republicans have enough problems dealing with their own internal insurgencies, but it should be explained that their biggest problem in the fiscal slope negotiations is that the public is poised to blame them if things go awry.

Obama Plans to Hit Road With Oh-So-Popular Message of Cutting Social Security and Medicare

By: Monday November 12, 2012 2:10 pm

President Obama plans to meet with business, labor and civic leaders early this week about the fiscal slope, according to Reuters. Congressional leaders will huddle with Obama at the end of the week.

Obama’s Plans for a Second Term Include Rallying Public Opinion

By: Monday September 3, 2012 8:17 am

Ryan Grim and Sam Stein do an excellent job recapping the last four years, how the man who campaigned on a movement-based vision for inviting the public to take part in their democracy closed the door once he got into Washington and played an inside game. He bought off special interests to pass health care, and bowed to the swing votes in both parties to nudge things like stimulus across the line. When the public got engaged, usually through an outside game but more gradually as part of Presidential politics, the results typically improved.

Obama Jobs Bill Faces Hurdles with Public, Fellow Democrats

By: Wednesday September 14, 2011 3:45 pm

The political theory behind the American Jobs Act is that the President would offer a popular series of job creation measures, get his party and then the public behind them, and pressure Republicans to allow something to get through. In theory, if the programs were well-enough articulated and the Democratic coalition was singing off the same songbook, this could work. Or at least, it would work in political terms, to draw differences between the parties that may bear fruit in elections, if not in immediate policymaking.

So how is that working out?

Late Night FDL: The Bully Pulpit, At Last

By: Friday September 9, 2011 8:00 pm

Leaving aside the specifics of what he said — or what he didn’t say yet, but hinted at — the largest political benefit of President Obama’s address to Congress (and the nation) last night may have been how he said it.

Poll: Country Doesn’t Believe Government Can Do Anything

By: Thursday August 11, 2011 5:30 am

What we learn from this polling is that when you spend almost three years with unemployment at an elevated level, the public tends to get the message that government isn’t able to help alleviate the problem.

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