UN Seeks End of Nation-States; International Tax on Americans
by Jim Kouri, CPP
While the American press concentrated on Democrat Senator John Kerry's call for a filibuster of Judge Samuel Alito's confirmation to the US Supreme Court last January, the story of why Kerry was in Davos, Switzerland was widely overlooked or ignored by the mainstream news media. Reporters palmed off the the United Nations forum as a meeting of international businessmen, but it may be the American people who will get the "business" from our own elected officials at the behest of the UN.
American government and business leaders were in Davos attending an international forum sponsored by the United Nations. The group acknowledged that the most potent threats to life on earth -- global warming, health pandemics, poverty and armed conflict -- could be ended by moves that would unlock $7 trillion or $7,000,000,000,000 of previously untapped wealth, the United Nations claims.
The price of attaining solutions? An admission that the nation-state is an old-fashioned concept that has no role to play in a modern globalized world where financial markets have to be harnessed rather than simply condemned, according to the left-wing British newspaper, The Independent.
It said "an unprecedented outbreak of cooperation between countries, applied through six specific financial tools, would slice through the Gordian knot of problems that have bedeviled the world for most of the last century."
If its recommendations are accepted -- and the author acknowledges this could take years or even decades -- it would finally force countries to face up to the fact that their public finance and growth figures conceal the vast damage their economies do to the environment.
One of the short-term solutions is an international tax on air travel, which is slowly being implemented by European countries such a France. Other "solutions" appear to be taxes disguised as "investment." For years there have been grumblings at the United Nations that an international tax should be levied on so-called prosperous nations in order to help develop poorer nations.
At the heart of the proposal, unveiled at a gathering of world business leaders at the Swiss ski resort of Davos, is a push to get countries to account for the cost of failed policies, and use the money saved "up front" to avert crises before they hit. At the top of the list is a challenge to the United States to join an international pollution permit trading system which, the UN claims, could deliver $3.64 trillion of global wealth. In other words a tax on United States businesses and citizens.
The UN also recommended allowing migrant workers into rich nations and allowing these workers to send home money to their home nations. According to critics of the UN proposals, this would mean allowing migrants to have jobs Americans do want which are higher paying. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) attended this meeting and it's no secret he favors illegal aliens working in the US and extending rights enjoyed by citizens to everyone including terrorists.
One leader believes this is the beginning of international taxation on America and the European Union which will help to fight the pathologies plaguing Third-World nations. According to reports in the European press, the delegates discussed finances using the American monetary system. Critics believe the reason for using US dollar amounts is that the US is recognized as the wealthiest nation and so Americans will bear the brunt of this redistribution of wealth scheme.
Besides Kerry and McCain, former President Bill Clinton spoke about greater opportunities for positive, corrective action are also emerging in the form of public-private partnerships that globalization and the advent of the Internet facilitate. He continued his already stale diatribe about climate change, something he ignored during his eight years in the Oval Office.
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.