The corruptocrats at the UN have been trying for years to collect taxes directly. The dues levied on member states (26% from the US) are not enough. Not nearly enough. Never enough.
Now that august international body has issued a report on raising money "for the less fortunate" by levying taxes on billionaires - and on carbon dioxide emissions, currency transactions, financial transactions, and airline tickets. Hmmm. According to my lights, the last four do not fall on the one percent but the rest of us.
Rob Vos, the report's lead author ... said the taxes make "economic sense" as they stimulate the green economy and "mitigate financial market instability."
"In short, such new financing mechanisms will help donor countries overcome their record of broken promises," he added.
This must be a Really Good Idea. I mean, it's for the "less fortunate"! Single moms and orphans first! Well, first after the UN bureaucrats, who will be snatching more with their greedy, grubby paws than the CEO of a Chicago "charity."
One of the plum postings from the Third World is being named a "diplomat" to the UN. You get to live in New York, fancy apartment, nice office, and diplomatic plates so you can double park in Manhattan on your endless shopping sprees without getting ticketed or towed. Yeah, that's how we can help the "less fortunate," one corruptocrat at a time. Can't we just stop being greedy and do this? For the poor?
Henry Percy is the nom de guerre for a technical writer living in Arizona. He may be reached at saler.50d[at]gmail.com.