The State Department is planning to boost spending on the United Nations in 2014 by more than 4 percent to at least $3.6 billion.
That is likely to be far from the final tally of Obama Administration support, as hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. development, health and other funds are usually channeled through U.N. agencies and institutions — with the U.N. agencies taking administrative fees as part of the deal. The most recent tally on the website of the White House Management and Budget website, for example, lists support for the U.N. at $7.7 billion — in 2010.
The projected spending increase for the New York-based U.N. Secretariat, for example, is an 8.6 percent hike, to $617.6 million, compared with 2013.
When a broader array of U.N. affiliated agencies, listed under “Contributions to International Organizations,” are added in to the Secretariat support, the U.S. planned contribution climbs to $1.2 billion — a still significant 4.5 percent hike in an age of enforced American domestic austerity.
Meantime, proposed U.S. contributions to U.N. peacekeeping are also taking a big hike, to $2.09 billion, up more than a quarter-billion dollars, or 13.9 percent, from 2013, and an even more impressive 14.6 percent since 2012.
The State Department budget also contains, among other things, an optimistic $50 million item to support a “U.N. presence in Syria.”
Isn’t it nice to see that State is already certain how Syria will turn out. And the UN cash giveaway wouldn’t be complete without funding the war on Israel.
Among them: an Administration renewal of its campaign to give about $77.8 million next year to the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, an annual contribution that Congress cut off in late 2011 when the organization gave full member-state status to Palestine over strong U.S. objections. The State Department tried to restore the money in 2012, but failed.
This time, in fact, the Administration hopes to give far more money to UNESCO even than the budget openly advertises.
Buried in a footnote to the 190-page State Department is the news that if the Administration can coax Congress into granting a waiver to the freeze, State hopes to hand over the money it did not provide in 2012 and 2013, which could amount to another $135 million.
Even for someone who supports the UN, it’s hard to argue that UNESCO’s activities are vital or that funding should be increased at a time when we’re slashing the military to the bone and cutting Social Security. This shows once again the Post-American priorities of Obama Inc.
And Obama Inc. just had to get some Global Warming cash in there.
State Department contributions to “International Organizations and Programs” include a 30 percent hike, to $13 million, for the U.N.-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), whose assessments of global warming have been sharply criticized by skeptics.
And some abortion.
Another proposed budget increase that may spark controversy is a 22.5 percent hike in financing, to $37 million, for the U.N. Population Fund, whose espousal of abortion has drawn fire from the right-to-life movement.
Good bye Marines. Hello Terrorism, Global Warming and Abortion. It’s just another day for Obama Inc.