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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

UN official to US -I hate you...

Via Instapundit comes this fun article about a U.N. official who has called the US stingy for not giving enough aid to tsunami victims.

The U.S. has already promised $15 million, and has said it will give more later. That's more than any other country. But the UN's relief guy had this to say

"It is beyond me why are we so stingy, really," the Norwegian-born U.N. official told reporters. "Christmastime should remind many Western countries at least, [of] how rich we have become."
    "There are several donors who are less generous than before in a growing world economy," he said, adding that politicians in the United States and Europe "believe that they are really burdening the taxpayers too much, and the taxpayers want to give less. It's not true. They want to give more."

Of course, if people in the U.S. all wanted higher taxes, especially higher taxes for international relief efforts, voting for Bush is a strange way of showing it. But Jan at the UN thinks that he knows what US voters want better than, well, US voters do.

I really dislike the UN. The premise they are founded on - the equality of countries - is a lie. Some countries are better than others, have governments that are less corrupt, more stable, and more fair than others, and give their citizens more rights than others. But the UN likes to pretend that that isn't the case, that the US and Cuba are equals in the world. The corruption we have seen in the food-for-oil scandles in Iraq and the sex-for-food scandles in Africa show that the UN is as dirty and corrupt as the rest of it's member countries. And it's frequent bashing of Isriael is another sign of it's lack of any moral standing.

The other thing that the UN tends to be is anti-capitalist. The US isn't richer than other countries because it exploits people or is evil or because it got lucky. It's richer than other countries because it has a system of goverment where people can innovate, start businesses, work hard, invest, and keep a large chunk of their money. People like Jan at the UN think that America should give money to the tsunami victims because it owes them, when in reality it gives money because it is a country of people who are generous and who are concerned for other people.


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