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Another fleecing: Kiss the U.N. goodbye

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Friday, Jan. 29, 2010

Once every three years the United States has the opportunity to demand fairness in what it pays in "dues" to the United Nations. This time the U.S. was shafted but good.

This is how the Obama administration watches out for American taxpayers: allowing a den of reprobate nations to set the scale for what the U.S. outrageously pays -- and without so much as a peep of protest.

Oh, the U.S. assessment for Turtle Bay's regular budget -- 22 percent -- remains unchanged. That's of little consolation, considering U.N. budget increases will inevitably cost the U.S. millions more.

Meanwhile China, among other nations, is ridiculously undercharged; Beijing's share of the U.N.'s regular budget this year is 3.189 percent, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

Bad as the U.N. budget deal is, the U.S. share of the world body's peacekeeping fund is even worse. The U.S. share will go up 1.21 percent this year and 1.18 percent in 2011 and 2012. So what• Those increases in a multibillion-dollar budget will cost U.S. taxpayers approximately $100 million more annually over the next three years, notes U.N. watchdog Brett D. Schaefer of The Heritage Foundation.

All this without more meaningful say in an organization that delights in ridiculing the U.S. And who can blame the U.N. for doing so -- when the U.S. so graciously enables its own fleecing.

So, let us once again repeat what we've been saying for years :

The United States should spearhead the formation of a League of Democracies, leave the U.N., and leave its corrupt, money-sucking and thug-coddling ways behind. And the sooner the better. The United Nations has been playing the United States for suckers for far too long and with our money. Enough really is enough.

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