Thursday, February 02, 2006

UN-Believable

It didn't take long for Kofi and Krew to start thinking up new sources of funds to maintain their lavish lifestyle now that as proposed last fall, unless the United Nations began showing concrete progress in cleaning up its corruption-riddled act, the nations paying the biggest share would stop being quite so generous and understanding with their money.

While the UN's new two-year budget was approved, the poor dears at Turtle Bay were actually told just how much money would be made available to them to cover the next three months.

Imagine that! Not only having to work within a tight budget, but being told that those whose money you're spending want to know exactly how it's spent and what (if any) good it did!

Since the UN's member states nations -- the ones paying the bills, anyway -- are being so danged unreasonable, the UN has come up with a few innovative ideas on how obtain funds. Well, they're not really new . . .

Not only does the UN want to control the Internet (You thought that idea was dead, dincha. Guess again.), it also wants the ability to levy a user tax -- a surcharge -- on "high tech companies as a condition to having their contract bids accepted by local governments" for the Digital Solidarity Fund. (Doncha just love that name?)


We will ultimately pay the tab as these companies pass along the cost of their surcharge to its full paying customers. The money raised will supposedly be used to buy computers and Internet access for poor developing nations. -- Canada Free Press
How will the Fund be . . . funded?

Instead of having to deal with contrary member states nations that are not coughing up the bucks as readily as the UN wants, "mayors in sympathetic cities like Geneva, Switzerland and Lyon, France [will] bypass the normal route of nation-to-nation treaty dealings."

Other "sympathetic" cities mentioned include "Montreal, Quebec, Gatineau, Denver, Los Angeles, Houston, Nashville, Oakland and, of course San Francisco."

Then there's also that meeting a few days ago in Davos, Switzerland. The one where John Kerry called for a filibuster on the Alito nomination? Yep, that one.

You thought John-Boy was over there skiing? On vacation? Nah. He was working! Working-working-working!

American government and business leaders were in Davos attending an international forum sponsored by the United Nations. The group acknowledged that the most potent threats to life on earth -- global warming, health pandemics, poverty and armed conflict -- could be ended by moves that would unlock $7 trillion or $7,000,000,000,000 of previously untapped wealth, the United Nations claims. -- The Conservative Voice
UN taxes on airfare, totally open boarders so migrants illegal aliens can come and go as they please and a move to have member states nations pay a penalty (to the UN, of course) for their policy failures, that the UN will then use to . . . hold more idiotic conferences in places that only elite folk, like the UN, could possibly afford.

Kelo v New London, folks. If the UN Headquarters is in as bad a shape as Kofi keeps claiming, the heck with the US bankrolling its remodeling. Let New York City declare the property blighted. Under the new definition of Eminent Domain, toss Kofi and Krew out on their butts and allow a developer to do something worthwhile with that prime real estate.

How does Iran sound, Kofi.

I realize it doesn't have all the comforts you and others in the UN have become so accustomed to, but I hear it's lovely this time of year.

(Image from Sacred Cowburgers)

3 Comments:

Blogger ABFreedom said...

Totally Excellent post Doyle ... how quick can you guys knock down the (U)seless (N)ation buildings.... I'm sure that city could use some real revenue from that area ..

10:52 PM  
Blogger SinisterBaby said...

The UN should be junked. It is a meaningless organization and redundant in a globalized world. It is as stupid as the League of Nations was, and as ineffectual where it counts.

The UN served a purpose during the Cold War, to keep numerous back-channels open between the super-powers. The money going down the drain into this "white elephant boondoggle" could be put to much better use elsewhere.

Yes, great post, Donna!

Rob :-)

9:17 AM  
Blogger gs said...

In other words, the UN did not focus its efforts on complying with the accountability requirements of the new budget. It focused on circumventing the national governments which pay its expenses.

"We have these great ideas that somebody else should pay for."

In my schooldays I heard pious statements about how much more effective the UN is than the League of Nations was. True. The League was ineffectual whereas I wonder if the UN does more harm than good...and I believe that it will definitely do more harm than good if it achieves its ambitions.

8:54 PM  

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