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Watch Out for Global Taxes on the Sly

Sunday, 12 May 2002 12:00 AM

After all, it would only be 7/l0 of l percent of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – which is reminiscent of how, in l9l4, the federal income tax began as an itsy-bitsy tax and then grew to gargantuan proportions.

The pattern has been set and the handwriting is on the wall. U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte signed the Monterrey Consensus for global taxes on March 22, 2002, for President George W. Bush, following the precedent set on Dec. 3l, 2000, when U.S. Assistant Secretary of State David Scheffer signed the International criminal Court (ICC) Treaty for President Bill Clinton.

Both men carried out their orders – but neither had authority to commit the United States to the terms of these documents. That's the job of the U.S. Senate, where two-thirds must give "Advice and Consent" (Art. II, Sec. 2, U.S. Constitution). Then the president ratifies, and the United States is committed – not before!

The American people are not going to stand for global taxes, nor for a World Court, the latter already rejected by a 99-0 "test vote" in the Senate.

President Bush, if he values his popularity, had better get busy and "unsign" these two ridiculous documents – both of which undermine our sovereignty and freedoms – notwithstanding the opinions and pressures of the Europeans and the rest of the world.

The big show was staged in Monterrey, Mexico, March l8-22, 2002, and was billed as the U.N. International Conference on Financing and Development. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the international stars were in glory-land for shaking down Uncle Sam – i.e., more American taxes for more American foreign aid

Share the wealth and get used to more taxes to do it.

They came up with the grandiose, 73-item Monterrey Consensus, replete with fancy terms for common things. For example, "innovative sources of finance" means "global taxes," "improve policies to enhance aid effectively" means "taxpayer-funded foreign aid" and "official development assistance" means "government-to-government aid."

Former President Jimmy Carter was there, lambasting America for "stinginess." Criticizing his country on foreign soil seems to be a specialty of Mr. Carter's since he left the White House and an economy with a high double-digit misery index.

He called the U.S.'s $l0 billion per year in foreign aid "embarrassingly low" and berated President Bush for not supporting abortion programs with U.S. aid, adding, "In the U.S we give l/l000 of our Gross National Product to foreign aid … just a drop in the bucket to what's needed."

What Jimmy Carter and his globalist buddies fail to credit America for are the following: billions in aid via the International Monetary Fund and World Bank loans and grants, U.N. membership dues, billions for U.S. peacekeeping around the world, and U.S. bases in Europe and Japan that protected other nations from Soviet aggression for years.

Even so, the Monterrey mood for more and more from the Americanos evidently moved President Bush to promise the Inter-American Development Bank $5 billion more in foreign aid over the next five years.

Not enough! screamed the Monterrey Moguls, who demanded 0.7 percent of the GNP of rich nations – or $70 billion from the USA instead of $l0 billion. President Bush gave in, promising $9.99 billion in additional foreign aid over the next three years, and $5 billion extra each year thereafter. Of course the U.S. Congress has to OK this shakedown.

Some of the stars on the Monterrey stage included the following, along with their wants.

And let us not forget the star of stars, U.N. Secretary-General Annan, whose fervent support of global taxes was toned down in the final draft of the 73-item Monterrey Consensus – whose item No. l, nonetheless, challenges the heads of states to "promote sustainable development as we advance to a fully inclusive and equitable global economic system."

The U.N.-envisioned near-perfect world under a world government, with peace and wealth-sharing, cannot be. Human nature says "NO."

Compassion and charity by nations and individuals, with generous "faith-based initiatives," are practical solutions. U.N.-coerced global taxes are not a solution, except for those favoring world government.

Americans have cherished over 200 years of freedoms and limited government – the envy of the world. They have prospered and amassed treasures, which they have shared, as they became famous for their generosity – not the "stinginess" alleged by Jimmy Carter. As for global taxes, it is safe to say that the people vehemently oppose the concept, despite pressure from media and academia.

It is unfortunate that the United States demonstrated willingness to participate in the Monterrey Consensus, much less sign it – all of which helps give credibility to the U.N. global tax scheme and its ensnarement of the United States. All this could have been avoided.

President Bush is on the spot again. He should forthwith "unsign" both the Monterrey Consensus and the International Criminal Court Treaty – with appropriate sweet-talk diplomacy, punctuated with clear finality and resolve to use whatever force is necessary to protect Americans at all times.

This would be a courageous act by President Bush, to be sure, but it is one he can handle.

Capt. Evans' columns are distributed by the Americanism Educational League of Buena Park, Calif. He lives in Norfolk, Va.

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