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May 10, 2010

Fox News: World Health Organization Moving Ahead on Billions in Internet and Other Taxes

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In what amounts to nothing more than another wealth redistribution scheme - on an international scale and one that Barack Obama will surely embrace - the World Health Organization (WHO) is moving full speed ahead with a controversial plan to impose billions of dollars in global consumer taxes on such things as Internet activity and everyday financial transactions - including paying bills online - while its spending soars and its own financial house is in disarray:

The aim of its taxing plans is to raise "tens of billions" of dollars for WHO that would be used to radically reorganize the research, development, production and distribution of medicines around the world, with greater emphasis on drugs for communicable diseases in poor countries.

The irony is that the WHO push to take a huge bite out of global consumers comes as the organization is having a management crisis of its own, juggling finances, failing to use its current resources efficiently, or keep its costs under control -- and it doesn't expect to show positive results in managing those challenges until a year from now, at the earliest.

[...] The Health Assembly, a medical version of the United Nations General Assembly, will be invited to "take note" of the experts' report. It will then head back with that passive endorsement to another Executive Board meeting, which begins May 22, for further action. It is the Executive Board that will "give effect" to the Assembly's decisions.

What it all means is that a major lobbying effort could soon be underway to convince rich governments in particular to begin taxing citizens or industries to finance a drastic restructuring of medical research and development on behalf of poorer ones.

The scheme would leave WHO in the middle, helping to manage a "global health research and innovation coordination and funding mechanism," as the experts' report calls it.

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It's bad enough that we have Barack Obama redistributing our hard-earned money to those he feels deserve it, yet now we've got the damned UN wanting to dig into our pockets - and even tax us for paying our own bills online.

Posted by Abdul at May 10, 2010 9:10 PM



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