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« Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 748 -- Government-Run Health Care. | WILLisms.com | Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 750 -- The EPA's Job-Killing Ruling. »

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 749 -- United Nations' Bloated Budget.

We Control Our Own Destiny, Let's Stop Acting Like Victims-

It is not a terrible secret that the United States is the largest individual funding source for the United Nations, and while some would like to turn America into a hapless victim of some sort of "globalist one world government conspiracy," the United States has a lot of options to rein in the United Nations. We have power. We control our own destiny.

We're not helpless, hapless victims in this situation, but we have to actually demand accountability for this sort of budget growth:

To avoid a repetition of recent budget fiascos, the United States must be prepared. Specifically, the U.S. should:

* Announce that it is returning to the principle of zero growth in the U.N. regular budget.
* Identify key reforms to improve budgetary constraint and insist that the U.N. adopt and implement them.
* Demand more influence on U.N. budgetary decisions.
* Demand increased transparency and accountability at the U.N.

It does seem absurd that the United States spends so much money each year propping up a corrupt and sclerotic organization-- comprised of so many dozens of unfree nations and a handful of free nations that actively work to undermine American interests-- that comes through with so few meaningful non-American resources to accomplish even consensus goals like stopping genocide in Africa or stifling the return of the Taliban in Afghanistan. This is a mismanaged organization with very little accountability, and its budget needs taming.

A lot of people have complained about the lack of return on investment over the years, but we just keep throwing more money at the United Nations, hoping they will love us. Why don't we just show a little backbone and threaten to cut the purse strings if they don't get with the program?

Our current budget crisis provides a good reason to make this happen.


The U.S. currently contributes 22% of the U.N. regular budget and more than 27% of the U.N. peacekeeping budget. The U.S. budget for fiscal year (FY) 2010 requested $598 million for the U.N. regular budget and more than $2 billion for the peacekeeping budget, not to mention other large contributions from the United States to United Nations-affiliated organizations, adding up to more than $5 billion a year.

Playing a little hardball on the budget wouldn't be such a bad thing every now and then. This is the kind of issue on which Obama could get tough and triangulate, in Clintonesque fashion, in order to quiet his foreign policy critics a bit. Based on his modus operandi so far, Obama won't do that.


Previous Trivia Tidbit: Government Runs Health Care Too Much Already.

Posted by Will Franklin · 18 February 2010 01:52 PM