British Prime Minister David Cameron recently announced that they are pulling British tax dollars from U.N. institutions they deem to be inept, wasteful or redundant. Cameron issued a “sweeping and hard-nosed reorganization of priorities for its $10.6 billion multilateral foreign aid program” and announced that he is “pulling the financial plug on four UN organizations in 2012 and putting others on notice. The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) will lose all funding. The Un Educational, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have been told to shape up or lose funding.
Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen who heads the House Foreign Affairs Committee held hearings last month to identify areas of improvement at the United Nations. Particularly offensive to Ros-Lehtinen is the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) which she deems is anti-American and anti-Semitic. “I’d like to make sure that we once and for all kill all U.S. funding for that beast.” The larger United Nations system is a bloated bureaucracy of waste and fraud. Some of its programs are mired in scandal and others simply ineffective.
Obama is countering by sending the UN Ambassador Susan Rice on the “campaign” trail to convince us that the United Nations is a “vital”
organization that we must continue to fund. Rice, taking a page from the big O’s play book, is blaming the United States for the ills of the UN and apologizing for supposed American injustices. In a speech at the Oregon World Affairs Council, Rice claimed that Americans “shirk our responsibilities” to the UN and our approach is “short sighted“. She even said that the United States is “awash in unpaid bills” and we have a “habit of skipping out on the check”.
The United States is the largest supporter of the United Nations with an assessed 22% share of the U.N. budget and 25% of its peacekeeping operations. According to the Heritage Foundation, the source and amounts of U.S. funding are difficult to track accurately prompting Congress to pass legislation requiring the Administration to report annually on all U.S. funding.
In addition to the required assessments, the U.S. also provides voluntary contributions to many U.N. organizations. According to the OMB, total contributions in 2009 were more than $6.347 billion which is a billion more than we contributed in 2005. Included in the $6.347 billion was $4 billion from the State Department, over $1.7 billion from USAID, over $425 million from the Department of Agriculture and tens of millions more from the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Departments of Labor and Energy.
According to Ambassador Rice the U.N. can’t tax us “It can’t override U.S. law. The U.N. can’t order our soldiers into battle. It can’t take away our 2nd Amendment Rights. The U.N. can’t impose social norms on us. And it doesn’t begin to have any much-hyped fleet of secret black helicopters. . .”
Rice is correct – the United Nations can’t do any of these things – not by itself. But our politicians continue to sign treaties with the United Nations and back proposed global treaties that sell out America.
The United Nations is a bloated bureaucracy of waste and fraud. Some of its programs are mired in scandal and others are simply ineffective.
Their ultimate goal is a one world government that they control. In order to fulfill their wish, every country would have to cede its sovereignty.
The largest voting bloc at the United Nations is Islamic and the second largest is Marxists, both of which have plans to eliminate America as we know it. American taxpayers are supporting their own destruction.