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Sunday, January 17, 2010

WHO Eyeing Global Tax on Finance, Internet Activity

The World Health Organization is considering a plan to ask governments to impose a global consumer tax on such things as Internet activity or everyday financial transactions like paying bills online.

Such a scheme could raise "tens of billions of dollars" on behalf of the United Nations' public health arm from a broad base of consumers, which would then be used to transfer drug-making research, development and manufacturing capabilities, among other things, to the developing world.

The multibillion-dollar "indirect consumer tax" is only one of a "suite of proposals" for financing the rapid transformation of the global medical industry that will go before WHO's 34-member supervisory Executive Board at its biannual meeting in Geneva.

WHO's self-proclaimed "Expert Working Group" has suggested asking rich countries to set aside fixed portions of their gross domestic product to finance worldwide research and development.

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Comment: World leaders who support globalism are really pushing hard right now, aren't they? And you've gotta love how they want to tax the Internet -- they absolutely hate the free Internet.

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