Mr. Trump, make some bold moves
Friday, February 17, 2017 9:51 AM
President Trump, I have two suggestions that will change the dialogue and allow you to move forward with your agenda in a way that will demonstrate this is a new day.
You are a deal maker. Make the U.N. an offer they can’t refuse. Tell them that keeping their headquarters in New York will cost them big bucks in dues and donations withheld by the U.S. However, if they move their headquarters to Port au Prince, Haiti, we will not only continue our donations, we’ll up them.
I have advocated moving the U.N. headquarters to Port au Prince for a long time. This will fix the Haitian economy in a heartbeat. It will make the U.N. confront the world’s problems face-to-face. It will free up a tremendous amount of congestion in New York.
What’s not to like about this move (as long as you are not a pampered delegate to the U.N.)?
My other suggestion is bigger, grander and solves an uncountable number of problems all at once. Mr. Trump, let’s build a new U.S. capital city in the middle of Kansas. Such a move has been done before – Brazil founded their new capital city of Brasilia in the interior of their country on April 1, 1960. Today, it has a population of over 2.5 million people.
The list of advantages of this initiative are almost too numerous to mention.
First, some new rules can be laid down: No lobbying firms will be allowed in this new city or within 150 miles of it.
Second, news outlets will have to qualify to set up shop in this new city. They will have to pass a certification process, run by the Supreme Court, in order to assure they are balanced in their coverage. They will need to recertify each year.
Third, starting from scratch, all the best state-of-the art (and as best as can be anticipated for the future) cyber-security safeguards can be built in.
Fourth, there will no longer be “flyover country” in the U.S.
Fifth, except for Alaska and Hawaii, this will be a location central to the country.
Sixth, Wichita State (which, granted, has some far-left policies of its own) will be the nearest university. Goodbye, Georgetown.
Seventh, in nearby Hutchinson, there are some great old, very deep salt mines which are already used for archival storage; the government can use them, too.
Eighth, the infrastructure build will be huge – not only will we need a city, we’ll need an airport. Huge boost for the economy of the entire country.
Ninth, it will be a renewal for the country, bringing together the East Coast and the West Coast to a place neither have ever been.
Tenth, the old habits of Washington will be washed away. Washington was central to the country in colonial times, it has been obsolete ever since and has centuries of baggage.
Eleventh, Washington can become the national capital for museums and the arts – still revered, still enjoyed. Just nothing important will happen there.
To dodge criticism, you can affirm that your family will not build or acquire any hotels in this city until you have been out of office for 10 years.
This will be like a grand spring cleaning for the whole country. It will be bold, refreshing and invigorating. It will make us a young country once again.
As for a name, how about Peace? As for location, Pollard, Kansas looks good to me. Nearly the center of the 48 contiguous states.
Jim Thompson, formerly of Marshall, is a graduate of Hillsboro High School and the University of Cincinnati. He resides in Duluth, Ga. and is a columnist for The Highland County Press.