Fact Check: This is the United States!
A new U.N. report says the United States has the highest income inequality of all Western nations.
40 million Americans live in poverty.
13.3 million of these are children.
More than 5 million live in “absolute poverty,” which means the conditions they face are as bad as it gets.
Meanwhile, the nation’s billionaire class keeps growing.
The top 1% of Americans hold nearly 40% of all wealth.
In December, Congress granted $1.5 trillion in tax cuts to the wealthiest individuals and corporations who need it least.
HUD Secretary Ben Carson wants to raise rents on low-income tenants to encourage “self-sufficiency.” Homelessness, he thinks, is a teachable moment for the poor.