Another U.N. joke
It's bad enough that the perpetually money-grubbing United Nations has its eye on constructing a new building next to its existing Tower of Babble. Now New York officials are cheering what inevitably will be another U.N. mission through U.S. pockets.
The "boon" from this surefire boondoggle would be millions of dollars for New York. And that would pay to complete the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway along the East River, according to The New York Times. The city and state have until Oct. 10 to come to terms on the land deal.
"(W)e think mathematically this is a win," says New York state Sen. Liz Krueger. But not for taxpayers.
U.N. projects notoriously run overbudget. In this case, U.S. taxpayers, who foot almost a quarter of the U.N. budget, would be shish-kebabed for the lion's share of a new building that, as yet, has no cost estimate. Brett D. Schaefer of The Heritage Foundation lowballs the figure at $400 million plus $65 million for the adjacent New York property.
And the Obama administration is supposed to follow New York down this U.N. rathole just so the Big Apple can gain a scenic esplanade?
Start spreadin' the news: Taxpayers should have no part of it, New York. And if Turtle Bay has a problem with that, let it find a new home elsewhere -- and a new patsy to pay for it.
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