World Taxes loom near

Taxation without Representation” is coming to every person is the world. How many readers think Americans even know the phrase, much less know what to do with it?

For decades we have seen people sneer, if not laugh outright, at the suggestion that the United Nations intends to govern the world, and that in order to do that, it is imperative that they have the following infrastructure in place and functional. (Items in red are already in place. Items in blue are in progress.)

  • a Legislature to make world laws (UN General Assembly)
  • a Head of State – U.N. Secretary General
  • a Judicial system – the World Court at the Hague
  • a constitution – the U.N. Charter
  • world-wide taxes to fund their operations
  • a world-wide military to make sure those taxes are paid

The military fix is in. What do they have when they can force American soldiers into fighting United Nations wars (with or without a lawful declaration of war)? What do you think is happening in Afghanistan? Under the U.N. auxiliary, NATO, Americans and other U.N. forces are getting their tails kicked, but they continue to establish more precedent for fighting under international banners instead of under national banners. So, as of today, the efforts of former Army SPC Michael New to not have to wear an UN blue beret and not serve under the U.N. have been a hollow victory. No blue berets – just total and involuntary servitude under whatever entangling international military alliance the president chooses.

Here comes the very easiest way to declare a world tax – declare war on lung cancer and collect a penny on every packet of cigarettes sold in the world. After all, who would want to be found arguing in favor of lung cancer? You won’t be allowed to vote on it, but if you were, chances are that most Americans would vote for it. I would like to be wrong about that, but you take your own poll. Ask ten people this question:

“Are you FOR, or AGAINST, allowing the World Health Organization to collect a measly one penny on every package of cigarettes sold, worldwide, in order to fight lung cancer?”

If a majority vote against that, you stacked the deck by asking people who are informed! Stand in front of Walmart and ask the same question. I’ll be interested in your results. (Send results to: SecGen@UNWatch.com)

Interestingly, a one cent tax would be painless, but they are actually proposing a 70% tax on each pack! That’s a bit aggressive, to add $3.50 to an already over-taxed $5.00 pack of cigarettes, but then, it’s a point from which they will begin to negotiate. It does not matter if they drop their taxation to one cent, the principle of taxation is what’s important here.

The power to tax is the power to destroy.

Once the taxation process begins, then you may mark your timeline as that being the end of the Age of Nationalism, and the realization of the Age of Nationalism, which was abortive when they tried it with the League of Nations, but has been in the birthing period with the United Nations since World War II.

(Note – one reason the League of Nations failed was that Member Nations were allowed to withdraw if they found it not to their liking. Such is not the case with the United Nations – there is no provision for secession. If you thought secession was difficult when tried in 1861, just try it in the 21st Century, with all the technology and the entire world telling you cannot withdraw.)

 

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Taxes Without Borders

WHO

WHO

BY: CJ Ciaramella

September 27, 2012 5:00 am

The World Health Organization (WHO) is considering a global excise tax of up to 70 percent on cigarettes at an upcoming November conference, raising concerns among free market tax policy analysts about fiscal sovereignty and bureaucratic mission creep.

In draft guidelines published this September, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control indicated it may put a cigarette tax on the table at its November conference in Seoul, Korea.

“First we had doctors without borders,” said David Williams, president of the Taxpayer Protection Alliance. “Now you could have taxes without borders. … This is a new frontier in taxes. If they’re successful with this, consumers and taxpayers should be concerned about what’s coming down the pipe.”

Although WHO does not have any power to mandate taxes on sovereign nations, it is considering two proposals on cigarette taxes to present to member countries. The first would be an excise tax of up to 70 percent.

“The concept was initially proposed by a working group set up by World Bank to explore innovative sources of financing health care and envisions a voluntary action by interested governments to adopt an additional tax levy as part of their regular tobacco excise on each pack of cigarettes consumed,” the WHO said in a January statement. “This would increase the effective excise tax rate on cigarettes towards the WHO recommended level of 70 percent of the retail price and, by generating substantial revenues, could ensure a sustainable revenue stream for financing international health.”

The second proposal is a tiered earmark on packs of cigarettes: 5 cents for high-income countries, 3 cents for middle-income countries, and 1 cent for low-income countries.

WHO has estimated that such a tax in 43 selected high-/middle-/low-income countries would generate $5.46 billion in tax revenue.

“Cynically, the earmark tax is a smart move for the WHO because it’s tiered,” Williams said. “It’s a good way of buying votes in support. We see the same thing in the U.S. in the form of donor states and recipient states.”

Whichever option the WHO ends up backing, “they’re both two big, bad ideas,” said Daniel Mitchell, a senior tax policy fellow at the Cato Institute. Free-market tax policy analysts such as Mitchell and Williams have long argued against such taxes on tobacco, saying they are regressive, ineffective, and counter-productive.

Cigarette taxes hit low-income people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one third of Americans earning less than $15,000 per year are smokers, compared with only 11 percent of those earning more than $50,000 annually. Since cigarette taxes are fixed and not based on ability to pay, they necessarily consume a higher percentage of low incomes.

Critics also argue such a tax increase will not generate more revenue, but push more sales to the black market and counterfeit cigarette producers.

“It’s already huge problem,” Mitchell said. “In many countries, a substantial share of cigarettes are black market or counterfeit. They put it in a Marlboro packet, but it’s not a Marlboro cigarette. Obviously it’s a big thing for organized crime.”

By some estimates, counterfeit cigarette factories in China churn out 400 billion cigarettes annually.

The other concern is mission creep. “Tobacco,” Mitchell says, “is easy to vilify, making it an attractive beachhead from which to launch future vice tax initiatives.”

WHO says the “global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year; 600,000 of these are people exposed to second-hand smoke.”

Update 10:20 A.M.: “The increase of the price of tobacco by national authorities through higher excise taxes is the single most effective way to encourage tobacco users to quit and prevent children from starting to smoke. In addition, it increases the revenue of governments without increasing illicit trade of tobacco,” said Tarik Jasarevic, a WHO spokesman.

“During the Conference of the Parties (COP5) of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) from 12-17 November in Seoul, the Parties will discuss draft guidelines on Article 6 of the Framework Convention. While the outcome of the discussion cannot be foreseen, Article 6 talks about ‘Price and tax measures to reduce the demand for tobacco.’ It links taxation to the curbing of demand, but does not relate to fiscal benefits. Such fiscal benefits from taxation are not being discussed during COP5. Further, implementation of national tax policies remains the full sovereign right of the Parties.”

by Daniel New
Secretary-General, UN Watch

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