"Solidarity Tax" Pushed by United Nations As First Step in Global Taxation
by Jim Kouri, CPP
France is now charging travelers a new tax on their airline tickets, amounting to a surcharge of between $1.25 and $50. The French government claims the new tax is earmarked to help the world's poor. The airline surcharge, which is based on the traveler's ticket price, came into effect this weekend.
The new tax, pushed through the French parliament by President Jacques Chirac and backed by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, is being hailed and criticized by many throughout the globe. It's being hyped by the Globalists as the "Solidarity Tax."
The airlines will collect the money and turn it over to the French government which will then transfer the proceeds to the United Nations. There's talk of eventually having the airlines submit funds collected directly to the United Nations.
The money from the tax on flights from France to countries throughout the world is expected to raise over $250 million a year for an international fund to provide the poor nations of the world with treatments for AIDS, tuberculosis and other deadly diseases.
Following an international conference in Paris in last March, French officials said 10 other countries had signed up for the Solidarity Tax: Brazil, Chile, Cyprus, Congo, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Madagascar, Mauritius, Nicaragua and Norway. Gabon has since joined the list, and was the only other country to start imposing the surcharge over the weekend.
France hopes more countries will do the same. In March, a number of other nations said they would impose a similar tax, although only a few European Union nations signed on.
The United States, Canada and Germany strongly oppose the levy, and many airlines have complained that it will add to the already high cost of air travel at a time of rising fuel prices. The United Kingdom said although it supported the aid package, it would divert money from other sources.
While the United Nations and France attempt to paint the tax as merely a small part of a charitable program, critics see it as another step in creating an international tax and as another overture to one-world government. They also say that it's purpose is the globalized redistribution of wealth or the creation of an international welfare state.
While President George W. Bush is routinely accused of being a supporter of what's become known as the New World Order, he and his administration oppose any and all international taxes.
Perhaps the President sees this Solidarity Tax as a first step in the UN levying taxes on nations throughout the world, thereby avoiding problems should the US decide to withhold funds. This is because the UN would be gathering its own revenue directly through global taxes imposed on individuals or companies, rather than depending on budget approvals and dues payments by the wealthier member governments. The US and Japan provide about 40% of the UN's annual budget.
It would also help the UN avoid being the target of investigations by member countries when they discover suspicious or corrupt behavior such as the Iraq oil-for-food scandal.
The “air-ticket solidarity levy” has been vigorously championed by Chirac, who admits that he sees this as trailblazing for “globalization.” The most troubling aspect about this story is that the mainstream news media in the US are intentionally ignoring it as part of the MSM's usual covering up for their sacred United Nations.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for a number of organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. He writes for many police and crime magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer, Campus Law Enforcement Journal, and others. He's appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com, Booksamillion.com, and can be ordered at local bookstores. Kouri holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice and master of arts in public administration and he's a board certified protection professional.