The city has spent more than $400,000 in police costs to deal with the Occupy Philadelphia protest on the west side of City Hall, Nutter administration officials estimated Tuesday. The figure includes $164,000 in police overtime through the first five days of the protest – the bulk of the city’s out-of-pocket costs – and an additional $237,000 for the plainclothes and uniformed officers stationed at Dilworth Plaza and other City Hall locations on their regular shifts.
“In one sense the added cost is the overtime number, but there is also a deployment issue – the officers are here instead of other places,” said Mayor Nutter’s spokesman, Mark McDonald. Now entering its seventh day, the demonstration has drawn several hundred people or more to City Hall during peak periods each day. The number of tents that provide overnight accommodations increased to about 100 from 80 over the weekend. LINK
Ok so who hasn’t had their fill of these assclowns by now? The desperate democrats and their union pawns have set about taking their class warfare message to the next level. The economy is in the tank and Obama hasn’t a clue how to fix it. He can’t even get his own Senate to pass another of his tax and spend schemes. He is totally discredited at this point. His hand-picked Attorney General Eric Holder is taking the first steps of what will hopefully turn into a perp walk for this arrogant incompetence. His willful lying to Congress about gun running into Mexico only ensures a big scandal is just going to get bigger.
But the real scandal is the protests that we now know are backed by this administration. We are now seeing the violence that I predicted was only a matter of time. Since average Americans are avoiding these hippy drum circles like the plague and few among the protestors know why they are even there (other than they were kicked out of someones basement) the protests are dwindling. Despite MSM claims (like the insipid Diane Sawyer) that the Occupy Wall Street protests are taking off in countries that don’t exist, Philly’s protest at City Hall is nothing more than a homeless feeding camp. And it’s costing taxpayers a bundle.
$400,000.00 is a lot of money to a city like Philly. We are shutting down emergency services every shift in order to get a handle on our budget deficit and yet our idiotic Mayor Squidward like New Yorks reprehensible Bloomberg have basically encouraged these morons to stay as long as they want. What is even more hypocritical is that the collection of left-wing special interest groups currently responsible for this mayhem are the same ones caterwauling at the likes of New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie for trying to get his states finances under control. He’s cutting services and hurting education etc. etc. they cry. Well where do you think the city is going to the money they have to blow on these lunatic protestors? That’s right, the operating budget: police, fire, sanitation, schools… INFRASTRUCTURE!
I have a simple way to deal with these protestors. They have had enough time to make their voice heard. The Mayor himself has met with them. Their demands have been heard. Now they are becoming a public safety and health problem and they have to go. I would give them a deadline to finish their protest and leave (cleaning up after themselves before they depart of course). If not I’d do what MacArthur did: