Either way, while there is a lot of focus right now on guns and the US economy, Republican lawmakers are going to examine something most conservatives have been shouting for, for years. Yep, that's right, FINALLY someone is going to see whether we should be funding the United Nations!
As the AP article reads:
Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs committee, is seeking cuts and has introduced a bill intended to pressure the United Nations to change the way it operates and to make dues voluntary. She also is promising investigations into possible corruption and mismanagement.
"U.S. policy on the United Nations should be based on three fundamental questions: Are we advancing American interests? Are we upholding American values? Are we being responsible stewards of American taxpayer dollars?" she said in a statement that was read at the briefing, which she could not attend. "Unfortunately, right now, the answer to all three questions is `No.' "Yes, I will admit that this makes me go GIGGITY, but with good reason. The UN is truly an UN-American, anti-US bureaucracy that attempts to undermine US policy, US freedom, and US gun rights on a nearly daily basis, all the while using American taxpayer dollars to achieve these efforts. Contrary to the popularist (read Marxist) belief that the United Nations is "bargain for what we pay," the amount of corruption that exists within the institution is inexcusable, and negates and benefits we receive from the funding we give. Further, considering the UN's panel on small arms control that has floated around since the Clinton era, do we really need any more justification to say "UN HUH?" I didn't think so.
Unfortunately, like most good ideas in Washington, this effort to cut funding to the UN from US taxpayers will most likely come to naught. It's a shame, we can all agree, but at least the Pubbies are making some effort to lead on the issues like we've been asking them to do for the last, oh, 20 years. After all, this is the year Reagan would have turned 100, so perhaps it's a tribute?