Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Citizens of the World must pay Taxes

You’re probably familiar with the term, taxation without representation. In fact as an American you understand that the idea of imposing taxes on the British colonies in America in 1764 is what ultimately lead to the colonies in America rebelling against Britain and declaring themselves independent of Great Britain.

On July 11th, 2006 Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-OK) introduced a bill that requires the annual withholding of 20 percent of US regular budget dues to the United Nations "and other applicable international organizations" until the President certifies that no UN entity nor any other international organization has imposed, developed, supported or publicized any proposal concerning taxation or the imposition of fees on the US Government or American citizens. The bill - S. 3633 - is cosponsored by 31 senators.

What is this? Richard W. Rahn, writing in the Washington Times warns of an impending plan by two world organizations, the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to impose taxes on you a citizen of the United States of America.

Actually these world bodies are planning to impose taxes on the people of the world.
The present system of funding the U.N. leaves payment of dues to the world body completely at the discretion of U.N. member nation states. These members, whose governing bodies approve or disapprove funding the U.N., would be completely by passed as the U.N. is looking for a more direct way of receiving its funding.

The U.S. Congress, in its "Findings" in support of the proposed legislation, has produced a 47-point list of the advocacy by U.N. officials of various global tax schemes, violations of existing U.S. law of such schemes, massive corruption within the U.N., and notations of the damage to global economic growth and national sovereignty by such tax schemes.

A broad coalition of public policy and taxpayer groups has arisen to support the legislation. On the other side, the normal group of apologists for the U.N. and international organizations, who remain forever blind to the endless U.N. corruption and waste of taxpayer dollars, has emerged to resist restrictions on U.N. funding. Many opponents of the proposed legislation are former U.S. government and other officials who failed to engage in proper oversight of the U.N. and other international organizations during their own terms of government service.

Under U.S. law, it is illegal for a government agency to use taxpayer funds to lobby for more money for the agency. Yet, the U.N. and OECD are doing so. Their spokespersons (paid by taxpayers from sovereign nations) are "lobbying" for more funds for their international institutions. In effect, we have the bizarre situation where the world's taxpayers pay people to advocate higher taxes on themselves -- and even worse, without any sovereign protection for the taxpayers. If this is not tyranny, what is?

The present system, because it limits U.N. or OECD ability to control member dues and payments, is not preferred by The U.N. who has proposed an international tax on aviation fuel, a tax on airline tickets, taxes on international currency transactions, carbon use taxes, including a 4.8-cent tax on each gallon of gasoline, and other taxes on an extensive range of transactions, goods and services.

Presently the U.N. functions with complete autonomy and is not accountable to people in the fashion that the American government is accountable to the American people.

To allow the U.N. access to a source of unlimited income through taxing the people of the world combined with no accountability is a formula for tyranny.

Americans recognized taxation without representation was tyrannous in the 1700’s and declared itself independent of Britain. If the U.N. pursuits this new course of taxation it will be in violation of U.S. laws that prohibits such practices in addition to that Americans should resist such tyranny as it has always been our practice.

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