Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ukraine Crisis - Politicians Form A Queue To Dump Taxpayers Money

Conflicts around the world be they minor skirmishes of a local nature or larger in scale with loss of life or displacement of civilians, usually follow a familiar pattern. The current conflict in the Ukraine is no different and it is a classic example for students of current affairs and political behavior to study for their thesis or dissertations.

First there's the televised faux outrage by Heads of State or their mouthpieces, followed by some sabre rattling and threats of economic sanctions.

This period is usually followed by some ineffectual posturing at the United Nations and in the unlikely event that all parties can agree, maybe a resolution is issued condemning the bogyman of the day.

(This is dependent upon the UN bureaucrats taking time out from their full time occupation of passing resolutions condemning the USA or Israel)

Then as sure as night follows day comes the call for taxpayers money. Not just a little bit for emergency aid such as tents, blankets, bottled water or medical supplies, but shed loads of it, supposedly to help with reconstruction.

In the case of the Ukraine reconstruction of what is not immediately clear as the Ukrainian infrastructure is as modern as in most other countries in Europe, including and Russia, and the country has an acknowledged modern industrial base.

At the head of the queue with a taxpayer funded give away was the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne who, without consulting the people, generously offered Ukraine a blank cheque.

That was indeed very generous of him considering that infrastructure in Great Britain is badly in need of attention itself. As a result of a deliberate and unprecedented increase in the population, there is now a desperate shortage of houses, hospitals and schools.

Infrastructure such as sewers, water, electricity and gas supply lines, are in need of replacing along with roads, railways and airports that are in need of upgrading and expansion.

If the official statistics are to be believed, poverty in Great Britain has reached Dickensian levels of desperation with the use of food banks and homelessness at an all time high. Increasing numbers of people are finding themselves in fuel poverty with an extra thirty thousand deaths expected this winter due to hypothermia.

These 'excess deaths' as they are officially known are obviously considered a price worth paying in order to 'combat climate change' and the whole scam is a wonderful opportunity for politicians to posture on the world stage demonstrating their 'green' credentials. But I digress.

Next up was American Secretary of State, John  Kerry, offering an extra billion dollars of taxpayers hard earned money without consulting the peoples Congress first.

During the last two Presidential campaigns, in addition to a trillion dollar stimulus package, the call for increased infrastructure spending was relentless. Roads and bridges are falling apart and a totally new distribution system is needed to replace the conventional energy delivery with that of green energy.

John Kerry has been traversing the planet preaching that 'climate change' is the biggest threat to world peace in the history of civilization.  Therefore, with that in mind, the American taxpayers will be the main contributor to a one hundred billion dollar fund to help developing countries pay for the damage due to 'climate change' which, apparently, was selfishly caused by the west, and also to help them 'combat climate change' in the future. (Just to clarify, the one hundred billion dollars is an annual sum not just a one off payment)

American taxpayers also generously finance a fifty two billion dollar foreign aid budget which includes six hundred and fifteen million per year to oil rich Nigeria, six hundred and eighty eight million annually to Mexico and an eye watering four billion per year to the notoriously corrupt Mohammed Karsai government in Afghanistan.

Judging by the rate at which politicians spend taxpayers money in America, the country has got to be rolling in the stuff, they must be lighting their cigars with hundred dollar bills in Washington DC.

Hot on the heels of John Kerry was the European Union bureaucrats, led by the unelected political crony, Baroness Ashton of Upholland, with promises to Ukraine of a windfall of taxpayers money from her endless supply of it in Brussels.

Baroness Ashton labours under the grandiose title of High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security and Vice President of the European Commission - this entitles her to a massive taxpayer funded remuneration package plus expenses and a gold plated pension on retirement. In addition, she is a member of the House of Lords for life which entitles her to another package of taxpayer funded allowances and expenses. (Three hundred quid per day just for turning up. That's around four hundred and eighty US Dollars)

Like their American cousins, there is apparently no shortage of British taxpayers money for these politicians and bureaucrats to spray around everywhere except to alleviate hardship in their home countries. These people have no respect for taxpayers money therefore they have no respect for the taxpayers themselves.

Also in the queue to dump money into the Ukraine are the IMF and the World Bank.

Having established that politicians and global institutions alike are lining up to hose money into the Ukraine, it's worth noting that like Great Britain, Greece and the rest of the European Union, the United States of America is broke, it has no money and it is fast running out of credit.

In order to look generous, and get the credit from the international aid industry, the politicians and bureaucrats are willfully ignoring the fact that the money being sprayed around belongs to the taxpayer - it is the fruit of their labour that has been confiscated under threat of imprisonment.

These self serving egotists are spending wages that are yet to be earned by people yet to be born. They are unconscionable, unscrupulous and utterly without principle.

The countries with the biggest national debts in the world include the USA, Great Britain, France and Germany.  These same countries have also been running the biggest budget deficits. Taxpayers from these countries are the biggest contributors to the international institutions that want to dump money into the Ukraine.

To put this into some kind of perspective - British government spending is running at a deficit of over one hundred and ten billion pounds per year and they have accumulated a national debt in excess of one trillion pounds. British taxpayers are already helping to finance the UN, the IMF and the World Bank.

They are also contributing close to forty billion pounds per year to the EU and will be handing out some fourteen billion per year on overseas aid to prosperous nations and dictators. Great Britain has a crumbling infrastructure, a shortage of houses, schools and hospitals; increasing numbers of people cannot pay their heating bills and rely on food banks to survive. The question that begs to be asked is:

Where is Chancellor Osborne getting the money from to give the Ukrainians a blank cheque?

With a seventeen trillion dollar debt and out of control government spending, the situation that American taxpayers find themselves in is no different, therefore the question equally applies to John Kerry:

Where is the extra one billion dollars coming from?

It should be borne in mind that Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait UAE, Brazil, Norway, South Korean and Switzerland have little or no national debt and run small deficits or surpluses - one would think that these countries would be head of the queue to aid the Ukraine.

It's noticeable that the King of Saudi Arabia and the Emirs of the wealthy Arab states are missing from the airwaves joining the leaders of the other aforementioned affluent countries in anonymity and leaving the taxpayers of the bankrupt countries to help the Ukrainian people.

In conclusion it is worth pointing out that apart from an infrastructure compatible with any other industrialised country, the Ukraine is rich in natural resources such as iron ore, manganese, nickel and uranium with more than half the country consisting of arable agricultural land. The government of the Ukraine also has a reputation for reneging on its loans and debt repayments.

By any measure Ukraine is not a good risk for taxpayers money but that won't stop the politicians when there is an opportunity to preen themselves on the world stage polishing their egos and their compassionate credentials.

Finally a little light relief from Abba:

I work all night,  I work all day to pay the bills I have to pay

Ain't it sad

And still there never seems to be a single penny left for me

That's too bad

Money Money Money, must be funny, in the rich mans world

Money Money Money, always sunny, in the rich mans world

Aha Ahaa

All the things that I could do

If I had a little money, in the rich mans world.

Listen to it here and you'll be singing it to yourself all day.

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