January 7, 2008

UN‘s incessant appetite for cash

"Government spending will not be curbed by wishful thinking." President Ronald Reagan

The UN General Assembly has recently approved a two-year UN budget of 4.17 billion U.S. dollars in the face of resistance from the United States. The budget, proposed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, was approved by a vote of 142 to one.

Heritage Foundation senior fellow and former deputy assistant secretary of defense, Peter Brookes tells us that, over the last five years, the UN's budget has grown an average 17 percent a year while the US (wartime) budget has grown just 7 percent. Over the last decade, the UN's purse has ballooned more than 190 percent!

"Even more frustrating, about 75 percent of the base 4.2 billion budget is for staff costs. That is, the bulk goes to pumping up the size of the UN Secretariat's swollen bureaucracy, not to humanitarian aid or development. Meanwhile, the Secretariat undertook no significant efforts to find substantive budget "offsets" or to set priorities among the UN programs and activities."

"For years, America has pushed for zero growth in the UN budget, seeking fiscal restraint and encouraging better management and reform - which we've seen shamefully little of. Indeed, you might not mind a UN budget hike if you thought you were going to get an equal improvement in performance or return on your hard-earned tax dollars. No such luck."

Read the whole piece here

Is anyone concerned about this?

What else can I add, except perhaps, for the bleeding obvious...

Over to you...

8 comments:

Flag Gazer said...

Thanks for the softball - !!!

If the UN isn't an example of complete corruption and ineffieciency, I don't know what is. And, those things cost money!

MK said...

Doesn't America give a lot of money to the UN, I'm sure that nest of leftist vipers is not actually working and earning that money. I wonder if they should start denying the UN money, it's not like the UN loves Americans or something.

American Interests said...

Flag Gazer: Establishments like the UN give new meaning to the term organisational inefficiency!

mk: U.S. provides over one-fifth of its budget, I wonder how many know this?

The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

The thing that angers me so about the UN , besides their corruption and their backing of every two bit dictator in the wrold, is that whenever they want funding or special projects, they expect the US to fork over the money and low and behold somehow they get their wish from the Congress.

Every freedom loving country in this world need to dump the UN causing this disgusting organization to crash and burn!

Tapline said...

I think it has outlived its usefullness. Close it down and put the money to use in worthwhile causes in NATO or reduce the deficit. stay well....

American Interests said...

Tap: "outlived its usefullness" it's certainly looking that way, thanx for visiting...

WomanHonorThyself said...

o gosh why oh why is the UN still in existence..a bunch of terrorist despots the lot of them!

MK said...

Move the UN over to Europe, that's what they yearn for anyway.