When socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders and his Democrat peers cited a recent United Nations report on poverty in the United States to throw shade on the Trump administration, they thought they were being clever.
In a sharply worded rebuke submitted to Sanders in writing this Thursday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley explained why they were dead wrong.
“It is patently ridiculous for the United Nations to examine poverty in America,” she bluntly wrote, adding that every day government officials in the United States “actively engage on poverty issues.”
“Compare that to the many countries around the world whose governments knowingly abuse human rights and cause pain and suffering of their own people,” she added.
“Rather than using his voice to shine a light on those vulnerable populations, and so many others, the Special Rapporteur wasted the U.N.’s time and resources, deflecting attention from the world’s worst human rights abusers and focusing instead on the wealthiest and freest country in the world.”
The U.N. special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights who penned the report, Philip Alston, likewise distorted the truth by blaming the Trump administration for poverty conditions seen during the administration of former President Barack Hussein Obama.
As noted by Texas Public Policy Foundation vice president Chuck DeVore, the U.N.’s report is “based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s official poverty measure data for 2016 – the last full year of President Obama’s second term.”
Alston also failed to mention that this data tends to be off.
“The Census Bureau makes its annual estimates of Americans’ well-being by sending out thousands of surveys. Many households don’t respond to these random surveys. Of the people who do respond, those who receive federal, state or local government welfare assistance significantly underreport what they receive,” DeVore pointed out.
Nor did Alston mention the positive effects that Trump’s policies are slated to have on poverty in America.
“The report categorically misstated the progress the United States has made in addressing poverty and purposely used misleading facts and figures in its biased reporting,” Haley wrote. “There is no question that poverty in America remains a serious concern, but it does no one any good to inaccurately describe its prevalence or its causes.”
Thanks to Trump’s policies, including his historic tax cuts, unemployment is down, wages are up and the economy is booming. But one would be remiss if one were to expect either the left-wing United Nations or America’s “progressive” Democrats to mention this.
In a statement on U.S. poverty issued late last year, in fact, Altson suggested that the president’s then-proposed tax cuts would exacerbate poverty.
“The proposed tax reform package stakes out America’s bid to become the most unequal society in the world, and will greatly increase the already high levels of wealth and income inequality between the richest 1% and the poorest 50% of Americans,” he said.
He was clearly wrong then, just like he appears to be dead wrong now. For a guy who works for one of the most powerful international agencies in the world, he doesn’t seem to be all that bright. Sad.