UN Report on Poverty Under Trump

The poverty is real in America, a permanent underclass of $8 dollar an hour wage earners, 13 million convicted felons and 30 million terrified illegals.

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By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor

Trump didn’t do it, it came from Reagan and the mob that brought us Iran contra, flooded America with illegal aliens and began the deindustrialization of the US.

An industrial America with trade unions and informed politics would be a danger to the “elites and oligarchs” that Reagan cherished. In reality, Trump has done little to make a hopeless situation worse, not yet. His plans to cut veterans benefits, gut social security and medicare and turn the country over to video poker scamsters and payday lenders is in its early stages.

To this extent, he is only following what the GOP has always done, suppress votes, prey on the ignorant and point fingers at others, “the liberals,” for what they do.


Report Overview

The United States is a land of stark contrasts. It is one of the world’s wealthiest societies, a global leader in many areas, and a land of unsurpassed technological and other forms of innovation. Its corporations are global trend setters, its civil society is vibrant and sophisticated and its higher education system leads the world. 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.

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. The consequences of neglecting poverty and promoting inequality are clear. The United States has one of the highest poverty and inequality levels among the OECD countries, and the Stanford Center on Inequality and Poverty ranks it 18th out of 21 wealthy countries in terms of labour markets, poverty rates, safety nets, wealth inequality and economic mobility. But in 2018 the United States had over 25 percent 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.6. The visit of the Special Rapporteur coincided with the dramatic change of direction in relevant United States policies.

The new policies: (a) provide unprecedentedly high tax breaks and financial windfalls to the very wealthy and the largest corporations; (b) pay for these partly by reducing welfare benefits for the poor; (c) undertake a radical programme of financial, environmental, health and safety deregulation that eliminates protections mainly benefiting the middle classes and the poor; (d) seek to add over 20 million poor and middle class persons to the ranks of those without health insurance; (e) restrict eligibility for many welfare benefits while increasing the obstacles required to be overcome by those eligible; (f) dramatically increase spending on defence, while rejecting requested improvements in key veterans benefits; (g) do not provide adequate additional funding to address an opioid crisis that is decimating parts of the country; and (h) make no effort to tackle the structural racism that keeps a large percentage of non-Whites in poverty and fear.

In a 2017 report, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) captured the situation even beforethe impact of these aggressively regressive redistributive policies had been felt, stating that the United States economy is delivering better living standards for only the few and that household incomes are stagnating for a large share of the population, job opportunities are deteriorating, prospects for upward mobility are waning, and economic gains are increasingly accruing to those that are already “wealthy”.

The share of the top 1 per cent of the population in the United States has grown steadily in recent years. In 2016 they owned 38.6 per cent of total wealth. In relation to both wealth and income the share of the bottom 90 per cent has fallen in most of the past 25 years.


The tax reform will worsen this situation and ensure that the United States remains the most unequal society in the developed world. The planned dramatic cuts in welfare will essentially shred crucial dimensions of a safety net that is already full of holes. Since economic and political power reinforce one another, the political system will be even more vulnerable to capture by wealthy elites.9 This situation bodes ill not only for the poor and middle class in America, but for society as a whole, with high poverty levels creating disparities in the education system, hampering human capital formation and eating into future productivity.

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The poverty is very real in America, a permanent underclass of $8 dollar an hour wage earners, 13 million convicted felons and 30 million terrified illegals.

Preying on them is every conceivable scam known to man, industry after industry beginning with health care engaged in systematic warfare against the public.

Worse still, generations of Americans have never learned to work. The blame there can go many places but, were one to look at the typical corporate business plan, the idea is to deliver shoddy goods and services to a confused and controlled public, subjected to something quite beyond mind control, doing so based on offshore slave labor, illegal aliens here in the US where they can be hidden away and then the nearly unpaid labor of America’s underclass.

Go to the supermarket. Chose a line. Will you pick the Asian cashier or the “American?” Take a few moments and watch.

Americans gave up a long time ago, recognizing that employment is always dead end. A college education that can leave a student in $100,000 of high interest lifetime debt, debt meant to follow to the grave, can in too many cases be the only way to cross the $10 per hour wage scale into 3rd class poverty from utter poverty.

In Switzerland, workers at McDonalds make $22 per hour. It isn’t cheap eating there but lines go out the door. Then again, those workers buy things actually made in Switzerland.

When Trump brought in illegal Polish workers to build Trump Tower, he recognized something Europeans knew all along. Americans, not so many anyway, don’t like work. Americans are raised to consider physical labor demeaning. Poles work as do Hungarians, the founders of the steel companies, even Henry Ford, knew this and flooded America with immigrants brought in for their factories over 130 years ago.

The remains of their crumbling neighborhoods can still be seen in most American cities.

The heart of it. to an extent, is the concept that stockholder return has to be predicated on offshore labor, shoddy goods, high prices with wide profit margins and suppressed wages.

This is Walmart, Home Depot, Meijers, even Aldi.

The sad part is when there is economic growth, there aren’t any workers left. A worker has to have a car, some place to live, and has to have his or her health. To do this would have required the $22 hour wage we saw in Switzerland.

Here in West Michigan we have 100% employment and a shortage of labor. Nearly all low wage occupations are given to Hispanics but their expectations, after generations in the US, have moved on. They are the new business owners and middle class.

High cost of living has kept “poor working whites” away, which leaves the factories that pay $9 per hour grinding to a halt. They raise wages to $10 or even $12, and then go to temp agencies and recruiters, but there is no way to survive here without some place to live and money for food.

The answer would be the cardboard box communities in Mexico that build our Ford F150 pickup trucks, our Whirlpool refrigerators and so many other products under the Bush/Salinas NAFTA treaty. Workers can live in the parking lot, defecate in a ditch and collect sticks to cook beans and rice, while waiting for their next shift to begin.

If they speak up, the national police will simply gun them down.

The other drain in Canada, cheap money, heavy government subsides, housing, food, health care, all financed by tariffs but more than that, a nation with no military budget, no aircraft carriers, no nuclear missiles and built on 4 million Chinese business owners invited in with their cash, just like Kushner does.

Trump didn’t do it, greed did it.

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  2. California has now become the state with the worst level of poverty. tent cities in Anaheim, L.A. and Silly Con Valley are now the standard. It is also now the state with the lowest quality of life.
    The divide between the wealthy elites and the rest of us has never been wider and getting worse by the day and California is one of the best examples of just how the rest of the country will fare.
    Cities such as San Fran Cisco have a massive problem with homeless people: needles everywhere, human waste on the sidewalks, aggressive street people and that the city is also a sanctuary for even felons doesn’t help matters at all. Seattle is nearly as bad. Portland has motor homes and campers lining the streets.
    People are leaving California at a record rate thanks to high taxes and regulations just about every aspect of life thanks to the communists in Sacramento and Governor Moonbeam.
    States everywhere are now in deep financial trouble mainly in part to pension obligations they will not be able to meet. One after another states will become bankrupt, broken and unable to deliver even the most basic of services.
    When that happens, society in America will begin to break down.
    The level of poverty will then be unbearable.

  3. For informations
    Since fews days i have lot of difficulties to “copy and past” your texts before translate it with “google translate app”. VT website pages are frozen at the moment i need to “copy”. I never have this problem before !
    … and i think that’s not coming from this device because is new (1 week used).
    regards

    • Try to refresh the page when you cannot copy text from the page.

      I use a smartphone, and turning the device sideways sometimes “resets” the text the same way.

      I use bing translator, a Microsoft product, be aware.

      https://www.bing.com/translator/

      Essayez d’actualiser la page lorsque vous ne pouvez pas copier le texte de la page.

      J’utilise un smartphone, et en tournant l’appareil de côté parfois “réinitialise ” le texte de la même manière.

      J’utilise Bing translator, un produit Microsoft, soyez au courant.

  4. Sarkar’s theory of social revolution is one of many. However, it always seemed to fit well our situation as Americans. Sarkar posits four classes of people based on the combination of physical and mental strengths driven by their level of ambition to accumulate wealth and power. These four groups are the Aquisitors, Warriors, Intellectuals and the least ambitious, the Workers. Each group will dominate for a period of time and each period has differing conditions. However, every transition from one group dominated period to another is characterized by a violent transition that might take a long time in occuring while societal conditions continue to severely deteriorate.
    If we took Tzarist Russia as an example starting with the Tzar and his entourage accumulating wealth to where 0.5% owened 99% of the wealth, and the other groups owning hardly anything. A worker’s takeover occurs by the help of the Warriors and Intellectual groups. Then the Warriors take over from the Workers by the help of the Intellectuals (Lenin). Then the Intellectuals gain power from the collapse of the Warrior group (Gorbachev.) Then as we witnessed, the Aquisitors and oligarchs are on their way to regain power (Medvedev representing the oligarchs).
    The US started in the Aquisitor era of the Robber Barons and has remained their as the disparity of wealth continues to increase as living conditions of poverty continue to deteriorate.

    • According to Sarkar’s theory, thing will continually to get worse for all the other 3 groups until the Aquisitors are thrown down by the Workers helped by the Warrior group. The Aquisitor suffer from the rich man’s disease of ‘no amount is enough’ to protect from poverty and loss of power, until they loose it all and even their lives, to the oppressed. That is why they want the worker’s guns. The storm is coming but it might take a while of sufferings.

    • Maybe so but during those interim periods a great many people perished at the hands of the workers other wise known as Marxist communists. In fact tens of millions of people were exterminated in the process of creating a “worker’s paradise”, which never happened.

    • That is part of the theory. Every time a group takes power it usually means syrife and blood shed.

  5. @mytime, You are kidding right? Australia was established as a penal colony to be exploited on behalf of the COL and camouflaged by the British empire Royals as head of state until the commonwealth chains kicked in. While USA had some tiny moments of felt independence Australia NEVER DID in its own history! Turnbull having Goldman Sachs experience is the perfect man for the fake job as Australian PM and a Nation that is more in chains then ever. It is the Murdocks, Lowry’s, Packers, Netanyahoos and ALL existing Australian/Jewish councils that tell Australian politicians and lawmakers what to do and how to behave.
    In 10 – 15 years USA will have reached the same slave level as the Aussies. Who is advanced here John?

  6. It’s those darned liberals that the Foxbots scream about as their union jobs have been taken away and replaced by 8 dollar jobs as I blame my generation the boomers as they watch fox and vote in the clowns that do this to us and now it’s our legacy to our children!

    They can’t die off fast enough as maybe the republicans will euthanize them so the country can move on to a saner place!

    Great article Mr Duff as I prey for a stroke to any foxbots reading it!

    Nine

  7. Your flippin well right about greed, what happens in the US happens to OZ 10 to 15 years later. The Goldman Sachs man that high jacked the head job here has gone into overdrive selling Australia out & gutting the wealth of its citizens.
    Regards John.

  8. One of the original American questions in declaring ourselves independent, was how come we do all the work in the fields, and King George gets richer ? How is it possible for 30 percent of the product of whatever a community makes, to be all that is left at the end of the season ?
    Trump didn’t do it, but he personifies it. One of the few things he is honest about. Glorification of position, is a standard survival method instinctive in primate politics. Ultimately, it leads to war or cannabalism.
    Even La Garde has said, Capitalism is a finite method. We are all back in Kindergarten. Or the Kinder Garden where sharing and participating sustains abundance. Sharing, it’s what we learned today. To not do it, requires justification of who dies first.

  9. As long as citizens buy from companies that are listed on the New York
    stock exchange you will pay more… Stop buying from these companies???

  10. Sad statistics… Anyway, the USA military budget is 3 times bigger than the whole one of Russia. But it is US locomotive.
    Frankly, we have many things building, factories, plants, etc. But after this election of Putin smth.strange happening now. People mourn and show protest, now in the inet. People become poor. The age of pension is going to be raised W-63years, M-65. The trade taxes grow. The car petrol became more expensive. The economical block of Medvedev angers the population. They want to cut the sheep again and again. But our oil and gas companies (all CEOs are Kremlin pals) feel well. Hard times are coming…

    • By so-called Russian Constitution, the land and riches belong to people. But a bunch of our steel, oil, gas etc oligarchs get official salary around $50 000 (yes yes, 50k) per day, the State Duma deputat gets around $8000 per month. The factory metal worker Vasya, Ivan, Dmitry get in average $400-$500 per month. The abyss is grandioso. But the tops want Vasya to suffocate more in poverty…

  11. You can always get a job at a dollar store. Or the local supermarket but don’t expect a wage that will buy you a new $35,000 SUV. Maybe a used Nissan Versa.
    There are lots of jobs in West Michigan but how many are full time 40 hours and how many pay a decent wage that creates more wealth for the middle class and not the elites.
    At the local grocery store I buy chicken, turkey veggies like mushrooms at reduced prices as they hit their sell by dates. What I don’t use immediately get vacuum bagged and frozen. The same for locally bottled milk.
    The sad thing about all this is that the middle class is becoming more poor and the poor are becoming ever more impoverished while tRump’s buddies make off with the farm.
    Reagan did America no good. Hated the poor and even the middle class. Destroyed unions and made America safe for every shyster that came along.
    And the evangelicals loved him.
    The entire house of cards that is the American economy is about to come crashing down as the Fed will no longer be able to prop it up with no interest money lent out to the Wall St. banksters, who in turn, dump it into the stock market causing prices to rise and trading to go through the roof. It’s all artificial, an illusion, only smoke and mirrors. Very soon the stock market will come crashing down and taking everyone’s 401K and IRA with it.
    The next financial disaster will hit the middle class even worse.
    Get ready and be prepped.

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