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Is there no decency?

Julianne Malveaux | 7/20/2017, midnight

While “45” is tweeting insanity, immigrants who are honorably discharged veterans are being deported. They joined the armed services, and served our country, both because they are patriots, but also because they were promised citizenship in return for their service. Is there no decency? While “45” is doing his best imitation of a schoolyard bully, school administrators from both red and blue states are looking at the ways Trumpcare would affect poor children and pushing back on the horrible legislation. Both Democratic and Republican governors are appalled at the ways Medicaid cuts will hurt their constituents, but “45” is too busy tweeting or posturing to deal with his natural allies in the states.

Forty-five’s tweets are simply the tip of the iceberg. They illustrate a lack of decency that is worse than the incivility of name-calling. The indecency and incivility in this administration is as much about flawed and inhumane public policy as juvenile name-calling. In criticizing “45’s” decency, let’s keep our eyes on the prize. Our president is not just a clueless buffoon; he is a dangerous and clueless buffoon. We should focus on the danger more than the cluelessness.

Julianne Malveaux is an economist, author, and founder of Economic Education. Her podcast, “It’s Personal with Dr. J” is available on iTunes. Her latest book “Are We Better Off: Race, Obama and Public Policy” is available via amazon.com.

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