Trump is America’s President and he is embarrassing America and Americans on the global stage, first on poverty and secondly, on immigration, in separating children from parents.
Donald Trump is deliberately forcing millions of Americans into financial ruin, cruelly depriving them of food and other basic protections while lavishing vast riches on the super-wealthy, the United Nations monitor on poverty has warned, reported the Guardian (source), adding: “Scorching report on poverty finds ‘systematic attack on welfare program’ will leave millions deprived of food and healthcare.”
I have a friend, who lives in North Carolina; she is quite old and has health problems. And she tells me of her life inn detail, such as how much money she has for food and how she allocates her money. It is a life of extreme poverty that she survives only with government help and she watches practically every cent she spends. There is little security to her life, any moment of any day, her life can come crashing down, lose everything and end up on the streets.
And she has a daughter. And I see Trump attack on social safety nets all the time. The situation is quite distraught for me, as my friend could lose her daughter. Her illness also troubles me, as without government medical care support, she will be in a bad shape physically and mentally.
She asked me for financial help. I am not wealthy and living in a developing country, and now I am thinking seriously about helping my American friend, who lives in America, by sending her just a few dollars a month, so she could afford more food.
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Philip Alston, the UN special rapporteur who acts as a watchdog on extreme poverty around the world, has issued a withering critique of the state of America today. Trump is steering the country towards a “dramatic change of direction” that is rewarding the rich and punishing the poor by blocking access even to the most meager necessities.
“This is a systematic attack on America’s welfare program that is undermining the social safety net for those who can’t cope on their own. Once you start removing any sense of government commitment, you quickly move into cruelty,” Alston told the Guardian.
Millions of Americans already struggling to make ends meet faced “ruination”, he warned. “If food stamps and access to Medicaid are removed, and housing subsidies cut, then the effect on people living on the margins will be drastic.”
Asked to define “ruination”, Alston said: “Severe deprivation of food and almost no access to healthcare.”
Alston sounds the alarm in the final report of his investigation into extreme poverty in the US that is published on Friday and will be presented to the UN human rights council in Geneva at the end of June. His findings are based on a tour he carried out in December through some of America’s most destitute communities, from Skid Row in Los Angeles, through poor African American areas in Alabama, and the stricken coal country of West Virginia, to hurricane-racked Puerto Rico.
The report amounts to one of the most scorching assessments of Trump’s leadership in his 16 months in the White House. It is likely to spark debate across the political aisle as well as globally about the US president’s rapid drive towards heightened inequality.
The policies pursued over the past year seem deliberately designed to remove basic protections from the poorest.
The Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz told the Guardian it was profoundly important that international observers were speaking out about Trump’s impact. “This administration inherited a bad situation with inequality in the US and is now fanning the flames and worsening the situation. What is so disturbing is that Trump, rather than taking measures to ameliorate the problem, is taking measures to aggravate it.”
Top of the list of those measures was the $1.5tn tax cuts enacted by the Republicans last December that slashed corporate tax rates. “Can you believe a country where the life expectancy is already in decline, particularly among those whose income is limited, giving tax breaks to billionaires and corporations while leaving millions of Americans without health insurance?” Stiglitz said.
The UN monitor similarly excoriates Trump and the Republicans in Congress for passing a tax bill that “overwhelmingly benefited the wealthy and worsened inequality”. Alston added that “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”.
He cautioned middle-class Americans from thinking they were immune from the lash of such policies, as Trump’s assault “bodes ill for society as a whole. The proposed slashing of social protection benefits will affect the middle classes every bit as much as the poor.”
MSNBC’s Morgan Radford spoke with white nationalists who are running for federal office this year on the Republican ticket. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, at least eight white nationalists are running, more than ever before.
UN calls on US to stop separating migrant children from parents (source)
The UN human rights office is calling on the administration of US President Donald Trump to “immediately halt” its policy of separating children from their parents after crossing the US border with Mexico. Spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani scolded the US for its “zero tolerance” policy in which some families have been separated after crossing the border. The rights office said in a statement that “children should never be detained for reasons related to their own or their parents’ migration status. Detention is never in the best interests of the child and always constitutes a child rights violation.” Shamdasani told a UN briefing Tuesday that the practice of separating families amounted to an “arbitrary