Framing the Dialogue


I was taking a break from some Saturday chores to call our car dealership to check on the status of some car repairs.  I spent quite a lot on Monday in both time and money only to notice on the drive home that the tire pressure light was on.  I checked the pressures and they were fine, so I called and set up an appointment for today.  While on hold I was scanning the news on Yahoo and noticed an article about the U.N. releasing a report about how bad folks have it in the United States.  You can read the full article here.

The article primarily focused on Ambassador Haley, Trump, and how bad the poor in America have it.  You know the American that folks travel thousands of milse on foot to try to sneak into.  Yeah it’s a really bad place to live;

“The 20-page Alston report found that the United States has among the most chronic rates of poverty among all nations in the developed world and that President Trump’s policies are likely to exacerbate them. Liberal critics seized on Alston’s findings to say the Trump administration was failing to help the nation’s poorest citizens.”

“The report said the United States has the highest rates of youth poverty, infant mortality, incarceration, income inequality and obesity among all countries in the developed world, as well as 40 million people living in poverty.”

These kind of studies have been done for years and I’ve written about them.  My youngest daughter was “surveyed” when in elementary school with questions like; Do you ever go to bed hungry?  Do you ever have fewer than three meals a day?  Any chance that a child doesn’t say yes to both?  I am sure that she showed up on the spectrum from having food insecurity, though it should be noted that we are no where near poor and if you sleep until noon on a Saturday, you’ve missed breakfast.  The one that perhaps bother me the most is the infant mortality rate one.  Did you know that we report all infant mortality rates.  Some countries don’t list infants until they are over a certain age…hence when they die before that, they are not counted.  Hell Great Britain has made a pretty good showing of killing off young children with serious health issues.  They even go to court to let the kids die.

One of the last sentences of this rather long article sums up the bias as this statement was buried at the end, but it screams to me…

“Most of the statistics cited in the report date from 2016, before Trump was elected.”

Fake report…Fake news!

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