Counting the Cost

Public policy after Hurricane Harvey

Julianne Malveaux | 9/14/2017, midnight

What is our notion of a nation? Do we believe that all should be protected from catastrophe? How do we implement such beliefs? And with a tone-deaf narcissist leading our nation, how do we transcend our terribly flawed leadership to adhere to our ideals?

“Forty-five” has been wreaking havoc in our federal government. He has rescinded provisions that help workers, increased the possibility of police brutality with new rules about police departments getting war weapons, and shattered the dreams of immigrant young people who desperately need DACA forbearance to stay in this country. More than that, his messages about shrinking the size of government are discordant with the message about government stepping up to help people in Houston, Louisiana, and now Mississippi. In the weeks after Harvey, it is imperative for us to examine public policy toward those affected by our nation's tragedies. Cutting the size of some government agencies decreases our ability to respond to disasters like Harvey.

Julianne Malveaux is an economist, author, and founder of Economic Education. Her latest book “Are We Better Off: Race, Obama and Public Policy” is available via amazon.com. For booking, wholesale inquiries or for more info, visit www.juliannemalveaux.com

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