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December 28, 2004

Shock: Norwegian UN Official Wants the US to Raise Its Taxes

This is just that Drudge-linked piece about our contribution to Asian disaster relief being "stingy," but I liked this bit:

But U.N. Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland suggested that the United States and other Western nations were being "stingy" with relief funds, saying there would be more available if taxes were raised. "It is beyond me why are we so stingy, really," the Norwegian-born U.N. official told reporters. "Christmastime should remind many Western countries at least, [of] how rich we have become."

"There are several donors who are less generous than before in a growing world economy," he said, adding that politicians in the United States and Europe "believe that they are really burdening the taxpayers too much, and the taxpayers want to give less. It's not true. They want to give more."

And here's what he looks like:

Bear in mind, he's whining about the "stinginess" of the US aid package and the need for us to pay more in taxes while the UN is covering up the greatest theft/embezzlement in human history.

Europe, the UN, and especially the fucking Scandavian socialist tax-weinies have to pour themselves and nice big tall cold glass of shut-the-fuck-up juice and just chill out for four years.

I don't give a damn about European internal politics. Why are Europeans so goddamned interested in ours?

I think it's for the same reason that I, as a conservative, used to hate Sweden.

Sweden was always offered as a utopia where socialism worked. As such, it was always a potent, or at least useful, point to raise against conservatives preaching lower taxes and such.

The US now occupies that same position among European leftists-- as a place of (moderately) free-market capitalism that seems to work a hell of a lot better than their systems. As such, it's a frequent embarassment to them, and they collectively wish the US would just get with the tax-'em-'till-they-bleed program so they wouldn't have our economy shoved in their faces everytime they want to do something economically retarded.


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