A few things before we start. If you just came here to blame Trump or attack the UN, basically because you lack the intellectual and emotional maturity to handle the underlying criticism of the frameworks, don't bother. Stick to the US politics thread where memes are considered evidence. This report covers areas of policy and poverty, and is quite scathing in its conclusions. Even its introduction is terse: "The United States is a land of stark contrasts. It is one of the world’s wealthiest societies, a global leader in many areas, and a land of unsurpassed technological and other forms of innovation. Its corporations are global trendsetters, its civil society is vibrant and sophisticated and its higher education system leads the world. But its immense wealth and expertise stand in shocking contrast with the conditions in which vast numbers of its citizens live. About 40 million live in poverty, 18.5 million in extreme poverty, and 5.3 million live in Third World conditions of absolute poverty.4 It has the highest youth poverty rate in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the highest infant mortality rates among comparable OECD States. Its citizens live shorter and sicker lives compared to those living in all other rich democracies, eradicable tropical diseases are increasingly prevalent, and it has the world’s highest incarceration rate, one of the lowest levels of voter registrations in among OECD countries and the highest obesity levels in the developed world. 5. The United States has the highest rate of income inequality among Western countries.5 The $1.5 trillion in tax cuts in December 2017 overwhelmingly benefited the wealthy and worsened inequality. The consequences of neglecting poverty and promoting inequality are clear. The United States has one of the highest poverty and inequality levels among the OECD countries, and the Stanford Center on Inequality and Poverty ranks it 18th out of 21 wealthy countries in terms of labour markets, poverty rates, safety nets, wealth inequality and economic mobility. But in 2018 the United States had over 25 per cent of the world’s 2,208 billionaires. There is thus a dramatic contrast between the immense wealth of the few and the squalor and deprivation in which vast numbers of Americans exist. For almost five decades the overall policy response has been neglectful at best, but the policies pursued over the past year seem deliberately designed to remove basic protections from the poorest, punish those who are not in employment and make even basic health care into a privilege to be earned rather than a right of citizenship." It doesn't get any better. A lot of you know this. Or at least, more accurately, you suspect it was bad but perhaps not quite this bad. There's one line in here that really hits home hardest, and it hits at both Democrats and Republicans alike: "At the end of the day, however, particularly in a rich country like the United States, the persistence of extreme poverty is a political choice made by those in power." If you read this report, what are your thoughts? Is this getting much airtime in the US? Do you instinctively feel it's unfair for the UN to single the US out in so public a fashion? What remedies are available - actual remedies, too, and not just hoping the Democrats take Congress (since they're equally at fault for the systemic issues)?