Figuring out how much money the U.S. sends the UN each year is a lot more difficult than you would think. Officially we are on the hook for 22% of the annual UN budget of $4.2 billion, but that is only the beginning. Huge expenses like peacekeeping missions and other “behemoths like the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), which spends in excess of $6 billion annually … World Food Program (WFP), which wants to spend $6.3 billion in 2010-2011, as well as the World Health Organization (WHO), which spent $4.2 billion in 2008-2009” are billed separately. In 2009 alone it is estimated that we gave at least $6 billion to the corrupt international organization.
You would think that would be enough to appease the moralists at the UN, especially considering the additional $52 billion the U.S. government spends on foreign aid and $38 billion in annual overseas donations by U.S. based foundations, businesses and private individuals, but you would be wrong. To combat non-existent global warming the UN is asking wealthy nations to donate at least 0.7% of their GDP for redistribution to third world countries. Considering how well the previous largest humanitarian effort ever conducted by the U.N. worked out, the Iraqi Oil for Food Program, most of the money will be stolen long before it reaches any needy individuals.
Not surprisingly the organization that will be responsible for administering the global warming fund is seeking immunity from prosecution. As reported by Fox News:
The Green Climate Fund, which is supposed to help mobilize as much as $100 billion a year to lower global greenhouse gases, is seeking a broad blanket of UN-style immunity that would shield its operations from any kind of legal process, including civil and criminal prosecution, in the countries where it operates.
As large an expense as the Green Climate Fund could be, it’s just a drop in the bucket to the $1.9 trillion annually that the UN World Economic and Social Survey 2011 argues must be spent to combat climate change. The survey calls for a capping personal income at $10,000 and harsh limits on individual energy and water usage.
The Obama administration is currently in negotiations on joining the Convention on the Rights of the Child that will subject U.S. foreign aid spending on “shelter, food, clothing and education for children in poor nations” to administrative review by a 14-member UN based court. This will allow the UN to sue the U.S. for funds should they find our donations not sufficient to their liking. According to Dick Morris “already, leftists in the United Kingdom are using the treaty to attack welfare cuts by the Cameron government.”
One of the Convention’s optional protocols bans the use of children in military conflicts. It was ratified by the U.S. in 2002 and backed by the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008, but received a waiver from the Obama administration to allow military assistance to reach the “governments of Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Yemen despite the continued use of child soldiers in their armed forces and allied militias.”
Perhaps the most insidious effort by Obama to redistribute American wealth is his pursuit of aptly named Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). Officially the treaty is meant to “confront the problems of over-fishing, marine degradation, and loss of habitat”, but in practice it is just another effort by the UN to siphon billions from our coffers.
As explained by Dick Morris:
The Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) has been signed, and the Obama administration — with the aid of RINO Sen. Richard Lugar (Ind.) — will push for its ratification as soon as Lugar’s primary in Indiana is over this year. LOST requires that the United States pay an international body half of its royalties from offshore drilling. The body would then distribute the funds as it sees fit to whichever nations it chooses. The United States would only have one vote out of 160 regarding where the money goes. LOST will also oblige us to hand over our offshore drilling technology to any nation that wants it … for free.