PHILADELPHIA – FOX 29 is keeping tabs on what the “Occupy Philly” protest is costing taxpayers. Over the past three weeks, the protest cost the city about $500,000. Most of that is from police overtime and sanitation costs. The city’s finance director says we can expect to pay about $100,000 a week, if this keeps up. “So, obviously if that lasts for a long time that’s a cost that we’ll have to factor into how we keep our budget balanced,” Philadelphia Finance Director Rob Dubow said.
Protesters are railing against everything from income inequality to corporate greed and lack of accountability on Wall Street. Meanwhile, police in other cities are losing patience with “Occupy” protests. In one video out of San Diego, riot police cleared protesters out of a plaza. The crackdown started after officials declared the gathering illegal. LINK
Ok at this point bashing the anarchists and left-wing radicals involved in these “Occupy” protests is like shooting fish in a barrel. It’s lost its amusement value. But this story should infuriate every single tax payer. The Nutter administration, in a total capitulation to the anarchist forces has refused to enforce our laws out of fear and politics. His inability to confront these protestors at this point has cost the city a HALF A MILLION DOLLARS. This at a time when we are using rolling brownouts of fire companies to save money. Occupy Philly = Closed Fire Houses plain and simple. The Nutter administration is facilitating and condoning lawlessness. No other group would get this kind of special treatment.
The question we must all consider is when does the right of legitimate protest cross the line? When does a protest cease to be a protest and turn into an illegal assembly? Well we have laws that help us determine that. First of all there is no provision for camping at City Hall or any other form of unlawful assembly. My Boy Scouts would be hauled off in the blink of an eye the second they tried to put up a tent and I shudder to think what would happen if they *gasp* dared erect a LEMONADE STAND! Everyone needs the proper permits from the Mummers to the various ethnic parades we host every year. That’s because the city can’t afford these peaceful assemblies and organizers must contribute to the expenses. Yet somehow these left-wing zealots get a pass… from a left-wing administration. Remember that Mummers.
The fact of the matter is the government has a duty to act. These idiots have no legal basis for their actions. If they think they are going to change or remove the government they are wrong. Our government changes by elections not anarchy. This isn’t the Middle East. The Tea Party has shown what citizens can do when they act together. The litany of crime and acts of perversion coming out of the “Occupy” movement show in stark contrast the difference between the right and left when it comes to protest. So far the occupiers have generated reports of theft, robbery, assault, sexual abuse, drug use, drug dealing, molestation and other acts of depravity as well as prostitution andarrests by the hundreds not to mention the filth! That’s a far cry from anything the Tea Party ever managed to accomplish.
The Occupiers have had their say. Now it’s time for the real 99% to have our say: RESTORE PUBLIC ORDER NOW!