Posted by Warren Beatty on 17 October, 2011 at 5:00 am. 7 comments already!


U.N. Budget and U.S. Portion

Did you know that American taxpayers, through “assessed” dues, account for 22% of the United Nation‘s (U.N.) regular operating budget, and 27% of a separate peacekeeping budget? For comparison, China pays just 3%. The U.N. “proposes” an operating budget in 2012-2013 of $5.5 billion, and that currently employs 10,307 people. In 2010, U.S. payments totaled $3.35 billion, of which $2.67 billion was dedicated to the 16 peacekeeping operations worldwide. Additionally, the U.S. provides voluntarily billions of dollars in contributions for various U.N. agencies. Here is just one example.

For What We Are Paying – The U.N. Works Web page

Below are the ten areas in which the U.N. works. Let’s see just what sources say about their efforts.    H/T to Andrew K. Dart for some article sources.

Congressional Proposal

House Foreign Affairs Committee chairwoman Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) said it was important to make a stand for “the principles that we believe in.” She filed, and has 74 co-sponsors (all Republicans), the U.N. Transparency, Accountability, and Reform Act (H.R. 2829), seeking to change the way the U.N. is funded, allowing the U.S. and other member states to fund only those activities and agencies deemed efficient and in the national interest. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she would recommend that President Obama veto the bill if it reaches his desk.

The committee’s senior Democrat, Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA), said the “real agenda” behind the bill was to end U.S. participation in the U.N. and to “deal a fatal financial blow to the world body.”

Ros-Lehtinen cited repressive regimes’ membership on the Human Rights Council, a continuing anti-Israel bias, the elevation of states such as North Korea and Iran to leadership positions in various bodies, and various corruption scandals. “Every year, scores of member countries that contribute almost nothing to the U.N. vote together to pass the budget. Then they pass the costs on to big donors like the U.S.” BTW, Ros-Lehtinen is a Cuban exile, a staunch critic of repressive regimes, and is adamantly pro-life.

Before the committee met, the U.N. Foundation released a poll, saying that 64% of American citizens said they supported the U.S. “paying our dues to the U.N. on time and in full,” while 31% said they opposed this.

The Conclusion I Reach

If there has ever been a more arrogant, self-serving organization that wastes money and is fraudulent, is scandal-ridden, is consistently proven wrong, that has lost its focus, that is NO LONGER serving its original purpose, the hoax that is the U.N. has to be it.

BTW, I acknowledge that some of these sources are not current, but do you REALLY think the U.N. will clean up its act?

But that’s just my opinion.

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