Nearly 13 years ago, I narrated this video about the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a Paris-based international bureaucracy that uses American tax dollars to advocate for bigger government and higher taxes.
Not only does the OECD urge higher taxes in countries all around the world (even poor countries!), it also lobbies to undermine tax competition by advocating for policies such as Joe Biden’s corporate tax cartel.
And it adds insult to injury that American taxpayers are subsidizing this nonsense.
Republicans are plotting ways to push back on the landmark global tax deal agreed to by nearly 140 countries, including by calling to pull US funding for the OECD that’s leading the negotiations. …“There’s concerns about the work product of the OECD,” said Rep. Adrian Smith (R-Neb.), the Ways and Means trade subcommittee chairman. …The US currently funds 19.1% of Part I of the OECD’s budget, according to the letter addressed to House Appropriations State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Chairman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) and ranking member Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.). …Chairman Jason Smith (R-Mo.) sent a letterlast month to the OECD Secretary-General Mathias Cormann, urging him to reject all proposals that would affect US jobs and tax revenue. Jason Smith called Pillar Two’s undertaxed profits rule “fundamentally flawed.”
Needless to say, Republicans should defund the OECD. Giving American tax dollars to the bureaucrats in Paris is a subsidy for the left.
For all intents and purposes, this is an IQ test for Republicans. Presumably, they are smart enough to understand that they should not send money to the Democratic National Committee or MSNBC. You would think they would also be smart enough not to subsidize a bureaucracy that advocates for the DNC/MSNBC agenda.
Unfortunately, Republicans have a well-deserved reputation for being the “stupid party.”
- They had total control of Washington from 2002-2006 during the Bush year. Did they defund the OECD? No.
- They had todal control of Washington from 2017-2018 during the Trump years. Did they defund the OECD? No.
To make matters worse, Republicans are sometimes so stupid that they actively help the OECD push for bad policy. Here’s another blurb from the article.
Momentum started building on the global tax talks under the Trump administration, with the US participating actively in the negotiations.
Instead, his dilettante Treasury Secretary actively supported the OECD.
The bottom line is that I’m happy that some Republicans are threatening to defund the OECD but I’m not overflowing with confidence that they will have the intelligence and diligence to make it happen. Even if they wind up back in power after the 2024 election.
P.S. There is at least one Republican who is very principled on the issue of the OECD.