The Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen will introduce legislation today to require the United Nations to adopt a voluntary budget model which will restrict funding on a selective basis instead of the formula funding that is now in place. This legislation would enable countries to selectively fund U.N. agencies and would limit the use of U.S. funds to only purposes outlined by Congress. Currently the United States (that's you and me) fund 22% of the annual operating costs of the United Nations.
The intent of the legislation is to create competition between the U.N. agencies for funding which in theory would require a sound organization structure, tight fiscal controls and stated objectives that could be measured. In other words they will have to adopt a business model rather than throwing our money at the wall to see what sticks.
The bill will also suspend funding for peacekeeping operations until management changes are made. As you recall there was similar legislation introduced in 2006 as a result of the graft and corruption at the U.N. That legislation failed to pass but the level of corruption and waste persists in the U.N. The bill will also end funding for Palestinian refugees. There has been tremendous criticism regarding the U.N. agencies work in Gaza and the West Bank as facilitating the perpetuation of hate among the Palestinians.
The bill also could withhold funding for the UN Human Rights Council until the State Department can certify that none of the members of the Council are subject to Security Council sanctions or are states that sponsor terrorism. That will keep countries like Libya, Syria, Iran etc off the Human Rights Council. That makes sense to me!
This legislation is certain to meet stiff resistance from Senate Democrats and President Obama. The President's so-called alliance building and appeasement foreign policy require limited accountability and no results.
So what are your thoughts on selectively funding the United Nations based on the proposed legislation? Is it a good idea? Should we be funding the United Nations at all? Should we take the gloves off and come out swinging for this piece of legislation?
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The legislation of selective funding is a good idea but if dosent pass then all funding should stop. With 22% of all funding coming from the U.S. we carry a big stick and should us it.
I'm aware this is sidestepping the issue, but yesterday I came across this site. Patriot Friends, we are screwed royally.
It's quite lengthy but go to the write up of FDR and onward. Check out the dollar bill he designed.