Michele Bachmann dredges up "one world government" paranoia


So Barack Obama goes to the G-20 summit, like U.S. presidents have done every year since 1999, and have done with the G-8 since 1976. By its own estimate, its members currently represent about "90 per cent of global gross national product, 80 per cent of world trade as well as two-thirds of the world's population.

Seems like the kind of place you'd want an American president to be, and to influence. But it's really a prelude to one world government. Really. Michele Bachmann said so herself on the radio:

"So I think clearly this is a very bad direction because when you join the economic policy of different nations, it is one short step to joining political unity and then you would have literally, a one world government," Bachmann told Scott Henen. "I don't want to cede United States authority to a transnational organization."

More via the transcript at ThinkProgress:

If you look at the G20, what they're trying to do is bind together the world's economies. Look how that played out in the European Union when they bound all of those nations economies together and one of the smallest economies, Greece, when they got into trouble, that one little nation is bringing down the entire EU. Well, President Obama is trying to bind the United States into a global economy where all of our nations come together in a global economy. I don't want the United States to be in a global economy where, where our economic future is bound to that of Zimbabwe. I can't, we can't necessarily trust the decisions that are being made financially in other countries.

Actually, if you look at the G20, its members are already coping with the challenge of a global economy where nations are bound together informally whether they like it or not -- but have no legal authority over each others' economies. Middle East oil, anyone? Japanese computers? Latin American sugar? It's members discuss common economic interests, but nothing its members may agree on is legally binding.

That's a far cry from the European Union, with its own council, parliament and currency:

The countries that make up the EU (its 'member states') remain independent sovereign nations but they pool their sovereignty in order to gain a strength and world influence none of them could have on their own. Pooling sovereignty means, in practice, that the member states delegate some of their decision-making powers to shared institutions they have created, so that decisions on specific matters of joint interest can be made democratically at European level.

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