Yes, the right wing believes – and I think this is sincere – that Obama is trying to put the US government under control of the UN and issue a global tax. Here’s the specific claim, courtesy of Cliff Kincaid at GOPUSA.com.

A nice-sounding bill called the “Global Poverty Act,” sponsored by Democratic presidential candidate and Senator Barack Obama, is up for a Senate vote on Thursday and could result in the imposition of a global tax on the United States. The bill, which has the support of many liberal religious groups, makes levels of U.S. foreign aid spending subservient to the dictates of the United Nations.

Senator Joe Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has not endorsed either Senator Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton in the presidential race. But on Thursday, February 14, he is trying to rush Obama’s “Global Poverty Act” (S.2433) through his committee. The legislation would commit the U.S. to spending 0.7 percent of gross national product on foreign aid, which amounts to a phenomenal 13-year total of $845 billion over and above what the U.S. already spends.

Turns out, this claim is completely untrue. But wait, there’s more.

The House version (H.R. 1302), sponsored by Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), had only 84 co-sponsors before it was suddenly brought up on the House floor last September 25 and was passed by voice vote. House Republicans were caught off-guard, unaware that the pro-U.N. measure committed the U.S. to spending hundreds of billions of dollars.

I’d love to see some evidence that “House Republicans were caught off-guard,” especially since the bill does not commit the US to spending “hundreds of billions of dollars”. But wait – there’s still more!

Jeffrey Sachs, who runs the U.N.’s “Millennium Project,” says that the U.N. plan to force the U.S. to pay 0.7 percent of GNP in increased foreign aid spending would add $65 billion a year to what the U.S. already spends.

Complete fiction. Let’s look at the facts. First, the bill itself. I’ll quote only the beefy, relevant part.

The President, acting through the Secretary of State, and in consultation with the heads of other appropriate departments and agencies of the United States Government, international organizations, international financial institutions, the governments of developing and developed countries, United States and international nongovernmental organizations, civil society organizations, and other appropriate entities, shall develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to further the United States foreign policy objective of promoting the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people worldwide, between 1990 and 2015, who live on less than $1 per day.

I see nothing in there about delegating any amount of authority to the UN, nor any commitment to a particular dollar value. What I see is a requirement for the President to formulate a concrete plan to meet already existing US policy goals, and to achieve a benchmark goal (one of the 8 UN Millennium Development Goals) that we had already agreed to years ago.

So where does this claim that the UN is going to “force” the US to commit 0.7% of GNP to development in the third world? A pledge made in 1970 by many of the world’s governments, that 0.7% of GNP would provide the funds necessary to lift the third world out of abject poverty – and that they would strive to provide that money.

That’s it. That’s the evidence of a conspiracy to subjugate the US to the UN. A bill requiring the President to articulate a plan to meet existing US foreign policy goals, using one of 8 UN Millennium Development Goals as a benchmark, that delegates no authority to the UN to enforce any pledged funding level, nor any mention of any funding requirements at all. I can only think of one word that describes this kind of delusion.

Crazy.

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