United Nations vs Nikki Haley

The United Nations says the U.S. has a poverty problem.   Ambassador Nikki Haley says we don’t.  Who’s right?  The United Nations is indeed correct and Nikki Haley is naught but a Trump mouthpiece.  Ms. Haley claims that the U.S. is “the wealthiest and freest country in the world”.  Not so, Ms. Haley.  The UN report acknowledges that the U.S. is among the wealthiest societies, however it also states …

“But its immense wealth and expertise stand in shocking contrast with the conditions in which vast numbers of its citizens live. About 40 million live in poverty, 18.5 million in extreme poverty, and 5.3 million live in Third World conditions of absolute poverty.  It has the highest youth poverty rate in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the highest infant mortality rates among comparable OECD States. Its citizens live shorter and sicker lives compared to those living in all other rich democracies, eradicable tropical diseases are increasingly prevalent, and it has the world’s highest incarceration rate, one of the lowest levels of voter registrations in among OECD countries and the highest obesity levels in the developed world.”

Read that one a couple of times, folks. This is a nation where there is indeed great wealth, and it is largely owned by the uber-wealthy.  The wealthiest 1% of this nation own more wealth than the lowest 90%.  That figure … that 40 million live in poverty?  That equates to roughly 12% of the population.  The report goes on to say …

“The United States has the highest rate of income inequality among Western countries.  The $1.5 trillion in tax cuts in December 2017 overwhelmingly benefited the wealthy and worsened inequality.”

Surprise, surprise … that tax cut was just what we said it was … a benefit for the wealthy.

“But in 2018 the United States had over 25 per cent of the world’s 2,208 billionaires.  There is thus a dramatic contrast between the immense wealth of the few and the squalor and deprivation in which vast numbers of Americans exist. For almost five decades the overall policy response has been neglectful at best, but the policies pursued over the past year seem deliberately designed to remove basic protections from the poorest, punish those who are not in employment and make even basic health care into a privilege to be earned rather than a right of citizenship.

Need I say more?  Nikki Haley had more to say:

“It is patently ridiculous for the United Nations to examine poverty in America. In our country, the President, Members of Congress, Governors, Mayors, and City Council members actively engage on poverty issues every day. Compare that to the many countries around the world, whose governments knowingly abuse human rights and cause pain and suffering.”

Wake up, Ms. Haley … members of Congress have been so busy for the past 17 months licking Trump’s boots and kissing his patootie that they haven’t given a thought to those who can barely pay for their medicine, buy food, pay rent, etc.  Her comments came just two days after the U.S. pulled out of the UN Human Rights Council, allegedly because Trump, and presumably Haley did not like the fact that the UN was holding Israel’s feet to the fire on human rights issues and its treatment of Palestinians.  I am inclined to believe that the withdrawal had more to do with the extreme human rights violations being committed by the U.S. in its treatment of immigrant children who are being separated from their families.

Also in the UN report …

“Defenders of the status quo point to the United States as the land of opportunity and the place where the American dream can come true because the poorest can aspire to the ranks of the richest. But today’s reality is very different. The United States now has one of the lowest rates of intergenerational social mobility of any of the rich countries. The equality of opportunity, which is so prized in theory, is in practice a myth, especially for minorities and women, but also for many middle-class White workers.”

The report suggests that the tax cuts will have long-term effects, “creating disparities in the education system, hampering human capital formation and eating into future productivity”.  In other words, as we suspected, the rich will get richer while the poor are kicked into the gutter.  I wonder who the rich people think will be around to build their fancy homes, manufacture their expensive automobiles, grow & harvest their food, clean their houses, educate their children, etc.?

Take a few minutes to read the report, at least the ‘Overview’ and ‘Conclusions and Recommendations’ sections, for they are interesting and enlightening. The full report is 20 pages long and you can view it here, or download it to a Word document.  It is well worth the read.    As for Nikki Haley?  She is just another sycophant whose opinion doesn’t merit further discussion.  The UN report is far more interesting than anything she has to say.

49 thoughts on “United Nations vs Nikki Haley

  1. Wait a minute! “Compare that to the many countries around the world, whose governments knowingly abuse human rights and cause pain and suffering.” Isn’t that exactly what’s been happening here since the election? Rents raised on poor families, jobs lost so farmers and miners can’t support their families except with minimum wage jobs at restaurants, putting kids in detention centers, having to choose between rent, eating, and meds?

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    • Yes, well, all that, apparently, doesn’t count. Y’see, if Trump does it, then it must be okay, for he is ‘making America great again’, didn’t y’know? And never mind that he has separated some 3,000 children from their parents, some of whom he admits are lost in the system. Human rights? In the U.S.? Hahahahaha. Nikki Haley knows the truth, but she sold her soul to Donald Trump in hopes of … what? A political position, certainly, but … some speculate she sees herself as the next president. Shoot me now, please!

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  2. If Nikki Haley looked at the poverty stricken towns that I have seen on our road trips her own state of South Carolina, she might see the United Nations position appears truthful.

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  3. Dear Jill,

    Nikki Haley is the president’s mouthpiece who denies the fact that there is widespread poverty in the USA, that we are tops of developed countries with income inequality; that the president and his cronies are hard at work to gut safety net programs to help pay for the 2017 GOP tax cuts for the rich, that American workers have not had a minimum wage rate increase after 2009; that many poor folks work 2-3 jobs but still in some cases, qualify for government assistance programs, etc., etc.

    This is probably the real reason the US left the UN Human Rights Council. We can’t stand the scrutiny.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • You are so right, and in truth, this may be a part of the real reason we left the Human Rights Council. I believe that another reason is that we are in such blatant violation of human rights at this time, with the separations of immigrant children, that Trump feared being called out on the hypocrisy if we stayed in the Council. Nikki Haley is a sellout … just another in a long string of those who sold their souls to Donald Trump. Too bad, for she once did some good things and appeared to have a conscience.

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  4. “In our country [political leaders] actively engage on poverty issues every day.” Ms Haley is perfectly correct in her statement, as spoken. Every day King Donnie, his psychophants, and his Trump-pets discuss the poor, and how they can squeeze more money out of them. This is called the art of speechifying–using pure truth to tell a lie. Trump is the all-time master of it.

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    • Ahhhhh … you are quite right! I hadn’t thought of it that way, but yes … they are spending enormous amounts of time trying to figure ways to increase our poverty levels! It’s good that Trump is a master at something, for he damn sure isn’t a master at governance.


  5. What is abominable about this is that the very wealthy don’t hear the cries of the poor. They dismiss them as malcontents, lazy and unmotivated. They, on the other hand, convince themselves that they deserve their wealth which was won by hard work and determination. It’s a type of sickness. Very, very sad — and an embarrassment, to day the least.

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    • Exactly, Hugh!!! They either wear blinders, live in their glass towers and do not see, or if they do see, they chalk it up to laziness. Never mind that the majority of the uber-wealthy today didn’t work all that hard for it, as they inherited it from past generations who did the heavy lifting, and all they must do is make sure their investment portfolio is secure. I was so incensed that Nikki Haley had the gall to say that governors, Congress, etc., are working every day to help the poor. Bullshit! Why, then, did the House just pass a farm bill that could likely cut thousands of people off from receiving food stamps? Ahhh … life in the era of Trump … 😦

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  6. This is very bad news.
    Sadly it will have little impact on the Trump base. Th Trump voting sector of white people of poverty or low incomes will have already been indoctrinated by the radio show propaganda hosts into being hostile to the UN as being ‘always’ anti-American. They will naturally start squawking ‘Fake News…Fake News’ They will blame every president up to but not including Regan and will insist everyone bow down to Trump who like some latter-day quasi-religious figure or Arthurian guy has come to save them all.
    Their script is depressingly easy to envisage.
    The fate of the nation lies in the hands of those who normally don’t vote

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  7. Jill, the US has had a growing poverty problem for forty years. It dates back to major tax reform, flattening wages, technology gains and offshoring of jobs. For Haley to dispute these facts is simply off base.

    All Presidents and both parties could have done a better job than they have to address poverty. Trump has benefitted from a good economy, but his tax plan, disabling the ACA and cut backs on programs designed to help have been in the opposite direction. It would have been great if he focused on infrastructure first, as he would have had bipartisan support.

    If the GOP was successful in gutting the ACA, that would further penalize people in need. Plus, he proposed defunding of retraining programs for displace coal miners and one of his first actions the day he was inaugurated was to eliminate a mortgage premium reduction for 1 million plus homeowners who could not afford a lot down on the house.


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    • Certainly all presidents since WWII could have done better … I think technology and globalism flummoxed the system. But Trump … has done more to destroy this nation and ultimately the economy than any in modern history, I believe. Destroy, without any plan for rebuilding. And the worst, at least in my opinion, is what he has done to our image among our allies. International alliances are key for survival in today’s world. He fails to recognize that, else just fails to care … I’m not sure which.


  8. You go to the Appalachians and places in the plains and in much of the deep south there is severe poverty and lack of resources. Much of it has to do with jobs leaving those areas to go overseas where people get paid much less and companies have higher profits for their shareholders. I think Nikki Haley who handled the Charleston church shooting incredibly well is unfortunately relegated to a mouthpiece for the worst person to be the president ever.

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    • Yes, I once respected Nikki Haley, but no longer, for she has become just another boot-licker. You don’t even need to go to the Appalachian mountains to find abject poverty … you can find it in any major city. I see it here all the time, and it is even worse in NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles …


  9. Thank-you for this post, it is well worth the time it takes to read through the report. The conclusions and recommendations are quite interesting indeed. I’m sure that Trump will start implementing them immediately. It is also interesting that your post correlates well with the Poor People’s Campaign’s mass rally held in Washington, D.C. today. Their “National Call for Moral Revival” focuses on systemic racism, poverty and inequality, ecological devastation, war economy and militarism, and national morality. To Make America Great Again will take more than hats, swimsuits and a flag pin on your lapel.

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    • I wonder … do we, as a nation, even have what it takes to “make America great again”? It seems that there are different definitions of that word “great”. For some … perhaps too many … it is definied as ‘white & Christian’. That, however, is NOT my definition. I think that until we can all agree on a definition of the word, we are only spitting in the wind. 😥


  10. Great post, Jill. The stats are shocking – and yet the lies from the Trumpsters continue. Can’t wait for the next president to undo everything that Trump did!

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  11. The following question truly sums up the very possible conditions that could exist in the not-too-distant future:

    I wonder who the rich people think will be around to build their fancy homes, manufacture their expensive automobiles, grow & harvest their food, clean their houses, educate their children, etc.?

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