The United Nations Organization is where Third World bureaucrats long to be assigned to. They live in New York. Their governments pay huge salaries to them: tax-free. They live in expensive apartments for free.
What do they do for a living? Pretend they are important. Pretend that anyone cares what they do. Pretend that they can tax people.
They can’t tax anyone. But they have grand visions of what they could do if only they were allowed to tax anyone.
They will soon discuss taxing the rich to give to the poor. The means? A tax on carbon.
They want to lay a tax of 1% on all billionaires.
They want to tax airline tickets.
But they have a problem. National governments want these taxes. They will not let the UN get independent of subsidies from other national governments.
A honcho in the economic of the Third World has big plans, pie-in-the-sky plans.
Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs, who also serves as an UN assistant secretary general, suggests that global excises include carbon taxes and other green-friendly initiatives in order to find a way to tackle the ever-present issue of climate change.
“We have to make a technological transition that’s quite deep to new energy systems, new transport systems, more efficient buildings and that can be back loaded,” Sachs said to the media earlier in the week at a Climate Week NYC conference in New York.
Mr Sachs remains a prisoner in a fantasy world.
At the Climate Week conference, Sachs said he has no problem putting global taxes on the books to clean up the planet and put future generations at ease.
I have a problem with this. How about you?
Fox News now reports that “an around-the-world tax” that’ll require rich countries to cough up $25 per ton of carbon dioxide emissions could bring in as much as $250 billion a lone to be used on other members states. The proposed billionaire-tax, Fox adds, could collect upwards of $50 billion annual.
No nation will agree to this unless it thinks it will get in on the loot. No nation will let the UN pocket the money.
These bureaucrats are living the good life. There is no reason to let reality intrude. They hold lots of conferences. Lots and lots of conferences.