Skip to comments.GERMAN SOCIALISTS PLOT GLOBAL TAXES ON AMERICANS
Posted on 04/16/2002 12:02:30 AM PDT by BigWest
GERMAN SOCIALISTS PLOT GLOBAL TAXES ON AMERICANS
Reprinted from NewsMax.com
Bush-Bashing Left Pushes Global Taxes
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Wednesday, April 10, 2002
WASHINGTON Bush-bashing was on display Tuesday as activists from Germany, the U.S. and other countries urged international pressure on the Bush administration to support global taxes, the creation of more global agencies, and drastic cuts in American living standards in the name of "sustainable development for the world. Hilary French, who runs "Global Governance Project of U.S.-based Worldwatch Institute, suggested that Americans had to get over "the sovereignty thing and embrace global taxes. She endorsed an international currency tax to generate as much as $300 billion a year for global agencies.
"A lot of these ideas are more accepted in Europe, where people are "more accepting of government and taxation and a European Union has emerged to eclipse the power of national governments, she said.
'SHAME THE UNITED STATES'
However, she insisted that the U.S. government could be pressured to go along with a global tax scheme if Europe and the rest of the world "shame the United States and depict us as out of step with the international consensus.
She maintained that the proposed global currency tax, which would affect Americans IRAs, mutual funds and pension plans, was a "small tax that wouldnt "significantly affect anyones retirement income. She said "vested interests opposed to these taxes, such as investment companies, "would whip up public opposition and concern.
French said it might be comparable to the campaign to defeat Hillary Clintons plan for socialized medicine. It would be "misleading and irresponsible, she said.
HOW ABOUT 'GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY'?
French, who said she was not necessarily against private property rights, called for a World Environment Organization and a convention or treaty to safeguard "community resource rights over such activities as fishing and access to water. She urged a "Framework for Socially Accountable Production and a treaty for "corporate accountability.
French was one of three speakers at the event, sponsored by Heinrich Boll Foundation of the German Green Party and held at (oh, irony) the Ronald Reagan Building. The purpose was to discuss a "Memorandum for the World Summit on Sustainable Development, scheduled for South Africa this fall.
Geoffrey D. Dabelko of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars introduced the event. He said his group was "a nonpartisan, non-advocacy institute, created by an act of Congress in 1968, which receives taxpayer dollars from federal agencies such as the Office of Population of the U.S. Agency for International Development.
GERMAN TELLS AMERICANS HOW TO VOTE
The other two speakers, Ashok Khosla of India and Wolfgang Sachs of the German Green Party, ripped into the Bush administration for its approach to global affairs. Khosla said the U.S. had "abrogated its responsibility and was taking a "very profoundly disturbing and negative role in world affairs. Sachs said Europe should "forget about America as long as this administration exists and recommended that the American people "shift their preferences in future elections.
Sachs said he once saw "some awareness of a need for sustainable development among advisers to Secretary of State Colin Powell. "I dont see it anymore.
Their report, dubbed "The Johannesburg Memo, criticized the Bush administration as the "notable exception to countries endorsing the Kyoto protocol on "global warming." Bush rejected the treaty for its bias against U.S. economic interests, and the U.S. Senate voted against it 95-0.
The audience included representatives of the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Nature Conservancy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the British and South African embassies.
None of the audience members took issue with the recommendations of the memorandum, which included a proposed 80 to 90 percent cut in the use of "environmental space by "consumer classes in the U.S. and other developed countries over the next 50 years.
The document explains "environmental space by the use of resources. For example, it says Americans use an average of 82 tons of fuels, minerals and metals annually, versus the average German at 80 tons and the average Chinese at 34 tons.
Politically, Sachs said, he didnt know how the American people could be persuaded to go along with such draconian cuts in their use of resources. But he thought it was doable if changes in technology, infrastructure and energy sources were implemented over time.
The report calls for a shift to solar and wind power; the creation of regional food markets, as opposed to neighborhood grocery stores; low-speed cars; recyclable appliances; and low-meat diets. Such an outcome, the report insists, can still produce "a comfortable style of living.
The shallowness of their odium toward the U.S. and our materially successful society shows them up for what they are. They can't help it. They are just eaten up with anti-Americanism.
The Americans who are participating in this charade and giving them cover are another matter. Let's take another look at that American, USAID-supported NGO that took part in this little hoedown!
Side note: Notice that the Greens advocate doing away with the car......and these guys turn around and advocate doing away with local groceries in favor of Auchan-style hypermarts. So, Wolfgang.........how we gonna get there? The train? Well, then we'll just kinda hafta depend on you a lot to build and run the train system, just like you intend to run our lives, right?
And from FReeper llB3 on a similar, previous thread...
How about: Blue helmets in the treeline - in some deadspace on my range card.....so I grab the clacker for the Claymores sending most of them to whatever Hell they believe in. Giggling to myself, I watch with glee as those who survived the initial mines immediately dashed out of the woods, unaware of my location. Directly into my line of fire, thank you. Catching the pig before its' belt ran out, I clipped another one on as the screams begin to die down. A few more minutes go by, and I can go down and double tap anything that is still breathing. I sure as hell hope that this bunch had better rations than the last platoon through here. Oh well, at least they didn't use any of their ammo - which I can certainly use. There will be more of them coming to find these. Almost as though Koffi was sending presents!
The major problem is, that it is going to be you, me, and our deer rifles against the UN military forces - which will already have absorbed the US military - such military having already been purged of anyone who has any understanding of what it means to be an American.
The incredibly small minority of human beings on this planet who know what is required to produce the means of human surival (Freedom) - and who practice it - are slated for destruction.
Uninhibited human individuals acting - in freedom - in thier own self-interest have created ALL of the prosperity, wealth and progress that has ever existed on this earth.
Governments, bureaucracies and taxation agencies have never created anything but death and destruction.
And so - the predominantly irrational human race rushes to it's self-destruction.
It's nice of them to allow us to achieve a "comfortable style of living" ... but I guess that is their idea of "comfortable", not mine.
This arrogant little fascist needs to get over the "Tomorrow the World!" thing.
There's no room in your scenario for some tasty 107mm HE/WP in effect?
What am I, chopped liver?
We got the means to collect it, too.
I'm beginning to think Alexander had it right...
We couldn't get that lucky.
No, just too d@mned heavy to lug through the underbrush!
Here's the little darling, Hilary French:
Who died and put her in charge of US sovereignty?
Its time to get rid of these ideas NOW!!!!
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