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UN Budget Changes

Recorded on August 31, 2011

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

Runaway government isn't confined to Washington; it's also a huge problem at the United Nations.

In simple terms, international activists set the agenda for the UN, and then send America a bill for the biggest chunk of it. It it's peacekeeping operations, the US gets billed for 27% of the cost; if it's anything else, we get billed for 22%.

No matter how controversial the proposal, we are expected to pay—including things like worldwide taxes, sanctioning parents who discipline their children, abortion-on-demand, or radical social changes, we get little say.

That's why proposed legislation would let the US—and other countries—decide what parts of the UN budget they'll support, and what they won't, and Congress would decide which each year.

It's an uphill climb to accomplish this, but American taxpayers should not be forced to pay for UN policies that are contrary to American values.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.