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The policy committee of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), aka the “Lender of Last Resort,” said the United States should take “urgent action” to address the budget impasse that has blocked approval of legislation to increase the government’s borrowing limit before a fast-approaching Thursday deadline.
Like the worthless United Nations, the International Monetary Fund wants America to raise its debt ceiling. Why you ask? Because our country, which the Liberals in America and around the world decry as the scourge of the Earth, is the country who finances the world!
The IMF uses a quota system to determine how much each member country is obligated to contribute. The United States is by far the biggest donor, contributing nearly 18% to the total, followed by Japan with 6.6% and Germany with 6.1%.
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Anybody think the United States will get a loan from the IMF if we need it? Let me put it another way. When you loan money to your cousin, Pookie, do you ever think you will be able to ask HIM for a loan? Exactly.
Fast Facts on the IMF
- Membership: 188 countries
- Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
- Executive Board: 24 Directors representing countries or groups of countries
- Staff: Approximately 2,670 from 154 countries
- Total quotas: US$360 billion (as of 9/6/13)
- Additional pledged or committed resources: US$1 trillion
- Loans committed (as of 9/6/13): US$233 billion, of which US$162 billion have not been drawn (see table)
- Biggest borrowers (amount agreed as of 9/6/13): Greece, Portugal, Ireland
- Biggest precautionary loans (amount agreed as of 9/6/13): Mexico, Poland, Morocco, Colombia
- Surveillance consultations: In 2011, 122 consultations were discussed and in 2012, 123 consultations were discussed
- Technical assistance: Field delivery in FY2012—246 person years
- Transparency: In 2012, about 91 percent of Article IV and program-related staff reports and policy papers were published (as of 3/20/2013)
- Original aims: Article I of the Articles of Agreement sets out the IMF’s main goals:
- promoting international monetary cooperation;
- facilitating the expansion and balanced growth of international trade;
- promoting exchange stability;
- assisting in the establishment of a multilateral system of payments; and
- making resources available (with adequate safeguards) to members experiencing balance of payments difficulties.
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