We pride ourselves on having a government of laws, not men. We brag that in this country more people voluntarily comply with the tax laws than in any other nation on earth. How is it, then, that we allow ourselves to be labeled deadbeats at the United Nations by consistently not paying or underpaying our dues?

Indeed, why is it that when faced with meeting our full obligations under international rules, we so often drag our feet? As the world draws ever more tightly together, why do we insist on writing rules for ourselves alone? While there is a temptation to narrow the blame to Congress maybe even to one petty senator who happens to head up the Foreign Relations Committee�there are many more culprits.

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