Is the United Nations a worthwhile financial investment for the United States?

The United Nations (U.N.) is a global organization that works to keep peace and promote humanitarian issues. The U.N., since it is not technically under a single country’s jurisdiction, is funded in part by each member. The funding is supposed to be based on the GDP, population, and annual income of each individual country. This means that the United States provides nearly 25% of the U.N.’s annual budget, equaling to about 8 million dollars. Additionally, the amount of decision-making power is often directly related to the financial contributions of the country. Recently, the U.N. has come under fire for failing to produce long-term peace in places like Africa and the Middle East and to meet all of their Millennium Development Goals. Even with the President Trump’s recent visit to the U.N. reignited a discussion that he started on his campaign: Is the United Nations a worthwhile financial investment for the United States?

Those in favor of supporting the U.N. financially believe that the U.S. backing of the organization is critical for it continue its mission of keeping peace, championing humanitarian issues throughout the world, fighting hunger, supporting a quality education and healthcare among the world’s poorest populations.

However, those against the United States’ continued financial support of the U.N. note the failed peacekeeping operations and inability to reach all of its Millennium Development Goals that were set in 2000 make the organization a bad investment.

What do you think, is the United Nations a worthwhile financial investment for the United States?

Current Standings:
Yes: 70%
No: 30%
  • Hunter from Montana

    Yes, it is very important for the United States to be involved in the United Nations organization for many reasons. The United States is looked up to by many other countries, nations, and territories and is expected to be the big brother of the world. The United States is the largest financial contributor making up 20% of the U.N. budget, coming ahead of Japan at less than 10%. However, after calculating that the Untied States cost is about 2.45 cents per citizen to be involved with the United Nations, I concluded this is a cheap price to pay to be involved with a higher society that keeps world peace, develops international relationships, and improves the lives of people in poverty. I do believe that the financial contributions from each country involved should vary much less than they do now. But if this is not attainable globally I believe the United States should take a great amount of pride in being the largest financial contributor to such a complex and essential intergovernmental organization.

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    Yes, it is very important for the United States to be involved in the United Nations organization for many reasons. The United States is looked up to …

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  • Veronica from Michigan

    I believe that for the bigger picture of the UN, it installs a world unity and stabilizes peace. Although there are many inner issues, working towards fixing those issues is the first step and the U.S. withdrawing from the UN will not fix anything.

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    I believe that for the bigger picture of the UN, it installs a world unity and stabilizes peace. Although there are many inner issues, working toward…

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  • Bob from Michigan

    Yes, because if , in the future, something terrible happens within America in the far future, they will be there to assist us

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  • Joseph from Michigan

    I cannot imagine this world without the peacekeeping, food, health and other humanitarian efforts of the UN. “Rich” nations are responsible to do their part rather than just keep developing and getting richer. Right?

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    I cannot imagine this world without the peacekeeping, food, health and other humanitarian efforts of the UN. “Rich” nations are responsible to do the…

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  • YADIRA from California

    I think is a great idea just incase of an emergency an alliance won’t hurt.

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  • Alejandro from Pennsylvania

    i agree with this because the United States is doing everything they can to help out the U.N and to help the rest of the world. even though we are not agreeing with Africa and The Middle East we still send them supplies to help their country. we still help some countries that hate us but do we care n, we still will help them out because that’s what we do.

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    i agree with this because the United States is doing everything they can to help out the U.N and to help the rest of the world. even though we are no…

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  • izy from Kansas

    The United States is in debt. We should focus on making that go down before giving some to other countries when they don’t need it as bad as others

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  • Raychel from Montana

    This argument is very well thought out and applicable to today’s society! Very informative!

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  • Rachel from Arizona

    Yes I do believe this is a worthwhile investment for the United States. The reason being is because we only benefit from it. We are able to minimize events that occur and help those that are hungry and try and keep peace. I believe this investment is well worth the

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    Yes I do believe this is a worthwhile investment for the United States. The reason being is because we only benefit from it. We are able to minimize e…

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  • Bailee from Montana

    Many people talk of the future planning on there being one. To have a future that is worth being there, the nations need to come together to form peace. The United Nations was made to keep the peace. I think that The United States should be involved with trying to “keep the peace.” We are a powerhouse of the world. Being on top gives us the responsibility to protect nations that do not have the means to protect themselves. The United Nations should be the ones to step in and keep the peace. To be able to do this, the United Nations need a strong relationship with America for the funding, support, and overall knowledge.

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    Many people talk of the future planning on there being one. To have a future that is worth being there, the nations need to come together to form peac…

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  • Kate from Montana

    I agree to financially support the U.N. simply because of ensuring peace. also to help with the conditions of humanitarian issues. I also believe that helping countries with hunger issues is more just and a priority.

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    I agree to financially support the U.N. simply because of ensuring peace. also to help with the conditions of humanitarian issues. I also believe that…

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  • rayrobert from Montana

    Yes, i do feel it is very important that we keep involved with the U.N. because they are playing a big part in supporting our economy by having a impact on the big problems that we are suffering from.

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    Yes, i do feel it is very important that we keep involved with the U.N. because they are playing a big part in supporting our economy by having a impa…

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  • Kianna from Montana

    Yes, it is extremely important to keep this commitment in the United Nations because it promotes world peace, fights against hunger, and helps provide quality schooling and healthcare for those countries who can not for themselves.

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    Yes, it is extremely important to keep this commitment in the United Nations because it promotes world peace, fights against hunger, and helps provide…

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  • Jaelynn from Montana

    Yes because if anything happens to the United States the UN will be there to help us, it will also make peace within us.

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  • Chris from Montana

    Yes, it is beneficial for the United States to have the back up of other countries.

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  • Ben from Texas

    The U.N, as an international organization of countries that promote peace between countries, is not only a worthwhile financial investment for the United States, but also is an organization that stands for everything the United States has stood for since the beginning of it’s creation. The United States, a country liberated from what the citizens believed to be an unjust government, has always helped other countries gain freedoms that they haven’t recently had. For example, they fought in the Vietnam war to help give Vietnamese who wanted freedoms freedoms we believed were fundamental and necessary. And, as the United States continues to support other countries, through the U.N, countries not previously developed would develop, bringing new technology and revenue back to the United States, with higher primary and secondary school graduation in foreign countries. Therefore, in the long run, the United States would greatly benefit from continuing to support and participate in the U.N.

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    The U.N, as an international organization of countries that promote peace between countries, is not only a worthwhile financial investment for the Uni…

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  • Wesley from Montana

    Yes. I believe that we should keep funding the United Nations because we fund about 25% of there annual budget meaning that we supply a bit of money towards them and I think it’s good that we are involved. They are content of making peace within there Nation and we should support that because who doesn’t want peace? If we stay with them maybe in the future they will evolve into a better Nation and we’ll be able to help. We should help no matter their situation because it makes us helpful. One day we can make a difference and we need to keep supporting them. People waste money everyday so providing 8 million dollars to a good cause is alright in my book.

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    Yes. I believe that we should keep funding the United Nations because we fund about 25% of there annual budget meaning that we supply a bit of money …

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  • John from Montana

    Well, Unity is a key factor for survival. If we were to suddenly change into a “Every man for themselves, all it would would accomplish is dividing us from well needed allies. Having allies to depend on for support is an ability that can help millions of people. Although they may be falling short the attempt is proof enough that the U.N. has been nothing but a positive force that can only help. Though a re-work may be required to assist in completing its goal, continued funding will make an impact though the current price should suffice.

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    Well, Unity is a key factor for survival. If we were to suddenly change into a “Every man for themselves, all it would would accomplish is dividing us…

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  • Aleena from Montana

    Yes, because if anything happens in the United States UN will be there to help us.

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  • Morgan from Montana

    Yes, by supporting the UN we are keeping the peace between countries. Also by supporting them and making it better it will help keep more immigrants from wanting to come to the United States. The United Nations have a lot allies and if we stop supporting them then we will have more enemies then we need.

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    Yes, by supporting the UN we are keeping the peace between countries. Also by supporting them and making it better it will help keep more immigrants f…

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  • nobody from Montana

    we should because we need to give people money with everybody who is not financially stable and needs welfare and health care that is easier to access because we can barely afford to pay for food and our rent and everything else we have to do

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    we should because we need to give people money with everybody who is not financially stable and needs welfare and health care that is easier to acces…

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  • Susep from Montana

    Susep from Montana

    i belive its an important step in the direction of peace and helps keep the peace. also it brings the total of the 193 states toghether to talk exercise and work out issues and keep the things that work going in the right direction.

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    Susep from Montana

    i belive its an important step in the direction of peace and helps keep the peace. also it brings the total of the 193 states t…

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  • Jacob from Montana

    As of now, being a member of the U.N. is good for our country. It gives us an alliance of countries that will work together which is good because we all know that war is inevitable. In the event of a war or conflict we know that we are not alone and that we have somebody to work with. Of course there are flaws with the system and if we had a better alternative we should initiate it but as of now, the U.N. it the best alliance to be in.

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    As of now, being a member of the U.N. is good for our country. It gives us an alliance of countries that will work together which is good because we a…

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  • jeremiah from Montana

    I think that stay with the united nations is a good thing because we would have allies and access to more recourse than what we have now in our country at this moment. Plus we can work with a group of other nations to solve global problems.

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    I think that stay with the united nations is a good thing because we would have allies and access to more recourse than what we have now in our count…

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  • Shealyn from Montana

    Yes it is smart for the United States to invest in the United Nations because if not, we could accumulate many enemies very quickly. Also, we do not need to put up too much money to support them.

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    Yes it is smart for the United States to invest in the United Nations because if not, we could accumulate many enemies very quickly. Also, we do not n…

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  • olive from California

    I believe that the UN should be kept, but have a major revamp and possible restaff. I agree with the basis of what the UN promises to do, but the words don’t meet the actions. Taxpayers money is poured into the UN and minimal action occurs.

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    I believe that the UN should be kept, but have a major revamp and possible restaff. I agree with the basis of what the UN promises to do, but the word…

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  • Christina from Michigan

    I agree with the ethics and values of UN – to bring world peace – but I do strongly think it needs more improvement and faster action.

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  • Julia from Michigan

    I believe that tremendous changes need to be made internally but the United Nations should not be rid of all together.

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  • Nolan from Hawaii

    I think the UN is important to have in case of any future conflict.

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  • Isiah from Montana

    Yes, I believe that the United Nations is exceedingly important to fund and keep going in posterity. This is because of the Millennium Development Goals that have been set forward and acted upon by the United Nations which has ensured that over half of the total population of children living in third world countries have received vaccinations which ensures that they have an increased survival rate to adulthood and beyond. Additionally the United Nations has served to help create a more universal education level, reduce poverty and hunger, improve the chances that mothers survive childbirth and have children that are healthy, the United Nations is also working to create more awareness about the ecosystem and helps to mitigate the effects of pollution which is essential for our future generations to be able to survive here and prosper.

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    Yes, I believe that the United Nations is exceedingly important to fund and keep going in posterity. This is because of the Millennium Development Goa…

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  • Shade from Montana

    The United Nations has a well cause, and the U.S. is struggling in all sorts of ways so far, it’d be not-so-fun on our behalf to ditch all of that for the favor of our money. Although a certain someone is cramping our already-sort-of-bad image right now, we could really use the support of the United Nations, and the U.N. needs the support of our country. With war creeping up on us, and another conflict on our backs; it’d be VERY bad to leave our allies in the struggle we pitched in for. It’d be a shame to leave our ally countries to their own while trying to fix the problems the U.N. have right now. Though it can bruise us financially, the United Nations could help us settle the wars and disputes of the Middle East, we just have to be willing to keep up with said United Nations.

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    The United Nations has a well cause, and the U.S. is struggling in all sorts of ways so far, it’d be not-so-fun on our behalf to ditch all of that for…

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  • Kelea from Montana

    I believe that the investing in the UN financially is about more than just reaching goals that were set at the beginning of a millennia. We must understand that it takes time and support to obtain these goals. However, the UN is about more than just keeping peace and providing humanitarian aid. I believe that the UN is symbolic of unity and the ability for countries to support one another to create a better world. The US cannot have a “every man for himself” mind set, because whether we like it or not, we are not isolated and must interact with other countries. As one of the wealthiest nations in the world, we need to work with other to make a peaceful world and contribute to the global well being. Additionally, if the US were ever to come across hard times, it can be reassuring to have the support of the UN because we have contributed in the past. We cannot turn our back on the rest of the world if we do not want them to turn their backs on us. Each country cannot work one to make the world happy, we must work together. The US has a history of supporting unity, we must “Join or Die.”

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    I believe that the investing in the UN financially is about more than just reaching goals that were set at the beginning of a millennia. We must under…

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  • Grace from Montana

    Yes I believe that us helping the United Nations is a big role for the United States. I believe this because the UN is stabilizing peace and in the future when we get into a pickle with another country, we will have allies there to help assist us.

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    Yes I believe that us helping the United Nations is a big role for the United States. I believe this because the UN is stabilizing peace and in the fu…

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  • Courtnee from Montana

    The United Nations is important for the United States involved with. If we were to exit out of the the U.N. there could be larger consequence such as losing the peace agreements and could potentially be attacked. I do understand that the U.S. is supporting and being used by the U.N. in a way by taking our funds. However you have to give to get.

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    The United Nations is important for the United States involved with. If we were to exit out of the the U.N. there could be larger consequence such as …

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  • Marissa from Montana

    I believe the UN is stepping outside of the box to continue creating world unity and stabilizing peace between countries. If the US decides to leave the UN, peace and unity won’t fix anything. The world is small and full of poverty ridden countries that happiness and peace is what the UN is focusing on.

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    I believe the UN is stepping outside of the box to continue creating world unity and stabilizing peace between countries. If the US decides to leave t…

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  • Tanna from Montana

    I voted yes because if something terrible happens to The United States in our future then they will be there to protect us.

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  • Spencer from Montana

    It would be in the United States best interest to invest in the UN in order to maintain the peace we have and remain allies with other countries.

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  • Savanah from Montana

    The United States involvement in the United Nations keeps the peace; along with humanitarian issues! The goals set up after war, were meant to help other countries and more considerate to other nations. On a different stand point however, if the United States were to be excluded from the United Nations; there would be no more peace; likely a chance for a war! The United States is a very big power, and as a young women in this society, war is not something I want to go through. If we stay involved, in a case of events war becomes of us; we have alliances through the United Nations.

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    The United States involvement in the United Nations keeps the peace; along with humanitarian issues! The goals set up after war, were meant to help ot…

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  • Me from Montana

    I believe that for the bigger picture of the UN, it installs a world unity and stabilizes peace. Although there are many inner issues, working towards fixing those issues is the first step and the U.S. withdrawing from the UN will not fix anything.

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    I believe that for the bigger picture of the UN, it installs a world unity and stabilizes peace. Although there are many inner issues, working towards…

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  • sethdaddy from Montana

    This could help the US in many ways. This could be a strong alliance to have.

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  • Teagan from Montana

    The UN is a huge asset to the United States. In perspective to other expenses $8 million a year is not that much. Yes the UN has failed at certain times but it is impossible to keep total peace. If we were to break away from the UN many countries wouldn’t be held accountable for their actions and we could potentially make a lot of enemies.

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    The UN is a huge asset to the United States. In perspective to other expenses $8 million a year is not that much. Yes the UN has failed at certain tim…

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  • Elijah from Montana

    I believe that all nations can work together if we try. Keeping the peace, and working together to transcend to something greater. If we all work together, who knows what the future will hold for our world. If something tragically should happen to any country, we can be there to support them. I mean, we would want the same from them right? You can’t change a tire on a car without support to lift the car.

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    I believe that all nations can work together if we try. Keeping the peace, and working together to transcend to something greater. If we all work toge…

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  • Talon from Montana

    We need to help the world to stay peace. 8 million dollars is not a large amount of money that the government spends.

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  • William from Montana

    we helping out to make world peace. we are not spending not that much money

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  • Brendon from Montana

    The UN is there to organize and insure peace in the world.And if something was to happen they would be there to assist us.

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  • Bryant from Montana

    The UN is a global organization that keeps peace between countries. The United States benefits directly because we can communicate with others. This was a great financial investment to keep us safe and protected.

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    The UN is a global organization that keeps peace between countries. The United States benefits directly because we can communicate with others. This w…

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  • katherine from Montana

    The UN does so much good and the U.S. brings in 25% of their income if we leave and take that money just because they are struggling with one goal we would be hurting more people than helping anyone.

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    The UN does so much good and the U.S. brings in 25% of their income if we leave and take that money just because they are struggling with one goal we …

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  • nicholas from Montana

    We are all people and we need to work together to become one with our neighbors. we need to be friends.

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  • Cole from Montana

    yes because the united nations is a very important part of the world and crucial to this country. even though we may pay out eight million per year to this organization i believe that its worth it to have bondage with strong countries around the world that we can have support from in case of a war.

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    yes because the united nations is a very important part of the world and crucial to this country. even though we may pay out eight million per year to…

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  • Micalann from Montana

    Yes, its always good to have the United Nations just as a precaution.

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  • Jane from Michigan

    Yes. The good outweighs the bad, period.

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  • Lucas from Utah

    We need to keep out peer and alliance with the U.N because we will never know when we as the U.S will need their help.

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  • Chase from Oklahoma

    I feel that immigration is a very delicate topic. On one hand one may see it as something that the US needs to allow because of our vast opportunity and living conditions. I think that we should allow a limited amount of immigrants per month. Open immigrations would not be a good idea, overpopulation and loss of jobs would be a huge factor in a world of open immigration. The US unemployment rate is already high enough, poverty is rising and homelessness/ joblessness is getting worse each day. This problem will not be fixed, but exponentially increased if open immigration is allowed.

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    I feel that immigration is a very delicate topic. On one hand one may see it as something that the US needs to allow because of our vast opportunity a…

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  • Lauren from Arizona

    America is a country that promotes freedom of speech, equality and the ability to grow and prosper. By supporting the UN we are also supporting the push for peace. Yes, we should still be helping with funding because peace is something we have been fighting for for so long. Why would we not show our support financially to a group that is still working towards that.

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    America is a country that promotes freedom of speech, equality and the ability to grow and prosper. By supporting the UN we are also supporting the pu…

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  • Malicka from Kentucky

    The United Nations is something we should invest in. Not only will it help our relations with other countries, but it will give us new allies. In this day and age, working together with other nations is growing more and more important. The United Nations enables us to strengthen the relationships we already have, and foster new ones.

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    The United Nations is something we should invest in. Not only will it help our relations with other countries, but it will give us new allies. In this…

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  • Hannah from Kansas

    I believe the United Nations is very critical to the United States. Although some may see it as setting us back even further financially, if we didn’t obtain peace, we would be constantly fearful. If we didn’t secure neutrality and something were to happen, we would spend far more than we would to prevent it. Most of the government’s budget goes to the military. During a time of war, I don’t want to know how much it would skyrocket. If another country were to overthrow our government, who knows what would happen to our finances. Along with simply being able to sleep at night, peace with other countries could actually help our financial state. If we were in need of borrowing money, having alliances would be very helpful. Not having any alliances only separates everyone further and would most likely create violence, hatred, and a thirst for power.

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    I believe the United Nations is very critical to the United States. Although some may see it as setting us back even further financially, if we didn’…

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  • Kiry from Montana

    Theoretically, the U.N would have been a great thing, uniting nations into agreement with one another. Yet it is like communism. Works theoretically, but when applied to reality, it has many more failures than successes. Take for example the peacekeeping forces that the U.N has deployed. What have they actually done to ensure peace in other countries? Their failures condemn the U.N to scrutiny and less and less countries would be involved as their faith starts to deteriorate in their ability to control and handle foreign problems that require a strong military aid. Due to confessions that the U.N has released, their peacekeepers neither did their job, nor held the peace in foreign countries. Maybe if their peacekeepers held more power and were allowed to use force to ensure the peace, than the U.N would be a very worthwhile investment as it would help free U.S troops from fighting conflicts that the U.N should be the ones to solve.

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    Theoretically, the U.N would have been a great thing, uniting nations into agreement with one another. Yet it is like communism. Works theoretically, …

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  • Richard from Louisiana

    The United States is a world renowned power, and has been viewed that way for quite some time. We have a place at the table among top negotiating nations, but that place is not with the UN. The United Nations is a black whole for U.S investment, and it seems as if we are the only one ever depositing. We should reallocate our money towards our own foreign affairs.

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    The United States is a world renowned power, and has been viewed that way for quite some time. We have a place at the table among top negotiating nati…

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  • Tyler from Oklahoma

    The United States would be a great World Peace Oranization if it was not a useless congression of bickering and leftist moving ideas. Progress has not been made since the democratic movement has struck the world including socialist ideas and the idea that everything can be made free. This has led to costly environmental efforts that are slow moving and are considered by many organizations to be a “way to bail out third-world socialist countries without leaving a money trail” and can only be made great again through an inpour of views that are curredntly not prominant in the organization.

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    The United States would be a great World Peace Oranization if it was not a useless congression of bickering and leftist moving ideas. Progress has not…

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  • Ethan from Kansas

    The U.S. should not pay as much to the U.N. The U.S. pays way too much to U.N. we do the most for the U.N. with military and help and everything plus we keep better track on it. The countries that are the reason we have the United Nations pay less. The United Kingdom one big reason we the United Nation because of their stupid treaty of Versillsas caused Germany’s economy to collapse and Germany start WW2, and then you Italy and Japan who are another reason we have the United Nations. They all don’t pay much at all the U.K. and Italy pay less than 5% of the budget and Germany, Japan pay less than 10% of the budget. They don’t contribute much of anything to the United Nations. Where as the United States does a lot with help and military plus they pay a lot too. Example Iraq Sadam Husain violated 13 UN violations the UN didn’t investigate until the US came. And we even help with natural disaster. And when military is needed the UN does nothing and the US does it example gas attacks on Syria UN nothing US does something. And it has made other countries weaker. Example North Korean missile flies over Japan. Japan does nothing at all. Because they expect the U.S. too do it. The United States does so much for the UN and the world yet they don’t have much power in the UN. In my opinion to build it up and help others better and make other countries tougher the US needs to leave the UN.

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    The U.S. should not pay as much to the U.N. The U.S. pays way too much to U.N. we do the most for the U.N. with military and help and everything plus …

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  • Gideon from Oklahoma

    The UN is not a good investment. They violate our soveirnty, mistreat Israel and never accomplish anything. This is just a globalist investment for corrupt bureaucrats and corporations to generate cash for George-Soros-types.

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    The UN is not a good investment. They violate our soveirnty, mistreat Israel and never accomplish anything. This is just a globalist investment for co…

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  • Hayden from Texas

    The United States shouldn’t be pumping that much money into the U.N. We should be investing in it some, but not enough to make up 25% of its budget. We should stay in it because it can create allies for the U.S. that we haven’t, but we don’t need to be an international ambulance for hurting countries. I believe there is an equilibrium we must reach, involved but not too involved.

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    The United States shouldn’t be pumping that much money into the U.N. We should be investing in it some, but not enough to make up 25% of its budget. …

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  • Ashley from Colorado

    The United States is in debt. We should focus on making that go down before giving some to other countries when they don’t need it as bad as others

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  • Jarrett from Montana

    Although the Untied Nations is a large organization, the United states is a world renowned superpower with the power to build or destroy almost all it sets eyes upon. So when it comes down to investment why would the US join the United Nations when joining would put the US in the situation to be called upon for war if needed? Overall with considering the overall power behind our great country it would be in general a complete waste of time. One of the United Nations main goals is to stop the use of Nuclear weapons but as everyone currently reading this knows if it came down to the wire to our people being destroyed we would use nuclear weapons . In war nothing is fair and just by signing a document does not mean in times of crisis we would not use our given powers. For example if a third world country launched a Nuclear weapon at US do you think we will sit around and say “Oh look at that to bad i cant do anything because i signed a piece of paper and they didn’t ” NO, we could counter their attack. In the history of Humanity we have tried to account for mistakes and have peace but in the end all leads to destruction its just a matter of time before it calls again. Man is a destroyer and a endless machine that lusts for power. So no the United Nations would be a pointless waste of money for our great nation, better we use it for the good of our own people.

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  • Garrison from Montana

    On paper, The United Nations seems as if it were to be a successful operation. However, internal conflicts and disagreements among the leaders have caused the United Nations to suffer more than gain. Their original goal has yet to be fulfilled. I would like the United States to still be a part of the United Nations, especially if some form of attack on United States soil occurs. I will reject this opinion if change does not occur sometime in the near future. The United Nations were meant to uphold the peace among foreign countries, yet foreign and native countries are still under attack from terrorism.

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  • Ethan from Montana

    From what I have seen in the world today, the UN was made with a good purpose in mind. The problem is the countries running it have done nothing to promote the worldwide peace they went out to execute. With countries in Africa undergoing constant civil war and famine with nothing being done to solve the underlying issues of the greedy leadership of these countries, it comes into question why the UN exists. Is it for the peace and serenity of the world or is just the peace and serenity for the West? Even if it is just to uphold peace within the Western countries it fails to do even that. With terrorism spreading out from the Middle East which is consuming the entire region and devastating European, North and South American and African countries, it puts the UN into the spotlight. With so many problems in the world this “peacekeeping” union hasn’t seemed to do anything really productive in the long or short run. Perhaps it simply needs reformed, or even perhaps it needs to be disbanded.

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  • Gabriella from Montana

    We should distribute our money towards our own foreign affairs.

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  • Samuel from Montana

    The U.N. is a great idea if it could actually control peace in a world of chaos, yet this is just another fallacy that the world created with great intentions. We have a total of 193 countries in the U.N. right now and the U.S. is contributing 8 billion dollars a year directly to the U.N. making the United States the largest provider of financial contributions to the United Nations, providing 22 percent of the UN budget in 2015, and 28 percent of the peacekeeping budget. With all the countries involved and the amount of money we are contributing why is there still so many acts of terrorism happening every day. The last act of terrorism was on September 15, 2017, where bucket bombs exploded on a London subway, causing mass panic and flash burns. At least 22 people were injured, besides that more than 20 million people in Nigeria, south Sudan, Somalia and Yemen are going hungry. The U.N. says it needs at least 4.4 billion dollars by the end of July to avert a catastrophe. We have payed nearly double the amount that the U.N. claims they need to prevent this catastrophe, why have these people not been helped? Why has the U.N. not helped create peace between the countries. The U.S. and North Korea have been exchanging alarmingly confrontational statements in recent weeks, fueling fears a miscalculation could lead to open military conflict and eventually nuclear warfare. The U.S. involved in a nuclear war would contradict everything we did in the U.N. and besides that we would also have to deal with China the big brother to North Korea. So no I don’t see the United Nations being a worthwhile financial investment for the United States. We can take the money we annually pay the U.N. and focus on problems within our own country. Also we can address world problems head on without having the U.N. as a middle man. Taking the world’s problems in our own hands to prevent and solve. The U.N. was a great idea to start with but it just hasn’t worked, it’s about time we take things into our own hands.

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  • Sterling from Montana

    The United States pays 22% of the total UN budget. What we get for our $3 billion a year is a corrupt organization whose dysfunctional and hostile agencies are united in opposing us around the world.
    The United Nations does only two things consistently and effectively: waste money and bash Israel. Sometimes it manages to do both at the same time.
    The UN has struggled for a long time to bring peace to Africa and the middle east, while the UN is a Great idea, to unite the nations but we aren’t actually UNITING THE NATIONS its more of a cool kids club where the kids with the most money decide what they get to do and where that money goes

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  • Thomas from Montana

    The U.N. would be great… if it was effective. The committee of all countries does seem like a good way to come together as a planet to solve problems, but in the trial of their problem-solving they seem to not come to full agreements. Leaving the possible real solutions at a dead-lock. How long has Africa had problems? At this point haven’t we realized that starvation and poverty is a part of African life? The world shouldn’t tolerate how poorly they live, no one should live that way. With all of the world’s money put into this organization,you would think a lot of the world’s problems with this type of stuff would be fixed. As a peace-keeping organization, I feel like we haven’t been that peaceful in the modern world. Why does terrorism keep happening? Not just to us, but to the Middle East. People are dying every day from terrorism. There is constant chaos, this peace-keeping organization has not been keeping peace. This world shouldn’t be every man for himself, but the U.N. is not the way.

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  • Nathan from Montana

    The U.N. has good intentions there is no doubt about that because there goals are literally peace throughout. But at this point in time investing that amount of money into something that is striving for peace doesn’t exactly seem effect in a time where Europe seems to have a terrorist attack about every other week and nuclear war only seems to be a few tweets away.

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  • Chase from Montana

    While the idea of having a worldwide peace organization is great on paper, we have seemed to make it evident that it will only be good there. Its been shown that we can’t even keep the peace in some of our own countries. If we can’t even keep some level of peace in our own countries, the United Nations most certainly can’t maintain world peace. Not to mention the money that we dump into the organization could be put to straightening out our own economy. Not building a wall, per se, but fixing roads, providing education funds. Things that have been neglected for quite some time now

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  • Kelly from California

    Most of the United Nations funds go to the employees and their safety so many of the goals are never reached. The corruption is seemingly never ending as officers are rarely fired or replaced even if they do a poor job. Policy goes above help in many instances and although there are good intentions, the preferred result is rarely accomplished. The U.N. relies heavily on the U.S. as America gives 28% of the U.N. funds which takes away the opportunity for other countries to step up and make a difference because they are closer to the situation.

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  • Katie from Kansas

    I think that UN has the right idea but in order to be an investment there needs to be a major form within the business.

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  • Tyler from Montana

    The UN is not with holding there ground on the Peace section when it was formed. The UN is becoming very irrelevant with what is happening in today’s world, The US is talking about “nuking” North Korea. With that China is sheltering rogue nations like North Korea and if we chose to do such things like that of nuking the not only are we are walking over the UN but we are having China tun there back on us and making them very livid towards us.

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  • Jaryn from Montana

    The United Nation is not doing it’s job especially now with the North Korea Declaring war upon the US. The UN’s job is to keep peace and so far it doesn’t seem to be the case. If we don’t keep the peace between the countries which will concave upon itself creating anarchy with all continents.

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  • Maddi from Michigan

    I think that the UN has the right idea but in order to be a worth while investment, there needs to be major form within the organization.

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  • Jesse from Tennessee

    The UN was founded for reasons that are superb, and looks very good on paper, However it has failed in its goal to keep the peace of the world. The UN has so many conflicting goals by its many different members that it cant truly cause and lasting change for peace. The United states provides the vast majority of the funding, and our troops take the main brunt of any conflict that the UN engages in. This means that the US also takes the brunt of the negative reactions to the military conflicts. Our founding fathers, and past presidents warned against getting involved in world affairs because we would get dragged into all of the worlds conflicts and we would be better off placing more focus on our own affairs, and realocate our resources to better benefit our own people.

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  • John from Iowa

    The UN is made up of nations with very different agendas than that of the United States, many of them at odds with our own, such as China and Russia. The UN gives leverage to those nations to take advantage of our more structured system of governance and force on us and our citizens prohibitions and regulations not consistent with our freedoms and beliefs.

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  • Tiana from Georgia

    The U.S. most likely is putting their money towards redundant causes, as the U.N. doesn’t always use the finances for the most appropriate reasons

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