In response to WizBang commenter JeremyP’s rueful “Why I Vote Republican” mock list (which was tactfully rebutted by JayTea), I would like offer a shorter and more truthful explanation of why Republicans find big government so unappealing:
I vote Republican because government bureaucracies cannot create their own wealth, and throughout history their policies have consistently proven to be among the most wasteful and inefficient usages of private wealth.
The United Nations has quietly upped this year’s peacekeeping budget for earthquake-shattered Haiti to $732.4 million, with two-thirds of that amount going for the salary, perks and upkeep of its own personnel, not residents of the devastated island
The world organization plans to spend the money on an expanded force of some 12,675 soldiers and police, plus some 479 international staffers, 669 international contract personnel, and 1,300 local workers, just for the 12 months ending June 30, 2010.
Some $495.8 million goes for salaries, benefits, hazard pay, mandatory R&R allowances and upkeep for the peacekeepers and their international staff support. Only about $33.9 million, or 4.6 percent, of that salary total is going to what the U.N. calls “national staff” attached to the peacekeeping effort.
Presumably, the budget also includes at least part of some $10 million that the U.N. has spent on renting two passenger vessels, the Sea Voyager (known to some U.N. staffers as the “Love Boat”) and the Ola Esmeralda, for a minimum of 90 days each, as highly subsidized housing for some of its peacekeepers and humanitarian staff. The tab for the two vessels, which offer catered food, linen service and comfortable staterooms and lounges, is about $112,500 per day.
Under a cost-sharing formula, the U.S. pays a 27 percent share of the entire $732.4 million peacekeeping tab for Haiti during this 12 month period, or about $197.7 million.
In other words, 27 cents out of every dollar wasted on The Love Boat and other lavish indulgences by the UN comes from you and I, the American taxpayer. Perhaps JeremyP would explain thusly: “I vote Democrat because I prefer to see my money forcibly confiscated by the government and wasted on lavish benefits for government employees, rather than freely giving it myself to those who are truly in need.”