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U.K. Pulls Plug on United Nations Spending in Opposition of U.S."
FoxNews.com ^ | March 03, 2011 | George Russell

Posted on 03/04/2011 11:00:48 AM PST by Scanian

Critics of U.S. spending on the United Nations got a huge boost—and supporters of that spending, especially the Obama Administration, took a body blow—from an unlikely source this week: the British government, long one of the U.N.’s staunchest supporters.

In a sweeping and hard-nosed reorganization of priorities for its $10.6 billion multilateral foreign aid program, the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government of Prime Minister David Cameron has pulled the financial plug entirely on four U.N. agencies at the end of next year, put three others judged merely “adequate” on notice that they could face the same fate unless they improve their performance “as a matter of absolute urgency;” and issued pointed criticisms of almost all the rest.

The major exception: UNICEF, the U.N. children’s aid agency, which got a strong endorsement and a funding increase.

The tough actions were revealed as the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, led by House Foreign Affairs Committee chairperson Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, has been gearing up an extended critical look at U.N. funding as part of its overall budget austerity plan. The British revelations also came while U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice was on an extended cross-country tour, drumming up grass-roots support for U.N. funding in what is sure to be a protracted battle. Unveiling of the new British priorities undoubtedly will hearten her opponents on Capitol Hill.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: bankrupt; broke; budget; cameron; debt; england; libdems; spending; tories; uk; un; unicef; waste
I was one of Cameron's biggest doubters during the British campaign but I have to admit---I was wrong about him in many ways.

He has been a pleasant surprise, especially when considering that he is in a coalition with the "British Obama," Nick Clegg.

Now, if he can arrange a visa for Michael Savage...

Not that Savage wants to go there, mind you.

1 posted on 03/04/2011 11:00:50 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

I hear you and wonder if Cameron could change Savage’s mind LOL


2 posted on 03/04/2011 11:05:19 AM PST by rockrr ("Remember PATCO!")
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To: Scanian

3 posted on 03/04/2011 11:06:31 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: Scanian

If you think that USG and State workers are overpaid and have giant benefits..then just take a look at what UN employees get. They really do think of themselves as the elite and privileged.
Besides high pay..complete medical..they get private school and University tuition for their kids. Their kids get to go to US Ivy league schools and the UN pays the bill.


4 posted on 03/04/2011 11:06:47 AM PST by Oldexpat
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To: Scanian
The major exception: UNICEF, the U.N. children’s aid agency, which got a strong endorsement and a funding increase.

This really stunned me, as UNICEF is the most left-leaning organization in the UN. If you doubt that, go to your local library and read some of their materials or dig it out online. When UNICEF Trick-or-Treaters come to my house each year, I ask them if they support anti-American brain washing. When they say "No", I ask them to do their homework and study the materials of the organization they're working for. I wouldn't give a dime to UNICEF.

5 posted on 03/04/2011 11:06:53 AM PST by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: Scanian

The UN along with ATF, Pubic Broadcasting, and Planned “Parenthood” should be cut off from tax payer funds.


6 posted on 03/04/2011 11:09:57 AM PST by ZULU (No nation which ever attempted to tolerate Islam, escaped total Islamization.)
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To: ZULU

If the ‘Rats insist on CR’s, the pubbies can keep calling for cuts just like that.

If they did, I have a hunch the ‘Rats will come up with a budget quick-like.


7 posted on 03/04/2011 11:12:53 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Obama has moved US Foreign Policy to the left of Europe.


8 posted on 03/04/2011 11:14:29 AM PST by AU72
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To: econjack

Well, I hope WE don’t!

Truthfully though-—did you really expect Cameron to do as well as he has considering that he has Clegg hung around his neck?

He has some downside but I think he is showing far more commitment to West than anybody in the Dhimmi Party has in years.


9 posted on 03/04/2011 11:15:56 AM PST by Scanian
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To: rockrr

Could be...it shouldn’t be that hard to show that things have changed with Jacqui Smith’s departure.

I’d love for Cameron to convince Savage to make the trip. And then set up a twin bill with Mike and Geert Wilders on the same night.


10 posted on 03/04/2011 11:21:19 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Don’t misunderstand. I applaud his steps to cut back on the UN contribution and I hope the US does the same. I am, however, shocked that he kept the UNICEF funding in place given their past track record.


11 posted on 03/04/2011 11:24:36 AM PST by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: AU72

Part of the difference has to do with rotten US FP under Obama. But some of the Europeans have gotten a clue, based on harsh economic reality if nothing else.

Right now, I see Cameron, Merkel, and Sarko vying for the role of “Leader of the Free World.”

Obama forfeited any consideration his first week in office.


12 posted on 03/04/2011 11:24:48 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Good for the Brits! Now if the U.S. would only follow suit...


13 posted on 03/04/2011 11:25:07 AM PST by American Quilter (Fire the striking Wisconsin teachers--and their Democrat congressional traitors.)
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To: American Quilter

no chance.
obama and the likes of Holder plus THEIR people will always want to give our money away.


14 posted on 03/04/2011 11:29:26 AM PST by manc (Shame on all who voted for the repeal of DADT, who supported it or never tried to stop it. Traitors)
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To: American Quilter

Cameron’s actions suggest that he would like to be viewed as the Leader of the West, a title that Obama clearly doesn’t give a ‘Rat’s patooty about.


15 posted on 03/04/2011 11:31:45 AM PST by Scanian
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To: All

A pleasant shock for a change!


16 posted on 03/04/2011 11:34:10 AM PST by Maverick68
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To: econjack

I’d like to know the Brits’ justification myself. Maybe it will come out shortly.

The only thing I can think of is that the Tories may feel that former colonies and Commonwealth countries derive some benefit from UNICEF. No excuse-—but it might be a reason.


17 posted on 03/04/2011 11:35:47 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen however is a stinking open-borders RINO.


18 posted on 03/04/2011 11:40:36 AM PST by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: Frantzie

That district sure ain’t what it used to be for the right. Lots of Central and South Americans have moved in making any kind of GOP representation in the future a bit dubious. Plus the younger Cuabans are nothing like their parents and grandparents. So we end up with Ileana.

She does, however, come up with some good Spanish language attacks on Obamacare, wild spending, and other stuff which I have sent to some South American friends who buy into all the international media’s “Saint Obama” BS.

But I do wish we could come up with someone more conservative.

Maybe Allen West has a brother or sister?


19 posted on 03/04/2011 11:55:23 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Frantzie

Doubledown Boehner! Defund these criminal bastards now


20 posted on 03/04/2011 1:19:53 PM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: econjack

Yeah, but they are working with children, so they are pretty much bullet proof at the moment. What politician wants to be accused of “hurting the kids”? It will take a little longer before the UK population is wised up enough for Cameron to be able to move on UNICEF.


21 posted on 03/05/2011 5:52:30 AM PST by Vanders9
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To: Scanian

Thats an easy one. See post #21


22 posted on 03/05/2011 5:54:17 AM PST by Vanders9
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To: Vanders9
What politician wants to be accused of “hurting the kids”?

Therein is the crux of ALL of our problems. Politicians only care about getting reelected by people who really don't understand the issues. They give away our money [i.e., the 60% of us who pay taxes] to those who don't pay taxes. Personally, my feeling is: If you don't pay taxes, you don't get to vote. Think about how that would alter the landscape!

23 posted on 03/05/2011 5:59:20 AM PST by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: econjack
This is a fracture line with the whole concept of democracy. Our leaders are elected. Therefore they need public support. Therefore, there is always the temptation for them to do what is popular rather than what is right (tragically the two are not always the same). Even if they do believe in an unpopular course of action, the democratic process still means that such actions will be punished at the ballot box. What's the point of taking a principled stand if you will simply be fired for doing so, and therefore unable to influence the situation anyway? This is the problem here. Cameron certainly knows UNICEF's darker side, but he cannot move on them. The great British public will not stand for it. Not at the moment anyway.

Don't get me wrong, I think Democracy is great - there is a very definite link between free societies and rich, happy, and/or powerful societies. I'd certainly prefer to live in a democratic society than any of the autocracy's, theocracy's and plain dictatorships that are the lot of far too many people in this world. But there are weaknesses, and we need to be aware of them.

24 posted on 03/05/2011 6:12:31 AM PST by Vanders9
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To: Vanders9

I dunno...all the cuts the Tories have made have resulted in similar demagoguery.


25 posted on 03/05/2011 6:15:03 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Vanders9
This is a fracture line with the whole concept of democracy.

Absolutely true. However, consider this. In fact, we are a Republic, not a Democracy...a small, but significant difference. We do operate on representative gov't. However, we do have the technology now to do away with representatives and let the people vote on major issues directly. Voting electronically after qualifying (retina scan, finger prints, ??) is possible. With dead people in Lake County, Indiana, voting twice, how bad could this alternative be?

26 posted on 03/05/2011 6:19:16 AM PST by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: econjack

Letting people vote on issues directly would make the problem of democracy worse. By the end of the Athenian democracy (a pure and direct democracy), the Athenian people were voting themselves generous helpings of silver tetradrachms from the public treasury.
At least representative government puts the brakes on the whim of the mob to a certain extent...


27 posted on 03/05/2011 5:31:46 PM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: econjack
Unfortunately, the problem with participative democracy, as opposed to representative democracy, is that it presumes the people a) know enough about the issues, b) care enough about the issues and c)are prepared to participate in the entire political process to a level that they are certainly not doing now. Now, it is possible, as some argue, that the reason people do not involve themselves in politics is that they feel their voice does not count, and that a participatory system would revitalise the electorate, but personally I doubt this. Even if they did, what guarantee would you have that the right decisions, as opposed to ones that simply reflect self-interest, would ever be made? Check your own tagline!

The fact is that democracies, even those with inbuilt constitutional absolutes like the US, are dependent on citizens taking an active part. This should not surprise. How can government "of the people, for the people, by the people" work if the people concerned do not participate?

28 posted on 03/06/2011 9:56:46 AM PST by Vanders9
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To: Vanders9

You’re right...on all counts.


29 posted on 03/06/2011 1:59:44 PM PST by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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