Report: Trump Orders Massive UN Budget Cuts

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t Breitbart – According to http://foreignpolicy.com, the Trump White House has ordered the State Department to cut at least 50% of US contributions to the United Nations.

EXCLUSIVE White House Seeks to Cut Billions in Funding for United Nations

U.S. retreat from U.N. could mark a “breakdown of the international humanitarian system as we know it.”

State Department staffers have been instructed to seek cuts in excess of 50 percent in U.S. funding for U.N. programs, signaling an unprecedented retreat by President Donald Trump’s administration from international operations that keep the peace, provide vaccines for children, monitor rogue nuclear weapons programs, and promote peace talks from Syria to Yemen, according to three sources.

The push for such draconian measures comes as the White House is scheduled on Thursday to release its 2018 budget proposal, which is expected to include cuts of up to 37 percent for spending on the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other foreign assistance programs, including the U.N., in next year’s budget. The United States spends about $10 billion a year on the United Nations.

The cuts would fall heaviest on U.N. programs, like peacekeeping, UNICEF, and the U.N. Development Programme, that are funded out of the budget of the State Department’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs. It remains to be seen whether other U.N. agencies popular with Congress, like the World Food Programme and U.N. refugee operations — which are funded out of separate accounts in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the State Department, respectively — will get hit as hard. But one source tracking the budget proposal said the Trump administration is considering cuts of up to 36 percent on humanitarian aid programs.

The United States has to pay just over 22 percent of the U.N.’s $2.5 billion administrative budget. Additionally, Washington pays billions of dollars for peacekeepers and helps underwrite a swath of other programs that fight hunger, settle refugees, and battle climate change.

Read more: http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/03/13/white-house-seeks-to-cut-billions-in-funding-for-united-nations/

There are no details of specific cuts to UN Climate Change programmes, but it seems likely they will be cut.

My question – why not cut 100%? How does anonymising aid money through the UN bureaucracy benefit US taxpayers? If a country wants to receive the generosity of United States, say to help with resolving a crisis, the leader of that country should appeal in public, in person to President Trump, so the whole world knows where the aid money is coming from.

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M Courtney

A great opportunity for China to extend their influence.

Felflames

China will have stings attached that the US wouldn’t.
And everyone knows it.

ozspeaksup

ya reckon?
seems to me theres a LOT of string tied into USaid in places its been
I havent heard african recipients of help from china kicking up
we DO hear a lot about us aid though
and if their peacekeeping roles in syria libya yemen etc are anything to go by?
their absence might well improve things
cant get much worse

Dermot O'Logical

“China will have stings (sic) attached that the US wouldn’t.”

Whereas the US has the Mexico City Policy, which I find utterly shameful.

TA

ozspeaksup wrote: “ya reckon?
seems to me theres a LOT of string tied into USaid in places its been”

Examples?

ozspeaksup wrote: “I havent heard african recipients of help from china kicking up”

Oh, yeah, the Africans are real happy with the way China does business.

ozspeaksup wrote:: “we DO hear a lot about us aid though”

Examples?

ozspeaksup wrote: “and if their peacekeeping roles in syria libya yemen etc are anything to go by? their absence might well improve things”

Well, we made a mistake by electing the delusional Barack Obama as president, and he certainly screwed things up royally all over the world, but we have fixed that now, and we won’t be absent from anything that affects our national security or national interests in the future. Whether you, or anyone else likes it or not.

ozspeaksup wrote: “cant get much worse”

Naive, too, huh.

Bryan A

Felflames,
While the Chinese $$$ may have strings attached, $$$ is $$$ regardless of strings

2hotel9

No, allowing the Chinese into your third world country is the same as bringing in the Mafia. The strings attached to their money can and do get people killed.

Ktm

I don’t think it is at all shameful to say u.s. aid is conditional on sound principles like not forcing u.s. taxpayers to promote and subsidize abortions.

There are plenty of other strings attached to international agreements that are purely self serving and designed only to promote u.s. economic, political, or military dominance. I don’t see how the Mexico City policy is at all self serving, but it is principled.

Mike McMillan

TA: “Oh, yeah, the Africans are real happy with the way China does business.”

The Chinese are all over Africa. Chinese construction companies are expanding port facilities, building new airport runways and terminals, refurbishing railways. The Chinese are buying into natural resources, especially minerals and mining. They’re financing energy projects, real ones like coal, that the World Bank wouldn’t touch because of climate change orthodoxy.

They are making friends in Africa, and they are doing it quietly.

2hotel9

Yep, China is doing all the things UN claimed it was going to do oh so long ago. China also gets permanent lease on huge tracts of land, quietly, something America was vilified for by the UN and political left in America.

Stephen Greene

The UN is so self righteous they would never allow “China strings” to happen, oh, that is only US strings I suspect.

Patrick MJD

“Mike McMillan March 15, 2017 at 10:46 am

They are making friends in Africa, and they are doing it quietly.”

Only with corrupt officials and politicians, not so much the locals.

Jbird

Let China extend its influence among the thugs and grifters at the UN if it wants to. Without US support to prop up the UN it will eventually fold like a cheap suit.

RockyRoad

Ideologically, the UN has already “folded”.

Aren’t they the ones that have pushed this whole “Global Warming” scam to the detriment of humanity?

Aren’t they the ones that are anti-Capitalist and favor Socialist or Marxist/Communist economies?

And aren’t they the ones who are anti-Israel and anti-US politically?

So there’s no use throwing money at your political, economic, and social enemies.

Let’s get the U.N. out of the U.S. and the U.S. out of the U.N. (Move the UN (minus the US) to Beijing where the air isn’t breathable.)

Bryan A

Moving the UN to Beijing would certainly be an eye opener for them (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus optional)

Leonard Lane

Yes, I agree the UN has lost its way. If we wish to help other nations we should do it on a case by case basis where we can help meet their needs, not have the crooked UN soak up most of the funds.

hunter

It seems to me that if we are paying for “influence” through the UN, we could pay directly to actual people and nations and cut out a huge wasteful anti-Semitic, anti-American middle man.

Well spoken. +10

MarkW

Who cares if China gets more influence in the UN. It’s a worthless organization.

wws

What the Chinese have been doing at the UN for the last 30 years has been to make themselves very effective at getting the support of weaker countries while actually putting almost no money of their own into the game – that is, unless they get mining concessions, or the like. (which they exploit ruthlessly)

Look closely at China’s investments and loans to Venezuela – now that the entire country is going down, China is pulling out, horrified that all of the money that they thought would give them a good return is instead, lost. That case in itself has put a huge crimp in China’s willingness to spread cash around the third world anymore.

The Chinese laugh at the foolishness of the US, to keep throwing billions of dollars away trying to buy “friends” while requiring almost nothing in return – there is no WAY any Chinese businessman or government official (but I repeat myself) would ever make a mistake of that kind – he would find his throat
instantly cut by his rivals if he did.

Bryan A

President Trump, being a business man first, could perhaps renegotiate “Strings” of our own in return for Not pulling funding from the UN

feed berple

The US pays 22% and China pays 5%. Both get equal say.

Great point. Math and logic can triumph over feelz and virtue signalling.

RockyRoad

That’s an excellent example of how those that represented the US in the past were clueless about the Art of the Deal.

Pop Piasa

Professional politicians only strive to collect from the populus and turn the money over to global governing bodies to do with as they please (after getting their cut off the top), all the while looking virtuous to the welfare crowd as they live like kings on the backs of the workers.

Richard M

Even with a 50% cut we would still pay in twice as much as China and I doubt that includes the cost of having the UN hdqrs in NYC.

Gil

Both China and Russia are on the Security Council, and they can and do veto important actions proposed by the U.S., Britain, France or other members.

Scott

Influence over what?

Rhoda R

Nothing they don’t already have influence over in any event. The UN was taken over by the USSR from the get-go with the hidden help from the USSR supporters in the DOS and the President’s Administration at the time. It’s no secret that much of Roosevelt’s administration was sympathetic to Communism

Gary Pearse

M Courtney, the UN is an anti US organization that needs to be stripped down to what it was founded for – a place to meet to prevent wars or negotiate peace or to sanction countries that go overboard on human rights, etc. It has become another intrusive tier of government with a centrally planned over print that serves an ‘old world’ political agenda.

They don’t seem to have done so well on the narrower issues for which it was designed, and the social programmes they have designed haven’t worked either.

The world can’t do without the US, and that includes China. Re world trade deals, why should the world’s economic engine dilute its power in a ‘show of hands’ multilateral deal. This is a Sister Teresa’s role for the US. They are the only country in the world that can do unilateral deals that suit both signatories. And politically, why similarly dilute your power to a ‘show of hands’ system where you are despised and ridiculed by countries who want a political set up that is anathema to the US.

Let China have the role. It’s their politics that everyone seems to rave about. It would be a sobering lesson for most of this dysfunctional world although it is the one lesson that seems unlearnable. But you can rest assured that US will be there to save you all from yourselves when, as designed, it all goes south.

texasjimbrock

Plus ten

I suggest splitting United Nations. Keep what is clearly in line with its charter – Article 1.1
“To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace;”

Everything else should be left to survive on its own – just like all other political, idealistic or activist non-governmental organizations. Having seen how United Nations misused its unique position and established IPCC on lousy principles, I guess we are better of with cooperation between groups of countries than by the monstrous United Nations. Monopoly is bad, competition is good.

“The UN was not created to take mankind to heaven, but to save humanity from hell.”
— Dag Hammarskjöld, Secretary-General from 1953 to 1961

«The primary, the fundamental, the essential purpose of the United Nations is to keep peace. Everything it does which helps prevent World War III is good. Everything which does not further that goal, either directly or indirectly, is at best superfluous.»
— Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

MarkW

Even if it is within it’s charter, why keep functions that the UN is clearly incapable of performing?

Yay!

Now cut the rest!

Bernie

The top 5, by percent:
USA 22.0
Japan 9.7
China 7.9
Germany 6.4
France 4.9

From: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=ST/ADM/SER.B/932

ralfellis

That funding scale is a bit parochial. Try:

Europe 24.5%
USA 22%

R

Bryan A

As an entity though the EU will not endure so the Europe “as a whole” figure of 24% is rather meaningless.
It would be like comparing the EU to NAFTA and thereby including Canada and Mexico in the USA percentage.

What will the EU percentage be after the Brexit?
How much of the EU percentage comes from the UK?

Europe is what 28 nations?
Europe percentage is actually <1% per member nation

Rhoda R

ralfellis, I’ll go with your numbers when the EU nations give up their individual seats.

Bernie

> ralfellis

Yes, I see you could make that case. If it is indeed the EU writing the check to UN, then I wonder why UN would report the results by country. Even so, to your point, the US is paying 15% more per capita. In my analysis I excluded UK from EU (rah!). Populations: US 319 M, EU 443M

Some will argue that premium is unfair because US creates tonnes more CO2 than EU per capita. But social arguments aside…

Javert Chip

Ralfellis

Your funding scale is a bit parochial. Try:

510 million people in Europe 24.5%
324 million people in USA 22%

There. Fixed it for you.

Bryan A

Then China at 1.3b is really getting a deal as they should be paying 48%

ROM

Stalin demanded that each of the 15 Republics that made up the USSR should have a vote in the UN General Assembly.
The Americans said well if thats the case we demand a vote for each of our 48 states that make up the United States of America.

The Russians never raised the subject again.

rogerthesurf

The UN is a corrupt bureaucracy with ambitions of its own.

For instance the Habitat program sounds good until you read a little more deeply. See Page 8 of here: https://thedemiseofchristchurch.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/unitednations-conference-on-human-settlements_habitat1.pdf The highlights of P. 8 are mine.

or the “Sustainability” program which has insinuated itself into the education system and local governments world wide.
See here for an exam exemplar: https://thedemiseofchristchurch.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/exemplar-3-2008-exam.pdf
Note how the student is pushed towards writing the “correct” answers. Further research shows this course has base texts that include UN Agenda 21 and the Brundtland report.

And of course there is the insane “Anthropological CO2 causes Global Warming” program better known as the IPCC which we know about.

As it appears that every initiative of the UN seems to point to attaining complete dominion over every country I could go on – I recommend that we should all scrutinize the UN writings very closely – especially politicians who incorporate them into the laws of our countries.

I think it would be great if the USA can pull its complete budget. Maybe the whole UN organization will then fall like the house of rotten cards it has become.

The world will be a better place without this corrupt institution which simply gobbles up the wealth of western nations.

See how the UN even has an influence over my own city.

https://thedemiseofchristchurch.com/2013/03/13/are-we-experiencing-a-communist-infiltration-sponsored-by-the-united-nations/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true

Cheers

Roger

J.H.

…… Actually, not enough strings were attached to US aid money. Too much money went to petty tyrants legitimizing and empowering them in the UN…. These countries should have been dancing lock step to all and every demand the US placed upon them…. and no complaints.

LewSkannen

Agree. Cut the lot.

Scouser_AZ

I think a 50% cut now is a great idea. Trump, as a businessman, can simply watch how the remaining 50% is used and then make more cuts if it’s being used inefficiently.
You can bet that the UN won’t be able to use the remaining half properly.

Asp

They will have barely enough to fund the critical administrative functions, such as travel, accommodation and entertainment.

troe

Sign me up. For many years I thought the UN was a flawed but nessecary organization. It has taken awhile but the nessecary part of that equation is gone. Like its predecessor the League of Nations the UN has outlived its usefulness.

Although many news reports will focus on refugee programs, food aid, and peacekeeping operations those are only
window dressing for less popular projects. Globaloney is the U.N. house speciality. Like
the EU the UN is a workaround solution for programs that won’t pass democratic
processes.

Going to a Trump rally in Nashville this
afternoon. Should be lots of protestors and a
general circus atmosphere. Let them squeal. Once the money runs dry they will focus on doing something productive with their lives.

Like the EU the UN has grown exponentially and has lost many but not all of its core reasons for existing.

The Un however has a far greater scope than the EU and there is no other international organisation quite like it.

So severe pruning of its programmes in order to focus in on the genuinely necessary parts of its mandate yes. Actions that may lead to its abolition or the replacement of America by China? That’s a different matter

tonyb

Alan the Brit

Last I heard a few years back, China was exporting capitalism to Africa, which many of its left-leaning dictator run countries rejected!

TA

“Going to a Trump rally in Nashville this
afternoon.”

Great! I’ll be watching on tv.

I heard a businessman this morning say he was at a trade association meeting a few weeks ago, with a lot of manufacturers from around the U.S., and he said the mood there was “euphoric” because of Trump’s business policies. He said he had talked to a lot of company leaders who told him they were moving jobs into the U.S.

All this while the Left and the MSM do everything they can to harm Trump and the U.S. With little effect.

MSNBC got hold of an illegal copy of Trump’s 2005 tax return yesterday and they hyped it all day as some kind of revelation of a Trump scandal, and it turns out Trump made about $140 million in profit that year and paid $38 million in taxes, about 25 percent of his income, which was larger than what Obama paid at 19 percent and Bernie Sanders paid at 13 percent. Laura Ingraham suggested Trump needed a better accountant because he was paying too much.

So MSNBC’s big tax return scandal fizzled, and now they and CNN have shifted the story to how maybe Trump put this tax return out himself to fool everyone into thinking there is no “there there”.

The radical Left and the MSM are a great danger to the United States. Their lies are undermining the United States, and its leader, here and around the world. The only way to defeat this danger is to expose these people for the liars they are, at every opportunity.

TA

Correction: Trump earned $153 million in 2005, paid $36.5 million in taxes.

RockyRoad

If you look at their politics, the Left has become the Marxist/Socialist Progressive (aka Communist) Democrat Party.

They are a party of identity politics, which pits one group against another and their members have become unbearably condescending in their “holier-than-thou” attitude, all the while fomenting hatred rather than cooperation and real progress in the United States.

And they dare call the rest of us “deplorables”… What a sick joke.

2hotel9

I keep asking what happened to “the great melting pot” pushed so loudly by the left for several decades? Never get any answer at all from any leftist.

John F. Hultquist

2hotel9, @5:43
“melting pot” is no longer desired
Instead of taking on the morals, ethics, social and economic ways of, say America,
the new theme is to be diverse (the nice word)
Balkanisation is the other way of thinking about it (bad word)

2hotel9

“balkanisation” A word I have been crapped all over for having used, by leftists that is. Divide and conquer, that is the term that replaced melting pot, the political left REALLY likes that one. As long as they are the dividers.

richard verney

And that figure is direct taxation.

Trump has huge buying power and no doubt spends massive amounts of money. When one includes tax paid on buying, sales tax, property taxes and the like, his annual contribution to the US treasury is huge.

MarkW

Sales and property taxes are state and local taxes, not federal. Which just goes to show how much Trump contributes to all the states where he has a presence.

TA

Hey troe, you ought to make yourself a sign for the Trump rally that says “WUWT” on it, and we will see if we can spot you in the audience.

TA

“If you look at their politics, the Left has become the Marxist/Socialist Progressive (aka Communist) Democrat Party.”

I’ll tell you what, the radical Left is starting to look very much like radical Islamic extremists. The way they deal with the world is very similar, although the western world’s radical Left hasn’t resorted to murdering innocent people yet, but they mimic every other intimidation tactic of the radical Islamic extremists.

Mark

“Like the EU the UN is a workaround solution for programs that won’t pass democratic
processes.”
That’s it in a nutshell, in describing the motivation of Western participants.
Another characteristic is that it is a useful way for third world elite families to get their hands on Western taxpayers’ money.

R.S. Brown

Eric:

“…so the whole world knows where the aid money is coming from.”

Most of the USAID programs that provide advisors, food and material to
targeted countries are clearly and unambiguously marked “U.S.A.” in
some way or form.

USAID has traditionally provides eyes and feet on the ground in sensitive
regions providing information that feeds back to various US agencies without
involving overt military or diplomatic personnel activities.

Is there any part of the President’s budget proposal that cuts funding to
the “dark” or black ops agencies?

2hotel9

I have personally witnessed USAID being taken and sold to refugees by local governments and by UN “peacekeepers” so spare me that crap. When it arrives in the country it is sent to it is out of US control and immediately goes either into black market or is used as a tool against the very people it is intended to aid. Hell, lets us revisit Oil For Food! That would be lots of fun, I have piles of documents and discs full of information for ya.

George Tetley

!00% Driving a helicopter for many years in impoverished nations saw millions of $ changing hands with USA aid !

2hotel9

Yea, aid from all was pretty much open to this in the places I interacted with it all, Central America, Central Africa, proximity to a coast line was usually the only real difference. People are people, takes some form of outside imposed discipline to avert such crap. UN ain’t it.

“Once the money runs dry they will focus on doing something productive with their lives.”

Doubt it. Far more likely they’ll attach their lamprey mouths to the next succulent victim.

Lawrie Ayres

I wish Australia would do the same. It annoys me that the few western nations that fund you UN are constantly being attacked and degraded by the parasitic multitude that contribute nothing but enjoy the bureaucratic largesse of the UN. A reduced budget may see the UN restrict it’s activity to the most important issues; sharpen it’s focus.

Clive Bond Wynnum Queensland Australia

The UN is runniing the great global climate fraud design to wreck the Western democracies and impose world government and a socialist world on us. Give them nothing and spend the money on coal fired power plants just as China, Japan,(43) and the rest of Asia are doing..

wws

It pleasantly amazed me to realize that here, while we argue about climate change and the Paris accord, and about how the left is pushing all of this constantly – here Trump is, and he ignores all of that, and instead just aims to cut the Throat of the Beast directly. YES!

(Of course, here comes McConnell, McCain, Graham, and Shumer to say “oh no we can’t do that, we don’t dare do that)

Raven

I’m with you Lawrie.
The UN is seen as just another step in a career path for ex politicians.
Our ex PM, Kevin Rudd was right peeved when the current PM, Malcolm Turnbull wouldn’t back his bid for the top UN job.

It’s just like the whole AGW game . . one giant self licking ice cream.

Rhoda R

These days, it’s main focus is enriching the pockets of the various bureaucrats. I don’t see that ending just because the US aid changes – they’ll still be first in line for the goodies.

Sylvia Marten

Why not cut all 100% and directly provide relief for the famine in Africa. Quicker, better, more focussed

Felflames

And a lot easier to cut out the leaches if you can control the whole chain from top to bottom.

john harmsworth

If you don’t like leaches, stay out of the swamp!

TA

“Quicker, better, more focused”

And cheaper and more effective, and more humanitarian.

Rhoda R

Auditable as well. The UN refuses to be audited.

jrkrideau

And who supplies the expertise to deliver this?

You have the people with the language skills, logistics expertise, knowledge of the local climate and terrain, and, perhaps most importantly the knowledge of who will and will not shoot at you and steal everything?

You know the local health situation, what epidemics are around, what parasites? What vaccinations are needed? What is the best way to medivac staff who are injured or sick?

MarkW

Like the UN has any of those?

Monna Manhas

jrkrideau, the WHO (part of the UN) did a terrible job responding to the Ebola outbreak in Africa a few years ago. They even admitted as much.

Monna Manhas

As in, they did nothing at all for 5 months while people died.

seaice1

Yeah, it might turn out this it is complicated, and nobody knew that.

Tim Hammond

Because the UN has obviously solved all the major problems in the world?

MikeH

Re: Monna Manhas..
Yeah, I believe the most work was handled by the private Christian organizations, taking care of the people. Maybe the UN would have the political channels to allow supplies, etc to be shipped, but the bulk of the heavy lifting was done outside of the UN umbrella.

Ziiex Zeburz

jrkrideau
and who ( WHO ) supplies the expertise?
Tender !!!! ( or who will do it for less gets the business )
so many Companies in the world to choose from, no results, no pay, no contract, no business !

Neillusion

$2.5 Billion administrative costs…$2,500,000,000.00.
Another mini empire … I would like to see where that money actually goes

Felflames

I suspect a lot ends up in tax havens and bank accounts with no names attached.

marianomarini

I would like to see where that money actually goes

Strange to say, here in Italy beneficial organization has not duty to publish their budget!
I think that the budget will speaks more than hundred pathetic advertisements about charity in TV.

hunter

NGOs/beneficial organizations/”charities” have become parasitic homes for people who seek power by avoiding democratic and legal restrictions. It is long past time to deeply audit and critically review, and reform the so-called not-for-profit industry.

bitchilly

well said hunter, they are all way beyond being fit for purpose.

Dick Burkel

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal revealed that a large and increasing number of non-profit organizations are paying their leaders in the million dollar plus per year range. I can remember many years ago when I worked for a large corp that the local United Fund, that uses large corps to extract donations from their suppliers, had over a dozen executives earning over 6 figures (in a medium sized city).

ralfellis

>> “charities” have become parasitic homes…

In Britain the CEOs of charities now outstrip industry and government in their earnings. So if you give to a charity you are merely funding the comfortable lives of the executives – who may give a couple of pennies to the needy, but only if they are feeling generous that week.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4044686/Meet-begging-bowl-barons-helping-fund-international-charity-chiefs-eye-popping-pay-bankrolled-BRITISH-aid.html

Ralph

MarkW

Not true of all charities.
Charities in the US range from outfits like the Clinton run one (I’ve forgotten the name) that spends all of it’s money on improving the lifestyle of the Clinton clan, to groups like the Salvation Army that routinely get 80% or more of the money donated to the needy.

That’s compared to government charity that rarely gets more than 10% of the money stolen for it to the poor.

Javert Chip

MarkW

Don’t understand why you knock the Clinton Foundation. Bill & Hillary were flat broke when they left the White House. The Clinton Foundation did wonders for them.

/sarc

jrkrideau

Check and see if the UN publishes an annual report or if each agency does. (Some is going to graft and bribes just like a big bank or engineering company)

rogerthesurf

Lets not forget the religious side of the UN. A new religion for all maybe?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2701340/posts

Try googling “united nations” and “religion” on the same line. You could also try “united nations” and “satan” or similar etc.

Cheers

Roger

http://www.thedemiseofchristchurch.com

USA could pay a good portion of its dues by collecting on the unpaid parking tickets of foreign “dignitaries.”

seaice1

Might have to fork out quite a bit of that to pay the London congestion charge!

Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
“My question – why not cut 100%?”
Exactly. And maybe then the CO2-obsessed, fear mongering, climate fragile and unelected UN might consider how it spends other people’s hard earned money. Like jetting 40,000 elites to exotic destinations every year to gabble over “climate” catastrophe. Hypocrites.

Klem

A year ago the Canadian PM Trudeau pledged $2.5 billion to the UN so they can continue with their limo rides, gourmet meals and six figure salaries….I mean to save the planet, that’s right, how silly of me.

co2islife

Bravo!!! Bravo!!! Bravo!!! He should also start a “League of Freedom” that only includes freedom loving democratically based societies. The problem with the UN is that it doesn’t make any distinction between tyrants and democratic republics. They make moral equivalencies between N Korea and the US.

Also, the UN abused its position and attempted to use this climate change as a ruse to redistribute the wealth of the developed world to the undeveloped world. It basically is a criminal looting organization whose efforts were almost always anti-US and freedom.

Climate “Science” on Trial; How Does Ice Melt In Sub-Zero Temperatures?
https://co2islife.wordpress.com/2017/03/05/climate-science-on-trial-how-does-ice-melt-in-sub-zero-temperatures/

Climate “Science” on Trial; The Criminal Case Against the Alarmists
https://co2islife.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/climate-science-on-trial-the-criminal-case-against-the-alarmists/comment image

Leigh

Here’s another singing the same song.

“This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution.”

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/barbara-hollingsworth/un-s-top-climate-official-goal-intentionally-transform-economic-0
Do the global warmists and alarmists understand they are being used by the socialists?
I think some would happily recognize it but the majority wouldn’t have a clue they are being used by the scam masters.

co2islife

Yep, to understand the insanity of climate “science” you have to understand the politics.

john harmsworth

Socialism and Climate change have this in common. You must have no mathematical abilities whatsoever!

DonM

Do the global warmists and alarmists understand they are being used by the socialists?

What percentage of global warmists and alarmists are, in all honesty, socialists?
Do they mind being used?

2hotel9

They are socialists, always have been, thats why they keep pushing lies.

co2islife

It’s all about the politics…and the money.
Climate “Science” on Trial; How Does Ice Melt In Sub-Zero Temperatures?
https://co2islife.wordpress.com/2017/03/05/climate-science-on-trial-how-does-ice-melt-in-sub-zero-temperatures/

Just How Much Does 1 Degree C Cost?
https://co2islife.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/just-how-much-does-1-degree-c-cost/

TA

“He should also start a “League of Freedom” that only includes freedom loving democratically based societies. The problem with the UN is that it doesn’t make any distinction between tyrants and democratic republics. They make moral equivalencies between N Korea and the US.”

Yes, that’s the Huge problem with the UN. They coddle murderers, treating them as normal, rational people, instead of the psychopaths they are.

co2islife

Yep, we need an organization that make freedom and democracy the superior moral system, and excludes, isolated and I entities the bad apples.

Joe D

I will add that the sword-bearer (i.e. governments) can never engage charitable works. This is because all their money comes from the power of their sword.

nankerphelge

a “breakdown of the international humanitarian system as we know it.”
Always look for the positive folks – cut wastage and do what you have to if you really believe in “humanitarianism”. In adversity work harder for what you believe in UN guys!!!

Rhoda R

Any bureaucracy that is faced with a budget cut ALWAYS bleats about the important missions as if those were the ones coming under the axe. Any city budget cuts will mean fewer fire, police or EMS personnel NEVER fewer administrators. It’s the same for every government or NGO organization.

radzimir

Let use them Kickstarter or better DonorSee.
If Taxpayers like UN, they can keep it, but by voluntary means.

I hope that the cuts will specifically set out which UN programs are to be defunded.

The standard strategy of opponents of general cuts is to pick out the “cute puppy” program and to use the false rhetorical argument about how the cuts are all about a hatred of “cute puppies”.

Latitude

Notice the cuts will affect programs…
…not their salaries

Joe Crawford

Forrest, that’s just a standard bureaucratic response to budget cuts, i.e., threaten to cut the program/area that is most necessary to the purpose of the organization. For example school systems always threaten to cut the number of teachers, never administrators.

Yes Joe. And the last thing a large bureaucracy like the UN should be given is the opportunity to turn the exercise into a propaganda opportunity.

Joe Crawford

Yep…. :<)

joel

There is every reason to move the UN out of the USA and into a country in Africa or Asia. I suggest South Africa.

Still not tired of winning, but I will hold back my cheers until we see some results.

Ziiex Zeburz

Joel.
YOU ARE A FEW KM OUT,. ZIMBABWE

2hotel9

Oh, Yea! Perfect locale for the UN! Mugabe has probably been quietly angling for this for years.

Steve T

What’s wrong with Somalia?
🙂

SteveT

Javier

I know most people here will disagree with me, but the predicted decline in supranational organizations is not a good omen. We are going back to the same old national level that has not given such a good result. Most people assume that war between developed heavily armed nations is a thing of the past. That assumption was also made in the 1920’s, and it tends to be wrong. Another observation is that people are usually not very happy with their governments when things are not going well, and the next global crisis is likely to see a lot of that since we did not recover well from the previous one, and a lot more people is now more vulnerable.

Mike

You make a fair point, but there is a balance here. Those, like me, who are happy with this news are understandably annoyed with all the fraud, waste, and abuse at and by the in. The organization is eroding from within, and is resistant to attempts to reform it. To me, I saycut the funding 50%. See if that shocks some reform. If not, its time to replace it.

Gamecock

It is clear for all to see that yours is a pipe dream. The UN does not do what it was expected to do when created.

Ziiex Zeburz

I bought my house 12 years ago for more than US $5 million, my next door which has another 600 m2 of floor space (with private beach access0 was just sold for an undisclosed sum to a retired UN bureaucrat !!!

TA

“Most people assume that war between developed heavily armed nations is a thing of the past. That assumption was also made in the 1920’s, and it tends to be wrong.”

The Chinese military has a new theme about how it is possible to survive a nuclear war. That’s a dangerous mindset to have. It might lead them to do something very foolish.

A message to the Chinese leadership: After we both exchange our nuclear weapons, those survivors in the United States will still be armed to the teeth with conventional weapons, and we invite your survivors to come over and try to take our country away from us.

That goes for the Russians, too.

It won’t be over after you fire your nukes.

Alex

Paranoid, are you? How did this thread escalate to nuclear warfare?

Michael C. Roberts

TA – You are not the first to have such conclusions about an invasion of the US of A homeland.

Isoroku Yamamoto – “You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass.”

MCR

john harmsworth

Who would want any country that glows in the dark? Idiocy!

Wim Röst

Javier: “I know most people here will disagree with me, but the predicted decline in supranational organizations is not a good omen. We are going back to the same old national level that has not given such a good result.”

WR: Agree. Therefore cutting 50% is better than leaving. Like all organisations UN will have to do an ‘effectivity check’.

But leaving the IPCC for the full 100% would still be a very, very good idea, because the IPCC construction in itself is ‘anti-scientific’.The goal of the IPCC is political and the IPCC is going the wrong way. Quitting IPCC for the full 100% would be a very good signal..

Tim Hammond

I’m not sure what good you assign to these supranational organisations? You seem to be saying that they stopped war, but that’s clearly nonsense. And who is now heavily armed? The US, China (perhaps) and Russia (if any of it works). Each has nuclear weapons and so conflict is unlikely.

Javier

The period of supranational organizations has also been the period of highest democracy levels in the world and the most peaceful period in history and probably in the entire existence of our species. People might miss it if it comes to pass.comment image

MarkW

As Leif is won’t to say, correlation is not causation.
You need to demonstrate that the UN and other supranational organizations had anything to do with the rise of democracy around the world and wasn’t just a bystander while others did the heavy work.

2hotel9

Democracies birthed the United Nations. Should have aborted the monster. UN is NOT a spreader of democracy, that is one of their biggest lies. They defend and spread socialism, always working toward global socialism. Javier appears to be quite happy with that situation.

Paul Penrose

Correlation is not causation. I maintain that the world has been at peace DESPITE the UN. I have no doubt that the UN has done more harm in the world than it has helped. It is an organization that is filled with unelected, unaccountable, and corrupt bureaucrats that collectively waste, and outright steal most of the funds they are entrusted with. It has insufficient controls over the spending and disbursement of funds, lacks common standards for auditing of programs, and has very little protections for whistle-blowers so that abuses can be uncovered. And even when they are, the UN secretariat often does not have the ability to investigate them and/or punish those responsible. In short, it is a recipe for corruption and abuse of authority at all levels with little or no oversight by the countries funding it. And that is the optimistic assessment. Allegations of outright criminal activity within and by the UN are legion. So why do we continue to fund this organization?

Javier is right — without the UN, the pre-WWI monarchies became post-WWI tyrannies. Correlation does not equal causation, but it also doesn’t equal random chance. The Cuban missile crisis did not become WWIII (in part) because we presented a case to the UN and the world saw the evidence. This type of forum was missing prior to WWII.

2hotel9

No, it did not become WWIII because Khrushchev’s advisers and generals sat his vodka swilling drunk a$$ down and convinced him JFK was going to pull the trigger. But hey! Believe any fantastical crap you want, its a free country. For now.

This looks like a global temp chart. You can pick out any trend you like. For number of conflicts, 18th century looks best. Not enough data for military death rate for any meaningful conclusion and it is of course the key.

Javier

The trend is very clear for the last half of the 20th century up to now.
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MarkW

The Cuban Missile Crisis did not become WWIII because neither the US nor Russia wanted it to become one.
Had the UN not existed, all the information would still have been presented to the world.
Your naive belief that the UN has prevented conflict is cute.

Most of you don’t seem to know what the phrase “in part” means (but, MarkW, it’s cute that you think you do). I think most of you also don’t realize how close we were to WWIII during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Our presentation to the UN was a key factor in getting the rest of the world on our side and helped to defuse the crisis.

That is just one example. If that was the only example, the UN would be worth the cost. But there are many other instances, on a smaller scale, where the UN has helped transition nations from conflict into peace (just as there are examples where they failed.)

2hotel9

No, Kennedy not backing down from Khrushchev is what averted the incident escalating to open war. But hey! Continue believing whatever fantastical crap entertains you.

MarkW — I did present evidence, you failed to read it. http://origins.osu.edu/article/avoiding-scourge-war-challenges-united-nations-peacekeeping

Here is the independent report to the United Nations on their peacekeeping efforts:
http://peaceoperationsreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/HIPPO_Report_1_June_2015.pdf

There have been plenty of failures of UN peace efforts, but there has also been successes. Everything from monitoring elections to providing peacekeeping forces and DMZs. However, we should learn from the failures, rather than ignore the successes. Most of the failures came from an inadequate mission rather than harm caused by UN troops. For instance, we often have UN troops that are not authorized to do anything beyond being present in an area. This type of activity will never be successful.

South Sudan is not “solved”, but it is much better than it was during the Sudanese Civil War.

2hotel9

“South Sudan is not “solved”, but it is much better than it was during the Sudanese Civil War.” Really? Exactly when did the ongoing, continuous state of war in Sudan stop? Got a date for that? Cause according to your beloved UN it never stopped, add to that your beloved UN Peacekeepers are a major part of the problem and it never will. They stop the people from defending themselves and stand aside as the “government” forces rape, torture, enslave and murder at will. You seem to be just fine with that.

2hotel9 writes — “South Sudan is not “solved”, but it is much better than it was during the Sudanese Civil War.” Really? Exactly when did the ongoing, continuous state of war in Sudan stop? Got a date for that? Cause according to your beloved UN it never stopped, add to that your beloved UN Peacekeepers are a major part of the problem and it never will. They stop the people from defending themselves and stand aside as the “government” forces rape, torture, enslave and murder at will. You seem to be just fine with that.

I didn’t claim that South Sudan was “solved”. Nor is it my “beloved UN”. The UN needs significant reform. Just like every bureaucracy. It’s such ridiculous logic to assume that there are only two choices here. According to you, either I believe that the UN is perfect or it is absolute failure and should be obliterated.

My only point is that the world is better with the UN than without. The UN needs reform and specific programs (such as the IPCC) are failures. Many here act like the UN is should be a tool for American projection of power, not an international body where some nations (gasp) disagree with us. It’s easy to pick at imperfect successes as failures. That attitude does not give you an intelligent and rational understanding of international politics.

2hotel9

You keep shilling for them, so yes, it is your “beloved” UN. Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas, and you got the itch.

MarkW

Since the UN has done no good and much harm, why is it’s demise such a bad omen?
The UN hasn’t prevented a single war and has made others worse through inept meddling.

MarkW — that sort of logic is insane. How do you know how many wars did not start because of the UN?

The UN hasn’t prevented a single war and has made others worse through inept meddling.

Where do you develop confidence in that statement? It seems like it is something that you made up — Somehow you have this imagination that all conflicts that would have occurred without the UN did occur.

South Sudan is the newest member of the United Nations, having seceded from Sudan earlier this year. The peaceful separation is considered an example of successful U.N. peacekeeping.

Nobody is arguing that the UN is perfect, but there is huge difference between declaring the IPCC inept and declaring the UN a failure.

http://origins.osu.edu/article/avoiding-scourge-war-challenges-united-nations-peacekeeping

MarkW

I develop confidence in that statement by observing the mess that the UN has made of just about everything it has ever been involved in.

MarkW — but your observation skills aren’t exactly “science”. I suspect you see the few disasters (like the IPCC) and miss the successes (like Sudan and the continual drop in warfare.)

That’s not the best way to make informed decisions.

2hotel9

You just keep pushing that leftarded meme! Sudan? Success like Sudan? Are you using heroin? And what drop in warfare? There is a continual state of war throughout Africa and the Middle East and south Asia, and lets not forget the Philippines, Central and South America. You are just too funny.

MarkW

You keep claiming that the UN is responsible for this drop in warfare, yet you fail to present any evidence to support your belief.
You seem to believe that the mere fact that the UN exists proves that it works.

Javier

Many things have contributed to the unprecedented long period of peace that we have enjoyed, between them, the desire by most countries to join and participate in supranational organizations of regional or global nature. By enhancing economical ties and helping to deal with differences they make war more difficult.

Wim Röst

It is as you say, Javier. Some more remarks.

WR: In history countries (and people) became rich by taking what was produced by others. Production was limited to what could be produced by hand. Then we invented science and technology and ‘economy’. We became able to start cheap mass production. And we invented the way to cooperate multinational (international organisations) to avoid wars. And we started to unify separated small economies, because we needed mass markets to sell our massively produced cheap mass products. Therefore lots of us became rich, taking others (the rest of the world) with us in the slipstream.

We are not at the end of that process. Just half way. We must improve our international organisations, not throw them away. (with the exception of the anti-scientific IPCC construction).

In European and other histories we see the following. First there were wars between groups of individuals. Then between villages. Later between groups of villages. Still later between ‘provinces’ of for example 1000 or 2000 km2. Civil wars are often something like ‘provinces’ that fight with each other. We ended with centuries of national wars, wars between countries or states. Here also you see the ever growing scale. And then we invented multinational organisations.

We need a scale at the higher level than ‘nations’ or ‘states’. But not instead of. Some things are better arranged on a lower level. Other things on the international or supra-state level. No one in the US wants to throw away the Federal State of the US because you need that supra-state level. Would it be better when every US state would have his own army? No, I don’t think so. Think in levels.

Not understanding the ‘whole of the process’ is ‘not understanding history’. We need to proceed, but often in an even better way. Not to step back.

Javert Chip

Wim Röst

If you want to trust your freedoms to the UN, go ahead (it hasn’t worked for anybody else)..

Just don’t drag the rest of us into that festering swamp.

Steve T

Javier
March 15, 2017 at 8:55 am

Many things have contributed to the unprecedented long period of peace that we have enjoyed, between them, the desire by most countries to join and participate in supranational organizations of regional or global nature. By enhancing economical ties and helping to deal with differences they make war more difficult.

Who do you mean by “we”? Is it you personally or mankind generally?

The Arab world from Libya, Egypt, Israel, Palestine,Lebanon,,Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan together with half the African continent has been torn apart by our “long period of peace”.
I could also include Tibet and Ukraine. These are all I can recall at the moment but I’m sure a little research would reveal others. So where has the UN been successful?

SteveT

MarkW

The only way people get rich by taking what others have produced is by using government.
In the free market, you can only take what people are willing to give to you. Those who get rich do so by providing a product or service that other people want to buy.

2hotel9

Which is exactly what leftist tw,,,,its are fighting against. Freedom of association, trade and commerce are evil. And don’t get them started on property ownership, which they call theft from the people.

MarkW — in a free market system, there are plenty of ways to exploit government to gain wealth. It is called “rent-seeking”, and it is widespread. Other, long-successful practices include predatory pricing, false product claims, hidden pricing, and collusion.

For instance, the ACA was a huge boondoggle to health insurance companies and big-Pharma. Insurance is specifically precluded from anti-collusion laws. They used their government lobbyists to get laws passed that were favorable to them. It’s not like we have a choice — there is no economic value of “not dying” and you can’t buy a second-hand heart bypass operation on E-bay. Health care is one prime example where the free-market has utterly failed by exploiting their government connections.

Geoff Sherrington

Javier,
I still see value from structures that allow competition when we the public have a choice that is not there under a ‘one-world government’ arrangement. This preference applies not just to overall government in a theoretical view, but also to the individual and many issues of day-to-day government.
When issues are being decided through different proponents offering different propositions, there can be a spectrum of severity in public response, one extreme spectral end being open warfare. Warfare cannot be ruled out in future when nothing signifant has been done to extinguish it.
Personally, I feel that sad extreme outcomes like war are more likely to happen under supranational structures than distributed ones, simply because the former causes more frustrated people through lack of choice and participation in decision making even if that participation is illusory.

Javert Chip

Javier

…and over the past 40 years, the UN has been “good” because? How about some examples.

Like most hyper-political organizations (e.g. labor unions), the UN started off with admirable goals. But, just like other bureaucratic organizations, they don’t/can’t change with the times. They become temples of rent-seeking.

The UN is worse simply because it is unaccountable to anybody.

Mark from the Midwest

This may help moderate congestion on the Upper East Side. Have you ever counted the number of Town Cars with the diplo-plates that always seem to be illegally parked right in front of boutique or restaurant?

Alan the Brit

Just like London! Diplomatic Immunity is full of abuse & corruption.Many diplomatic cars are loaded with traffic offence tickets but never get paid under the DI banner!

Mike

I lived in that part of Manhattan for a decade. You are not exaggerating, and those people are regularly abusing their privilege. At least Rudy tried to rein them in a bit.

toorightmate

Ahh the good old UN.
The organisation that takes on world problems which are in a disastrous state and makes them infinitely worse.
UNEXIT.

troe

To the fear or even fear of the possibility that China will gain influence: so what? The Chinese have risen in stature on the strength of thier economy. Period. If they choose to fritter away resources on the UN let them. Our focus in the US is on raising our standard of living and quality of life. We are taking on some of the systemic issues that have been allowed to fester because they require making
choices.

There are those in the US who cherish playing an important role on the international stage. Others seem to like playing saviour and still others enjoy the US being a patsy. Let us build our country, extend a friendly hand to our actual friends; and keep a sharp eye on those with ill intent. Lead by good example rather than yapping about it. We will be fine.

“State Department staffers have been instructed to seek cuts in excess of 50 percent in U.S. funding for U.N. programs,”

Don’t get your hopes up. The statement above suggests that only elements of UN funding will be cut by over 50%. Which could mean a couple of initiatives, not the entire budget.

The UN is a legacy institution founded at the close of WWII to cement the hegemony of the victorious “Allied” powers in the aftermath of war. There is little upside for the US to withdraw from the UN. But we surely don’t have to bankroll an institution that many times works contrary to our national interest. The US has a lot of power with its permanent seat on the security council and our veto. We need to hang on to the power where it helps us and we need to defund paying for activities that are against our national interests. We certainly don’t want to fund the Climate Change/Sustainable Development nonsense that the UN programs constantly spew.

It is unwise to walk away from the political part of the UN. It is important the US participates to protect its interests.

TA

“The US has a lot of power with its permanent seat on the security council and our veto. We need to hang on to the power where it helps us and we need to defund paying for activities that are against our national interests.”

Good advice. I like the thought of Trump staying in the UN and disrupting their evil ways for the next eight years, and that doesn’t require huge amounts of U.S. taxpayer money, just a Trump twitter account.

john harmsworth

I would argue that the U.N. is an organization which amplifies the power of smaller nations and blunts the power of the larger ones. It also provides a forum for the airing of disputes and some degree of mutual cooperation on global issues. The mediation is important for smaller states in avoiding wars.
Although the ensuing discussions and verbal tugs of war may blunt the power of the larger states, it should also be recognized that many times the larger states are drawn into wars between smaller states as they defend their allies or geopolitical positions.
Most often, these larger states would be better off by far if these sorts of entanglements were avoided by negotiation.

Javert Chip

John

Yup. Worked well for the Israelis and Palestinians.And look at all the improvements to Haiti…

Oppps. Never mind.

MarkW

You don’t need the UN if you want mediation. All you need are two parties that want mediation.
As to restraining big powers. Where?
The only power the UN has is to issue press releases.

ShrNfr

The food programs will continue. Those are really subsidies to US farmers.

I wouldn’t call paying a farmer fair market price for production a subsidy, even if the government intends to give it away as aid. The US or Canada certainly doesn’t need to use the UN to broker needed food. They might help distribute it in non-war zones. Where are they in Somalia, Yemen, Libya, Sudan and some west Africa areas? Did they try to get the school girls back from Boko Haram? Do they do anything about the treatment of girls/women in the Middle East? Who are the members of their human rights councils? Just asking… The US (and Canada-ya, right) should pay for membership in the General Assembly and Security Council – that’s it. Every other program has been bent into Agenda 21/30 under the rubric of “sustainability.

Would you apply the same rules to car production? or Coal ? or Steel? or do farmers have a privileged place in the economy and are not subject to the same economic laws as everyone else.

2hotel9

Your deep, burning hatred for farmers and tax payers is quite curious.

MarkW

If the government is increasing demand over and above what the market would otherwise support. That’s a subsidy.

Rob

Thank goodness. These UN weasels have have had their sights set on diminishing the U.S. in almost every way possible(bogus global warming regs etc) for decades now.

commieBob

When someone tries to do something actually useful, it is the job of the UN bureaucracy to make sure they are stopped. From 2001 until 2006, Stephen Lewis worked as United Nations UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. In a radio interview he described how the bureaucrats outflanked him and prevented any action that might have improved the plight of the Africans.

Back in the 1950s the UN might have been driven by idealism and hope. Now it is dominated by cynicism. It is a great example of The Iron Law of Bureaucracy and mission creep.

john harmsworth

And yet Stephen Lewis would be among the first and loudest to defend entrenched bureaucracies. He being of the Lefty persuasion.

commieBob

Funny about that. 🙂

Mark - Helsinki

Most of the humanitarian groups are fronts to be honest. Even Vaccine programs, as recently exposed the CIA was running a fake vaccine program.

NED are purely infiltration of foreign states as are many other orgs like Hand in Hand with Syria (UK) and The White Helmets which are meant to be an NGO but are funded to the tune of millions by the UK and US even though they are in fact a terrorist linked entity.

Even more UN funding goes toward stealing the sovereignty from US voters. Ask any farmer.

Many other UN humanitarian groups are nothing other than fronts to fund despots who use said aid to leverage events at home, like using food to force people to move lands, and line the pockets of cronies.

The UN should be dismantled, it is not doing what it was created for, it is a thing unto itself and is cooped by lefty crack pot socialists and literally communists

john harmsworth

“Lefty Socialists”! The worst kind!

Don

There is too much corruption in the UN to maintain any level of support. They needed to be good stewards of the gifts from the American people and they weren’t. There is no accountability. There is plenty of need in this country for those funds.

Joe Crawford

“There is too much corruption in the UN to maintain any level of support.”

That’s an innate problem inherent in the design of the organization. The vast majority of the member countries have corrupt governments and those provide the likewise corrupt bureaucrats that run both the U.N. and its organizations.

2hotel9

YES!!!!!! This is 70 years overdue! Now, time to round up the criminals who have been using the UN for their criminal sh*t, rape as a weapon, intentional starvation of millions of women and children, slavery, theft on a global and industrial scale, fraud on a global and industrial scale, mass murder, hell, the UN has been an organized crime syndicate since the mid 1950s.

My question – why not cut 100%? How does anonymising aid money through the UN bureaucracy benefit US taxpayers?

Because that is not the point of this aid. The goal is to help stabilize the world to make it a safer place.

MarkW

Since the UN has abjectly failed in it’s primary goal, just disband the thing and stop wasting money on it.

2hotel9

And that has failed SPECTACULARLY. Seeing as the UN is the current #2 cause of instability in the world, islam being the reigning #1, it is high time the UN got a good, solid a$$ f**king. And yes, benefit to the taxpayers paying the bill is the point.

I’m well aware that the UN has many controversial programs, but how do you figure they are the current #2 cause of instability in the world? It seems like you are just making that up.

I’m not defending the UN, I’m trying to illustrate that the assumption is wrong as stated in the article. Anonymizing aid makes it possible to support nations that we would normally not support and provide stability to those regions. In other words, there is a benefit to anonymizing aid — we can oppose the politics of a nation while supporting the people in the nation.

There is little doubt in my mind that many aspects of the UN are stabilizing, but it is easy to point to the nonsense of the UN (bureaucracy & the IPCC) while forgetting about UNICEF, clean water, and education initiatives. Americans find it too easy to forget the disastrous post-WWI history while pretending that the UN had no role in stabilizing the world post-WWII.

2hotel9

Because the UN is the current #2 cause of instability in the world. Facts, they are your friend, unless you are pushing global government propaganda, then you run from them like a fat kid chasing an ice cream truck.

Because the UN is the current #2 cause of instability in the world.

Based on what? What is the measures of the cause of instability? What is ranked 3, 4,& 5 on that list? What is the independent organization who tracks these measures?

As far as Islam is concerned, generally religion is a stabilizing force in the world. Most people like to point to flash points of history, but miss the elimination of other flashpoints by a common religion. Radical Islam is troubling, but so is Radical Christianity.

2hotel9

“As far as Islam is concerned, generally religion is a stabilizing force in the world.” I will just let that glittering jewel of ignorance stand on its own. You can own that one, babe.

jimmy_jimmy

“battle Climate change” – I’m guessing the battle is trying to pull those monies from Trump’s hot hot hands.

Pamela Gray

It seems to me nothing of substance comes out of the UN anymore now that they are the champions of how many fairies can dance on the head of the plantfood pin.

How about we send a goodwill ambassador who can stifle a laugh, charge them rent for the building, and call it good?

observa

High time we all ditched the gaggle of gangsters for a very limited United Liberal Democratic Nations and we know who we are (it’s largely the direction of boats and feet stoopids). Aspirationals can have a say but no vote until they meet the minimum standards and the gangsters can please themselves and do business with each other while our borders and markets are closed to them. That should do it.

Steve T

observa
March 15, 2017 at 6:13 am

High time we all ditched the gaggle of gangsters for a very limited United Liberal Democratic Nations and we know who we are (it’s largely the direction of boats and feet stoopids).

As far as I can see there is not an organisation anywhere with “Democrat” or “Liberal” in their name which is actually democratic or liberal.

SteveT

Tom Halla

The UN was an idea that should have been buried with Franklin Roosevelt, after it became apparent that Stalin was not willing to act in good faith.

Rhoda R

It was the tool of the USSR from the get-go and hasn’t changed much since then.

eyesonu

As Trump moves forward in a businesslike manner he is doing an excellent job of shaking up the status quo. Hit them all and hit them hard! They will have to publicly come out to defend their earlier and future decisions for all of us to see. That will continue to rattle their cages and we will be able to hear the baboons scream! Just gotta love it!

Jerry Henson

http://www.texemarrs.com/061997/national_parks_belong_to_un.htm

The statist’s goal was to turn the US over the UN slowly. AGW is a major part
of that effort. Anyone who has not read Agenda 21 on their website needs to
do so.

The UN is the elitist’s tool for world domination. Elimination of nationalism
and national borders is part of the mechanism.

We should make the G20 Nations function in the original goal of the UN,
eliminating any attempt to erase national borders or cultures.

Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US!

Jtom

I have been waiting for two separate concepts to be pushed which, fortunately, the election of Trump might have at least delayed. One is that the voting power of countries in tne UN be weighted based on each country’s population. The second concept is a global individual income tax, with almost punitive taxes for wealth redistribution on the global 1% – which would be anyone earning over 35,000 USD per year. China, India, and the Muslim world would inherit the earth.

There are many on the left who would view this as the only way to compensate the world for the evil capitalism of the west.

MarkW

Of course all of the wealth that the left wants to redistribute was created by the evil capitalism in the first place.

William Astley

Except for corruption, inefficiency, lack of oversight, comical duplication of task forces, and so on, the UN is a great organization for the US to throw money at.

The Obama solution to the UN problems would be to hide/spin away the problems (with support from the elite media) followed by a nice long Obama speech followed by a photo op with Hollywood stars.

Poor, corrupt countries pay almost zero to the UN budget and are of course corrupt hence have zero incentive to stop the waste and corruption. Every country has one vote on UN reform initiatives.

In 2015, 35 countries will be charged the minimum regular budget assessment (William: minimum UN budget assessment US pays 28 percent peace keeping and 22 percent adminstration for comparison) of 0.001 percent which works out to approximately $28,269 each. Twenty countries will be charged the minimum peacekeeping assessment of 0.0001 percent or approximately $8,470 apiece.

The U.N. badly needs reform, but the U.S., despite the mammoth checks it writes, can’t reform the U.N. alone. In the one-nation, one-vote world of the U.N., it needs support from other nations. Unfortunately, many of them remain blasé about U.N. budget increases, corruption, and inefficiencies because the financial impact on them is miniscule.

To change the institution, the first thing that needs to change is the thumb-on-the-scales system that makes the U.S. the biggest bill-payer, but just one of 193 voting members when it comes to demanding honesty, efficiency and effectiveness in return for its over-generous payments.

To change the institution, the first thing that needs to change is the thumb-on-the-scales system that makes the U.S. the biggest bill-payer, but just one of 193 voting members when it comes to demanding honesty, efficiency and effectiveness in return for its over-generous payments.

Who Pays?

Over the last six decades, the share of the U.N. expenses borne by poor or small member states has steadily ratcheted downward to near- microscopic levels. From 1974 to 1998, the minimum mandatory payment for the regular budget for example, fell from 0.04 percent to 0.001 percent. For the peacekeeping budget, the minimum is 0.0001 percent.

In 2015, 35 countries will be charged the minimum regular budget assessment of 0.001 percent which works out to approximately$28,269 each. Twenty countries will be charged the minimum peacekeeping assessment of 0.0001 percent or approximately $8,470 apiece.

By contrast, the U.S. is assessed 22 percent of the regular budget (approximately $622 million) and over 28 percent of the peacekeeping budget (approximately $2.402 billion).

Put another way, the U.S. will be assessed more than 176 other member states combined for the regular budget and more than 185 countries combined for the peacekeeping budget. Who says America isn’t exceptional!

This is more than a complaint about dollars. It’s also about the value received for those outsized contributions. Consider:

· An independent academic study assessing best and worst practices among aid agencies ranked U.N. organizations among the worst.

· Atop all that, U.N. employees enjoy extremely generous benefits and salaries—over 32 percent higher than U.S. civil servants of equivalent rank. ….

…Unfortunately, oversight and accountability at the U.N. have historically been weak. And on the rare occasion when internal watchdogs bite, the organization moves to defang them.

Take the case of the Procurement Task Force (PTF) , a special U.N. unit that went to work in 2006 to root out corruption. It uncovered fraud, waste, and mismanagement involving contracts valued at more than $630 million. It led to misconduct findings and convictions of U.N. officials.

Unfortunately the PTF was eliminated in 2008—at the behest of countries angry about PTF actions against their nationals holding U.N. staff positions. The U.N. has not completed any major corruption cases since the PTF was eliminated.

Poor oversight is made worse by U.N. hostility toward its own whistleblowers. Only a few weeks ago, nine staffers from various U.N. organizations sent a letter to the Secretary-General asserting that the U.N. affords “little to no measure of real or meaningful protection for whistleblowers.”

The U.N. badly needs reform, but the U.S., despite the mammoth checks it writes, can’t reform the U.N. alone. In the one-nation, one-vote world of the U.N., it needs support from other nations. Unfortunately, many of them remain blasé about U.N. budget increases, corruption, and inefficiencies because the financial impact on them is miniscule.

eyesonu

I hear the sound of rattled cages.

Severian

Oh noes! Without US money, how will the UN Peacekeepers be able to continue to spread cholera and child sexual abuse throughout the world!

Joe Crawford

Don’t forget AIDS. They have don’t a pretty good job of spreading that as well.

Curious George

US haters will only get 10% of their budget from the US. That’s deplorable.

Andre Lauzon

……oh! oh!…….Trudeau will want to make up the shortfall so he can have his picture splashed all over the world……………and Canada cannot afford it. Could I claim refugee status in the USA?

I find it odd that an American billionaire thought he needed to fund vaccine programs in
third world countries and is doing so. Third world countries need birth control pills more than anything else.

MarkW

The only thing that has ever reduced birth rates are increases in wealth and improvements in child survival rates.

Joe Crawford

I would argue with you about the improvements in child survival rates. Those just seem to lead to overpopulation and more poverty. There are several reasons for having large families. First and foremost is the genetic imperative. When life expectancy is low due to starvation, disease or predation having many offspring insures that at least a few will survive. Second, in agricultural societies many offspring are necessary to assist with the crops. Religious requirements probably developed originally from the first two but also help guarantee survival of the religion. Increases in education and living standard seem to negate the first two but not necessarily the last.

MarkW

I just point to the real world, where family size plummets when wealth and survival rates go up.
Even in the absence of any change in religious affiliations.

Ron Williams

Amen!

It’s pretty funny that no one ever thinks that the money provided the UN is too much , but a cut is considered some sort of disaster. The U.S. can’t even balance its budget, so what’s it doing giving money away to an organization that has a record of dishonesty and fraud? The media hides all of the U.N. scandals pretty good.

MikeH

I’ve had this ‘wish’ for a long time to help greatly reduce the role of the US in the UN, and visa-versa. But to just scream “US out of the UN and UN out of the US” makes one look like a nut. What you need is an idea, a plan, that has a rational goal for them, but also gets what we’d want.

My view is, (/sarc-on) the US has seen so much peace and prosperity since the UN has been located in NYC, I think it’s very selfish and unfair that the US should be the sole recipient of this. (sarc-off)

What I would propose is a 10 year plan. Announced in 2020, the UN would pick a spot for their NEW UN headquarters. A place most in need of help, where their influence and ideas could be best used, let’s say Darfur. The current host country (USofA) would fund the building of an EXACT Replica of the current UN building, allowing for minimal confusion during the transfer. The next host country would be responsible for the buildup of their infrastructure, roads, utilities, airport, brothels, whatever is currently needed for the UN members.

Then in 2030, they relocate to their new home, and proceed to demonstrate their skills at uplifting that society, and they would announce the next UN home for 2040. The vacant UN building in NYC reverts to private ownership, with the exception of the UN hall, which can be used by the UN for emergency meetings. But the remainder of the office space would be rented out.

Then in 10 years, they would move again. I figure by that time, the current host country (Darfur) would happily pay to build the next UN office to get them out of their country. Thus, the UN could truly spread their kindness throughout the world and demonstrate to all the great power of the United Nations. And the US gets back some prime real-estate. Oh well, one can wish, can’t I?

I’m with the withdraw 100% from UN and kick them out of NYC crowd.

My recollection is probably flawed, but for all the money we contribute to the UN, it doesn’t buy us any love. The only countries that usually vote with us are England, Australia and sometimes Canada. (I wonder what these countries have in common?)

The UN is a corrupt organization and has grown to oppose nearly everything the USA used to stand for.

“Say goodnight Gracie.”

We could seize the land under the Kelo rules, tear down the buildings and make a nice “green space” for the watermelons. That should make them happy… But, of course, it would not, because it would pull the rug from under many of their rackets and their desire to pull down the USA.

Paul Westhaver

The Forth Turning…

The UN will lose influence, the EU will collapse, Russia will grow, wars will break out in Europe and SE Asia AND S America, USA will strengthen, and it will advocate the reconstitution of the NEW UN with greater USA China Russia influence.

It has happened before and will again. This BS Malthusian Climate nonsense will be forgotten under the rubble of cities.

When it comes to the UN, 50% decrease in funding taken out of the present and future earnings of USA tax-victims is not “massive”. 90% cut would not be what I’d call “massive”. Now, if we clawed back 50% of the loot spent through the UN over the last 60 years to foment riot and terrorism, genocide and looting, now THAT might be rightly called massive.

Jerry Henson

Apparently I am behind the times. It is now agenda 2030, a small victory.
Maybe Trump can erase the One World Government idea completely.

Rhoda R

Not so long as the UN exists in any form. Not to mention the Club of Rome and the Biltbergers or the islamics. History has shown that there are always people who think that idea they rule the world is just dandy. Those people have caused the biggest massacres in history so the current heirs to that bad idea should just be taken out and shot. Precautionary Principle in action.

ralfellis

It is about time the Middle East stepped up to the plate and gave aid to everyone around the world, instead of just to the Muslim Ummah.

Perhaps Pakistan can fund polio vaccinators, instead of murdering them:
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/mar/25/pakistan-polo-vaccinators-murder-militants-salma-farooqi

Perhaps Saudi Arabia can fund humanitarian aid to Syria, instead of funding ISIS:
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/hillary-clinton-wikileaks-email-isis-saudi-arabia-qatar-us-allies-funding-barack-obama-knew-all-a7362071.html

There is absolutely no point in America trying to sort out problems in the world, while its so-called allies are spreading hatred and mayhem everywhere they go. The UN is a failed agency, because it refused to admit the failings of its Eastern members, so it deserves to wither and die. I for one will not mourn its passing.

Ralph

Logoswrench

InInternational humanitarian systen? You mean like in the face of genocide they issue a sternly worded memo and do nothing else? That system?
Good riddance.

troe

Reading the comments I’d say the ayes and hoorays have it. Cut their contribution. Our new U.N. Ambassador is very charming and personable. She will sell it with a smile.

markl

The UN is openly anti US, anti Democratic, anti Capitalist and they don’t attempt to hide their intentions. The hubris of the whole organization to believe it can go on acting this way and still expect the US to not only house it but be its’ major supporter is telling that they can go on acting this way and maintain US support.

Resourceguy

Don’t forget anti-peace also. Using UN funds to facilitate Hamas tunnels and attacks and doing so in recurring cycles after Hamas gets beaten back periodically is slime. See also the UN role in the Six Day War, again at the expense of the targeted population for preparedness.

MarkW

Palestinians attack Israeli’s.
Israeli’s strike back at the attackers.
The international community goes up in arm about the latest Israeli violation of the peace.

2hotel9

And lets us not forget the ongoing war on the Korean Peninsula. Thanks to the UN it will never end.