United Nations leaders want a world tax to help the poor?

posted at 4:15 pm on February 3, 2012 by Tina Korbe

At least United Nations officials are transparent about their goals to redistribute wealth on a global scale. According to several U.N. leaders, health care, education, housing, water and sanitation, among other services, are basic human rights, equivalent to the rights to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” To ensure these rights, these U.N. higher-ups want to institute a global tax. The Deseret News reports:

Inside the U.N., another group of civil society leaders demanded a basic level of social security as they promoted a “social protection floor” at a preparatory forum for the Commission on Social Development, which began Feb. 1.

The focus of the forum was “universal access to basic social protection and social services.”

“No one should live below a certain income level,” stated Milos Koterec, President of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. “Everyone should be able to access at least basic health services, primary education, housing, water, sanitation and other essential services.”

The money to fund these services may come from a new world tax.

“We will need a modest but long-term way to finance this transformation,” stated Jens Wandel, Deputy Director of the United Nations Development Program. “One idea which we could consider is a minimal financial transaction tax (of .005 percent). This will create $40 billion in revenue.”

Thankfully, the United Nations doesn’t really have the authority to institute this type of tax without the agreement of its member nations, but these sorts of schemes that blatantly favor central planning over grass-roots development initiatives that are more effective anyway make me wonder: What does the United States gain by its membership in the United Nations? Consider: In 2010, the United States gave $7.7 billion to the United Nations system — and for what return? Wouldn’t that money have been better spent on more concentrated international development efforts? The United Nations — an unaccountable bureaucracy — repeatedly proves itself corrupt and inefficient, yet leaders of the most respectable nations in the world continue to pay court to despots and dictators at U.N. headquarters. Why?


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Bishop?

bofh on February 3, 2012 at 4:18 PM

They can go F themselves. Let some of the other western countries contribute half of what we give to the poor, and we’ll talk.

The Count on February 3, 2012 at 4:18 PM

I’m sure it will go to helping “the poor” about as much as the hundreds of billions the U.S. has handed out directly over the decades.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 3, 2012 at 4:19 PM

If not for the UN, who would rape women in Africa? And who would produce and distribute pedophilia material. The UN’s mission is important, people!

lorien1973 on February 3, 2012 at 4:19 PM

The U.N. has got to go……..and bleed another country dry. Give them the boot.

multiuseless on February 3, 2012 at 4:19 PM

If enacted, I predict at least $0.90 of ever dollar will make it into the hands of the poor. There will be zero waste, fraud and abuse, and administrative costs and salaries will be well below the private sector. /

Kataklysmic on February 3, 2012 at 4:20 PM

In other words, they want even more WEALTH RE-DISTRUBTION….
One more excellent reason for the United States to TOTALLY and COMPLETELY stop all payments to this socialist extremist organization and kick it out of America.

TeaPartyNation on February 3, 2012 at 4:20 PM

It would be nice if we could leave this corrupt institution.

Sultanofsham on February 3, 2012 at 4:20 PM

The only country in the ‘world’ that has money is china, and do you think they will go along with this? We here in the US has to borrow from china to help every flying country in the ‘world’ now on every issue. WE are plum out of money and with bho and team in charge we will continue to be out of money. When will the ‘world’ bail us out?
L

letget on February 3, 2012 at 4:21 PM

I’m sure it will go to helping “the poor” about as much as the hundreds of billions the U.S. has handed out directly over the decades.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 3, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Yep … Look up “corrupt” in the dictionary and you’ll see the UN.

darwin on February 3, 2012 at 4:22 PM

The AGW hoax bottomed out so they are going with plan b to redistribute wealth. The only problem the money never get’s to the poor. It’s just more bureaucratic theft.

Dr Evil on February 3, 2012 at 4:24 PM

At least this is honest about their intention, unlike AGW and other crap done recently.

Scott H on February 3, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Start charging Europe for the free defense entitlement it gets and the money they want to pony up for this can go toward our debt.

The U.S. would indirectly pay all of the tax

kunegetikos on February 3, 2012 at 4:24 PM

I often wonder lately, “what planet do I live on?”. Has it always been this way?

And NO!

GeorgieGirl9 on February 3, 2012 at 4:25 PM

What would Jesus do? Let’s ask the Lord Obamalama.

Fletch54 on February 3, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Face it, they aren’t concerned about ‘the poor’. They just want another pot of money to rape for themselves.

GarandFan on February 3, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Now that their Global Warming cover has been blown, they’re trying to be a little more honest in regards to there looting, stopping just short of admitting that this money for the “poor” actually won’t get to the poor.

WisRich on February 3, 2012 at 4:26 PM

What say you Obama? (and please, express your opinion over and over and over again. )

ThePrez on February 3, 2012 at 4:27 PM

I know a dude who can help them with this program come January 2013. He’s a real man of the world…loved by all nations..and he loves to re-distribute wealth.

HumpBot Salvation on February 3, 2012 at 4:28 PM

There could be a global tax paid by every country directly to U.S. treasury for defense services rendered. That would be an awesome

entitlement

reform.

kunegetikos on February 3, 2012 at 4:29 PM

I had to read the headline twice. I thought it said “United Nations leaders want a world tax to help fund porn,” because that is, after all, pretty much the sum total of what they do in that big ‘ole building in New York City. They surf porn. And we pay for it. What a bunch of suckers we are.

Rational Thought on February 3, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Start with the $50M in unpaid parking tickets the UN shafts NYC with between their UN Members

Odie1941 on February 3, 2012 at 4:29 PM

I’d like to get all these parasites out of tax payer funded subsided housing in NYC. It’s ridiculous.

Blake on February 3, 2012 at 4:30 PM

I’m sorry…I’ve been looking in my handy Constitution app and I can’t find where it gives a multi-nation organization the right to levy a tax on me.

I’m going to have to pass on that.

JadeNYU on February 3, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Maybe Pooty Putin could invite the U.N. to move to Russia, birds of a feather and all that. And New York could bulldoze the building and put up a really big parking structure, lord knows New York could use the parking. It’s a WIN-WIN. Hugs and puppies for everyone!

bigmike on February 3, 2012 at 4:32 PM

This UN tax thingy gives me a great idea!

The Philanthropist in Chief

antipc on February 3, 2012 at 4:33 PM

And why do I have the feeling that the US will be taxed the most?

crazy_legs on February 3, 2012 at 4:33 PM

What does the United States gain by its membership in the United Nations?

Welcome to the club sister.

NotCoach on February 3, 2012 at 4:35 PM

The united nations wants their pretty blue helmets to suddenly turn red with splotches of gray and bone.

They’ll get exactly that if I ever see one coming up my drive.

Wolfmoon on February 3, 2012 at 4:36 PM

The Poor” in the case means the idiots who work at the UN and want to buy more stuff.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 3, 2012 at 4:37 PM

“According to several U.N. leaders, health care, education, housing, water and sanitation, among other services, are basic human rights…”

I tell you what…

… Let’s start with all the members of the UN taking the lead and providing these services for their own people first.

After that, who ever is left over in need we can take a look at and find the cause to the problem instead of just throwing money at it…

No…?

… Then go fornicate yourselves!

Seven Percent Solution on February 3, 2012 at 4:37 PM

The United Nations is not a government. We didn’t elect them. They have no right to even DREAM about taxing people or nations and deciding where our hard-earned is to go.

It’s time to clip the wings of the UN a little. They are starting to fancy themselves as a world government.

crosspatch on February 3, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Oil for Food Program…need I say more??…

PatriotRider on February 3, 2012 at 4:39 PM

I’m sure it will go to helping “the poor” about as much as the hundreds of billions the U.S. has handed out directly over the decades.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 3, 2012 at 4:19 PM
Yep … Look up “corrupt” in the dictionary and you’ll see the UN.

darwin on February 3, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Rape!…Blue helmets!…then, off to the (re-education) camps for you two!

KOOLAID2 on February 3, 2012 at 4:39 PM

One idea which we could consider is a minimal financial transaction tax (of .005 percent)

Checks will no longer be deposited. This happens in many countries like Chile. Pages and pages of “endorsements” are attached to checks, then passed directly to other companies to pay for stuff.

Idiots.

faraway on February 3, 2012 at 4:39 PM

United Nations leaders want a world tax to help the poor pay off UN workers parking tickets

Fixed

portlandon on February 3, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Out of every dollar 99.5 cents will go to the corrupt UN stooges and .05 cents to the poor…

PatriotRider on February 3, 2012 at 4:40 PM

American Taxpayers to the U.N.:

Ask China.

Sincerely,
All Tapped Out

jersey taxpayer on February 3, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Time to use eminent domain to take that primo NYC property…

Fallon on February 3, 2012 at 4:41 PM

It would be nice if we could leave this corrupt institution. Sultanofsham on February 3, 2012 at 4:20 PM

You mean would, not could, because we are certainly able.

Akzed on February 3, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Yes lets give the UN more money. It’s not like they’d use it to set up child sex rings – been there done that already.

CorporatePiggy on February 3, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Toss the UN and all its corrupt goons (food for oil anyone),turn the UN building into “affordable housing” and use that 7.7 billion in OUR Nation.

NY Conservative on February 3, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Oil for Food Program…need I say more??…

PatriotRider on February 3, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Sex for Food Scandal….

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 3, 2012 at 4:43 PM

What could go wrong?

kirkill on February 3, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Time to use eminent domain to take that primo NYC property…

Fallon on February 3, 2012 at 4:41 PM

We should talk to Mitt about that proposition, I hear he’s close to a guy who’s all for eminent domain!

jersey taxpayer on February 3, 2012 at 4:44 PM

World tax. Friggin world tax? Go eff yourself, UN. Even better, let’s raise their rent on their east side digs about, oh let’s say, a trillion percent. Otherwise begin eviction proceedings and let Trump convert it into luxury condos or a casino.

Huckabye-Romney on February 3, 2012 at 4:45 PM

We really need to show these people the door.

BigWyo on February 3, 2012 at 4:45 PM

“No one should live below a certain income level,” stated Milos Koterec, President of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. “Everyone should be able to access at least basic health services, primary education, housing, water, sanitation and other essential services.”

This means an end to native american reservations, communes, isolationist communities, an untold number of religions, and forces the discovery and assimilation of aboriginal peoples into modern culture.

BTW, just what are “other essential services”? Notice that food is off this list. Everything on the list is a government monopoly.

New World Order indeed. Somebody has to pay for it.

BobMbx on February 3, 2012 at 4:45 PM

This will create $40 billion in revenue.

Even if it all reached the people in need, we’re talking about $10 per person per year. If we use the figure quoted on an all-to-familiar commercial, at just twenty-five cents a day we can expect only 40 days of subsistence income to reach the peeps. Yay.

Want to help the world’s poor? Buy stuff made in their countries.

WeekendAtBernankes on February 3, 2012 at 4:46 PM

What would Jesus do? Let’s ask the Lord Obamalama.

Fletch54 on February 3, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Just yesterday Oblowma said ‘we are our brother’s keeper’ - no coincidence now the UN announces this.
Gird your loins. Hey, is that in the Bible too?

Brat on February 3, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Interestingly UN employees don’t pay income taxes. They ask the various governments to exempt their employees from income taxes and if a government refuses, the UN steps in and pays the income taxes for their employees in that country.

If you’re not paying the taxes, what’s to lose, bring on more and more taxes for the UN!

RJL on February 3, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Everyone should be able to access at least basic health services, primary education, housing, water, sanitation and other essential services.

Is there some reason why the UN communists think people can’t provide themselves with these services?

darwin on February 3, 2012 at 4:48 PM

By all means, lets tax the wealthy to worsen the situation for the poor. That’s what the UN does best.

Quick, someone tell Bono.

disa on February 3, 2012 at 4:50 PM

If the UN can come and personally take a tax from me, Hehe, then they can have it. If the intend to have my government take it, the UN can kiss my lilly white a$$!!!!

angrymike on February 3, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Yes, because they managed that whole ‘oil for food’ idea so well…I have total faith that they’d manage those tax dollars.

tdpwells on February 3, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Oblowma said ‘we are our brother’s keeper’

I’m still searching for the Bible passage where it says to send out the Roman Legion tax collectors to gather more taxes for Caesar to hand out as he sees fit.

RJL on February 3, 2012 at 4:51 PM

We really need to show these people the door.

BigWyo on February 3, 2012 at 4:45 PM

No way. Whatever would we do without a shiny building filled with the largest douches from every county?

Kataklysmic on February 3, 2012 at 4:51 PM

*country

Kataklysmic on February 3, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Why we can’t leave the UN: Because most people have no idea what it is. They don’t understand it is an independent bureaucracy, most people thin its just a forum for world leaders, as if world leaders are incapable of calling each other on the phone. So if we were to leave the UN, most people would think we’re going full-on closed society. Maybe we need to make more of an effort to expose what this is to non-political-junkies.

bernverdnardo1 on February 3, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Once upon a time, some years back, electricity was interrupted to the United Nations building, plunging it into darkness. The UN employees immediately looted the cafeteria and gift shop, picking them clean. That tells you everything you need to know about the character of the people who work at the UN.

When the Oil for Food program was assigned to the UN to run, to provide essential food and medicine to Iraqi children after the first Iraq war, it doubled the $5 billion budget of the UN. The result was mass corruption with the UN skimming as much of those billions as they could, starting with the head of the program.

Simply put, the UN is a pack of thieves, representatives of kleptocratic nations, who seek any opportunity to stuff their pockets.

Tantor on February 3, 2012 at 4:53 PM

It’s time to clip the wings of the UN a little. They are starting to fancy themselves as a world government.

crosspatch on February 3, 2012 at 4:38 PM

I’m sure that’s the whole idea.

PatriotGal2257 on February 3, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Well it look like the whole AGW scam has fallen through, so why not a tax. Got to pay for the champagne some how.;)

renowebb on February 3, 2012 at 4:54 PM

The United Nations — an unaccountable bureaucracy — repeatedly proves itself corrupt and inefficient, yet leaders of the most respectable nations in the world continue to pay court to despots and dictators at U.N. headquarters. Why?

Um … probably because the leaders of the “most respectable nations in the world (including the U.S.) are corrupt and inefficient despots and dictators. Not that hard to figure out.

Gregor on February 3, 2012 at 4:56 PM

As if most of the money wont disappear down a rat hole. The reason poor countries are poor is because of lawless and corrupt governments and a lack of property rights and economic freedom. But fixing those things would allow individuals to be independent and prosperous, which would do nothing to enhance the finances, power and prestige of useless philosopher-bureaucrats.

RadClown on February 3, 2012 at 4:56 PM

How much money for this stuff are Muslim countries been ponying up?
They have scads of moolah. They don’t impress me as being too interested in helping any peaceful poor.

marybel on February 3, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Illinois has the same request of the feds.

DanMan on February 3, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Pitch the UN out of New York City and withdraw the US from it. Renounce any World Heritage Site Status in the US. These sites are already being used to extract tax money for the UN from US taxpayers. Form an organization of industrialized democracies.

trigon on February 3, 2012 at 5:03 PM

World tax. Friggin world tax? Go eff yourself, UN. Even better, let’s raise their rent on their east side digs about, oh let’s say, a trillion percent. Otherwise begin eviction proceedings and let Trump convert it into luxury condos or a casino.

Huckabye-Romney on February 3, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Ha. You think Bloomberg’s going to do THAT?

jersey taxpayer on February 3, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Oil for food: need I say more?

foxforce91 on February 3, 2012 at 5:07 PM

I’m still searching for the Bible passage where it says to send out the Roman Legion tax collectors to gather more taxes for Caesar to hand out as he sees fit.

RJL on February 3, 2012 at 4:51 PM

It’s right next to the passage that says killing an unborn baby is the choice of the mother.

fight like a girl on February 3, 2012 at 5:25 PM

My father always referred to the U.N. as an opulent eunuch. I’d add corrupt in there, but it would be redundant.

totherightofthem on February 3, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Hey, can anyone explain to me why we send $$$$$ to Saudi Arabia for “foreign aid” when they are awash in oil and oil money? We pay (okay, not a huge % of our oil imports, but still. . ..) for their oil and then we send them more money for nothing, just because we’re that kind of numbskull. What the hell do they need foreign aid for?

totherightofthem on February 3, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Yeah, they did such a great job in the “Oil for Food” program. They stole from the poor and lined their own pockets with it on a massive scale. If we ever agree to such a deal, these crooks will steal ninty-nine cents of every dollar. Then they will ask for more money because they don’t have enough to help the poor.

Axion on February 3, 2012 at 5:32 PM

RIDICULOUS! And yet, I have a feeling Democrats will fall for it. Maybe some of them even thought it up

ExpressoBold on February 3, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Heck, sign up. In a couple of years we’ll be broke and on the getting end of all that help.

PersonFromPorlock on February 3, 2012 at 5:51 PM

“No one should live below a certain income level,” stated Milos Koterec, President of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. “Everyone should be able to access at least basic health services, primary education, housing, water, sanitation and other essential services.”

And nobody should have to grow that food, or build those buildings, or be the doctor providing that health care, or build the sanitation plants… or even work at all. What a great plan for society… assuming you’ve found another way to get that work done.

Oh, you haven’t? Well that leaves me with two choices.

1) Find someplace you’re not controlling.

2) Sit around and do nothing demanding my “rights” to food and shelter, and minimum living expenses without having to lift a finger.

If you think I’m willingly working for the sole benefit of others who will take, trade me nothing in return, and probably demand I work harder for their benefit; you’ve got to be kidding.

gekkobear on February 3, 2012 at 6:14 PM

The problem is that the massive carbon-tax loot with which they’d all been expecting to line their pockets has (ah, what’s that word again?) ‘evaporated’.

So we’re seeing governments and other peculative entities looking for baksheesh wherever they can grab it.

JEM on February 3, 2012 at 6:24 PM

If enacted, it’ll be the Kim Jong U.N. last straw for this armed citizen.

PXCharon on February 3, 2012 at 6:27 PM

RIDICULOUS! And yet, I have a feeling Democrats will fall for it. Maybe some of them even thought it up
ExpressoBold on February 3, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Because the Dems haven’t lined their pockets with enough of our tax money already. /

PatriotGal2257 on February 3, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Get the US out of the UN.

Then get the UN the hell out of the US. Biggest bunch of spies there is. Dynamite the building, then salt the Earth, so that nothing so evil may ever grow there again.

JohnGalt23 on February 3, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Help the poor? Well that is a line straight from the GM/Union playbook. Between the taking and the giving about 99.99% will end up in GuidoMubarakTasagfangora’s pocket.

Limerick on February 3, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Sell the UN building cut all their salaries by 90% to fund this notion.

See how much they like working out of a nearby park and living on 10% of their current largesse.

profitsbeard on February 3, 2012 at 6:57 PM

eugenics, disguised as population control, disguised as wealth redistribution, disguised as eviro-nazism, disguised as NGOs, disguised as helping brown Arabs, disguised as multicultural global governance, disguised as taxes to support foregoing scumbagginess.

John Kettlewell on February 3, 2012 at 7:02 PM

oh if ya want a cool read

http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/76904132

NSSM200 – 1974 ‘Kissinger Report’ on Population.

John Kettlewell on February 3, 2012 at 7:03 PM

That’s all the UN is about-redistribution of course.Us Americans would have to pony up 5-10% more than the rest of the world because….. we are the US.Drop out now get them off our soil and let Trump buy the building and put condos in.F**k them.

jeffinsjvca on February 3, 2012 at 7:06 PM

That’s all the UN is about-redistribution of course.Us Americans would have to pony up 5-10% more than the rest of the world because….. we are the US.Drop out now get them off our soil and let Trump buy the building and put condos in.F**k them.

jeffinsjvca on February 3, 2012 at 7:06 PM

I hope they auction off the chairs with the nation’s names on them. I want a few in the man-cave.

PXCharon on February 3, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Most Americans are in the 1 % of the world’s population.

CW on February 3, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Name even one UN success in the last 50 years that could not have been achieved more efficiently and effectively by a multilateral agreement between key states.

I don’t think it can be done. On the other hand there are a huge number of failures and a massive amount of waste.

I am in favor of a UN where national reps can meet and discuss. That should cost no more than basic office space. A couple million maybe. Yep, million. The US can kick in 50K. No authority to do anything more.

That’s it. Disband everything else

DaMav on February 3, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Most Americans are in the 1 % of the world’s population.

I’m with the Americans who would like to stay there kkthxbye

DaMav on February 3, 2012 at 8:34 PM

The UN doesn’t need the power to enforce laws when the US federal government, state governments, and local governments all over the country are buying into the UN’s plans. Here in New Jersey we see a particular threat in the new Redevelopment Plan and we are fighting back (see the previous link).

The good news is that the RNC has recently taken a strong stand on Agenda 21. But here in New Jersey we are struggling to get people involved and to show up at the public hearings on the new plan, which reflects the interests of environmentalists, urbanists, transit planners, and developers, and has no support for the rights of property owners and homeowners whose entire savings may be tied up in their lands. The environmentalists have professional advocates at every meeting and function that fed into this plan, and there are just a few of us trying to hold the line on this. (If you’re in New Jersey, we could really use your help!)

njcommuter on February 3, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Remember that the UN wanted the six G5 + 1 (I believe) nations to sign a treaty proposed by some NGOs that would require each country to pay $160 billion ANNUALLY into a fund to combat global warming. That means, by this treaty alone, $1 trillion a year from the global economy.

ieplaya on February 3, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Tear down the UN and build GIANTS stadium there after they beat the Patsies 31-14 tomorrow

murrayjones on February 4, 2012 at 4:19 PM