David Atkins

Focus on the guns, not the drugs

Law enforcement has a difficult job. Police officers risk their lives and safety every day serving the public, and there are mountains of paperwork on top of that. So it’s understandable if things sometimes fall through the cracks. But one would hope that when the police receive several credible complaints that an individual might be… Read more »

What a party circling the drain looks like

The same is true of TV shows, consumer products and politics: when you have to rely on gimmicks to make your sale, you’re on the path to failure. Despite a consistent and unyieldingly belligerent posture, the GOP has been increasingly substituting flash-in-the-pan gimmicks for actual policy positions or even coherent ideological talking points. Meanwhile, they’ve… Read more »

The biggest coming economic showdown you haven’t heard of

Close followers of the climate change battle have been watching carefully for one major event that might serve as a bigger catalyst than any other to mobilize legislative action. But that event has nothing to do with weather or natural disasters. It’s about money. Specifically, the big money behind the insurance industry. You see, in… Read more »

Game of Billionaires

Income inequality is the hot topic of conversation in left-leaning circles right now, and for good reason. The American Dream seems increasingly out of reach, wages are stagnant, and the top 1% of incomes control almost half of all global wealth. But the standard Occupy-style formulation of the 1% versus the 99% actually undersells the… Read more »