Perhaps you read last year about a SWAT team raiding a family's home at night and shooting two dogs, a pit bull and a corgi, in front of the family's 7-year-old daughter, and then charging her father with child endangerment for possessing about an ounce of marijuana. Not an unusual story — the SWAT program's militarized approach to police work means that missteps are horrific — but the reason you heard about it is because it was caught on video.
This morning, Mike Konczal at Rortybomb (link h/t Adam) responds to a bit of behavioral economic wtf-ery that's been around since the creation of the safety net: the conservative notion that aid to the poor feeds a "culture of poverty" and leaves its subjects even worse off.
Konczal sums up the disconnect between math and reality:
My colleague for the week, Jamelle Bouie, gets a shout-out from Ta-Nehisi Coates this morning for his assertion that Asians and Latinos will be thought of as "white" in the U.S. in the next 40-ish years, and that America’s essential black-white race paradigm will simply morph a bit, into black-nonblack. (This is in rebuttal to the idea that "race" will disappear entirely someday.)