Future first female POTUS Nikki Haley is exactly right. In the same week that saw Ms. Haley deliver a blistering “Dear John” letter to the UN “Human Rights” Council, the alleged watchdog group also had the pleasure of enduring her entirely justified clapback wrath at their new report scrutinizing US poverty. The “Human Rights” Council, which includes Afghanistan, China, and Cuba, condemned the US for lowering tax rates on rich people and curbing certain programs for poor citizens. This, despite the fact noted by Haley that the US currently has its lowest unemployment rate in decades.
The Council, which includes Iraq, Pakistan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was set to present the report Friday, which was drafted by Philip Alston, a man who left his home country of Australia and took a high-paying seat as a law professor in the United States of America at New York University. Haley lambasted the apparently non-satirical report as “misleading and politically motivated” (also, water is wet).
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.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, a ~~socialist~~ democratic socialist, defended the report against his own country, calling the scathing examination “totally appropriate”. Specifically, he highlighted the 40 million who still live in poverty* (defined by the Census Bureau’s mobile goalpost as $25,100/yr for a family of four–roughly the average salary of Poland or Greece) and the 30 million who do not carry health insurance since they are no longer forced by the federal government to buy any (this of course leaves poor citizens with no medical recourse other than the full coverage already provided for them by Medicaid). Sen. Sanders’ criticism of US wages was a scorching indictment of the nation listed as having the 2nd highest average salaries in the world after Luxembourg according to the OECD. No doubt this will only bolster the credibility of the findings of the “Human Rights” Council, which includes Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, and Venezuela.
While conceding the more severe plights of other countries such as Burundi or the Congo, Bernie noted that context is key: America’s inequality problems are happening in the “richest country in the history of the world” (his words). See, that’s the real thing. A free market may lift more people out of poverty than any society in the history of civilization, but at what cost? Who cares if a rising tide raises all boats if some of those boats get to be yachts? That’s just unfair. Right?