July 17, 2018
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This article originally appeared in The Daily Caller on July 11, 2018.
Amid the prudent withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Accords last year, tempers flared and administration officials were harshly criticized by “green” advocates. The “ignorant” and “uncaring” decision by the administration, though, proved a reasonable response to a flawed process that dealt inadequately with climate change issues. Recent developments within the U.N.’s energy policy apparatus have affirmed that U.S. disengagement was the proper approach. Operational difficulties (including funding disputes amongst nations), red tape and poor project targeting have led to the resignation of Green Climate Fund (GCF) director Howard Bamsey.
June 27, 2018
This article originally appeared in Economics21 on June 20, 2018.
Fear-peddling about safe products now has a home at the center of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) research arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). This pseudo science labels hundreds of products from around the world as carcinogenic. Now, with the naming of Dr. Elisabete Weiderpass as new WHO directorin 2019, IARC has the chance to pivot to a more thorough, transparent process that safeguards everyone involved. » Read More
June 13, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) announced the World Cup Watchdog project to monitor taxpayer subsidies and privileges directed toward the World Cup. The move comes as the 2026 World Cup was awarded to the United States, Canada, and Mexico this morning, setting the stage for billions of taxpayer dollars to be directed toward the major sporting event. » Read More
May 29, 2018
This article originally appeared in Economics21 on May 23, 2018
The North American Free Trade Agreement may soon be in for an update, as the United States, Mexico, and Canada seek to revise the treaty. One important area needing more attention from negotiators is intellectual property (IP) protection for companies doing business up and down the continent.
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May 22, 2018
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This article originally appeared in the American Conservative on May 17, 2018.
Whenever the U.S. deploys soldiers to global hotspots such as Iraq and Afghanistan, the circumstances are hardly ideal. Complex counterinsurgency tactics cost substantial blood and treasure, and temporary gains rarely translate to long-term stability. But at least the deployments are public knowledge, and a code of conduct is in place to address civilian safety. Unfortunately, not all Pentagon (i.e. taxpayer-funded) missions are held to the same standards of warfare. The Department of Defense foots the bill for more than a quarter of the United Nations’ $7 billion annual “peacekeeping” budget. But the UN’s sloppily conceived missions fail to live up to their namesake, exacerbating global issues and resulting in human rights abuses. While U.S. leaders have been moving to curtail these annual contributions, they haven’t moved quickly enough. Taxpayers cannot afford to shovel billions of dollars a year to such an unaccountable organization mired in failure.
May 18, 2018
TPA submitted official comments to the World Health Organization regarding the First Draft Report of Independent High-Level Commission on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD). This report begins an international dialogue for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. » Read More
May 4, 2018
TPA led a coalition letter to President Trump pressing him to cut funding to the World Health Organization by 25%. To learn more about the internaitonal work that TPA is doing, visit IGOwatch.org.
View the full PDF letter here.» Read More
April 24, 2018
This article originally appeared on Inside Sources on April 18, 2018.
Deep in the thankless swamp of Washington, D.C., free-market think tanks and advocacy groups fight against overspending and taxation every day. As the ground zero of government malfeasance, limited-government organizations focus their attention on the nation’s capital. And while these groups are right to zero in on Congress and the administration, there exists harmful taxpayer-funded bureaucracies at an even higher level than the U.S. federal government. Enter International Governmental Organizations (IGOs), which comprise of organizations such as the United Nations (UN) and the World Bank. » Read More
January 23, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) reacted to the United States Trade Representative’s decision to impose unnecessary tariffs on imported large residential washing machines and imported solar cells and modules. TPA President David Williams stated that, “this questionable decision to levy new taxes on the middle class and job creators will establish an awful precedent and harm other industries.” » Read More
December 8, 2017
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On behalf of the undersigned organizations, representing millions of American taxpayers, we urge you to reject the unnecessary, overly broad relief recommended by the International Trade Commission in Inv. No. TA-201-76 – a safeguard investigation initiated by Whirlpool pertaining to the import of large residential washers. We urge you to carefully consider the effects of any relief that would harm American job creation, American economic growth, and investment in America. Whirlpool’s attempt to stifle U.S. competition and U.S. consumer choice by effectively prohibiting imports of washers and restricting access to parts is directly contrary to your job-creation agenda and the good work done by local leaders in South Carolina and Tennessee to attract investment by state-of-the-art manufacturers.
December 4, 2017
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This article was originally appeared in The Daily Caller on November 29, 2017
December 1, 2017 will be the five-year anniversary of mandated plain packaging of tobacco products in Australia. Despite being touted as a major victory for “public health,” the law hardly made an impact on smoking in the Down Under. In fact, according to the most recent figures, since plain packaging was introduced the number of smokers in Australia has increased for the first time in decades. And this increase was despite multiple increases in the tobacco tax as well. Lurking underneath the surface, however, are devastating unintended consequences of plain packaging that reach far beyond the Australian continent. The increase in the illicit trade of tobacco, due to plain packaging policies in Australia, the United Kingdom, France and Ireland has contributed to the astronomical rise in human trafficking in countries like the United States that don’t have plain packaging. » Read More
September 18, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As President Trump prepares to address the United Nations (UN) on Tuesday September 19, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) calls on President Trump to demand fiscal accountability from United Nations (UN) and cut the billions of taxpayer dollars in funding for the organization. TPA President David Williams noted that, “The UN was established in 1945 to provide for an emerging global order, but has since become a bloated, ineffective bureaucracy. The organization’s lack of accountability is unacceptable, especially given that 22 percent of its funding comes from United States taxpayers.” » Read More
July 14, 2017
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This post appeared on the Property Rights Alliance blog on July 13, 2017.
Today the 2017 International Property Rights Index was released. This yearly publication of the Property Rights Alliance provides a measurement and comparison of the strength of property rights protection in 127 countries around the world, covering 93% of world population and 98% of the world GDP. Looking at Physical Property Rights, Intellectual Property Rights, and the Legal and Political Environment, the Index grades each nation on a scale of 0 to 10, where 10 is the highest value and 0 the lowest. The Property Rights Alliance firmly believes, as this index shows, that strong property rights protection goes hand-in-hand with prosperity and innovation. A well-defined, well-defended property rights system allows people to obtain the full value of their work, and allows them to bring out this wealth in the market economy.
June 28, 2017
Since its formation, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) has strongly supported the opening up of trade with other nations. Now, as TPA President David Williams visits Cuba this week, our organization seeks to highlight its support of trade liberalization with the Caribbean nation. Our embargo against Cuba has outlived its usefulness, harming American and Cuban citizens alike. The exchange of goods and services between two nations results in less poverty for both polities, regardless of the system of government present in the countries. TPA signed onto this coalition letter, organized by Americans for Tax Reform, in support of legislation which would open up trade with Cuba. The series of bills (H.R. 442, H.R. 351, H.R. 525) discussed in the letter would respectively lift the Cuba embargo, end travel limitations for Americans, and allow Cuba to loan funds from American institutions when purchasing agricultural products produced in the U.S. » Read More
June 26, 2017
The United States has been a stalwart, albeit imperfect, defender of intellectual property (IP) rights over the past few decades, ensuring that innovators have the right incentives to develop novel products and techniques The United States’ embrace of trade agreements with the rest of the world, though, means that enforcing IP is as difficult as ever. If US companies are unconvinced that foreign trade partners will honor patent or trademark rights, millions of dollars in potential transactions will go unpursued. The Global IP Center’s hallmark report on trade and IP gauges this problem via four case studies: Australia, Korea, Chile, and Canada. While the US has little issue cooperating with Australia and Korea on IP issues, the same cannot be said for Chile and Canada. » Read More
June 23, 2017
This article appeared in Inside Sources on June 20, 2017.
Listening to grave pronouncements of U.N. officials these last few weeks, things certainly don’t sound pretty. Proposed budget cuts to the organization would make operations “impossible,” and planned U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement spells a death knell for Mother Earth. But this alarmism is just a diversion away from the very real problems plaguing the United Nations. And by providing $8 billion a year to the organization, U.S. taxpayers are forced to enable the United Nations’ epic dysfunction and incompetence. » Read More
May 3, 2017
Fresh off his first deregulatory bout, President Trump may be aiming his firepower at the Paris Agreement next. The President pledged on the campaign trail to withdraw from the pact, and will further contemplate withdrawal over the next two weeks. In the meantime, lawmakers and pundits have rushed to the defense of the Obama-era agreement to clamp down on global carbon emissions. On the surface, the accord’s insistence that each nation do their fair share to reduce carbon emissions seems like a reasonable approach to tackle climate change. But despite the Paris Agreement’s lofty goals, the agreed-upon mechanisms in the agreement will harm nations rich and poor. While the agreed-upon reductions reached in the negotiations are nowhere near sufficient to reach the goal of zero net emissions by 2050, provisions ensure that countries will continue to up the ante on emission reductions. Every five years, nations are expected to “ratchet up” their rate of carbon reductions via more and more aggressive governmental actions. China’s announced cap-and-trade program and India’s large-scale solar deployments show just two approaches that signatories are willing to take to meet these reduction goals. This may all seem like a laudable “moonshot,” but advocates of continued involvement are ignoring the taxpayer and opportunity costs that come with a continued worldwide agreement.» Read More
April 25, 2017
Every year, on April 26th, countries from around the globe celebrate the importance of Intellectual Property (IP). IP remains critical to boosting economic growth, and with more than 40 million jobs in the United States directly and indirectly attributable to IP intensive industries, policymakers must take the issue seriously. Protecting IP rights is not only important here at home but also it is important all over the globe. The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) remains committed to the goal of promoting and protecting IP at home and abroad and one strong show of support was this coalition letter addressed to Dr. Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), outlining the reasons why protecting IP is critical for the entire world. The letter was spearheaded by the Property Rights Alliance and signed by more than 80 other organizations representing more than 50 countries.» Read More
January 25, 2017
This week, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) released a series of issue briefs for the 115th Congress titled Roadmap to Fiscal Sanity. The publication puts forward an aggressive reform agenda for Congress. The publication focuses on 14 different policy areas where reform is needed to help reduce the size of government, cut spending, enact tax reform, and help get the economy back on track. Issues covered in the publication include Defense Spending, Earmarks, Energy, Health Care, Intellectual Property, Mergers, Regulatory Reform, Solar Subsidies, Tax Reform, Telecommunications Policy, Trade Policy, United Nations/World Health Organization and United States Postal Service Reform. TPA President David Williams said of the release, “The newly elected Congress has No More Excuses for not acting on real and meaningful reform when it comes to reducing spending and getting the debt under control. TPA’s Roadmap to Fiscal Sanity provides a path forward.”» Read More
January 9, 2017
This op-ed appeared in Inside Sources on January 4, 2017
Since its inception the United Nations has spent billions of dollars in global taxpayer money pushing questionable resolutions and misguided initiatives. A recent resolution condemning Israeli settlements has prompted considerable backlash and calls to defund the organization. In light of these recent developments, the incoming Trump administration and Congress have a rare opportunity to reduce the annual $8 billion subsidy to the United Nations and push for more oversight. Attaching more strings to U.N. funding can effectively reign in an organization hostile to individual rights and sound public policy. The latest controversy at the United Nations isn’t the only problem at this international organization. The U.N. has an abysmal record on preserving press freedom, regularly blocking access to their meetings and instigating vendettas against journalists. In the first two days of the U.N.-funded World Health Organization’s 2014 Conference of the Parties Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, a tobacco control treaty, the public was ejected and the press had their event credentials revoked.» Read More