GOP platform opposes U.N. tax plans – Washington Times
August 23, 2012 1 Comment
Levies infringe on U.S. rights, supporters say
TAMPA, Fla. — Republican platform writers put the party officially on record Wednesday opposing attempts by the United Nations, some backed by Democrats in Congress, to assess a special tax on all Americans and to give the money to Third World nations.
“The United Nations has proposed three global taxes and a global monetary governance mechanism to raise $400 billion a year to aid developing countries,” the Republican National Committee says in a resolution passed in the opening session of its annual meeting preceding the party’s presidential nominating convention that begins here Monday.
The resolution cites in particular reports that Ottmar Edenhofer, an official with the U.N.’s major international panel dealing with climate-change issues, “claimed that climate-change policy was a way to redistribute wealth globally.”
The move also could have the practical effect of complicating the ability of the U.S. to participate in such international accords as the Law of the Sea Treaty, which the U.S. Senate has never ratified, and successor agreements to the Kyoto global-warming pact.
The RNC’s resolution, which puts the national GOP in the center of the global wealth-distribution controversy for the first time, says the world body also has proposed a carbon tax, a currency transaction tax and a billionaires’ tax, “as well as allocation of the International Monetary Fund’s Special Drawing Rights,” which have been proposed by some as a replacement for the U.S. dollar as the common currency all nations use for international trade.
The Congressional Budget Office issued a report earlier this year asserting that the financial transactions tax could kill jobs in the U.S. Such a move, financial experts say, could also undermine the nation’s long-standing role as the dominant global financial power.
The transaction tax was sponsored by Rep. Peter A. DeFazio of Oregon and Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, both liberal Democrats, late in 2011. Citing similar taxes imposed in Europe, the two said the measure could raise revenue for the Treasury while simultaneously curbing excessive financial market speculation.
“The first step on the long path to recovery happens when we rein in the excessive speculative activity that has destabilized our financial system,” Mr. DeFazio said at the time.
Republicans here said the tax could cause American stock traders to move their businesses offshore and create ways to avoid the tax.
Jeff Grossman, a delegate-at-large to the national convention, said he “wished the resolution had gone further.”
He argued that the GOP must take the stand it did Wednesday because “it would be a violation of America’s sovereignty and of the Constitution to ratify such a tax.”
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