Jan Egeland, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, bemoans western democracies as “too stingy”. Selected quotes from his now infamous “stingy” press briefing. Via BBC NEWS, CNN, CNN (again))
“It is beyond me why we are so stingy. Really. Christmas time should remind many Western countries at least, how rich we have become,” he said.
“There are several donors who are less generous than before in a growing world economy.”
“If, actually, the foreign assistance of many countries now is 0.1 or 0.2 percent of the gross national income, I think that is stingy, really,” he said. “I don’t think that is very generous.”
He suggested that governments “believe that they are really burdening the taxpayers too much, and the taxpayers want to give less. It’s not true. They want to give more”
In an interview Monday night with CNN, Egeland reiterated his view: “It bothers me that we — the rich nations — are not becoming more generous the more rich we become.”
The average rich country gives just 0.2 percent of its national income to international solidarity and international assistance, he said.
“We keep 99.8 percent to ourselves, on average. I don’t think that’s very generous,” he said.
Now he’s claiming that his comment were misinterpreted . Perhaps he might note that the UN website carries the video of his press conferences, and that his claim is refuted by the UN’s own video archive. It’s pretty hard to misinterpret Egeland’s words.
What must really bother Egeland is that we all do not live in socialist welfare states where our wages are taxed at 75% tax rates. In that Egeland utopia bureau-weenies like him could enforce his own agenda with the government controlled fruits of our labor.