17 Oct

U.N. – For What Are We Paying? [Reader Post]

                                       

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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7 Responses to U.N. – For What Are We Paying? [Reader Post]

  1. Patricia says: 1

    I’ve long voiced my opinion against the corrupt UN, one more reason/example I don’t want to hand over excess tax money to the US government to waste on more immoral and corrupt activities. Warren I didn’t have time to read through all of your references, but I hope you covered the fact they many of the “peacekeepers” are also the rapists, especially in Africa. In many situations, it’s “rape for food.”

    It’s way overdue that we kick their butts out of NYC, take our real estate back, and stop giving them a “corruption allowance” on the tax payers’ dime.

    Oh yeah, one more thing: they are exempt from parking tickets in NYC!

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  2. FedUp says: 2

    Time to get out of the UN! Not only that, but it should be moved to Uganda or some other classy place! Apparently there is a “renovation” project that will “supposedly” cost $1.9 dollars (before overruns). WHY??? Stop the work, kick them out and use the building to shelter the “homeless” or some other good works.

    THE UN is useless and totally corrupt and I really resent my money going to these crooks!

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  3. mathman says: 3

    We are paying for other nations to spy on us.
    Spies are given visas and allow to carry out their activities, as members of the diplomatic staffs of the embassies of their nations to the UN. This is the principal use of the UN.
    The secondary use of the UN is to carry out the genocidal dreams of Adolf Hitler. The job is not done, as there are still Jews out there. They must all be destroyed.
    Without the spies and the Jew-bashing, the UN would have no purpose.
    Were the UN moved to Geneva, where it belongs, it would collapse in a couple of years. No nation would waste their time on it.
    But Eleanor Roosevelt was such a wonderful person. Just read the characterization of her Russia visit by Solzhenitsyn and you will get a new view of “Potemkin Village.” So the UN must be maintained because FDR is the best president of all time. All liberals agree. See; that proves it.
    There are, of course, other ancillary UN activities. Giving warriors some women to rape, for instance. Allowing worldwide graft in the sale and disposal of donated properties. Providing for the children of dictators. And giving good PR to the wonderful coterie of Khadafi, Ahadimedjad, Castro, Assad, and other humanitarians dictators. Allowing for great hand-wringing after genocides have been completed (see Rwanda).
    All hail the UN.
    Worst waste of money EVER!

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  4. James Raider says: 4

    @ Warren Beatty,

    For at least 35 years the principal reason for continued financial support of the UN by Western Governments, particularly the U.S., has been ‘guilt’ induced redistribution of wealth.

    Other pretense, such as ‘approval’ for international Action, is disingenuous.

    There is nothing currently decided under pretexts of the UN umbrella, that can’t be handled under any one of a number of organizations, or none at all.

    Congress Should withold all funding until a radically new set of Rules Of Engagement is produced – set a timetable, and when the hourglass sands run out, close the doors. The crimes perpetrated under the UN flag, particularly in Africa, are being principally funded by US taxpayer borrowed cash.

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  5. kalashnikat says: 5

    (over a simple marching rhythm track, and to the tune of WAR!)

    U.N……huh….good god, y’all….. WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?
    Absolutely NUTHIN.

    Say it, Say it, Say it again, y’all,…

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  6. just me 95 says: 6

    Actually, I prefer Rep Ron Paul’s HR 1146 The American Sovereignty Restoration Act which is:
    To end membership of the United States in the United Nations.
    SEC. 2. REPEAL OF UNITED NATIONS PARTICIPATION ACT.
    (a) Repeal- The United Nations Participation Act of 1945 (Public Law 79-264; 22 U.S.C. 287 et seq.) is repealed.
    (b) Termination of Participation in United Nations- The President shall terminate all participation by the United States in the United Nations, and any organ, specialized agency, commission, or other formally affiliated body of the United Nations.
    (c) Closure of United States Mission to United Nations- The United States Mission to the United Nations is closed. Any remaining functions of such office shall not be carried out.
    SEC. 3. REPEAL OF UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS AGREEMENT ACT.
    (a) Repeal- The United Nations Headquarters Agreement Act (Public Law 80-357) is repealed.
    (b) Withdrawal- The United States withdraws from the agreement between the United States of America and the United Nations regarding the headquarters of the United Nations (signed at Lake Success, New York, on June 26, 1947, which was brought into effect by the United Nations Headquarters Agreement Act).
    SEC. 4. UNITED STATES ASSESSED AND VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE UNITED NATIONS.
    (a) Termination- No funds are authorized to be appropriated or otherwise made available for assessed or voluntary contributions of the United States to the United Nations or any organ, specialized agency, commission or other formally affiliated body thereof, except that funds may be appropriated to facilitate withdrawal of United States personnel and equipment.
    SEC. 5. UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS.
    (a) Termination-
    SEC. 6. WITHDRAWAL OF UNITED NATIONS PRESENCE IN FACILITIES OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND REPEAL OF DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY.
    (a) Withdrawal From United States Government Property- The United Nations (including any affiliated agency of the United Nations) shall not occupy or use any property or facility of the United States Government.
    (b) Diplomatic Immunity- No officer or employee of the United Nations or any representative, officer, or employee of any mission to the United Nations of any foreign government shall be entitled to enjoy the privileges and immunities of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of April 18, 1961, nor may any such privileges and immunities be extended to any such individual.
    SEC. 7. REPEAL OF UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC, AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION ACT.
    SEC. 9. REPEAL OF UNITED STATES PARTICIPATION IN THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION.
    SEC. 10. REPEAL OF INVOLVEMENT IN UNITED NATIONS CONVENTIONS AND AGREEMENTS.

    What’s not to like? Funny how you forgot to mention this bill. It’s probably the most important bill to end the disaster known as the UN that has ever been written. You’re post is great, but falls short because of this obvious ommission. But there, now I fixed it for ya.

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  7. Smorgasbord says: 7

    How many other countries pay countries to try to overthrow themselves?

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