Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Sounds like a step in the right direction to me

The Bush administration must have some secret information to be objecting to this House bill:

The House of Representatives, defying strong objections from the Bush administration, voted today to cut U.S. contributions to the United Nations in half unless the organization implements a list of reforms. The House passed the Republican-sponsored bill by a vote of 221 to 184 after rejecting a Democratic version that stopped short of an automatic withholding of U.S. dues payments to the world body. In approving the United Nations Reform Act, the House ignored administration warnings that the bill would hamstring President Bush's ability to conduct foreign policy, undermine U.S. leadership at the United Nations and actually strengthen the hand of those resisting U.N. reform.
Considering that the UN is an institution that gets the majority of its funding from the US (do you hear that, fellow taxpayers?), I've never understood why we don't make that entity dance more to our tune. You dance with them that brung ya' and you dance to the tune called for by the one paying the piper. And that's us.