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Posted on 10/23/2011 8:15:01 AM PDT by jakerobinsEdited on 10/23/2011 11:04:31 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Even in Zuccotti Park, greed is good.
Occupy Wall Streets Finance Committee has nearly $500,000 in the bank, and donations continue to pour in -- but its reluctance to share the wealth with other protestErs is fraying tempers.
Some drummers -- incensed they got no money to replace or safeguard their drums after a midnight vandal destroyed their instruments Wednesday -- are threatening to splinter off.
F' Finance. I hope Mayor Bloomberg gets an injunction and demands to see the movements books. We need to know how much money we really have and where its going, said a frustrated Bryan Smith, 45, who joined OWS in Lower Manhattan nearly three weeks ago from Los Angeles, where he works in TV production.
TAZE them Bro!
You’ve been punked, Baby!
When you sign on with thieves they’ll probably steal from you.
A heartwarming story.
I’m sure that OWS has their 501 C-3 non-profit status established. If not, the IRS might want a piece of that $500,000.
What about New York? they have state and city income tax!
Remember the old agage:
"Be careful what you ask for - you might just get it
Yesterday, a huge flat-screen TV went up in Zuccotti Park for a movie night and pajama party with popcorn. Organizers hoped it would attract new recruits --even as some long-timers complained that the movement was getting too diffuse after yesterdays lackluster showing at a police-brutality event in Union Square that barely attracted 50 participants.
The other day, I took in $2,000. I kept $650 for my group, and gave the rest to Finance. Then I went to them with a request -- so many people need things, and they should not be going without basic comfort items -- and I was told to fill out paperwork. Paperwork! Are they the government now? Smith fumed, even as he cajoled the passing crowd for more cash.
The Finance Committee dives on whatever dollars are raised by all the OWS working groups, said Smith, and doesnt give it back.
The Comfort group has an allowance of $150 a day, while larger working groups, like the Kitchen group, get up to $2,000.
What can I do with $150? said Smith. We have three tons of wet laundry here from the rainstorm -- how do I get that done? We need winter gear, shoes, socks. I could spend $10,000 alone for backpacks people need. We raise all this money. Where is it?
Pete Dutro, 36, a Brooklyn tattoo artist who is getting a masters in finance and sits on the Finance Committee, said big purchases like Smiths cant get immediate approval.
We dont have the power for that. They have to go to the General Assembly. If its approved, we pay out that amount and make sure everything is accounted for, he said.
Within the next few days, the Financial Committee will release a detailed report, he said.
Yesterday, a huge flat-screen TV went up in Zuccotti Park for a movie night and pajama party with popcorn. Organizers hoped it would attract new recruits -- even as some long-timers complained that the movement was getting too diffuse after yesterdays lackluster showing at a police-brutality event in Union Square that barely attracted 50 participants.
I think its getting too spread out, said John Glowa, 57. My sense from where I live is that its losing steam. We gotta plug the holes.
Some activists, like those in Pulse, the committee that represents Zuccotti Park drummers, are a bit worn out by all the collective activity.
This is priceless. Priceless! The anarchists are falling out over money! We're getting a micro-lesson in governance and corruption. So people are already getting exhausted and frustrated and with no one formally in charge the "community organizers" are grabbing up the cash. I can't wait to see how this shakes out.
Somehow I wot that Obama's shock troops are blowing their wad early and by this same time next year the hard-core black bandana crowd will be utterly spent and discouraged and disinclined to burn cars and break windows for what even they will know to be an utter fraud and exploiter.
Furthermore, they have smeared their feces on any sympathy the general public might have held for them. If the Messiah's minions try this same stunt leading up to the election those big city mayors and city council-critters will make haste to lower the boom on them--or else.
I predict 2012 may just see as big a shake-up in local politics as on the national level as voters in these "occupied" burgs decide that their local government was clearly not working for them and needs to be changed.
If this was supposed to be a warm-up to the main event, I rather think it is having the opposite effect.
As a side note, it is interesting how the adults in the crowd naturally gravitated to the responsible positions. Furthermore, it looks like maybe the participants are NOT getting regular wages.
Excluding the "F" word it sounds a lot like what the TEA Party people were saying about the Federal Budget.
I’m sure the telegenic law students the movement throws up for the cameras will assure us that all the proper accounting is being done.
I can’t wait to see the bitter legal actions, recriminations and accusations that will come out of this as it falls apart.
I hope to goodness we get some thrilling documentaries out of this. An honest depiction of unfolding events would be most instructive.
This could be quite the learning experience for some of the kiddies.
Who can say? Some of them might even be voting republican eleven months from now.
You just can't make this up....
1. Did the vandals take the handles.?
2. How come they knew only one vandal was involved...?
3. If the vandal(s) were destroying the drums....how come no one heard .....?
4. They threatened to "splinter" off....I guess they were so stoned they started to play the wrecked drums and got a few splinters....
They got a taste of big government/communism and don’t like it. This cracked me up.
I think that sending them a truckload of Animal Farm books might be considered a public service. A lightbulb might come on for one of two of them.
Today, MoveOn.org is holding a planning meeting in Manhattan to discuss ways to take on Wall Street in coordination with Occupy Wall Street.
...An email sent to Moveon.org's mailing list announced a "meeting for folks to come together to plan ways to Make Wall Street Pay in our own communities" "We'll focus on specific targeted campaigns that hold the big banks accountable," continued the email.