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What the UN Has in Common with the Occupy Movement

Recorded on June 19, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

In the United Nations. America pays over $8-billion a year—more than a fifth of the cost of running the U.N., its agencies, and its peace-keeping operations.

Who decides that we must pay 22% of the bills? The 193 countries take a vote. Nations that collectively pay only 1.3 percent of the budget nevertheless control two-thirds of the votes.

Those who pay very little themselves dictate that the USA must pay over a fifth of the worldwide budget. This reminds me of the Occupy movement: They want the benefits while somebody else pays the bills.

This summer the UN is reviewing its budget, so now is a good time for America to insist that those who want to run the show need to carry more of the load—and not keep sticking Uncle Sam with the biggest part of the bills.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.