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U.N. subsidies: Get the ax

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Friday, Aug. 5, 2011

As Congress is in a deficit-cutting mindset, or so it says, now would be apropos to review just how much the U.S. pays for its "share" of United Nations operations.

And what propitious timing, too, as the U.S. Office of Management and Budget recently has compiled figures for 2010. The sum is an eye-popper.

Total U.S. contributions, including U.N. affiliated programs that receive funding through various federal departments, exceeded $7.691 billion in 2010, according to a Heritage Foundation analysis. That's $1.3 billion more than U.S. payments in 2009 (a whopping 21 percent increase) and $1.6 billion more than in 2008.

In fact, this is the third consecutive year that U.S. contributions to the U.N. have set new records, says Heritage's Brett D. Schaefer.

It's no wonder, as the U.N. regular budget has more than doubled from 2000-01 to 2010-11, from $2.49 billion to $5.16 billion. And the peacekeeping budget has increased fourfold, from $1.7 billion to $7.2 billion, over the same period.

But why should the U.N. care about its spending so long as the U.S. pays its "obligation" (22 percent of the regular budget and 27 percent of the peacekeeping budget) regardless of how much the tab goes up?

This must end. If Congress won't pull the U.S. plug powering the U.N.'s culture of fraud, waste and corruption, it can at least stem the increasing gush of taxpayers' dollars into Turtle Bay.



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