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David Brady Mar 18
In , Robert Samuelson has written a "critique" of our NY Times piece. To judge his piece, I encourage people to read our essay ( ) or the AJS article ( ) or the policy brief ( ). 1/11
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David Brady Mar 18
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His piece is rather strange as it isn’t clear he understands our arguments or whether his arguments actually contradict our arguments. His main grievance seems to be vaguely about what he says “the impression that the Times leaves its readers.” 2/11
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David Brady Mar 18
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His biggest error is attributing to us: “eliminating poverty among single mothers wouldn’t have much effect on overall poverty.” Actually, we say eliminating single MOTHERHOOD – not single mother POVERTY – wouldn’t really reduce poverty. 3/11
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David Brady Mar 18
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In short, Samuelson calculates what would happen if all single parent (not single mother) families were not (officially) poor. We simulate what would happen to overall poverty if all single mothers were not single mothers. 4/11
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David Brady
From a public policy perspective, we actually would be delighted by his suggestion to simply lift all single mothers out of poverty. We agree that making a substantial fraction of people not poor would reduce poverty. Duh. This is true for ANY random group of poor people. 5/11
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David Brady Mar 18
Replying to @DaveBrady72
He chastises us for not explain our poverty measure, which we explain in AJS but not the NYT piece. Okay. But, then, he uses the terrible official U.S. measure. I also don’t understand why he includes single fathers in his calculations. 6/11
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David Brady Mar 18
Replying to @DaveBrady72
Samuelson alludes to “several acrimonious exchanges” with me, but we talked only once on the phone. It was a very strange conversation.… I’ll admit I didn’t like when he condescendingly told me that social science wasn’t real science 7/11
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David Brady Mar 18
Replying to @DaveBrady72
Samuelson first asked me to send all published critiques of our piece and how we responded to them. It wasn’t clear to me why I should do his job for him. He said he was too old to read twitter himself. 8/11
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David Brady Mar 18
Replying to @DaveBrady72
After Samuelson read text to me, he didn’t like it when I read him part of our piece that unambiguously contradicted his claims. Then, he said elsewhere in the piece gave reasonable readers a different impression (funny that part didn’t make it into his piece). 9/11
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David Brady Mar 18
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Then, Samuelson wanted me to compose a reply to what he had read to me over the phone. I said I needed to be quoted verbatim (as I didn’t trust his paraphrasing). He said “No. We simply cannot cede editorial responsibility to outsiders.” 10/11
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David Brady Mar 18
Replying to @DaveBrady72
I don't have much experience with columnists like Samuelson, and it isn’t clear to me if this is how columnists normally operate. In the end, I'd be happy if his piece directs even more readers to our work. I'm happy to let readers decide for themselves. 11/11
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Zulema Valdez🎓 Mar 18
Replying to @DaveBrady72
Worth pointing out it is an *opinion piece* with a judgey policy prescription: unmarried women should not have kids. Reason? The government can't bail them out because defense spending (and presumably, tax cuts for wealthy). 🙄
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Gautam Mukunda Mar 19
I’ve been quoted by a bunch of columnists (including multiple times) and none of them work remotely like that
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Jeremy Freese Mar 19
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This is the standout tweet in a standout thread.
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Joey Blessed Meat Blau Mar 19
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Well is it? 😂
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Joey Blessed Meat Blau Mar 19
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Well said. Bravo..
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Bill Corsaro Mar 24
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Wish someone would tell Trump he is too old for Twitter. Apparently he is too old for his wife, Stormy, and the others now.
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Bill Corsaro Mar 24
Replying to @DaveBrady72
No he things conservative sociologists like Professor Wilcox are real scientists because they share his political views!
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