The Council of Economic Advisers said in a report that the vast majority of people in the U.S. have enough to eat, that homelessness is “rare,” and the U.S. economy is surging, with unemployment near a record low of 4 percent.
“Based on historical standards of material well-being and the terms of engagement, our war on poverty is largely over and a success,” the report said. “Now is the ideal time to expand carefully designed work requirements to non-cash welfare programs.”
The 66-page report conflicts dramatically with a United Nations investigation last month saying that poverty in the U.S. is extensive and deepening under the Trump administration. Philip Alston, a U.N. specialist on extreme poverty, said U.S. policies since President Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty in the 1960s have 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,” Mr. Alston said.
The U.N. report said nearly 41 million people, or 12.7 percent, live in poverty, with 18.5 million in extreme poverty.
SOURCE: - The Washington Times - Thursday, July 12, 2018