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June 26, 2007

Cut U.N. and foreign aid

Dear President Bush:

For too many years, the United States has tried to buy friendship around the world through the means of foreign aid. Judging from the voting records of our so-called friends in the United Nations, we have not been very successful.

I suggest the following:

Politely inform the U.N. that the lease in New York will expire in five years, and they are expected to move out of the United States to another country. We have borne the burden too long. It is time to share.

Slowly begin to reduce foreign aid to all countries, perhaps by 5 percent per year.

Ask faith-based organizations, or other charitable groups, to pick up the slack by donations, if they so desire.

The fact that each and every American worker is currently on the hook for about $375,000 (See David M. Walker, U.S. comptroller general) for the promises made by our “spend it without regard for the future” Congress makes it mandatory that we start to reduce our outlays.

Reducing payments to the U.N. and gradually reducing foreign aid are two good places to start.

Stephen D. Bailey
Fairway

Comments

irishguy

"But there are many who continue to support the UN despite the miserable record it has had since its creation."

It's statements like that that tend to cut off meaningful discussion. When you've already made your mind up that the U.N. is and always has been a miserable failure, all evidence to the contrary, what can possibly be gained by further discussing the issue with you.

CRD

"doubt that any out come other than withdrawl would meet with your approval."

Oh, I'd like peace and democracy in Iraq.

I'd also like to win the lottery.

Given the approximately equal chances of either of the above happening, I'd prefer to see some sort of realistic exit plan that will end the needless expenditure of American lives in the quagmire that is today's Iraq, over four years after Bush's ill-advised invasion and occupation.

Engineer

CRD
Yes I did fail to catch the misspelling . My proof reading often leaves a good deal to be desired. But there are many who continue to support the UN despite the miserable record it has had since its creation. Of course you oppose the war, you always have and I doubt that any out come other than withdrawl would meet with your approval. Whatever the record of the Bush Administration masy be, it has nothing to do with the abject failures of the UN. The UN was formed, or so we were given to understand at the time, to insure world peace. Except for those situations in which the US more or less took over, it has been completely inept at that task.

CRD

"When we are making expenditures like those listed above, it is very distasteful to have the UN and its syncophants trying to blame their failures on the US."

When we are making commitments and failing to meet them, it's embarrassing and erodes our position in the world.

I think the word you're trying to use is "sycophant," which Merriam-Webster defines as "a servile self-seeking flatterer."

Seems to me that sycophant is a term more aptly applied to the enablers who have time and again made excuses for the Bush administration's utter mismanagement of our nation's resources and concomitant erosion of America's position in the world, not to mention over 3,500 wasted American lives in the botched Iraq conflict that's still ongoing with nothing resembling an exit strategy.

Sycophant, indeed.

Engineer

mike d
The US has spent quite a lot on the UN and on UN programs, a good deal.more than any other country. As to expenditures in 2004, the following can be said: "The United States has been the largest financial contributor to the UN every year since its creation in 1945. U.S. contributions to the UN system in 2004 were well over $3 billion. For the calendar year 2003, the United States’ assessed contribution to the UN regular budget was $362 million. In addition, the United States’ assessed contribution to UN specialized agencies amounted to well over $400 million. The United States also contributed $1.1 billion in assessments to the peacekeeping budget in calendar year 2004; $72 million for the support of the international war crimes tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia; and nearly $6 million for preparatory work relating to the UN Capital Master Plan. Moreover, each year the United States provides a significant amount in voluntary contributions to the UN and UN-affiliated organizations and activities, largely for humanitarian and development programs. Link:http://www.state.gov/r/pa/scp/2005/52983.htm
When we are making expenditures like those listed above, it is very distasteful to have the UN and its syncophants trying to blame their failures on the US.

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BuddyT

Yawn, did old Soph post again, must have, I am getting sleepy....yawn....

Sophie Demartine

Don't worry Mr. Bailey, everytime we elect a Republican President and we've elected many over the last 30 years, we don't pay our bills to the UN. Remember Ted Turner had to pick up the slack, he was so ashamed of our country shirking its responsibilty.

We are the only "developed" country that doesn't pay its bills to the UN on time, if at all.

Furthermore the lion's share of foreign aid from the USA goes to buying arms for our puppet dictatorships around the World, not food for the hungry, don't worry, Mr. Bailey, we're not wasting your money on feeding the starving in Africa or stopping the spread of disease etc, we make lots of promises sure, maybe that's why your upset, yet don't worry we promis but don't pay, we are at the bottom of the list of developed countries on foreign aid for the poor, our tax dollars pay "nada" to the poor and oppressed of other countries (not to mention our own), if it weren't for private donations from guys like Buffet and Gates, America's image on foreign aid would be even worse than already really dismal.

We have come a long way since the Marshall plan after WWII, Mr. Bailey, America has changed and how.

Don't worry Mr. Bailey, since Bush only something like 0.1% of your tax dollars goes to helping the starving in the Third World, yet about 20% or so goes to arming them and making war, another 10% or so goes to corporate welfare, about 20% comes back to us in social services (which don't work all that well lately) and the rest goes to paying our public "servants" salaries and incredible expense accounts and servicing the debt...it seems to me we could use our tax dollars better, that's why I'm voting Kucinich in 08!

Actually I would like that at least 3% of my tax dollars goes to helping the poor of the World get on their feet, at least then we'd be on par with Europe.

Go to Africa see for yourself see what the Africans say about where the help comes from you know what they're saying today, China, China has done more to help Africa than the US and Europe combined. The Africans love China, with the exception of Dafur of course, where China like the US is arming the bad guys, but in the rest of Africa China is loved. China is investing big time in Africa and we have already missed the boat and will regret it big time soon.

CRD

"CruD you and Iggy just can't pass up an opportunity to bash your country can you?"

Um, how did I bash my country? I just think we deserve much, much better leadership than we've currently got in the Executive Branch (and that fourth, extra-Constitutional branch Dick Cheney claims he belongs to).

Yep. Bush, taking us all the way back to the Harding years, and then some.

mike d

Yeah, boy that UN is doing a bang up job in Darfur - Buddy T

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sudan/story/0,,2105877,00.html

Some tidbits:
A breakthrough agreement to deploy a United Nations peacekeeping force in Darfur risks being undermined by a shortfall of up to $1bn in US contributions to the costs of global peacekeeping, campaigners said today.

Former Colorado senator Timothy Wirth, president of the UN Foundation, warned Congress last week that the proposed deployment, and other current or future UN operations, were being jeopardised by mounting US debts.

"As of June 2007, the US was $569m (£285m) in permanent arrears to the UN for UN peacekeeping," Mr Wirth said.

"The administration's budget request for the UN peacekeeping account for fiscal year 2008 (beginning in October) was found to be short by an additional, estimated $500m.

"If this is left unaddressed, US arrears to the UN will exceed $1bn by the end of 2007 for peacekeeping alone," he added.

Deborah Derrick, executive director of the Better World Campaign, said the new Darfur agreement was being threatened by the Bush administration's failure to pay its dues.

BuddyT

CruD you and Iggy just can't pass up an opportunity to bash your country can you? What dismal lives you must lead.

Stifled Freedom

We quit buying friendship long ago. Foriegn aid money is now extortion money. State Dept uses this aid money to tell other nations....Run your country OUR way or we cut off the money.

"Ask faith-based organizations, or other charitable groups, to pick up the slack by donations, if they so desire." We just learned that Bush gave $2.1 Billion in federal money to religious charities last year. So if Mr Bailey's plan went through, Bush would cut off the UN and immediately farm that unused UN money through the religious charities. Religious charities would keep a skim of course. And all the while we would play up the seperation of church and state slogan. No Thanks! Religion is already state-sponsored enough.

I say we cut off both religion and the UN and invest in our infrastructure at home.

CRD

"man I for one don't see how we can get along without them!"

Oh, I don't know. We've assembled a pretty good track record for incompetence, waste, and abuse on our own over the past several years.

irishguy

Well Buddy, if you want the U.N. to do more in Africa, how is cutting its funding --- and aid to Africa --- going to accomplish that?

And I don't think you really want to compare the job the U.N. is doing in Darfur to the job the U.S. is doing in Iraq.

BuddyT

Yeah, boy that UN is doing a bang up job in Darfur, and all through Africa for that matter...man they are almost doing the job they did on that great humaniarian effort "oil for food". Yes siree bob, they are the best blue helmeted rapists to be found on the globe.....man I for one don't see how we can get along without them!

irishguy

And here is another typical neo-con talking point:

"Ask faith-based organizations, or other charitable groups, to pick up the slack by donations, if they so desire."

As if charities aren't already stretched to the max by "picking up the slack" whenever government sees fit to hack away at social programs.


CRD

What indisputable brilliance displayed in that letter! Genius-level thinking!

Jeez.

With all the mismanagement and ineptitude displayed by Bush in both foreign and domestic policies over the course of six long years, Bailey singles out the U.N. as the root of our problems?

Divorced from reality.

irishguy

I would say that 7 percent is another one of your lies.

Try 0.7 percent.

BuddyT

Oh I dunno Iggy, what is 7% of Three trillion, something like $210 billion....not exactly peanuts...

irishguy

Cutting spending by reducing payments to the U.N. and on foreign aid is like making an aircraft carrier lighter by emptying the ashtrays.

BuddyT

Way to go Bailey, you are balls on. Eat your liver Sophie, lol.....

 
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