Skip to comments.UN's Jan Egeland Responds to Freeper Email
Posted on 12/28/2004 4:11:38 PM PST by Howlin
Earlier today, responding to these remarks by the UN's Jan Egeland
But U.N. Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland suggested that the United States and other Western nations were being "stingy" with relief funds, saying there would be more available if taxes were raised.
"It is beyond me why are we so stingy, really," the Norwegian-born U.N. official told reporters. "Christmastime should remind many Western countries at least, [of] how rich we have become."
"There are several donors who are less generous than before in a growing world economy," he said, adding that politicians in the United States and Europe "believe that they are really burdening the taxpayers too much, and the taxpayers want to give less. It's not true. They want to give more."
I sent this email to Jan Egeland
You seem to be under the impression that the ONLY way that individuals can donate money to charities and disasters is if the government TAKES the money from them in the form of taxes and gives it to YOU.
Leaving aside the fact that the UN is the last place I want MY government to give money (see Oil for Food scandal), we don't need to be taxed into giving. The United States is a generous country and we WILL give a lot of money to this cause; we're just not going to give it to YOU to spend as you see fit.
The people who really need and deserve the money will get it, without you having the opportunity to cut your slice off of it.
Howlin @ FR
P.S. Forget about a UN and/or world tax; it's not going to happen.
Great job, Howlin
'Bout time someone told them off. And you are just the lady to do it. ;-)
All I did was finally get mad enough to write a nasty email.
It wasn't that hard; in fact, it felt GOOD.
He was NOT misquoted; he's just trying to CYA now.
Good job!..His comments were WAY over the top..Our taxes are not his business and our generosity is great...I am certain his statement angered many Americans..
You are my hero.
I just read today that Volker has told some radio show that the UN sat by and watched as Saddam mad all that money SMUGGLING.
Actually, I saw something on Fox a few weeks ago that showed the "International Red Cross" as just another anti-American group of socialist idiots looking to bring us down (see Amnesty International). And since the tsunami hit, we are giving these ba*tards $15 mil.
Dollars to doughnuts they won't be using it to help out the victims! I am sure the money will be used against us in some way.
Your tax dollars at work...
They would be richer and more prosperous--and would have more largesse to give away--if their taxes were lowered.
Socialism has failed every time and everywhere it has been tried.
Many people didn't have to try it to know that it would fail.
You go, Girl!
You go, howlin-girl! Give 'em hell!!
My money for the disaster in Asia will go to church-related groups.
There was some discussion earlier today about exactly which organization to give money to.
I believe World Vision was one, can that be right?
Can you suggest some?
If the United States wants to aid (within reason) the victims of natural disasters, okay by me. But if my tax dollars come within a hundred miles of the corrupt, filthy fingers of the creeps at the scumbag United Nations, then I will have a real problem. I shall be keeping a careful eye on my Congressman and Senators.
Nice Job!! You do us proud!!
"You may call us "stingy," but we call you and the UN "wasteful".........and downright corrupt."
In a nutshell!!! ^5, Howlin, you go girl!
Jan Egeland firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's what I wrote them.
I write to tell you that your statement about the USA being "stingy" with it's mere $15,000,000 contribution is disgusting. I noticed that you have not disclosed your country's contribution, nor have you for even a second commented about how much relief was sought. It is my recommendation that you contact some of your cronies at the UN and ask that they donate some of the "BILLIONS" that they bilked from the Oil For Food program. Somehow, folks like you have the audacity to take cheap shots at the USA at every opportunity, when, in fact, the USA is by and large the MOST charitable nation on earth.
I would also recommend Samaritan's Purse, run by Franklin Graham.
I had the distinct impression that old Jan thought our taxes should be higher so he could blackmail more of our money out of the government.
You know they want a "UN tax."
I had to rewind my Tivo twice during Special report. I just couldn't believe that Juan Williams was making sense about this issue while Ceci Connolly appeared to be giving the UN a Lewinsky right on the air!
I saw this same UN slug on Fox today. Talk about doing a CYA gavotte. Of course Fox threw him marshmellows.
Catholic Relief Services; Baptist Missions; Mennonite Missions, etc.
The POWER of FR!
Those who are most condemning of capitalism are the eagerest to benefit from it.
The thing is our "sum total" is at 35 million; of course, HE wants CASH to touch and lose.
The UN is going to use this catastrophe as a means to prove that each member country must pay an extra tax towards a disaster-fund. They need something to replace the income from the Oil for Food programme. The only way the UN can continue to exist and pay its 750,000 hangers on, is invent another method of extortion. Remember the slogan:
From each, according to his ability, to each according to his need?
The UN sees itself as the New World Socialist Government IMO. Let the UN move to Eurabia, I am sure they would be more than welcome in Norway.
Some organizations were given a LOT less than the $15 mil. I think they were given something like $1 mil.
Great post, by the way. Thank you so much for telling those idiots what REAL Americans think!
Oh, tell. I missed it until the rerun.
But there's more to it than what Sammon put up.
This Jan guy is one arrogant POS.
He was basically saying that our Congress doesn't realize that we really want to pay more in taxes.
Give me a few I'm going to transcribe the part of the video.
Well, I learned from the pros, like you!
Attaboys to Howlin.
I've seen that, too. What I haven't seen is what Saddam was supposed to be "smuggling". Could it be...OIL?!
Well, yeah - - we sure ARE overtaxed. But other than that, I think you make a good valid point.
Secular socialism has all but destroyed old Europe. Thank God the Democrat Party, whose agenda is to push secular socialism on America, was once again turned away at the polls in the last election.
Marvelous! Just plain marvelous Howlin, good on 'ya!
"I just read today that Volker has told some radio show that the UN sat by and watched as Saddam mad all that money SMUGGLING."
Until I am convinced otherwise, I don't trust Volker to do the job needing done.
Kofi has apparently structured the Volker investigation, such that the report can be edited by him (Kofi).
Maybe I'm wrong, but I distrust Volker, for letting it be structured that way.
The result SHOULD be to prove that France, Russia and Kofi unjustly/illegally enriched themselves. I don't care abuout Saddam. He's locked up for good. The rest aren't.
If Volker doesn't do that, he is worthless, along with his repoprt.
that article deserves a thread of its own
Great sentiment, but try "udders."
The thing is our "sum total" is at 35 million; of course, HE wants CASH to touch and lose.
The first figure I saw was 15, but since I am a DoD employee, I am also aware of the "uncounted" costs associated with our relief efforts. I'm not expecting a reply, but if I do, I'll share it here.
COLLINS: The tsunami disaster in Asia is triggering what's likely to be one of the biggest worldwide relief efforts in history.
As our Allan Chernoff reports, the ripples of the disaster are reaching out now to the United States.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The U.S. State Department.
ALLAN CHERNOFF, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Americans are answering the call for help, opening their hearts and wallets as they phone in donations to the American Red Cross.
LESLIE GOTTLIEB, AMERICAN RED CROSS: Calls have really increased in the past day, I think, as the enormity of the situation hits home and people realize how devastating this is.
CHERNOFF: Relief workers in Portland are packing medical supplies. A volunteer medical team is scheduled to fly Tuesday morning to Thailand.
BAS VANDERZALM, NORTHWEST MEDICAL TEAMS: Volunteer medical professionals in the Northwest are incredible and very giving. And so we are ready with personnel to be deployed.
CHERNOFF: And the international relief group Doctors Without Borders is seeking volunteers.
CATRIN SCHULTE HILLEN, DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS: Our first appeal is to medical personnel and logistic personnel that is available, that can help, yes, we'd be delighted. We need volunteers for the field.
CHERNOFF: Employees of the International Red Cross, CARE and OXFAM are already on the ground, working on the harsh logistics of providing food, drinking water and medical care. Aid workers agree the need will go on for months.
CHRISTOPH GORDER, AMERICARES: The larger task at hand will be keeping the survivors alive. There are millions of people who were displaced and vulnerable, in these unsanitary conditions, to killer diseases like diarrhea and upper respiratory tract infections.
CHERNOFF: Secretary of State Powell announced the U.S. government is starting off with $15 million in assistance. Not enough, argues the head of emergency relief at the United Nations.
JAN EGELAND, U.N. UNDER SECRETARY-GENERAL: It is beyond me why we are -- why are we so stingy, really, when we are, and even at Christmastime should remind many Western countries, at least, how rich we have become.
CHERNOFF (on camera): Relief organizations say Americans should donate money, not goods. That will allow professional aid workers to buy and deliver the goods and services that victims most desperately need.
Allan Chernoff, CNN, New York. (END VIDEOTAPE)
We already give more than any other country to the UN now; where's that money?
I hate these people that talk like our charity is their entitlement. We are the most generous nation but we do not like getting badgered for more and more, especially when they don't spend it wisely.
I am kind of sketchy on Volker, too.
"Mr. Speaker--I have as much respect for the memory of the deceased, and as much sympathy for the suffering of the living, if there be, as any man in this House, but we must not permit our respect for the dead or our sympathy for part of the living to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance of the living. I will not go into an argument to prove that Congress has not the power to appropriate this money as an act of charity. Every member on this floor knows it.
We have the right as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money. Some eloquent appeals have been made to us upon the ground that it is a debt due the deceased. Mr. Speaker, the deceased lived long after the close of the war; he was in office to the day of his death, and I ever heard that the government was in arrears to him.
Is just as true today as it was then. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of private charities collecting monies and supplies for this tragedy. Materials that will get there a lot quicker than anything going through government channels. Instead of calling for the national government to spend taxpayer dollars, donate to these charities instead. And yes for the record, I already have. Would you believe it? There's even one right here in our own state....
You rock...Howln, a keyboard, and an ISP are an awesome combination..why don't you try and destabilize Iran in your spare time...FYI..John GIbson on the O'Reilly factor will be covering this very topic.in a few minutes..and we KNOW he DON'T like the UN
"I still can't find one."
U.N. Briefing on Relief for Victims of Earthquakes & Floods
Jan Egeland, U.N. Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, briefs the press on United Nation relief efforts for victims of the earthquakes and floods.
12/27/2004: WASHINGTON, DC: 50 min.
Start at about the 41 minute mark.
Oh, let me clarify.
I was talking about the INTERNATIONAL Red Cross. The American Red Cross is, of course, a decent organization (for the most part--they have their own problems with corruption, but that isn't the topic). They are totally separate entities. The guy on Fox made the distinction several times.
Damn Good Question. You incorporated a lot of my concerns. Thanks.