Thursday, June 16, 2005

The Henry J. Hyde End to Peacekeeping

Why can't Hyde just fade off into retirement? No, instead he's got to push his conservative Republican agenda with idiotic ideas like this:
The House bill, grandiosely titled the Henry J. Hyde United Nations Reform Act of 2005, would condition the payment of half of Washington's annual dues on the U.N.'s rapid compliance with a long list of Congressional demands. America's dues, roughly $400 million a year, support 22 percent of the U.N.'s basic budget.

The Hyde proposal would also lower American peacekeeping contributions and block the creation or expansion of all peacekeeping operations, including those urgently needed to halt genocide in Africa, until a series of changes sought by Congress had been put into effect.

In addition, the United States' contributions to certain other United Nations activities would simply be declared voluntary."

That's right, boys and girls, since we provide the UN with 22% of its budget, why not use that as leverage to get what we want! After all, the United Nations is really all about the US and its needs, not those silly peace keeping efforts. And he's titled his legislation so modestly too. Peace keeping is so overrated to Hyde that he wants to lend his name to the end of it!

Great idea Henry. Let's continue to reinforce the image of America the bully.