U.N. to Emerge as Global IRS
While our media sleep, the United Nations is proceeding, with President Obama's acquiescence, to implement a global plan to create a new international socialist order financed by global taxes on the American people.
The United Nations Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development, held June 24-26, adopted a document calling for "new voluntary and innovative sources of financing initiatives to provide additional stable sources of development finance..." This is U.N.-speak for global taxes. They are anything but "voluntary" for the people forced to pay them.
The most "popular" proposals, which could generate tens of billions of dollars in revenue for global purposes, involve taxes on greenhouse gas emissions and financial transactions such as stock trades.
While the "outcome document" was watered down somewhat from the previous version, it still reaffirms attainment of the U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals, which would require the payment of $845 billion from U.S. taxpayers. A commitment to the MDGs was a stated objective of the Global Poverty Act, which Barack Obama had introduced as a U.S. senator. It requires the U.S. to devote 0.7 percent of Gross National Income to foreign aid.
Now, as President, Obama can bypass the Congress and simply direct his Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice to approve the U.N. conference document. Then the pressure will be increased on Congress to come up with the money and satisfy our "international commitments."
This is the pattern that he followed in regard to more money for the International Monetary Fund (IMF). After agreeing at the G-20 summit to provide more money for the IMF, the Obama White House slipped the cash and credit into the recently passed emergency war funding bill. The Obama White House had added billions in cash, as well as a $100 billion line of credit, for the IMF.
Rep. Mike Pence commented, "This legislation, which includes $108 billion in loan authorizations for a global bailout, for the International Monetary Fund - at a time when this government has run up a $2 trillion annual deficit-I believe does a disservice to taxpayers and to those that defend us. Passing a $108 billion global bailout on the backs of our soldiers is just not right."
The U.N. conference document explains where all of this is leading - the destruction of the American dollar as the world's reserve currency and the build-up of global institutions such as the IMF and the U.N.
It declares that "We acknowledge the calls by many states for further study of the feasibility and advisability of a more efficient reserve system, including the possible function of SDRs in any such system and the complementary roles that could be played by various regional
arrangements." SDRs are Special Drawing Rights, a form of international currency that enables global institutions like the International Monetary Fund to provide more foreign aid to the rest of the world. The U.S. pays for SDRs through its financial contributions to the IMF.
If implemented, the document would officially mark the end of the United States as the world's leading economic power.
Urging socialism as the solution to the crisis, the document states that "Insufficient emphasis on equitable human development has contributed to significant inequalities among countries and peoples. Other weaknesses of a systemic nature also contributed to the unfolding crisis, which has demonstrated the need for more effective government involvement to ensure an appropriate balance between the market and public interest."
The nerve center of this emerging new international socialist system will be the United Nations, a body that has developed a reputation for corruption and incompetence and whose "peacekeepers" have been implicated in sexual abuse and other human rights violations.
"The United Nations, on the basis of its universal membership and legitimacy, is well positioned to participate in various reform processes aimed at improving and strengthening the effective functioning of the international financial system and architecture," the document says. "This United Nations Conference is part of our collective effort towards recovery," it adds.
The Obama Administration's unofficial point man in U.N. deliberations has been economist Joseph Stiglitz, who has been coordinating a "Commission of Experts" that has reported to U.N. General Assembly President Miguel D'Escoto, the notorious Communist Catholic Priest who received the Lenin Peace Prize from the old Soviet Union. Stiglitz produced his own document which called for "the issuance of additional SDRs," "additional sources of funding" for global institutions, a new global reserve currency, and a new global credit facility. Key recommendations have been incorporated into the official U.N. conference document but Stiglitz and his "experts" provide far more details about them.
In terms of new funding sources, the document calls for "innovative sources of financing such as emission rights trading and financial transactions taxes..." The concept of "emissions trading" enables corporations to avoid limits on greenhouse gas emissions if they pay taxes to government. It is part of the "cap and trade" legislation that the liberals are now pushing on Capitol Hill.
Chapter Five of this document, "International Financial Innovations," goes into detail, declaring that "For some time, the difficulty in meeting the UN official assistance target of 0.7 percent of Gross National Income of developed industrial countries as official development assistance, as well as the need for adequate funding for the provision of global and regional public goods (peace building, fighting global health pandemics, combating climate change and sustaining the global environment more generally) has generated proposals on how to guarantee a more reliable and stable source of financing for these objectives."
The document notes that an international airline ticket tax is now in effect, as a result of the actions of the "Leading Group on Solidarity Levies" that now involves close to 60 countries and major international organizations. This money is going to fight global diseases. The term "Solidarity Levies" is U.N.-speak for global taxes.
The Stiglitz document explains, "Some of the initiatives that have been proposed encompass 'solidarity levies' or, more generally, taxation for global objectives. Some countries have already decreed solidarity levies on airline tickets but there is a larger set of proposals. There have also been suggestions to auction global natural resources-such as ocean fishing rights and pollution emission permits-for global environmental programs." It goes on to say, "The suggestion of taxes that could be earmarked for global objectives has a long history. To avert their being perceived as encroachments on participating countries' fiscal sovereignty, it has been agreed that these taxes should be nationally imposed, but internationally coordinated."
Miguel D'Escoto, the President of the U.N. General Assembly, declared that "There is a growing awareness that we are all sons and daughters of Earth and that we belong to her." He urged "a planetary civilization" that is "more respectful of Mother Earth, more inclusive of all people and with more solidarity with the poorest, which is more spiritual and full of reverence for the splendor of the universe and which is much happier."
D'Escoto, who was suspended from his priestly functions by the anti-communist Pope John Paul II, is an advocate of Marxist-oriented Liberation Theology and received the Lenin Peace Prize.
He said the U.N. must become a Noah's Ark to save humanity.
D'Escoto is the same U.N. figure who recently dismissed the Iranian president's threat to wipe Israel off the map by saying, "Words don't kill."
But words do mean something, and D'Escoto masked his call for global socialism in fancy and flowery words and phrases. He made it clear with his talk of protecting "Mother Earth" that environmentalism would be the ticket to the creation of the new international socialist order.
D'Escoto declared that "We still need to recognize that the globalized means of production, in their industrial voracity, have in large measure devastated the Earth and thus have also damaged the common good of Earth and humanity. We must urgently seek other paths that are more humane and more favorable towards life: the paths of justice and solidarity which lead to peace and happiness."
Capitalism cannot be reformed, he said, adding that "...controls and corrections of the existing model, while undoubtedly necessary, are insufficient in the medium and long term. Their inherent ability to address the global crisis has proven to be weak. Stopping at controls and corrections of the model would demonstrate a cruel lack of social sensitivity, imagination and commitment to the establishment of a just and lasting peace. Egotism and greed cannot be corrected. They must be replaced by solidarity, which obviously implies radical change. If what we really want is a stable and lasting peace, it must be absolutely clear that we must go beyond controls and corrections of the existing model to create something that strives towards a new paradigm of social coexistence." The solution, he went on, involves the affirmation of a "global ethic" for "safeguarding the common good of the Earth and humanity."
He explained, "We will start with the assumption that the community of peoples is simultaneously a community of common goods. These cannot be appropriated privately by anyone and must serve the life of all in present and future generations and the community of other living beings."
The reference to being "appropriated privately" was, of course, a dig at global capitalism and the concept of private property. If we don't replace capitalism with international socialism, he said that "we could arrive at the same destiny which has already befallen the dinosaurs."
In fact, Soviet-style communism went the way of the dinosaurs but its adherents, such as D'Escoto, are very much alive, and working with the Obama administration through the U.N. That was evident in the opening remarks to the conference provided by Obama's very good friend and close adviser, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan E. Rice.
She said that the United States had "placed the highest priority" on the conference and that "President Obama understands that our collective response to the crisis will make up an important moment in world history." Committing to more foreign aid from hard-pressed U.S. taxpayers, Rice went on to say that "the United States understands that we have an economic, security, and moral obligation to extend a hand to the countries and the people who face the greatest risks today. That is why we have supported substantial increases in resources to boost the emergency lending capacity of the IMF. That is why we have backed increases to help regional development banks accelerate lending of their own.
The theme of a new international socialist order was predictably echoed by Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz of Communist Cuba, who said that the U.N. conference "must define the mandates, duties, governance structure, and management procedures of the new international monetary and financial institutions" that are supposed to come into being.
Making it clear that the U.S. would lose its sovereignty and standing in this process, he added that "...it must lead us to a pattern of monetary reference not depending on the economic stability, legislation or political decisions of only one country." He called for "an international economic order based on sustainable development and the generation of wealth on the basis of justice." This new system will have institutions "subordinated to the United Nations system," he said.
Almost as bizarre as some of the opening remarks, the United Nations University has produced a special "conversation series" in connection with the conference with such notables as American leftist Professor Noam Chomsky, a leader of the Communist Party spin-off group, the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism. The United Nations University describes Chomsky as being among "the most important intellectual and policy voices from around the globe."
The "conversation" with Chomsky consists of links to his various media appearances, including on the far-left "Democracy Now!" radio program hosted by Amy Goodman, and Iranian television.