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UN monitor to examine extreme poverty in US. Kinda embarrassing.

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?

At the heart of Philip Alston’s special mission will be one question: can Americans enjoy fundamental human rights if they’re unable to meet basic living standards?
the Guardian
replies 14Dec 1, 2017 5:31 PM +00:00

Th UN should stay the hell out of our business.

replies 1Dec 1, 2017 5:36 PM +00:00

R1 You forgot to add, Dern furr'ners. Git.

replies 2Dec 1, 2017 5:39 PM +00:00

They're wise to get started now. After the repug tax bill becomes law they'll have a lot more people in the US to examine.

replies 3Dec 1, 2017 6:04 PM +00:00

It was only a matter of.time before the UN stepped in. Most of the rest of the world moved forward when we did from the 1940s through 1990s, roughly, but most of them did not fall back like we're doing. They can see the US and its people are in trouble.

replies 4Dec 1, 2017 6:20 PM +00:00

What's the point? Is this going to prompt change? Of course not.

replies 5Dec 1, 2017 6:22 PM +00:00
Observers have been surprised that the White House has honored the invitation to host Alston after the initial offer was extended by Barack Obama.

Kabuki theater prearranged last year.

replies 6Dec 1, 2017 7:07 PM +00:00

Now that a Democrat is out of office, the UN suddenly cares about poverty in the U.S., the media has noticed the country has a homeless problem and they suddenly care about military casualties. Interesting.

replies 7Dec 1, 2017 7:11 PM +00:00

The UN cared before, r7.

One in three American kids live in poverty, according to UNICEF.
Washington Post
replies 8Dec 2, 2017 2:37 AM +00:00

If only extreme poverty would manifest in areas rich in fossil fuels, eh?

replies 9Dec 2, 2017 2:47 AM +00:00

The wealth disparity and horrible conditions of child poverty that exist in the "richest country on Earth" are disgusting.

replies 10Dec 7, 2017 5:47 AM +00:00

It demonstrates trickle down economics and how Ronnie started a downward slide that continues today.

replies 11Dec 7, 2017 5:51 AM +00:00

Yeah, without jobs to support a growing population, America’s decline was inevitable. It’s really not surprising at all.

replies 12Dec 7, 2017 5:59 AM +00:00

It serves the republican agenda to keep the working class poor and angry.

It's a good strategy because they know Dems are snared in identity politics - which plate into GOP hands - and will never do anything real for the working class as they are also on the corporate leash.

replies 13Dec 7, 2017 6:34 AM +00:00

I really want to make my voice heard in regards to this topic. I just need a platform to do it. This and so many other topics. I have a way of getting through to people. And I will.

Sad times we live in.

replies 14Dec 7, 2017 6:57 AM +00:00