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United Nations: How About a Worldwide Tax to Fund ‘Social Protections’?

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By Doug Powers  •  February 4, 2012 12:46 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

The U.N. lowered their flag to half-staff for a brutal dictator, elected Iran to its Commission on Women’s Rights, and wants to spend $76 trillion over the next four decades to “green” the world. With that in mind, why should anybody doubt they have what it takes to eradicate oppression and misery or question their grip on economic reality?

From Deseret News:

The focus of the forum was “universal access to basic social protection and social services.” “No one should live below a certain income level,” stated Milos Koterec, President of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. “Everyone should be able to access at least basic health services, primary education, housing, water, sanitation and other essential services.” These services were presented at the forum as basic human rights equal to the rights of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The money to fund these services may come from a new world tax.

“We will need a modest but long-term way to finance this transformation,” stated Jens Wandel, Deputy Director of the United Nations Development Program. “One idea which we could consider is a minimal financial transaction tax (of .005 percent). This will create $40 billion in revenue.”

“It is absolutely essential to establish controls on capital movements and financial speculation,” said Ambassador Jorge Valero, the current Chairman of the Commission on Social Development. He called for “progressive policies of taxation” that would require “those who earn more to pay more taxes.” Valero’s speech to the forum focused on capitalism as the source of the world financial problems.

When asked where she expected the money to provide all needy people with a basic income, healthcare, education and housing would come from, Fatima Rodrigo, one of the presenters at the forum, mentioned the “very small tax of .005 percent.”

She added, “There is plenty of money, we just need to stop spending it on militaries and wars.”

Here’s an alternate plan: The U.N. should start with something they can immediately control. If they moved out of their super-expensive digs and instead held their meetings in cheaper quarters (perhaps in “Occupy” encampments), billions of dollars would be freed up that they could immediately put toward helping impoverished and oppressed.

Heck, maybe more people could be helped if they simply paid their parking tickets.

**Written by Doug Powers

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