Governments are notorious for pretending to be fiscally responsible while in actuality engaging in all sorts of trickery to disguise their free-spending ways. The United Nations being an assemblage of governments, and one with next to no accountability at that, it is hardly surprising that such chicanery runs rampant there as well.
Jerry Brown certainly has experience in government: He has been California's Attorney General, its 34th Governor for two terms, Mayor of Oakland, and now California's 39th Governor. His father was also Governor and his sister was State Treasurer as well as a candidate for Governor. The Browns' political dynasty in California is similar to that of the Kennedys on the other coast.
Thomas E. Woods, Jr., is a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He holds a bachelor's degree in history from Harvard and his M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is the author of eleven books, most recently Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse and Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century. His other books include the New York Times bestsellers Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse and The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, as well as Who Killed the Constitution? The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to George W. Bush (with Kevin R.C. Gutzman), and Sacred Then and Sacred Now: The Return of the Old Latin Mass.
The New York Times has been criticized in recent years for dishonest representation of the news, but that dishonesty apparently has expanded to include its New York Times Bestseller List claims political analyst and former advisor to President Bill Clinton, Dick Morris.