The United Nations comes in for condemnation on a regular basis for putting human rights violators on the Human Rights Commission and so forth. How does it respond to such criticism? By doubling down, succumbing to the charms of an abusive Third World dictator and considering naming an award after him.
And to charges that the UN creates a culture of mini-potentates via lavish salaries at mostly US taxpayer expense, how does it respond? By jacking up staff salaries.
The Obama administration told the United Nations that too few of its 10,307 workers are being cut and average salaries, currently $119,000 a year, have risen “dramatically.”
The U.S. ambassador for UN management and reform, Joseph M. Torsella, said today that the proposed $5.2 billion UN budget for the next two years would scrap only 44 jobs, a 0.4 percent reduction. After an “onslaught” of add-ons, the 2012-13 budget would rise more than 2 percent to $5.5 billion, he said.
Good on the Obama administration for calling the UN out on this, but aren’t they doing the same thing on the green loans? They’re getting justifiably hammered for their failed crony corruption on Solyndra, so how do they respond? Loan out another billion to similar companies with similar political connections.
It’s not that the Obama admin and the UN aren’t learning. It’s that they just don’t care what we think.