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A study for the U.N. Human Rights Council has concluded 40 million people in the United States live in poverty -- and more than half of those live in "extreme" or "absolute" poverty.
The 20-page report by Philip Alston, U.N. special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, says U.S. policies benefit the rich and exacerbate poverty.
"The United States has the highest income inequality in the Western world, and this can only be made worse by the massive new tax cuts overwhelmingly benefiting the wealthy," Alston said in a statement about the report.
The report cites vast numbers of middle-class Americans "perched on the edge," with 40 percent of the adult population saying they would be unable to cover an unexpected $400 expense.
Alston criticized the Trump administration for stigmatizing the poor and saying those receiving government benefits are lazy and should be working. The report found just 7 percent of benefits recipients are not working.
"The statistics that are available show that the great majority of people who, for example, are on Medicaid, are either working in full-time work -- around half of them -- or they are in school or they are giving full-time care to others," Alston said.

40 миллионов американцев живут в нищете, половина (20 миллионов) - в абсолютной нищете (бомжи и полубомжи, типа жителей трейленрных парков). Лично меня это напрягает, так как это порох любого мятяжа/бунта/революции. И ситуация становится хуже. Стоимость жизни растет быстрее официальной инфляции, расслоение - самое большое в Западном мире. Согласно уровню Джини - даже больше чем в Росии и Китае. Политика Трампа и прочих блумбержат делает ситуацию только хуже. И да, только 7% получателей помощи не работают. Нищими являются в своей массе рабочие люди
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