Outrage at a U.N. Report

Our American self-image has us the best at everything, which is why U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley is so outraged at a U.N. special monitor’s report examining poverty in the United States. She thinks the special monitor ought to look at Burundi and leave the U.S. alone.

If we look honestly at measures like income inequality, infant mortality, life expectancy, social inequality, neglected diseases, obesity, access to clean water and sanitation, incarceration rates, youth poverty rate, the U.S. doesn’t come off well at all.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/15/extreme-poverty-america-un-special-monitor-report

Our booming economy — part of what animates Trump voters and brings them to overlook the outrages of his administration — is only booming for some.

https://www.juancole.com/2018/06/american-inequality-plutocrats.html

We have a rather astonishing 40M people in this country living in poverty, and the rate of hookworm infection in Lowndes County, Alabama, is at third world levels. Ambassador Haley’s home state of South Carolina, which she served as governor, has one of the lowest life expectancies in the country and one of the highest infant mortality rates.

You only care about that if you have some commitment to “we the people” as stated in the U.S. Constitution, and it’s clear Trumplandia has only disdain for that.

 

2 thoughts on “Outrage at a U.N. Report

  1. At first I had hopes for Nikki Haley at the UN – she seemed to have a voice of her own, and could sometimes disagree with Trump. But now she is as tainted as everyone else who associates with him, and is just another party-line robot.

  2. for Phyllis: As I’ve said often in the blog, everyone around Trump gets sucked into his moral emptiness. It’s pretty terrible to see someone as intelligent as Nikki Haley spouting what she does at the U.N.

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