Just in time for Earth Day, we get this story about how the good people at the United Nations want to tax hatd-working Americans to give the money, not to poorer Americans, but to people in the undeveloped nations:
The tab for U.N.’s Rio summit: Trillions per year in taxes, transfers and price hikes
By George Russell | Published April 20, 2012 | FoxNews.com
The upcoming United Nations environmental conference on sustainable development will consider a breathtaking array of carbon taxes, transfers of trillions of dollars from wealthy countries to poor ones, and new spending programs to guarantee that populations around the world are protected from the effects of the very programs the world organization wants to implement, according to stunning U.N. documents examined by Fox News.
The main goal of the much-touted, Rio + 20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, scheduled to be held in Brazil from June 20-23, and which Obama Administration officials have supported, is to make dramatic and enormously expensive changes in the way that the world does nearly everything—or, as one of the documents puts it, “a fundamental shift in the way we think and act.”
Among the proposals on how the “challenges can and must be addressed,” according to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon:
- More than $2.1 trillion a year in wealth transfers from rich countries to poorer ones, in the name of fostering “green infrastructure, ” “climate adaptation” and other “green economy” measures.
- New carbon taxes for industrialized countries that could cost about $250 billion a year, or 0.6 percent of Gross Domestic Product, by 2020. Other environmental taxes are mentioned, but not specified.
Much more at the link. Karen, the Lonely Conservative, noted that, despite the United States having a crushing national debt of over $15 trillion, the Obama Administration supports this foolishness. William Teach added:
And guess who gets to administer all this money? The unelected bureaucrats at the United Nations. Anyone remember the UN’s Food For Oil program, and what a colossal failure that was? How about the bribery scandals? Sex trafficking? Major human rights violating countries on the Human Rights Commission?
What this does is what the far left has always been about: more and more power in the hands of the government, giving them more money, and reducing people’s liberty. Liberals should be careful for what they wish for, because they will not be immune to having their own wealth confiscated and their freedom curtailed. And none of it will benefit the environment, sustainability, or reduce globull warming: it’ll just enrich the UN people.
The American people are struggling through an economy which, though technically out of recession, is growing too slowly. Unemployment remains high, and our economic growth rate simply isn’t creating new jobs fast enough to reduce it significantly. It may not be President Obama’s fault that unemployment is so high — though, fault or not, it’s certainly his responsibility, a responsibility for which he asked — and absolutely the last thing that the President of the United States, any President of the United States, should do is to send more of our hard-earned dollars overseas right now. We are already sending too much of the profits of our productivity out of our economy, in debt repayments to China and elsewhere, and in dollars to the oil sheikhs, and some sort of cockamamie carbon tax and wealth transfer from American workers to foreign countries is the last thing we should be doing. If President Obama can’t control our economy in general, the way he thought he could, agreeing to this United Nations’ proposal would be the President taking a direct action which would weaken the economy.
This might be a great idea . . . if you live in Rwanda or Djibouti or Indonesia, and would be the beneficiary of such taxes on Americans. But Barack Obama is not the President of Rwanda or Djibouti or Indonesia; he is President of the United States, and as long as he holds that office, his first responsibility is to the United States and to American citizens. Perhaps, with the presidential election coming up in November and the almost certain Republican candidate, former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA), right on his back, the President will actually remember where his real duty is.