The UN sent an expert in poverty to tour the United States and look at the rates of poverty here. Just so you know, the level of poverty in the US is sky-high. So, where did Philip Alston go to check out the conditions of those living in poverty? Alabama. That’s right, Butler County to be precise. What did he find? Raw sewage flowing from homes into open trenches and pits. Is it any surprise that an epidemic of hookworm has recently been reported in Butler County? No, no it’s not. By the way, hookworm is usually found in third world countries. Alston also visited California, Georgia, West Virginia, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. Alston also said that he’s never seen this level of poverty in a First World country. Huh. Wonder why?
The U.N. has also concluded that the U.S. is the most unequal society in the world. So much for the “American Dream”. What has been concluded in the report is that along with having the highest level of poverty, that poverty hits white people more than minority people. Not only that, but the viewpoint that has been sold to the American people is that poor people are poor for the simple reason that they are lazy, and refuse to “help themselves”. This is a falsity, since most of the poor are working people, and many of them work multiple jobs.
Please educate yourselves by following the links that I’ve provided below. With all the cuts that will be coming to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the CHIP program, Food Stamps and Fuel Assistance, the social problems are only going to get worse.