Trump did not invent mean-spirited policies
After a great deal of commentary on the presidential election, Paul Krugman takes it local in Monday's column; specifically, to Texas where a deeply upsetting trend is taking hold. The mortality rate for pregnant women in the Lone Star state has doubled in recent years, and is now comparable to places like Russian and the Ukraine, Krugman points out. By way of recent history, the upward trend in deaths happens to coincide with the state's decision to defund Planned Parenthood, and many if its clinics have been forced to close.
"All of this should be seen against the general background of Texas policy, which is extremely hostile toward anything that helps low-income residents," Krugman writes.