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Sun Feb 10, 2019, 08:45 PM

U.N. Report: With 40 Million In Poverty, US Most UNEQUAL Developed Nation (2018)

>U. N. Report: With 40 Million in Poverty, US MOST UNEQUAL Developed Nation, UPI, June 22, 2018 *ENCORE*
https://www.upi.com/UN-report-With-40M-in-poverty-US-most-unequal-developed-nation/8671529664548/

June 22 (UPI) -- A study for the U.N. Human Rights Council has concluded 40 million people in the United States live in poverty -- and more than half of those live in "extreme" or "absolute" poverty. The 20-page report by Philip Alston, U.N. special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, says U.S. policies benefit the rich and exacerbate 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 cites 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 criticized the Trump administration for stigmatizing the poor and saying those receiving government benefits are lazy and should be working. The report found just 7 percent 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.

The report also criticized President Donald Trump's $1.5 trillion tax cut package, which Alston said overwhelmingly benefits the 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. "The tax reform will worsen this situation and ensure that the United States remains the most unequal society in the developed world."...more.



- A woman is seen in a makeshift shelter beneath the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles. A United Nations report delivered Friday said more than 40 million people in the United States live in poverty. (File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo).

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Reply U.N. Report: With 40 Million In Poverty, US Most UNEQUAL Developed Nation (2018) (Original post)
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Sun Feb 10, 2019, 08:59 PM

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Sun Feb 10, 2019, 11:44 PM

2. UN Special Reporter on Poverty, Philip Alston, Toured the US for 10 Days,



"Extreme Poverty In America: Read the UN Special Monitor's Report. Philp Alston, the UNís special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights spent 10 days touring America. This is the introduction to his report." The Guardian, Dec. 2018.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/15/extreme-poverty-america-un-special-monitor-report



- Philip Alston, UN reporter visits rural Alabama. In the US South, hookworm, a disease of extreme poverty is thriving.



Aaron Thigpen, a Fort Deposit, AL activist, shows UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston (left) a place in Lowndes County where 2 homes discharge raw sewage into an open-air pool via exposed PVC pipes. One home's water line runs right through the fetid area. (Connor Sheets | csheets@al.com)

> Touring Alabama's Black Belt, UN expert Philip Alston said, 'I haven't seen this in the First World.'

https://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/12/un_poverty_official_touring_al.html



- Los Angeles, California Homeless People (file photo).

*UN Report Slams US For Criminalizing Poverty As Destitution Grows, DW/Deutsche Welle, 2018
https://www.dw.com/en/un-report-slams-us-for-criminalizing-poverty-as-destitution-grows/a-44053385

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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 03:12 AM

3. K & R

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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 10:26 AM

4. Are we officially a shithole country yet ? nt

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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 04:00 PM

5. Does that mean we're number one?: Sarcasm: nt

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