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

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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