Seal of Approval: ObamaCare endorsed by Cuba and the UN!

March 25, 2010

Well, this should sell our new statist health system to the masses of bitter-clingers like nothing else could: kind words and congratulations from the United Nations and communist Cuba! Hope and Change are here at last!

First, a pat on the head from Turtle Bay by way of Geneva:

“The people in this country and their leaders are courageous. That (healthcare reform) is an unprecedented achievement,” WHO Director General Margaret Chan said.

She was speaking to reporters after a lecture in which she argued that unrestricted market forces were limited as a means of redressing imbalances in global health care.

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Chan has made clear her view that governments and global organizations such as WHO should make a case for market regulation to deliver more equitable health benefits.

“Market forces, all by themselves, will not solve social problems. That is why public health needs to be concerned,” said Chan in a lecture at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The hardest thing … is persuading world leaders or ministers … that health concerns can, in some instances, be more important than economic interests. Economic growth is not, after all, the be-all, end-all, cure-all,” said Chan, whose organization is based in Geneva.

The World Health Organization is the same organization that helped spread panic during the bird-flu outbreak of 2005-06 and the recent swine flu non-epidemic. Given this lack of sober judgment and the fact that they are part of the massively corrupt UN –the home of Oil-for-Food, Cash for Kim, and peacekeeper rape, among other badges of honor– it’s not surprising that one of their avid statists would endorse a massive expansion of statism. As Nile Gardiner put it:

It is hard to think of a more embarrassing endorsement of President Obama’s health care reform bill than that offered this week by the United Nations. The UN, probably the most corrupt and ineffective multilateral body on the face of the earth, which devotes much of its time trying to undermine American global power, has officially given its blessing to Barack Obama’s hugely controversial and unpopular legislation. The United Nations is increasingly disliked in the eyes of the American public, and continues to empower some of the most odious anti- American tyrannies across the world.

But wait, Nile! It does get more embarrassing! The Washington Post reports that last Sunday’s passage of the health-care reform act received a big thumbs-up from no less than Fidel Castro, himself:

It perhaps was not the endorsement President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress were looking for.

Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Thursday declared passage of American health care reform “a miracle” and a major victory for Obama’s presidency, but couldn’t help chide the United States for taking so long to enact what communist Cuba achieved decades ago.

“We consider health reform to have been an important battle and a success of his (Obama’s) government,” Castro wrote in an essay published in state media, adding that it would strengthen the president’s hand against lobbyists and “mercenaries.”

Before anyone takes Castro at his word (Hint: He’s a murdering creep), perhaps they should look at the reality behind Cuba’s health care and then breathe a sigh of relief that it’s taken us this long to start down that same path.

I bet you won’t be seeing these testimonials anywhere on the White House web site, anytime soon.


Get ready for the global consumer tax

January 19, 2010

If it isn’t bad enough that the federal government wants to take more of your money, just wait! The United Nations wants it too and has a whole range of taxes proposed to get their hands on it – for the good of the world, of course.

The UN’s dangerous plan for global taxation

George Russell of Fox News has a very important report on a United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) plan “to ask governments to impose a global consumer tax on such things as Internet activity or everyday financial transactions like paying bills online.” As Russell writes:

“Such a scheme could raise “tens of billions of dollars” on behalf of the United Nations’ public health arm from a broad base of consumers, which would then be used to transfer drug-making research, development and manufacturing capabilities, among other things, to the developing world.

The multibillion-dollar “indirect consumer tax” is only one of a “suite of proposals” for financing the rapid transformation of the global medical industry that will go before WHO’s 34-member supervisory Executive Board at its biannual meeting in Geneva.”

And that’s not all: among the new imposts under consideration is a tax on the international arms trade (If arms dealers are the merchants of death, what would that make the UN? Leaches of death?), a per-bit tax on Internet traffic, and a tax on bank account transactions. All of these would net billions for the UN. The article’s author, Nile Gardiner, points out just a few of the problems:

The UN proposal is disturbing for a number of reasons. It represents yet another attempt by the world organization to usurp the power of nation states, and is a major threat to the principle of national sovereignty. It would place extraordinary power and wealth in the hands of faceless bureaucrats, representing a supranational institution with a staggering track record of corruption, inefficiency, unaccountability and mismanagement. The last time the United Nations attempted to manage an international fund on this scale was the Oil-for-Food Programme, which was an unmitigated disaster.

Gardiner is rightfully appalled by this idea, and not just for the almost certain abuses it would be subject to in an infamously corrupt UN. Taxation should be decided by the elected representatives of the People in their national legislatures, not faceless appointed bureaucrats who answer to no one except another faceless bureaucrat. Our own revolution was founded in grievances over distant, tyrannical rule, including taxation without representation. These UN taxes would be just another example.

In fact, the American system of government may pose unique problems for this plan: the constitution demands that all tax measures originate in the House of Representatives, in theory the body closest to the People. The Obama administration might want to play good global citizen and agree to these taxes, but any effort to actually make the consumers pay would be subject to constitutional challenges in court. Of course, Obama could try to ram these through Congress, but, with the mood of the country right now, I wouldn’t give them much chance.

Still, this should serve as a warning: statists and liberal internationalists are forever looking for ways to “strengthen institutions,” which usually translates to larger, more intrusive government and more money taken from your pockets and sent God Knows Where. What’s agreed to in distant meeting rooms and cocktail parties has a direct bearing on your well-being and liberty, no matter how anodyne it’s made to sound by the soothing words of this or that political hack.

So pay attention, and let your representatives and senators know you will not agree to feed Leviathan, no matter how much it’s “for our own good.”

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