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Taxpayer Dollars Pay for OECD Class Warfare

Earlier this year, the Center for Freedom and Prosperity (CF & P) released a policy brief that focused on the "statist agenda" of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). According to Wikepedia, (t)he  OECD originated in 1948 as the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation (OEEC) . . . to help administer the Marshall Plan for the reconstruction of Europe after World War II.

Entitled, “OECD Subsidies Are Against U.S. Interests,” the policy brief says that OECD "works against the interests of U.S. taxpayers." The CF & P press release announcing the brief includes two quotes:

"Andrew Quinlan, President of the Center for Freedom & Prosperity, noted, “The OECD has been pushing a destructive class-warfare agenda.” He concluded, “It is simply inexcusable for U.S. taxpayers to be forced to subsidize OECD bureaucrats so they can push a partisan, big-government agenda.”

"The OECD is advocating policies that would erode American competitiveness, undermine free markets, and expand the burden of government,” added Dan Mitchell, a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and Chairman of CF&P’s Board. “Even worse, they are doing it with money from American taxpayers.”
The Libertas policy brief provides the following justification:

'U.S. taxpayers shoulder a disproportionate share – nearly one-fourth – of the OECD’s budget, yet receive little to no benefit in return. In fact, the OECD frequently pushes for policies both within the U.S. and internationally that are not in the interest of the United States, and would increase the tax burdens on U.S. citizens, inhibit the free flow of capital, and reduce economic prosperity. With a direct contribution from American taxpayers of almost $100 million, and other expenses on the U.S. delegation in Paris and U.S. agencies that participate in OECD activities, this negative return is unacceptable. Funding of the OECD should be cutoff until such time as the organization ends its campaign against low-tax jurisdictions and the principles of limited government."

And what has OECD done to undermine the interests of U.S. taxpayers? Here are just the top three items from the brief:

  • "Repeated urging of the United States to adopt a value-added tax and a plethora of other tax increases."
  • "Support for big government style healthcare and other spending programs."
  • "A decade-plus anti-tax competition project that poses a threat to national sovereignty. Bureaucrats in Paris should have no right to dictate tax policy to sovereign jurisdictions."

The CF&P press release includes a video that highlights "the OECD’s work pushing a big-government agenda." Take a few minutes to watch the video, and then study the two-page policy brief.


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