: U.N. Proposes Global Taxes

08-13-2004, 09:09 PM
Remember, this is the organization to which John Kerry wants to give more influence in the U.S.

Complete story at http://www.cfif.org/htdocs/freedomline/un_monitor/in_our_opinion/global_taxes.htm

Global Taxes Are Back, Watch Your Wallet


In July, Inter Presse news service reported that a top U.N. official was preparing a new study that will outline numerous global tax proposals to be considered by the General Assembly at its September meeting. The proposals will likely include everything from global taxes on e-mails and Internet use to a global gas tax and levies on airline travel. If adopted, American taxpayers could wind up paying hundreds of billions of dollars each year to the United Nations.

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is among those leading the charge, having stated that he "strongly supports finding new sources of funding" for the U.N. through global taxes, according to Inter Presse. In fact, Annan made very clear his support for the imposition of global taxes in a 2001 Technical Note that he authored for a U.N. conference. "The need to finance the provision of global public goods in an increasingly globalized world also adds new urgency to the need for innovative new sources of financing," Annan wrote. The Note goes on to describe and evaluate the merits of several global tax proposals.

Global tax proposals are not new. Various plans have been flitting around in academic circles and liberal and socialist think-tanks for decades. And while the United States and other developed nations have staved off such proposals in the past, third world nations have increasingly dominated the U.N. General Assembly by sheer numbers since 1970. As a result, they have begun to see promise in their quest to take and keep for themselves the wealth of citizens from nations like the United States ó specifically using the term "redistribution." Recent U.N. actions have also provided a new excuse and set the stage for the third world to not only renew its pursuit of global taxes but also hold out hope for eventual success.

(...) the United Nations is set to once again begin considering specific methods to extract wealth from citizens of the United States and other first world nations for "redistribution" to the citizens in the less developed, poorer third world. Among the schemes being contemplated are:

E-mail tax ...
A tax on fossil fuels like gasoline, coal, oil and natural gas ...
Currency transaction tax ...
International air transport tax ...
Aviation Fuel Tax ...


The notion of generating even more revenue for the already bloated United Nations is similarly absurd. In recent years, the world body has been the birthplace of nearly continuous stories of corruption, most notably the recent Oil for Food scandal. So itís hard to understand why anyone would advocate funneling even more billions through an organization where the money rarely gets to where itís intended.


... While Americans work hard and strive for success, failing and corrupt nations would reap the benefits.

Needless to say, the failing nations, led by banana republic regimes, would like nothing better. A global tax would be the ultimate handout ó and security assurance ó for crippled governments, failed states, and totalitarian regimes.


... Americans need to be ready to make their voices heard. The world community needs to understand that the United States and its citizens view any proposal for global taxation as an unacceptable attack on our sovereignty. Hopefully, this time, Americans will take the chain saw to the U.N.'s global tax agenda once and for all.