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Scathing New UN Report: Blames Trump Admin. Policies for Soaring Income & Wealth Inequality

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"UN Report Blames Trump Administration Policies for Soaring Income and Wealth Inequality," Think Progress, 6/1/18.
Friday's report blames the Trump administration for policies that actively increase poverty and inequality.

A scathing new United Nations report has found that the United States is leading the developed world in income and wealth inequality, laying explicit blame with the Trump administration for policies that actively increase poverty and inequality in the country.

Friday’s report, which will be presented to the U.N. Human Rights Council on June 21, is the result of U.N. special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip Alston’s 10-day tour of the United States last year, when he investigated whether economic security in the country undermines human rights.
The report found that the United States “is now moving full steam ahead to make itself even more unequal,” citing the $1.5 trillion in tax cuts passed in December 2017, which “overwhelmingly benefited the wealthy and worsened inequality.” “The consequences of neglecting poverty and promoting inequality are clear,” the report concludes.
“The policies pursued over the past year seem deliberately designed to remove basic protections from the poorest, punish those who are not in employment and make even basic health care into a privilege to be earned rather than a right of citizenship.”

In December, Alston visited seven locations throughout the country — ranging from Los Angeles’ Skid Row neighborhood to rural Alabama, West Virginia, and Puerto Rico — to meet with people experiencing deep poverty, along with experts and civil society groups. In an interview with TalkPoverty ahead of the release, Alston characterized the United States as an outlier in the developed world.
"If you said to most Americans, 'Look at what country X does to its ethnic minority or to a particular religious minority...your average American without any knowledge of the situation is going to shake her head and say, 'This is a disgrace,'" he added. "But of course there's a direct parallel in the United States and it affects not just a small ethnic minority but a very large group of African Americans in particular, where they just come out worse on every possible indicator and policies are clearly designed to hit them harder."

Alston described meeting people "who had lost all of their teeth because adult dental care is not covered by the vast majority of programs available to the very poor," and people in Puerto Rico "living next to a mountain of completely unprotected coal ash, which rains down upon them bringing illness, disability and death."
In Lowndes County, Alabama--, the U.N. found cesspools of sewage that flowed out of dysfunctional (or nonexistent) septic systems, which has led to a resurgence in diseases that officials believed were eradicated. A recent study found that more than one-third of people surveyed in Alabama tested positive for hookworm-- a parasite that thrives in areas of poor sanitation, which has not been well documented in the United States since the 1950s.

The reactions to Alston's visit from the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress prior to the report's release ranged from indifference to hostility. Alston requested meetings with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R) and a range of Republican committee chairs-- all of whom declined his request, he said. Alston received mixed results from the Trump administration. While some agencies were cooperative, "the Justice Department...basically refused all requests to meet and that was pretty striking. It's not the sort of thing that normally happens on a mission like this," Alston said.
Sens. Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders, Rep. Terri Sewell, as well as Elizabeth Warren's staff all met with Alston, he added...More: https://thinkprogress.org/u-s-developed-world-income-wealth-inequality-un-report-788b1300e4be/



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Fri Jun 1, 2018, 06:18 PM

1. Thanks appalachia

The worst is yet to come, imo. We must stop this beast in his tracks.

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Fri Jun 1, 2018, 06:31 PM

3. Amen, we must GOTV and do our utmost to try to stem the decline. All out,

Call to Arms! The conclusions in the UN report provide an honest confirmation of the shocking, undeniable deterioration of the US.

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 1, 2018, 06:34 PM

4. Yes

It's no longer time "to keep our powder dry". It is indeed a call for all good citizens to arm themselves with facts and defeat these bigots at the ballot box.

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Fri Jun 1, 2018, 07:17 PM

6. Urban homelessness, Skid Row Los Angeles, CA: Rural poverty in West Virginia.








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Fri Jun 1, 2018, 06:29 PM

2. Even in communist countries there are very rich and very poor

 

Communist China has created so many Billionaires lately, it is amazing. It just goes to show there are people who know how to make lot of money and there are people who can't make much money at all.

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Fri Jun 1, 2018, 06:57 PM

5. Growing deterioration, steady & deep. Tragic & painful for this great country.

<…"The United States is leading the developed world in income and wealth inequality." >

A brutally honest and accurate assessment of the current crisis we face, reflected in the flag image below...

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #5)

Sat Jun 2, 2018, 12:24 AM

7. Take those repulsive two bottom flags down and burn them

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