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.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday December 18, 2012 11:41 am|
|By: David Dayen 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.
|By: David Dayen 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.
|By: David Dayen 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.
|By: David Dayen 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?
|By: Swopa 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.
|By: David Dayen 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.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday July 28, 2011 8:30 am|
The insane belief common among many of the beltway pundits and politicians that the American people actually want a “grand bargain” or a “super Congress” to cut our entitlement programs has absolutely no basis in reality. It is purely a fantasy created people with lots of money, who don’t think they will ever have trouble affording the basic necessities after they retire.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday June 16, 2011 2:19 pm|
This collective madness in Washington right now is our politicians own creation.
|By: Swopa Friday March 11, 2011 8:26 pm|
An activist blog like FDL is all about making a difference politically, and spends much of its times hammering politicians to lead on various important subjects. But Matt Yglesias writes today that … people focus too much on polls about what “the people” think about “the issues.” What a lot of analysis misses is that [...]