The UN Is Investigating The Extreme Poverty... In America, The World's Richest Nation

Submitted by: fancylad 1 week ago in Lifestyle News & Politics

They want to know if Americans can enjoy fundamental human rights if they’re unable to meet basic living standards? Good question, right? America has it pretty good in terms of most of your modern conveniences, but considering it's called "the world's richest nation," there are a lot of its people living like animals.

An excerpt from The Guardian: With 41 million Americans officially in poverty according to the US Census Bureau (other estimates put that figure much higher), one aim of the UN mission will be to demonstrate that no country, however wealthy, is immune from human suffering induced by growing inequality. Nor is any nation, however powerful, beyond the reach of human rights law – a message that the US government and Donald Trump might find hard to stomach given their tendency to regard internal affairs as sacrosanct.

Now Alston has set off on his sixth, and arguably most sensitive, visit as UN monitor on extreme poverty since he took up the position in June 2014. At the heart of his fact-finding tour will be a question that is causing increasing anxiety at a troubled time: is it possible, in one of the world’s leading democracies, to enjoy fundamental human rights such as political participation or voting rights if you are unable to meet basic living standards, let alone engage, as Thomas Jefferson put it, in the pursuit of happiness?
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Male 6,630
What else would you expect in a nation that replaced God with money, and glorifies the rich, the greedy, the financially shrewd?

#NationInFreeFall
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Male 43
monkwarrior If you're going to attack a nation for not being religious enough, America should be your last target. They literally have "in God we trust" printed on all paper currency.
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Male 6,630
aegis1294 The issue isn't it's 'not being religious enough'.  the issue is it has turned money into an idol.  There are many terrible consequences for that, but printing "in God we trust" on money won't alleviate, nullify, or even avoid them.
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Male 43
monkwarrior I think youre being to liberal with your use of the term "Idol".  Absolutely noone is worshipping money as if iit were god or represented god, wich would be the sin youre referring to.
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Male 6,630
aegis1294 most people in high office are.  Not many admit it, but many do.
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Male 605
Drop spending on the military somewhat, legalise all narcotics and clamp down on big corporations paying very little tax. That would go someways to help.
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Male 436
Well, at least they have free healthcare. Just go to the ER and throw away any bills. Works like a charm for lots of people.
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Male 569
johncourage You are going to get a lot of grief for this comment, but despite your flippant tone, you have a valid point. Medicaid and Medicare cover ALL these people. They have the option of that care whether or not they choose to access it. 

Care is not top notch but the basic access is available to anyone in poverty, as is a long list of public and private assistance. 

People live in poverty for a variety of (semi)voluntary reasons: Mental illness, family legacy, or simply by choice. 

America has extreme poverty, but we are willing to provide assistance to those in need.
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Male 1,089
johncourage LOL, never been to the ER without insurance huh?
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Male 436
marsii Yep, they still treat you
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Male 171
johncourage only if you are likely to die on them and thus hit their insurance
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Male 4,199
johncourage If you are dying on the spot, sure.  They will patch you up if you have a stab wound or bullet whole.

If you have cancer, going to the ER won't do much.
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Male 436
daegog Well, medicare may cover that. I'd tell you to just go out and get insurance. It was pretty affordable 7 years ago before the ACA.
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Male 8,199
johncourage catastrophic care wasn't affordable pre obamacare.  you are being completely disingenuous.  Before Obamacare you had  "affordable healthcare" but the problem was when you needed that healthcare for catastrophes insurance  could  DROP you for any number of reasons.
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Male 436
normalfreak2 and it is affordable now? There are more cases around the world of healthcare being denied to those that have "universal healthcare" than there were of evil insurance companies dropping people.
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Male 171
johncourage you kidding me.. here in aust we have universal healthcare and _everyone_ no matter what citizenship, who walks into a public health ER will be treated, if you are not australian we will try and get you to pay - afterwards... 
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Male 436
baradhili I'm sure everyone is treated promptly and no one is waiting months or years for treatment
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Male 436
The UN thinks life in Cuba is great so they have no credibility.
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Male 1,539
The U.S. disbursed $33.2 billion—$19 billion in economic assistance to 184 countries and $14.2 billion in military assistance to 142 countries. So let's keep it here and end poverty and healthcare issues for our own.

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scheckydamon It's not like the US gives that money away for free. It gets a lot of political power and economic advantage from that money. 
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Male 1,284
scheckydamon That would make too much sense though.

Seriously though, if we took that $33.2 billion and spread it out among the poverty stricken instead, 41 Million Americans, we'd have about $800 per person in poverty.  It's not gonna make much of a dent, but it would be a far cry better than giving it to other countries.

Now, I am not saying we should just give that money directly to the people though, don't get me wrong.  That money could go a long way towards getting some people into higher education and dorms with meal vouchers or something similar.

We could use that money to entirely change how welfare works and put an idea I've had for a long long time in to effect.  Instead of giving people HUD Housing and Food Stamps we could take some old closed down Military Bases, like Kelly AFB here, and turn the barracks into free housing.  When you go on welfare you'd be given a room, access to a community rec room, community showers/bathrooms and a cafeteria that will provide you 3 meals a day and mandatory trade skill training to be able to stay there.  That $33.2 billion could probably almost cover nationwide programs like that.
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Male 1,539
waldo863 You have to be careful here on IAB. If you try to make sense like you did you'll be called a republican or even worse a conservative and we all know that equates to the devil's spawn. But good thinking there but that would just turn into a bureaucracy  and then it would become deficit spending and then nobody would be helped. Sad that I've become such a pessimist in my old age.
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Male 1,029
waldo863 33.2 billion over 41 million is roughly $800 a person, not 8 million per person.


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Male 1,284
punko you're right, brain fart moment.  Not sure how I did that.  That's what happens when you get interrupted by 5 customer calls in the middle of one short post I guess.
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Male 4,199
scheckydamon The funny thing here is that even if we didn't give that money to other countries or for their militarist needs and kept it here at home, we would just give it all to rich people.  We still wouldn't give one cent more to the poor.
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Male 1,089
daegog That's what they mean by "our own"
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Male 10,376
daegog That's what they have boot straps for.
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Male 1,846
scheckydamon Nah, politicians get more votes by telling Americans that everyone else is more f***ed up than they are. Particularly when they start wars with countries that are super-sensitive and are on the verge of going to war. Wag the dog! Wag the dog!
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Male 4,383
Makes you wonder why anyone would ever want to come to a shit hole like this.
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Male 10,376
trimble "the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires"
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Male 171
holygod let the eat cake :)
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Male 808
holygod Won't see 5cats on this post as he is the beneficiary of the socialist paradise here in Canada he rants against
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Male 10,376
canusuck WHOA WHOA WHOA! YOU ARE ATTACKING HIS DISABILITY!!!!!
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Male 1,543
Yeah, THAT is why we need to get the UN the heck out of NYC.  Let them go play their political games in batswana instead.
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Male 10,376
spanz MURICA! MURICA! MURICA! MURICA! MURICA! MURICA! 

#MAGA #GreatestCountryOnEarthButIveNeverBeenAnywhereElse #IgnoranceIsBliss #ICouldntFindFiveOtherCoutriesOnAMapIfMyLifeDependedOnIt #Trump2020
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Male 15,404
The poor are well fucked. Debt trapped, unable to properly house, clothe and feed themselves, living from paycheck to nearly paycheck, and now with no healthcare. To say nothing of no education and no career and hence way out of the trap.

Are we feeling great again yet?
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Male 10,376
Draculya Don't forget the paychecks aren't even enough to live on. They need two jobs or they still need to be on welfare. When the "job creators" get their billions in tax breaks it'll all go to hiring people and raising wages I'm sure. LOL.
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Male 10,376
Don't worry poor people. We may currently be slashing healthcare and services, but the tax cuts for bllionaires are gonna trickle down to you any minute.
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Male 171
holygod I beleive Trump tried the trickle down thing in Moscow a while back...
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Male 1,029
holygod Still waiting to see the trickle down from the 80's.
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