2/16/2011 The UN is a coalition of nations that meet at least once a year. Their role http://cyberschoolbus.un.org/unintro/unintro.asp is to try and forge alliances in security and peacekeeping around the world. The UN has offices in some of the participating nations and each nation contributes money to a UN fund. The United States contributes some of our tax dollars to the United Nations as a participating member.
That brings us to the US and the money our nation contributes to the United Nations Tax Equalization Fund (TEF). The US has overpaid this fund $179 million dollars http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/house-republicans-want-un-send-back-mill and there has been no attempt by the Secretary General of the UN to return this overpayment. With our countries deficit skyrocketing to heights we have never before faced this overpayment is a very big deal. Since the deficit is such a high priority (so they say) we must ask why the leaders in DC haven’t demanded the US be given a refund?
Eric Cantor, the republican house majority leader started a program last year called “You Cut” http://www.majorityleader.gov/YouCut/Americans can go to the on line site and join (at no cost) then vote on legislation and programs to cut from the federal budget that our tax dollars pay for. The results of the top one to cut is then introduced and brought to the house floor for a vote. Americans get a good look at how some of our hard earned tax dollars are spent and it is rather shocking, a real eye opener. One of the items on You Cut that came up with in the last month was to secure the return of these overpaid funds. It was brought to the house floor and would you believe it actually FAILED to pass. Yes you read that correctly it failed to pass the house! Now this may be a good thing and you can check http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h519/show to see who voted against the US from receiving this overpayment. We the people need to know who is working against our will and who is not taking our deficit serious in DC.