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    1. John M. Repp writes for PeaceVoice and is an activist in Seattle. The following are excerpts from his June 15, 2018 article headlined "UN Report Says US is a 'Shithole Country'” with subheading "Instead of corporate media basically ignoring the UN report, there should be screaming headlines."

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    Philip Alston is the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. He traveled to the United States last December to some of our most destitute communities such as Skid Row in LA, poor African American areas in the Alabama, impoverished coal communities in West Virginia and to Puerto Rico. He issued his report on June 1, 2018. It should be front page news.

    The report is a terrible indictment of our country and of the Trump Administration. Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel prize winning economist told The Guardian “This administration inherited a bad situation with inequality in the U.S. and is now fanning the flames and worsening the situation. What is so disturbing is that Trump, rather than taking measures to ameliorate the problem, is taking measures to aggravate it.” The U.S. has one in four of the world’s billionaires. But we also have 40 million citizens who live in poverty. Five million live in the absolute deprivation we usually associate with the developing world. Four in ten Americans are so broke that they could not cover an emergency expense of $400 without selling something or borrowing.

    The symptoms of the devastating inequality here include Americans now living shorter and sicker lives than citizens of other rich democracies. Life expectancy is down two years in a row. Tropical diseases are on the rise. Our incarceration rate remains the highest in the world (yes, we are exceptional!). Voter registration levels are among the lowest in industrialized countries: 64% of our citizens are registered (fewer vote) compared to 91% in Canada and the UK and 99% in Japan.

    As another measure of how much of an outlier in the advanced world the U.S. has become, we can look at the fact that in 1980 the top 1% of the population in the U.S. and Europe held about 10% of the national income. But in 2017, the top 1% in Europe edged up to 12% of national income, but in the U.S. the top 1% grabs up to 20% and rising.

    The Trump Administration is making inequality worse. First with the tax cut that rewarded the wealthiest individuals and companies. Then, Trump and the Republicans are stripping healthcare benefits, food stamps and cutting housing subsidies for the poorest Americans. The UN report says the assumption among the politicians who support these cruel policies is that the poor are lazy, don’t want to work, and are dedicated to defrauding the welfare system. Several officials in the government told Alston that scamming the system was rampant but presented no evidence for this assertion.... (End excerpts)

    Source: https://www.commondreams.org/views/2...ithole-country
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    What exactly do you think is the solution to this, Reedak?
    “ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
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    Default Re: UN Report Says US is a "Shithole Country"

    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    What exactly do you think is the solution to this, Reedak?
    America is the richest country with 41.6% of the world’s wealth. The US—with $63.5 trillion in total private wealth—holds the largest amount of any country in the world. But that wealth is unevenly distributed, and nowhere is that more evident than in the US, which also has the largest wealth inequality gap of 55 countries studied, according to Allianz’s new Global Wealth Report 2015.

    While America’s growing income inequality has been the source of much debate, this report examined the wealth—which includes not just salary, but also property and investments held by a family. The report found that America’s wealth inequality is even more gaping its income inequality. In fact, the report dubbed the U.S. the “Unequal States of America” due to the size of the gap.

    Unfortunately America's wealth lies in the hands of the minority of the population. This is one of the reasons why the UN calls it a "Shithole Country".

    Rather than waiting for a few wealthy individuals to keep their pledge to donate their wealth to the poor after their departure to heaven (They can change their minds at their last breath), the US government should play Robin Hood to increase taxes on the rich so as to redistribute the wealth to the poor. In addition, the US government should focus on education in its domestic policy (like all East Asian countries such as China, Japan, South Korea, etc) so that the poor have the chance to move up the social ladder.

    http://fortune.com/2015/09/30/americ...th-inequality/
    Donald Trump's infamous Hitler-style rabble-rousing chants: "Lock her up! Lock her up!"

    "What happens when you're confronted with a politician (Trump) who is utterly without shame? You can reveal where he's lied, explain all the facts, and try as hard as you can to inoculate the public against his falsehoods. But by the time you've done that, he has already told 10 more lies." -- Paul Waldman

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