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The UN Tax???? - The UN wants to tax us!
Front Page Mag | Daniel Mitchel

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 family’s 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 body’s “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 it’s 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, it’s unfair for America to have lower taxes than places such as France and Germany, especially if it means that jobs and investment flee Europe’s 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 lion’s 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 it’s 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.”

What’s particularly troubling is that U.S. taxpayers are footing the bill for much of this nonsense. We don’t 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 don’t 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


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: highertaxes; kofiannan; taxes; un; uniteddictators; untaxes
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To: Conservomax
H*&^ NO, we won't pay!
101 posted on 12/24/2003 8:28:47 AM PST by princess leah
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To: Brett66
It is already happening indirectly. Our government taxes us. Our government is the major source of funds for the U.N. Therefore, we are paying taxes to the U.N.
102 posted on 12/24/2003 9:11:45 AM PST by MichiganCheese (Does the PC crowd know that holiday is derived from HOLY DAY?)
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To: Conservomax
We also need to be very wary of "matching funds" schemes which effectively usurp sovergnty. The Feds use that to step into states rights areas where the Feds aren't permitted by the constitution.

Any power of the purse is subject to abuse in this manner and therefore must be strictly limited.

103 posted on 12/24/2003 10:20:18 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: Conservomax
We are marching closer and closer to the One World Government..but now at a pace that is mind boggling.. Bush and Fox IMHO are working toward an Pan American 'EU' ..
104 posted on 12/24/2003 11:02:56 AM PST by Zipporah
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To: Beck_isright
Every time you vote Demipublican or Republicrat, you endorse the UN.

There is no other option than GOP now. To think otherwise is delusional. Either the Republicans will change with time or it is all lost.
105 posted on 12/24/2003 1:12:18 PM PST by singsong (Demoralization kils first the civilization and THEN the people.)
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To: Conservomax
unecessary

unscum take your "tax papers" and shove them up DEEP then leave your hands there to hold them in place.(and pick your noses from the inside while your there)

106 posted on 12/24/2003 1:23:20 PM PST by ChefKeith (NASCAR...everything else is just a game!)
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To: Brett66
We fought a war over taxtion without representation once. Bring it on UN

HEAR HEAR!!!

We will not let this happen again...!

Bring it UN..may your death be by our hand!

107 posted on 12/24/2003 1:26:57 PM PST by MetalHeadConservative35 (what the heck! its 2003 !! wheres my jetsons car!!! (and yes democrats still cause cancer)
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To: Brett66
Yeah! That's what the Boston Tea Party was about!!!!!!!!!!
108 posted on 12/24/2003 4:18:22 PM PST by davidosborne (www.davidosborne.net)
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To: Conservomax
The United Nations, for instance, wants to create an International Tax Organization (ITO) that would have the power to interfere with national tax policies.

The WTO already does this.

109 posted on 12/24/2003 4:20:19 PM PST by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: Brett66
We fought a war over taxtion without representation once. Bring it on UN.

We have a UN ambassador, and he's one of the few with veto power. Ergo, we have viable representation. That point has no basis. UN taxation is certainly an evil idea to be destroyed, but that isn't the argument to use.

And remember, taxation WITH representation isn't all that hot, either!

110 posted on 12/24/2003 4:28:11 PM PST by Teacher317
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To: Conservomax
The world not as Koffi Annan sees it but how it would really be if all these socialist hash pipe dreams ever came to be would be a at worst vast area's of developing countries reverting back to what SOMALIA/ETHIOPIA/SUDAN presently look like as for the first world countries they would devolve into socialist police states like Romania or Bulgaria during the early {circa 1950's} cold war.

Aint that a cheery f**king thought!!!!!!!!!!
111 posted on 12/24/2003 5:00:42 PM PST by Nebr FAL owner (.308 "reach out and thump someone " & .50 cal Browning "reach out & CRUSH someone")
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To: Cultural Jihad
Luxury condo's my a#s turn the whole structure into adult bookstore/nude dancer bar/Brothel it will more than make up for all the unpaid fines /tickets that the UN collect & the building will be used for what it was designed for & has been used for .
112 posted on 12/24/2003 5:06:02 PM PST by Nebr FAL owner (.308 "reach out and thump someone " & .50 cal Browning "reach out & CRUSH someone")
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To: Conservomax
1 - "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. "

Not unlike what the US government does. Do you know that the IRS has offices in every country in the world, and that as an American, your world wide income is subject to IRS tax, no matter where it is earned. There are a few exemptions, depending on what year, and what rules, but as an American, you cannot escape the IRS. Even if you change citizenship, and withdraw from American citizenship, you are still subject to IRS tax.

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=24084

"The United States is one of just four countries that taxes its citizens even if they are living and working abroad, and it is the only country that insists its citizens pay taxes on global income, capital gains and estates. "
113 posted on 12/24/2003 5:23:01 PM PST by XBob
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To: ExSoldier
Way to go keep up the subversion of the socialist goat humpers!
114 posted on 12/24/2003 5:27:07 PM PST by Nebr FAL owner (.308 "reach out and thump someone " & .50 cal Browning "reach out & CRUSH someone")
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To: Angelus Errare
UN Ping.
115 posted on 12/24/2003 5:34:29 PM PST by Green Knight (Looking forward to seeing Jeb stepping over Hillary's rotting political corpse in 2008.)
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To: dirtbiker
I'll be seeing you in all the old familar places ! And yes things will get real interesting real quick!
116 posted on 12/24/2003 5:41:29 PM PST by Nebr FAL owner (.308 "reach out and thump someone " & .50 cal Browning "reach out & CRUSH someone")
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To: Prime Choice
BLOAT = Buy lots of ammo today8^)
117 posted on 12/24/2003 5:43:58 PM PST by Nebr FAL owner (.308 "reach out and thump someone " & .50 cal Browning "reach out & CRUSH someone")
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To: Conservomax
Just start collecting on the a$$holes' parking tickets, for starters.
118 posted on 12/25/2003 12:07:21 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (Society has no place in my gun cabinet, the UN has no place in my pocket. Any questions?.)
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To: XBob
The United States is today and has always been the largest financial contributor to the United Nations System. The U.S. contributed a total of $2.4 billion to the United Nation programs and budget in 1999. This includes contributions to the UN regular budget, the regular budgets of the specialized agencies, peacekeeping efforts, and a wide variety of special programs and emergency relief operations.

Member states contribute to the United Nations in two basic ways: through assessed contributions to the UN regular budget and to the regular budgets of the United Nations specialized agencies, and through voluntary contributions to special United Nations programs.

Contributions to the Regular United Nations Budget
The contributions of member states to the regular United Nations budget are set under the United Nations scales of assessments. The scale is based broadly on "capacity to pay" as measured by Member States' shares of the world Gross National Product (GNP) and other factors. It includes discounts for countries with low per capita income (PCI).

For the period 1998 through 2000, the United States has been assessed 25 percent of the regular UN budget (which totals $2.536 billion for 2000-2001). This covers the overall Secretariat and Headquarters costs as well as programs established by the UN General Assembly. For many years, the United States has been advocating comprehensive reforms to bring the scale of assessment up to date and create a broader and more equitable distribution of the responsibility for UN financing. Any change to the scale of assessments needs to be approved by the United Nations General Assembly.

Contributions to Peacekeeping Operations
In 2000, the United Nations was funding 15 peacekeeping operations around the world with over 19,000 troops in the field. With major peacekeeping operations (PKOs) around the world, from Kosovo and East Timor to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sierra Leone, the United States expects that the UN budget will double to nearly $3 billion in 2001.

Member states are assessed separately for each peacekeeping operation.


For Calendar Year 2000, peacekeeping is funded by an ad hoc system of apportionment that is based on the regular budget rates, but provides substantial discounts to most countries. The assessment rates of the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council are increased to accommodate these discounts. Today 98 percent of costs are assessed to just 30 UN member states. The top five contributors pay more than 75 percent of expenses.


The UN assesses the U.S. at 30.3 percent for peacekeeping operations, but, in accordance with U.S. law that went into effect in Fiscal Year 1996, the U.S. can pay no more than 25 percent. In 1999, the U.S. contributed $216 million for United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world.


Budgets of Other Agencies
The United States is generally assessed at the same rate as the regular UN budget (currently 25 percent) for the budgets of many UN specialized agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO), World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and International Labor Organization (ILO).
U.S. contribution rates are lower in percentage terms for the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and Universal Postal Union (UPU), since contributions to those agencies are based on a system known as "contributory units." Each country chooses the number of units of the budget that it wants to contribute. The U.S. usually chooses to pay at the highest allowable category of contributory units, or chooses to match the highest category chosen by any other country.

Percentage contributions by governments to the budget of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) are smaller than for other international organizations, as more than half of WIPO's funding is generated by user fees paid by the private sector.

The U.S. is also the largest contributor to the World Trade Organization, whose scale of assessment is based on national shares of average world trade.

In addition to assessed contributions to the regular budgets of the Geneva-based agencies, the U.S. also makes substantial voluntary contributions to international organizations. This is especially the case for humanitarian agencies such as the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Budgetary Reform
In November 1999, Congress passed legislation (Helms-Biden) providing for payment of $926 million in arrears in three tranches, subject to the fulfillment of specific conditions in each of those years.

The tranche amounts and the certifications are as follows. Tranche One: Amount: $100 million was paid to the United Nations in December 1999. Certifications: the UN has no standing army; the UN and certain UN system organizations met the following provisions: they have taken no action causing the U.S. to violate its Constitution or laws; do not have external authority to borrow money; do not challenge U.S. sovereignty; do not tax U.S. citizens; do not charge interest on arrears; and do not infringe on U.S. property rights.

Tranche Two: Amount: $475 million to be paid to the United Nations, plus an additional $107 million UN peacekeeping reimbursement credit. Certifications: assessment rate ceiling for UN regular budget reduced to 22 percent; assessment rate ceiling for UN peacekeeping established at 25 percent; action on contested arrears.

Tranche Three: Amount: $244 million ($30 million for the UN and $214 million to other international organizations). Certifications: no-growth budgets in FAO, ILO, WHO for the 2000-2001 biennium; ; assessment rate ceilings in FAO, ILO, WHO reduced to 22 percent; U.S. seat on the UN budget committee (ACABQ); evaluation criteria and "sunset" policy for UN, FAO, ILO and WHO programs; criteria for inspectors general established in the FAO, ILO, and WHO; new budget procedures in the UN, FAO, ILO, and WHO; U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) access to UN financial data; changes in the UN's personnel system; assessment rate ceiling for the UN regular budget reduced to 20 percent (a waiver was included in the legislation for this final element).

119 posted on 12/25/2003 3:47:55 AM PST by ijcr (Age and treachery will always overcome youth and ability.)
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To: Conservomax
Why in the world would the UN want to tax us?

Oh, I forgot. The Clintons and their group want to rule the world and make us all slaves.
120 posted on 12/25/2003 5:48:13 PM PST by freekitty
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To: Conservomax
this is ridiculous, the UN is funded by member states on a voluntary basis. To have the UN talk about enforcing a tax is madness violation of its own charters.
121 posted on 12/26/2003 7:19:09 AM PST by JudgemAll
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To: backhoe
CAN YOU just imagine a child coming to a un refugee camp thinking that they will get help only to be raped, I know what I would do if I were in charge of the un, but you will see or hear nothing which leads me to believe that they are complicit in the whole thing.
122 posted on 12/26/2003 10:29:49 AM PST by douglas1 (i)
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To: Conservomax
If this is ever tried in this country its time to 'Lock And Load'.
123 posted on 12/26/2003 11:41:26 AM PST by vladog
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To: Conservomax; GeronL; jgrubbs; Mid-State Constitution Party; sheltonmac
Clearly we have to do something -- unless we want to see our tax bills soar

For starters, let's elect officials who would stop transferring federal tax dollars to the U.N. and reward those who are currently in office and make such an effort with re-election (such as Congressman Ron Paul).

The UN would have neither the ability nor the gall to demand any money from the American People if we were to cut off this parasitical drain on our earnings.

Defund the UN from the U.S. budget, and pass along the savings in an income tax elimination.

124 posted on 12/26/2003 12:49:56 PM PST by The_Eaglet (Peroutka for President)
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To: The_Eaglet
I bump to that
125 posted on 12/26/2003 5:17:41 PM PST by GeronL (The Revolution should be televised! Imagine the ratings!)
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To: Cultural Jihad
It would've made a better airplane target 27-some months ago too...
126 posted on 12/26/2003 9:19:36 PM PST by solitas (sleep well, gentle reader; but remember there ARE such things...)
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To: Blue Highway
"Kofi-no-cream"! (I think Bernie McGuirk first said that on Imus' show)
127 posted on 12/26/2003 9:21:42 PM PST by solitas (sleep well, gentle reader; but remember there ARE such things...)
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To: Conservomax
The UN is by parasites, of parasites and for parasites. The US needs to de-worm itself of this bunch, NOW!
128 posted on 12/26/2003 9:27:17 PM PST by luvmysuv
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To: Conservomax
I'm really not worried. It would be instant political suicide for any president, R or D, to ever agree to such a thing, for him and his whole party.
129 posted on 12/27/2003 4:18:34 AM PST by zbigreddogz
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To: backhoe
RE the sex book for children: "That book was a product of the Mexican government, supported by UNICEF financially as part of UNICEF's support to the Mexican government," Mr. Ironside said.

Interesting.. makes you wonder if they were attempting this as population control for the 'underclass'.. instead they're sending them to the US in droves ..

130 posted on 12/27/2003 8:47:27 AM PST by Zipporah (Write in Tancredo 2004)
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To: zbigreddogz
It's the idea that counts.
131 posted on 12/27/2003 2:18:21 PM PST by Conservomax (shill: One who poses as a satisfied customer or an enthusiastic gambler to dupe bystanders into part)
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To: Carolinamom
How much longer does Kofi Annan have in his UN position/job?

Good question -

Too long.
132 posted on 12/28/2003 6:25:56 AM PST by flamefront (To the victor go the oils. No oil or oil-money for islamofascist weapons of mass annihilation.)
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To: Conservomax
not only no but Hell no.
NYC is not so far away that one cannot drive there, and the UN doesn't have so many delegates that one cannot...
133 posted on 12/29/2003 9:43:45 AM PST by King Prout (oh, finding your "core values" in the latest poll, are you, Mr. Dean?)
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To: MichiganCheese; All
It is already happening indirectly. Our government taxes us. Our government is the major source of funds for the U.N. Therefore, we are paying taxes to the U.N.

Thanks.

Also, for all the people who think the U.N is pure Communist evil and are right now locking and loading against the black helicopters, I got news for you - the U.N. takes orders from us, not the other way around! The U.N. is only as powerful as the United States allows it to be. After all, we created it and fund it! Don't be so paranoid.

134 posted on 12/30/2003 1:06:24 PM PST by conserv13
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To: Conservomax
This reeks of Soros' one world vision...
135 posted on 12/30/2003 1:07:50 PM PST by antaresequity (...)
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To: Conservomax
>>International Tax Organization (ITO) that would have the power to interfere with national tax policies.

Oh, please...can't the libs just stay drugged 24/7?
136 posted on 12/30/2003 1:09:19 PM PST by The Raven
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To: jjm2111
Who cares what it could read, how about what it does read! 30 seconds on google yields:

That was a correct use of an elipses because it did not change the original message, it only condensed it to make it easier to read.
137 posted on 12/30/2003 1:20:23 PM PST by chudogg (www.chudogg.blogspot.com)
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