The California Republican

This blog was created in order to report on a streak of conservatism currently taking hold in California. Recent events, and voting records show much of the same here in California, but the trend is one that is certainly in our favor.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Another Reason: America, Denounce the U.N.

Despite the fact that as of last night, the U.N had not donated any monies to the relief cause, U.N. Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland, told reporters than some European countries and the United States were being stingy.

"It is beyond me why are we so stingy, really, Christmastime should remind many Western countries at least, [of] how rich we have become. There are several donors who are less generous than before in a growing world economy, politicians in the United States and Europe believe that they are really burdening the taxpayers too much, and the taxpayers want to give less. It's not true. They want to give more."

What Mr. Egeland does not realize is that the U.S. is already the major source of monies, and that we are already giving monies to the relief cause in Southeast Asia. In 2003, the U.S. donated almost $16 billion dollars to relief efforts. The second source of monies was Japan with almost $9 billion. The UN has asked that all countries agree to donating 0.7% of their GNP in relief aid, and they have been very critical of those nations who do not follow suit.

This brings me to my first question. Why would any nation who is looking to spend their tax dollars wisely donate money to, and/or through, the U.N.? The U.N. is fresh off the largest scandal in world history, the Oil for Food Scandal. Their gross mis-management led to thousands of deaths, and enabled Saddam Hussein and Palestinian terrorism. The U.N. has not earned the right to see my tax dollars in any way.

My next question may seem silly, but it is most pertinent. Why does the U.N. not count private donations? Our nations donates countless billions each year to relief efforts both home and abroad. During 9/11, our citizens donated over $1 billion. There are at least a dozen, US led organizations, in place in Southeast Asia right now operating off of American tax dollars.

In response to Egeland's asinine comments, Secretary of State Colin Powell responded:

"We will do more. I wish that comment hadn't been made. The United States has given more aid in the last four years than any other nation or combination of nations in the world,"

One last bit of info in closing... The U.S. may show a small percentage of GNP in donations, but that does not count private donations as we have already covered. In addition, the US is providing countless billions to disaster prone countries in trade, and the position on a global economy. The indirect sources are never spoken of, for the U.N. is an anti-American organization. That said, I believe the data speaks for itself.

Update: UN Official Backs Down: Rich Nations Not 'Stingy'