December 28, 2004

UN moonbat says US is stingy, and should raise taxes to help victims

United Nations Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland insists that the United States and other Western nations are being "stingy" when it comes to humanitarian aid to victims of this week's tsunami disaster in Asia. Egeland further suggests that the US should raise taxes in order to provide more aid.

Egeland suggested that the United States and other Western nations were being "stingy" with relief funds, saying there would be more available if taxes were raised.

"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."

Egeland backpedaled today, and tried to insist that his words were taken out of context. But considering that his entire speech was archived online for you to see on the UN's site, you can judge foryourself.

This shows the ongoing arrogance of the United Nations and the moonbats that run that particular organization.

(More coverage from Wizbang & others)

Posted by mhking at December 28, 2004 01:57 PM

How much money does the United States and European powers spend on their militaries each year?

How much money is being spent on an illegal, unjustified, costly and all around pointless war?

How much money does the US and EU spend each year in foreign aid?

My money -no pun intended- is on the latter figure being many times smaller than either of the two formers. We are stingy when it comes to the third world and should be ashamed of it.

Posted by: Nick Saunders at December 29, 2004 04:49 AM

This was obviously a Boxing Day prank.

Posted by: Neo at December 29, 2004 06:28 PM

Americans will decide if they want to pay more taxes not some scandinvian socialist who has given up his sovereignty to the Eurocrats. He should go ask Kofi and his spawn for the missing oil for food funds.

Posted by: BobG at December 30, 2004 09:49 AM

The United is the Richest does that mean that we have to fund the entire World? It has taken us over 200 years to become what we are and I am tired of the rest of the world complaining and constantly bleeding us dry because of it. This relief effort is going to deplete our relief funds. Who is going to come to our rescue if we need it. NOBODY! How much aid did this particular countries give during the Hurricanes just a few months ago; or the Oklahoma City Bombing? The World Trade Center? Who around the world broke their bank to help us??? To top if off there are even ramblings about this somehow being partially our fault becuase they were warned in time. They turned down aid from Israel because they are anti semantic. Doesn't sound like they want help that bad.....

Posted by: Tazmouse at January 1, 2005 11:50 AM

Nick Saunders, you know not of what you speak.

What most mouth-breathers (Saunders included) fail to grasp is that it is the might of our military that makes us able to create and maintain the machinations that support aid efforts around the world.

Forget that the US military makes sure US citizens are safe and able to be productive. Forget that the US military keeps the world's oil supply available. Forget the US military keeps most despots in check around the world.

No country would sustain a logistics infrastructure the size of the US military's and have it rot for years waiting to be used in the event of a catastrophic disaster. It is the US military logistics machine that'll do a lion's share of hauling necessary supplies to the disaster area.

On top of logistics support, the dollar amount of aid releif the US provides worldwide dwarfs that provided by most other countries. Of the G8, the US is second only to the UK for foreign aid as percent of GDI.

My question to you, Nick Saunders, is what have you done on behalf of aid for Third-World countries? My money's on nothing -- except wine and snivel in comments posted on the Internet.

Posted by: C.Ecker at January 3, 2005 03:47 PM
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