Shut Up And Give The UN More Money

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    Chuckie Shumer has said the US taxpayer need to dig deep and fork over nearly $2 billion to repair the Useless Nations Building

    This from the clown who back in the 90's demanded a Federal investgation into cereal prices

    Chuckie says the UN building is not safe. His solution ? What else, spend a ridiculous amount of money.

    The United Nations is a disaster waiting to happen [ed. Some of us would argue that the disaster that is the UN has been happening for years] _ a potential towering inferno that could be as devastating for workers, staff and visitors as the terror attacks on the World Trade Center’s twin towers, a U.S. senator said Sunday.

    Calling the 39-story, glass-walled Secretariat building on the East River a “firetrap” that violates many sections of New York City’s building code, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and U.S. Ambassador John Bolton should “make it a priority” to force through a $1.6 billion renovation program.

    “The United Nations’ grave state of disrepair may be hidden, but it is putting the health and safety of thousands who work within the building and in the area in a real degree of danger,” Schumer told a news conference on the street in front of the landmark complex.

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    The plan to renovate the complex and bring it up to code has been in talking stages since 2000 but has been bogged down in political and bureaucratic delays, Schumer said, adding that “every day it is not done adds another $225,000 to the cost.”

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    Under the U.N.’s existing assessment formula, the United States would pay 22 percent of the cost of renovation. But the plan has stalled in part over the refusal of Congress to approve expenditures that are not “transparent,” and by the New York state legislature’s rejection of plans for alternative space to house the world body’s operations for three to four years.

    So we pay 22% of $ 1.6 bil…. that’s $352 million. The Pentagon, widely known as the largest office building in the world, is 6.5 million square feet (SF). For $1.6 bil you could build a new Pentagon-sized building for just under $250/sf. That’s a ridiculously high $/sf. The UN building, however, is much smaller, so the $/sf higher still.

    I was in NYC recently. There are millions of empty sf in buildings that are just sitting there unused. Why can’t the UN renovate some of those buildings and rent Madison Square Garden when they need to get together and pass useless resolutions that they don’t backup ?

    I like this idea. (massive understatement alert)

    Developer Donald Trump later offered to do the job for $600 million to $700 million _ half the U.N.’s cost estimate _ manage the project and waive his own fees.

    “They don’t know what they want, they don’t know what they have, they don’t know what they’re doing,” Trump told a Senate hearing.

    “Don’t know what they’re doing”…. no kidding, Don.


    Also, he is asking the US taxpayers pay $4 million to fix up Kofie's pad. Poor guy needs a decent place to live now he will be unemployed starting Jan 1. 2007
     
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    Screw that. Buy about 4000 planes tickets to Switzerland - economy class, of cource - and for about $2.5M you can get the UN out of the US for good!
     
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    So republicans are against the U.N.? Which republican is advocating pulling out?
     
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    Ron Paul
     
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    Is he in office now? Just wondering.
     
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    yeah. He's good.
     
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    :clap2: :clap2: absolutely works for me , and i'll contribute the first dollar bill
     
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    I will raise you five bucks and throw in ten libs to go along for the ride
     
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    US participation in UN must stop.Now.
     
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    Yeah, he was just reelected to the house. He's not really much of a republican, in the modern sense of the word though.
     

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