Skip to comments.The UN Tax???? - The UN wants to tax us!
Posted on 12/22/2003 7:32:21 PM PST by Conservomax
Many politicians seem to think that the answer to every alleged problem is higher taxes. Howard Dean, for instance, has said he would repeal the Bush tax cuts -- even though this would boost the average familys tax burden by nearly $2,000.
This initiative sounds radical, and it is. But some proposals out there are even worse.
The United Nations, for instance, wants to create an International Tax Organization (ITO) that would have the power to interfere with national tax policies.
This crazy idea first surfaced two years ago in a report from the world bodys High-Level Panel on Financing for Development. Since then, the U.N. has been working to turn it into reality. For instance, U.N. General Secretary Kofi Annan recently called for the creation of a global tax commission. But no matter what its called, an international bureaucracy with power over tax policy would be an assault on American sovereignty.
An international tax organization, of course, would mean higher taxes and bigger government. Indeed, U.N. officials have been quite open about their intentions. The chairman of the U.N. panel that first endorsed the creation of an ITO said that it would take a lead role in restraining tax competition. According to this mentality, its unfair for America to have lower taxes than places such as France and Germany, especially if it means that jobs and investment flee Europes welfare states and come to America.
For all intents and purposes, the U.N. wants to create an OPEC for politicians. Governments would conspire to keep taxes high, and countries with free-market tax systems -- such as the United States, Switzerland, Ireland and Hong Kong -- would be targeted for persecution.
The U.N. also wants the power to levy its own taxes. The original report looked at two options, a tax on currency transactions and a tax on energy consumption. Both of these proposals would hit America hardest. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. In the past, the U.N. has endorsed new taxes on the Internet, including a tax on e-mail. Again, the U.S. economy would pay the lions share if this reckless idea took effect.
But the prize for the worst U.N. idea probably belongs to the proposal to give governments permanent taxing rights over emigrants. You see, the U.N. thinks its unfair when talented people leave high-tax socialist nations and move to places such as America. But since even the U.N. realizes it would be unacceptable to prohibit emigration, the bureaucrats are instead proposing to let governments tax income earned in other nations.
This scheme is a direct attack on American interests because of our high levels of immigration -- particularly the well-educated portion of the immigrant population. For instance, if a doctor from the Caribbean moves to America, his home government would get to tax income he earns here. If a Chinese entrepreneur moves to Silicon Valley, the Chinese government would get to tax his U.S. income.
Foreign-born workers in the United States, including both citizens and resident aliens, earn nearly $600 billion each year. Imagine the damage if foreign governments could tax that income. Even if they imposed only a 15 percent tax rate, foreign governments could drain nearly $100 billion from our economy.
There is an understandable temptation to dismiss these U.N. proposals as silly. After all, the United States can veto any bad initiatives. But this passive approach is a mistake. What would happen, say, if Howard Dean were president when the U.N. was voting whether to create an International Tax Organization? Could we trust him to veto this nutty scheme?
Another reason we should worry: The U.N. is just one of several international bureaucracies working to undermine fiscal sovereignty. The Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) targets harmful tax competition and the Brussels-based European Union enthusiastically backs tax harmonization.
Whats particularly troubling is that U.S. taxpayers are footing the bill for much of this nonsense. We dont belong to the European Union, but we pay 25 percent of the costs at the U.N. and the OECD.
Fortunately, some members of Congress are trying to address this. For example, Rep. John Sweeney, R-N.Y., has introduced legislation that would end U.S. funding of these bureaucracies if they insist on pursuing policies that undermine America. Bureaucrats at the U.N. and OECD dont want to risk their bloated budgets and tax-free salaries, so this is a good approach.
Clearly we have to do something -- unless we want to see our tax bills soar
Let's see...they want to leave dictators in power; they want to control the Internet; they want to revoke the Constitution of the United States of America's Second Amendment; and now they want to tax us?
If the U.N. is trying to foment an armed revolt against their presence in the United States, they're certainly going about it the right way...
In a word: no.
It bears repeating. The United Nations does NOT stand for either life or liberty. They are nothing but a leftist-legitimized collective of tinpot dictators who want a means to boss around the only remaining superpower and defender of liberty in the world.
U.S. out of U.N. (and vice-versa)!
This is idiotic. First of all, jobs are created by businesses and commerce. The governments in France and Germany provide health care for all their citizens which in turn makes it a lower cost for businesses (they don't have to provide it).
Excessive taxation allows governments to subsidize whole industries and promotes dumping (selling products below their cost to capture market share and destroy competition).
If Kofi and Co want to make markets fair they should limit taxation and government, not seek to expand it. No country (or union of countries) has ever taxed itself to prosperity.
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The American People have NOT "Endorsed" the "UN!"
This OBSCENE POWER-GRAB by the "UN" is NOT sanctioned by the American People.
This OBSCENITY is MORE THAN SUFFICIENT JUSTIFICATION to REQUIRE that the "UN" move to a location OUTSIDE the US--& NOT "Involve Itself" in Affairs of the US!!
The UN is NOT ONLY IRRELEVANT,--it is an ACTIVE OBSTRUCTION!!
The "UN" should be "Removed to" a "Location" more "in Keeping" with It's Behavior,--Bangladesh, or Cameroon, or the Philippeans, or Mozambique, or Zimbabwea, or Cyprus,--etc.etc.etc....
The "UN" has LOST any "Credibility" in America--It Should GO!!!