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Rumsfeld Says Treaty Would Force US to Share Wealth: Should US Approve Law of the Sea Treaty?

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Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld urged U.S. senators to reject the Law of the Sea Treaty backed by the Obama administration because it would force rich countries to give to poorer ones.

“I do not believe the United States should endorse a treaty that makes it a legal obligation for productive countries to pay royalties to less productive countries, based on rhetoric about the common heritage of mankind,” Rumsfeld said today in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.Rumsfeld Says Sea Treaty Would Force U.S. to Share Wealth

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  • Andrew 2012/06/17 03:34:22
    Reject Law of the Sea Treaty
    Andrew
  • James 2012/06/17 02:43:16
    Reject Law of the Sea Treaty
    James
    Poor countries should gain wealth through opportunities granted to them.
  • none 2012/06/16 22:56:34
    Reject Law of the Sea Treaty
    none
    No way.
  • The One 2012/06/16 22:07:47
    Reject Law of the Sea Treaty
    The One
    Duh!!!!
  • Lester 2012/06/16 16:43:43
    Approve Law of the Sea Treaty
    Lester
    Rumsfeld is factually wrong. The US would have membership and a veto on the committee set up by the convention to provide any payments to poorer nations. Thus, the US would never have to pay anyone anything unless we chose to do so. It is ridiculous for the US not to be a member of a treaty that all our major allies (UK, Canada, Australia, etc.) are party to.
  • Swampdog PWCM 2012/06/16 15:43:45
    Reject Law of the Sea Treaty
    Swampdog PWCM
    If you want to keep poorer nations poor, make them dependent on the wealthier nations. If you want the people of poor countries the feel worthless and less human make them dependent on wealthy countries. It's another way to control the less fortunate.Worthless democrat liberals!
  • mac9 2012/06/16 15:19:11
    Reject Law of the Sea Treaty
    mac9
    Under Obama we have lost our wealth.
  • 2sly 2012/06/16 10:01:56
    Reject Law of the Sea Treaty
    2sly
    Reject the law and totaly pull out of the UN. If this law goes into affect it will give the UN the ability to come into the USA and tell us were we can live how we can use our land and our waters. They already are telling the Government that we need to give the Lands back to the Indian Tribes out west.
  • Cal 2012/06/16 05:11:07
    Reject Law of the Sea Treaty
    Cal
    Global Communism? I think not....
  • Quazimoto 2012/06/16 05:03:13
    Reject Law of the Sea Treaty
    Quazimoto
    Can we call him a Socialist yet???????
    socialist
  • JanHopkins 2012/06/16 04:43:46
    Reject Law of the Sea Treaty
    JanHopkins
    Bad. Very very bad.
  • fortycal_sig 2012/06/16 01:05:31
    Reject Law of the Sea Treaty
    fortycal_sig
    Categorically reject, Rumsfeld or no Rumsfeld.
  • tff~PWCM~JLA 2012/06/15 23:38:49
    Reject Law of the Sea Treaty
    tff~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Socialism at it's worst.
  • ZB 2012/06/15 23:18:50
    Reject Law of the Sea Treaty
    ZB
    +1
    I don't think so! We have enough domestic problems. Why should we pay for other countries to try and solve theirs?
  • cddjmikey 2012/06/15 22:42:06
    Reject Law of the Sea Treaty
    cddjmikey
    +1
    Anything that puts some other entity like the U.N. in charge over our government should be rejected !! Find the mini-series "Amerika". It was on ABC sometime in the eighties. In it U.N. treaties were used to slowly take control of the country with the help of an unknown who was elected President and handed us over to our enemies at that time, the U.S.S.R.. Sound familiar ?
  • jubil8 BN-0 PON 2012/06/15 22:36:46
    Reject Law of the Sea Treaty
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    Boy, do I hate saying that.

    My automatic response is "If Donny is against it, I'm for it." But in this case it looks like he might have our national back.
  • Lanikai 2012/06/15 21:31:47
    Reject Law of the Sea Treaty
    Lanikai
  • Mark P. 2012/06/15 21:22:05
    Reject Law of the Sea Treaty
    Mark P.
    +1
    Really.
  • Gregaj7 2012/06/15 21:17:13
    Reject Law of the Sea Treaty
    Gregaj7
    +2
    I have the perfect place for that kind of paperwork: My fireplace!!!
  • Wulfdane 2012/06/15 21:09:02 (edited)
    Reject Law of the Sea Treaty
    Wulfdane
    +3
    It is becoming clear the UN is being used to infringe on our sovereignty and this "entitlement" complex is becoming global.

    These pissant countries who war among themselves for centuries want us to pay for it.

    It seems we may have been too generous over the last few decades, now countries see our generosity as an entitlement.
  • All American 2012/06/15 20:51:25
    Reject Law of the Sea Treaty
    All American
    +3
    I think helping poorer people/countries should be voluntary, not mandated by law.
  • Windy All Ame... 2012/06/15 21:33:17
    Windy
    Sending aid to a foreign nation is not a Constitutionally authorized power of the federal government. It is, however, Constitutional for an individual to do.
  • All Ame... Windy 2012/06/15 21:35:16
    All American
    Are you saying it's unconstitutional for our Gov't to offer aid to another country?
  • Windy All Ame... 2012/06/15 21:43:20
    Windy
    +2
    Yes! Constitutionally, ALL the money the fed gov receives in revenue is supposed to go ONLY for the costs of running the government and it is only supposed to be taking from the private sector (businesses and indivudals alike) ONLY the bare amount necessary to run the government. It is NOT supposed to be using taxpayer funds for welfare (foreign or domestic, not for other nations, not companies, not for science or the arts and not for individuals). Go read the Constitution, it clearly lays out the powers and purpose of the federal government and taxing the people to give that money to someone else is not one of the enumerated powers/purposes granted to the fed gov.
  • mich52 Windy 2012/06/16 00:04:05
  • Windy mich52 2012/06/20 07:01:10
    Windy
    Davy Crockett said it best, though he was not the only one to do so. Here is the full text of his speech in congress on the matter of using public funds for charity (welfare):
    http://personalliberty.com/20...
    The Constitution is quite specific about enumerating the things the fed gov is allowed to do, and foreign aid, welfare to the poor or the banks or corporations is NOT allowed! Neither is the fed gov allowed police powers, the Constitution lists only three federal crimes: piracy, treason, and counterfeiting.

    All other police powers are left to the States, with the County Sheriff, Constitutionally, being the highest law enforcement authority in any County (he has authority and power over municipal and State law enforcement personnel and even over the unlawful federal law enforcement agents when they encroach on his/her County).
  • Tink123 2012/06/15 20:51:01
    Reject Law of the Sea Treaty
    Tink123
    +3
    Absurd
  • mich52 2012/06/15 20:36:56
  • jubil8 ... mich52 2012/06/15 22:31:12
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    Me too, mich52. :) Which is what makes me want to say "Approve..." :)
  • BlytheS... mich52 2012/06/16 08:00:56 (edited)
    BlytheSpirit~bn0
    Amen to that!!! I wouldn't believe him if he said, "hello."
  • Catnip "Guru" ∞ 2012/06/15 20:31:00
    Reject Law of the Sea Treaty
    Catnip "Guru" ∞
    +2
    Charity begins at home.
  • ConLibFraud 2012/06/15 20:21:46
    Reject Law of the Sea Treaty
    ConLibFraud
  • Mark5610 2012/06/15 20:20:13
    Reject Law of the Sea Treaty
    Mark5610
    +2
    indian eating a baby ruth


    Feed them Hot Dogs!
  • Christine/Rest in peace Pet... 2012/06/15 19:46:19
    Reject Law of the Sea Treaty
    Christine/Rest in peace Peter Br
    +3
    It is not only a question of spreading our wealth, but of losing our country's sovereignty. Once that is gone, we can never get back what we have signed away. Why are the current people in power so determined to undermine our power as a country, and promote outside influences over the welfare of our citizens? We no longer even put up a fight. Oh you want us to pay out more money for every cook a manny program or idea, no problem we have lots of money to throw away. Oh we are losing individual liberties guaranteed to us in our constitution, oh well, the needs of the global community outweigh the needs of our citizens. Our enemies no longer have to go to war with us, or engage in physical conflicts, they just say boo and we roll over dead willingly.
  • jubil8 ... Christi... 2012/06/15 22:33:59
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    +2
    They don't even have to say "Boo!' They just have to stick out their hand.
  • intolerantrwj 2012/06/15 19:21:43
    Reject Law of the Sea Treaty
    intolerantrwj
    +6
    ..... just one more reason to ....


    get the us out of the un
  • ruthannhausman 2012/06/15 19:21:18
    Reject Law of the Sea Treaty
    ruthannhausman
    +5
    Oh, yeah, let's "share our wealth" with poorer countries equally, as we have been doing all these years, right? Hello? Bullcrap. The United States already doles out monies to poorer countries and oftentimes the U.S. flag is the only marker visible for projects. We need not sign any treaty with any other country for such nonsense. Treaties are merely tools for establishing precedents for outsiders to meddle in American business. Forget it. We are and always have been more than generous. Time for those other countries to jump right on in and start doing their fair share. Right.
  • Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum 2012/06/15 19:12:29 (edited)
    Approve Law of the Sea Treaty
    Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum
    +3
    Asking war criminal Rumsfeld's opinion on matters of international law is like hiring Charles Manson for his opinion on raising healthy well adjusted children. Scumbags like Rumsfeld would love to be able to rape the Earth without any consequences. Privatize gain and socialize costs, thats the name of the game for these motherfu**ers. And in the end, we all lose.
  • bob h. Warren ... 2012/06/15 19:38:19
    bob h.
    +4
    Rummy should be spending his time under the radar, instead of criticizing ANYONE. He should be happy to be out of jail, forget his opinion on foreign policy.
  • Lanikai bob h. 2012/06/15 21:33:43
    Lanikai
    +3
    But he is CORRECT on this treaty, it demands that all first world nations supply the means by which third world nations can be equal.

    It takes OUR right to national waters and National beaches away, and basically makes the US a project of the UN.

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