I understand (not accept) the topical argument for this, however, it is astonishing that this doesn't drive more outrage and practical criticism from political figures. How is it possible that every issue is shrouded with crap about safety, or fighting the enemy but there are plenty of stats floating around that show the amount of deaths from terrorism vs drunk driving vs domestic abuse vs soldier suicide, etc and the cost for anti terrorism vs prevention of anyone of those things.
When are true, unbiased statistics, and mathematical analysis really going to begin to play a role in politics, legislation creation, and funding? Is impossible to implement the techniques we use in math, science and engineering to something as emotionally dependent as American politics? Can we use these techniques to prioritize what needs to be funded in order to create value within our entire society (not just a select few)?
Am I just ranting about problems I do not grasp in the slightest? probably.