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September 02, 2014 1:31 PM Homicide Victim Fails To Stay Alive

By Ed Kilgore

This happens too often to mention it every time, but hats off to James Fallow for a quick tweet on a Wall Street Journal post that mentions in passing the fate of a minimum wage bill in the Senate earlier this year:

The “failed to pass” line is a bit like a homicide victim being described as someone who fails to stay alive. It’s technically true, but misses the agency involved in what happened.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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