One can build up a fine building with the right foundation. Think of Trump Tower in NYC. The foundation goes right down to bedrock. You can't build something like that in a swamp. Now if you drain a swamp, you can build up a nice foundation, just like what was done in Washington, D.C. The Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the reflecting pool. The later is a great place to reflect upon the foundations of our great nation. What we need to do in NYC now is to drain the swamp, build a new building. That is why I propose:
Trump Tower 2: Mogadishu.
Yes, you read that correctly. Not NYC – that is the swamp that needs draining. Starting with the UN Headquarters. You can imagine just what kind of creatures inhabit that tired old edifice. Their walls walls proclaim their credentials: John F. Kennedy School of Government, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Oxford University, Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement, École Normale Supérieure. Their bellies full, their pockets lined, their iphones at the ready. They nobly sally forth from NYC to Washington, D.C., to Brussels to Bern and Geneva. There and back again. From the sanctuary of the UN Headquarters to the UNESCO and OECD, to Paris.
I love Paris. Especially in the springtime. The weather is fine, the women spectacular. The food, ah the food. So much better than say, Mogadishu.
No one calls it Mogadishu there, simply "Mog." Well that's what they said in the Hollywood version anyway. None of the UN people I know have ever been there. Apparently the best place to reduce poverty, help refugees or work to end the spread of HIV is in one of the richest and most expensive cities in the world: NYC, or Geneva, or Paris. You get the idea.
You sure don't expect the well credentialed to live and work amongst those they are bound and determined to help, do you, really? Yeah, me too. Why the one thing against the Mog that prevents it from being right up there with the great civilizations of the West: Lack of Diversity. Why you can't even get a good bagel in the Mog. That's important too, for that work life balance for those well, well paid UN employees out to help the people of the poorer nations of this Earth. We must have our priorities in order, mustn't we?
Now some cynic might point out that there are fine capable people on the continent of Africa. They are right, too. They are also right to point out that the cost of living is one heck of a lot lower in Somalia than NYC, or Bern, or any other city where the UN elite live. Just think of how far the money will go. Then think of the jobs, jobs, jobs. In Africa, for Africans, that will be created when the UN builds Trump Tower 2 as a replacement for that aged and over priced real estate that currently houses the UN Development Programs. Think of the money to be saved by the UN when the staff is paid in the local prevailing wage. Even if they are over paid by local standards it's still the kind of high paying, high value jobs the Mog so desperately needs. And think of the benefits of …. Diversity.
This is truly a win-win proposal. To prevent any possible concern of impropriety, emoluments complaints or just plain concerns over graft (I'm sure that is a great concern to UN employees everywhere) we should find a new name. Maybe the UN should call it the Obama Center. Now that is a name that inspires hope for change – and transparency – that we can all believe in.
Trump Tower 2: Mogadishu. I'm sure Putin would approve. I wonder what Li Keqiang thinks of the idea?