Posted by: maboulette | February 27, 2020

With 40M In Poverty, U.S. Most Unequal Developed Nation


A study that was done last summer for the UN Human Rights Council made the conclusion that 40 million people in the United States live in poverty.  More than half or these live in “extreme” or “absolute” poverty.  This 20-page report by Philip Alston, U.N. special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, says U.S. policies benefit the rich and makes worse the problem of poverty.


“The United States has the highest income inequality in the Western world, and this can only be made worse by the massive new tax cuts overwhelmingly benefiting the wealthy,” Alston said in a statement about the report.


The report alludes to vast numbers of middle-class Americans “perched on the edge,” with 40 percent of the adult population saying they would be unable to cover an unexpected $400 expense.  Alston further criticized the Trump administration for branding the poor and saying those receiving government benefits are lazy and should be working.  The report found just 7% of benefits recipients are not working.

“The statistics that are available show that the great majority of people who, for example, are on Medicaid, are either working in full-time work — around half of them — or they are in school or they are giving full-time care to others,” Alston said.


This report also criticized President Trump’s $1.5 trillion tax cut package, that Alston said devastatingly benefits those who are wealthy and worsens the situation for the poor. 

“The share of the top 1 percent of the population in the United States has grown steadily in recent years,” the report notes. In relation to both wealth and income the share of the bottom 90 percent has fallen in most of the past 25 years. This tax reform has worsened this situation and is ensuring that the United States remains the most unequal society in the developed world.”


After the release of the study, the United States withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council to protest perceived hypocrisy and bias against Israel on the panel.  Former Ambassador to the United Nation Nikki Haley called the council a “hypocritical and self-serving” group. She also criticized the U.N. report and said the world body should focus on deeply impoverished undeveloped countries like Burundi and Congo Republic.  She further said that “It is patently ridiculous for the United Nations to examine poverty in America.”


The question for Nikki Haley – just why is it ridiculous for the United Nations to examine poverty in our country?  It is a problem and the currently administration would rather turn a blind eye to it than do anything is help this situation.  We are supposedly the richest nation on earth, we should not have citizens living in poverty.

How many of your reading this article could cover an unexpected $400 expense?


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