ALABAMA HAS THE WORST POVERTY IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD, U.N. OFFICIAL SAYS

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    ALABAMA HAS THE WORST POVERTY IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD, U.N. OFFICIAL SAYS

    BY CARLOS BALLESTEROS ON 12/10/17 AT 10:21 AM





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    A United Nations official investigating poverty in the United States was shocked at the level of environmental degradation in some areas of rural Alabama, saying he had never seen anything like it in the developed world.

    "I think it's very uncommon in the First World. This is not a sight that one normally sees. I'd have to say that I haven't seen this," Philip Alston, the U.N.'s Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, told Connor Sheets of AL.comearlier this week as they toured a community in Butler County where raw sewage flows from homes through exposed PVC pipes and into open trenches and pits.

    The tour through Alabama's rural communities is part of a two-week investigation by the U.N. on poverty and human rights abuses in the United States. So far, U.N. investigators have visited cities and towns in California and Alabama, and will soon travel to Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.


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    Of particular concern to Alston are specific poverty-related issues that have surfaced across the country in recent years, such as an outbreak of hookworm in Alabama in 2017—a disease typically found in nations with substandard sanitary conditions in South Asia and Subsaharan Africa.

    GettyImages-465399018A pedestrian walks through a neighborhood with run down homes on March 6, 2015 in Selma, Alabama.(JUSTIN SULLIVAN/GETTY IMAGES)

    The U.N. investigation aims to study the effects of systemic poverty in a prosperous nation like the United States.

    By many accounts, poverty in the U.S. is worse than in most developed nations, despite rhetoric espoused by President Donald Trump and others who claim that the U.S. is the "best country in the world."

    According to the Census Bureau, nearly 41 million people in the U.S. live in poverty. That's second-highest rate of poverty among rich countries, as measured by the percentage of people earning less than half the national median income, according to Quartz.

    These income and wealth disparities affect minorities the most. Black, Hispanic, and Native American children, for example, are two to three times more likely to live in poverty than white kids, according to a study using Census data by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

    Economic inequality and racial discrimination have also been linked with civil rights abuses, particularly in Alabama and other states across the South. Furthermore, police shootings of unarmed black men and women are of deep concern to the U.N.

    Alston, who also serves as a law professor at New York University, said in a statement announcing the start of the U.N. investigation that poverty in the U.S. has been overlooked for too long.



    “Some might ask why a U.N. Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights would visit a country as rich as the United States," Alston said. "But despite great wealth in the U.S., there also exists great poverty and inequality.”

    Alston also pointed out that the U.S. "has been very keen" on other countries being investigated by the U.N. for civil and human rights issues.



    "Now, it's the turn to look at what's going on in the U.S.," Alston said. "There are pretty extreme levels of poverty in the United States given the wealth of the country. And that does have significant human rights implications.”

    GettyImages-465399024Tires lay in the grass in front of a shuttered auto parts business on March 6, 2015 in Selma, Alabama.(JUSTIN SULLIVAN/GETTY IMAGES)

    Despite these concerns, the Republican Party, which controls all three branches of the federal government, is on course to pass a tax bill before the end of the year that will increase the federal deficit by $1 trillion in 10 years--costs that the GOP says will be offset by reducing an already-weakened social safety net.

    For Alston, these political decisions are at the root of systemic poverty in the U.S.

    “The idea of human rights is that people have basic dignity and that it’s the role of the government — yes, the government! — to ensure that no one falls below the decent level,” he said. “Civilized society doesn’t say for people to go and make it on your own and if you can’t, bad luck.”

    “Politicians who say, ‘there’s nothing I can do about that’ are simply wrong,” Alston told WKMS 91.3 FM, a public radio station in Ohio near one of the other sites under investigation by the U.N.

  • I'm gonna go with, Alabama/Mississippi have been poor since Reconstruction? Shit, Razer is prolly one of a dozen people in the state who can write his own name:biggrin

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  • I am going with first.......nothing the UN says is even vaguely based on the truth and..........Razers neighborhood looks nothing like the democrat run areas full of democrats the article talks about.


    what am I missing?


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  • The UN conveniently visited the worst democrat controlled counties in the state. These are the counties that ALWAYS vote blue.


    WTF did they expect to see?

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  • I am going with first.......nothing the UN says is even vaguely based on the truth and..........Razers neighborhood looks nothing like the democrat run areas full of democrats the article talks about.


    what am I missing?


    lazs

    My subdivision was built 38 years ago. The subdivision next to ours was built 10 years ago.


    In this instance you are correct.



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  • I'm gonna go with, Alabama/Mississippi have been poor since Reconstruction? Shit, Razer is prolly one of a dozen people in the state who can write his own name:biggrin

    well, they did succeed from the union at one point. Long time punishment.

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  • America DOES have some of the areas of the worst poverty in the world.


    How, do you ask? It's simple. Take how much someone earns in a year. Then subtract their current debt. And that gives you the level of poverty of a person. Or the opposite.


    Many Americans can have a middle class income of $50,000 , but subtract the $500,000 mortgage they are holding, and suddenly America has some of the "poorest" people in the world. The poorest area in Africa may make dollars a year, but they have 0 debt, and as such are counted as richer than a lot of middle-class Americans.


    Note that shit like this ALSO factors into "income inequality" calculations. It's easy to have SEVERE income inequality when the rich are rich, and the "poor" are severely in debt. Of course, the poorest areas of Africa have the best income equality. They don't actually have toilet paper, and have human shit huts, but GODDAMNIT, people are equal!

  • Met lots of 'successful' people in the 90's with nice homes in nice neighborhoods and nice cars to wash on Saturday. Looked beyond the facade to find they ate mac n cheese from a box and couldn't afford summer vacations without using a credit card. Poverty comes in many forms.

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  • Many Americans can have a middle class income of $50,000 , but subtract the $500,000 mortgage they are holding, and suddenly America has some of the "poorest" people in the world. The poorest area in Africa may make dollars a year, but they have 0 debt, and as such are counted as richer than a lot of middle-class Americans.

    They have a 500k mortgage but it's not secured by the house? When you get a mortgage, you offer the home as collateral thus the debt is offset by the asset. Even if you owe the full value, you are still even , not in debt as the asset can be liquidated. Now, student loan debt is often another story..

  • We were barely making it when I first left the Air Force but we managed. 10 years later I read Dave Ramsey's book and discovered a whole new way to do things.


    They really should teach his methods in school.

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  • nuke... no... mexico is never mentioned in 'developed countries' I have always spent way too much. My house is probly the crappiest house in the area... most go for 300-400k There used to be a poverty area here... well... two of em... both are gradually getting sold off and the houses 'remodeled'


    LOL.. here in California.. if you tear down an old house and build a new one you incure fees of several hundred thousands of dollars in permits and fees and then the taxes are readjusted... with all sorts of fees tacked on.. . most pay around 7k a year just in property tax...


    But... if you tear down the house to all but one wall and then build around that wall... it is a remodel and only subject to normal permit fees and some tax adjustment funny to see these shit box houses all torn down with one shabby framed in wall still standing.


    lazs

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  • We were barely making it when I first left the Air Force but we managed. 10 years later I read Dave Ramsey's book and discovered a whole new way to do things.


    They really should teach his methods in school.

    I read Dave Ramsey's book back when I was a frighteningly ignorant young redneck, and the advice has served me well.


    He may be a jesus-obsessed fucktard, but you can do a lot worse for financial advice.

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