After another year of being condemned by its member-nations, the United States just got handed another huge bill by the United Nations, proving once again that the U.N. is a spoiled brat in sore need of a stiff shot of tough love.
Just in the last three months alone, the U.N. made Venezuela, controlled by the Hugo Chavez regime, a member of the Human Rights Council, granted Palestine statehood and gave Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a platform to spew his hatred toward Israel and the United States.
Then to top it off, on Christmas Eve the U.N. General Assembly told us that we would have the honor of paying for more than one-fifth of the U.N.’s operating costs — 22 percent — for the next three years so that all this nonsense can continue.
Patrick Goodenough, writing for CNSNews.com. noted, “Between them the U.S. and Japan contribute one-third of the total budget – and roughly the same as the next seven countries combined.”
When he was handed the bill, the U.S. representative for U.N. management and reform, Joseph Torsella, sounded like a college fraternity plebe shouting “Thank you sir, may I have another!” after being whacked with a paddle.
“The United States is very pleased to have maintained the critical 22 percent ceiling for U.S. contributions to the U.N. regular budget, protecting U.S. taxpayers from the additional bills – estimated to be at least $300 million annually in both the regular and peacekeeping budgets – that would have resulted from an increase in the U.S. ceiling level,” he said.
Every time Susan Rice, our ambassador to the U.N., casts a vote, hers is but one vote out of 193. If we’re going to be footing 22 percent of its costs, maybe we should be granted 22 percent of the votes — that would be 42.46 votes.
Under the theory that it makes little sense to continue throwing good money after bad, others suggest getting out of the United Nations altogether. Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer has favored this for decades, calling the U.N. “inherently corrupt” and a “sandbox of dictators.”
I say being stabbed in the back by the United Nations wouldn’t hurt quite as much if they didn’t turn around and bill us for the knives.
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