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Friday, March 13, 2009
It must be good to be the UN. You've got an effectively unlimited budget, you get to advance Antisemitism worldwide, you don't have to take any responsibility for your actions, and best of all, you can give the United States the finger.

The United States is the largest contributor to the UN coffers - to the tune of 22% of their 5 Billion dollar budget.

But the UN is upset, because the US still has an open debt to the UN, and is always late in paying up. As a result, the UN President called the US a "deadbeat donor".

Below is a chart of contributions by country to the UN. (Click to enlarge).

Payment is loosely determined by the GNI (Gross National Income), with a lot of exemptions and loopholes for poorer countries.

So while the US "holds back" on what it is said they owe the UN, they actually still pay more than any other country in the world. A lot more.

I vaguely recall a period where the US decided not to pay the UN at all for a series of distasteful decisions it was making. I doubt Obama would do such a thing.

But still, you would think that the UN president would be more discreet in his choice of words to the country that basically funds all his little projects and smurf army.


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