According to the IBD, the U.S. gives the U.N. $10B a year… And what do we get for it? False, deceptive reports like this one. We also get to pay for “do-nothing” bureaucrats, support of terrorists and lots of U.S. and Israel-bashing.
When is enough really enough? Time to pull the plug.
An uncritical Reuters headline says it all: “America’s poor becoming more destitute under Trump: U.N. expert”. The Hill’s equally blase headline: “UN poverty official: Trump exacerbating inequality.”
The report — really a first-person narrative — released earlier this month, ripped President Trump for his “contempt” and “hatred of the poor.”
The report cited 18.5 million Americans who live in extreme poverty, and massive U.S. defense spending at the expense of social programs.
Only one problem: As Chuck DeVore, vice president of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, points out, the data on which the study was based came from 2016….
Worse, the U.N. report uses misleading and “wildly inaccurate” Census data to bolster its claims of 18.5 million living in the U.S. under extreme poverty. The real level, as a separate study reveals, is “less than half that.”
The report is a distortion, little esle. The fact is, unemployment at 3.8% is a 29-year low. Food stamp recipients in 2017 numbered 42.1 million, 2 million below Obama’s last year and the lowest since 2010….
Thankfully, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is having none of it. Responding to a letter from socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders suggesting the poverty report showed the failure of Trump’s policies, Haley hit back hard.
“It is patently ridiculous for the United Nations to examine poverty in America,” Haley wrote to Sanders. “The Special Rapporteur wasted the UN’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.”….