PressTV-‘Rising poverty, inequality threatens US social stability’

The deepening poverty and income inequality in the United States threatens America’s social stability and political system, which is dominated by the country’s financial markets, says a peace activist and congressional candidate in New York.

Poverty in the United States is extensive and growing under the administration of President Donald Trump, whose policies seem aimed at removing the safety net from millions of poor people, while rewarding the rich, a UN human rights investigator has found.

As welfare benefits and access to health insurance were being slashed, Trump’s tax overhaul awarded “financial windfalls” to the mega-rich and large companies, further increasing inequality, Philip Alston, UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty, said in a report published Monday.

Alston called on US authorities to provide solid social protection and address underlying problems, rather than “punishing and imprisoning the poor”.


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