Just in case you wondered in the hissy-fit back east this fall was worthwhile, reports came out this past week about what it is costing taxpayers — currently working taxpayers. You know, those fools who go on working and paying their bills and keeping up with their adult responsibilities despite how unfair life may be.
Just like mom and dad did, and their mom and dad before them.
Just like millions of responsible Americans who, frankly, are getting tired of footing the bill for a whole army of freeloaders.
The Associated Press reported:
“During the first two months of the nationwide Occupy protests, the movement that is demanding more out of the wealthiest Americans cost local taxpayers at least $13 million in police overtime and other municipal services, according to a survey by The Associated Press.
“The heaviest financial burden has fallen upon law enforcement agencies tasked with monitoring marches and evicting protesters from outdoor camps. And the steepest costs by far piled up in New York City and Oakland, Calif., where police clashed with protesters on several occasions.
“The price of the protests is rising by the day — along with taxpayer ire in some places.”
Did someone say “Ire?”
Why on earth would we be ire-some?
Could it be that we are fed up with paying all our own bills and being required to foot the bill for these waves of people who have no interest in just getting to work and doing their part?
Whether they are part of this movement or just working the system, working class Americans are fed up with people who have no intention of doing their share.
We don’t care whether that is one fat-cat who gets $1 million in an undeserved bonus — or whether that is 50 people working the system who take home $20,000, we’ve had it.
We know that in the long run, our labor will pay both bills, whether we see it immediately or not.
We pay in hire taxes, in the inflation that the government claims doesn’t exist but which keeps showing up at the check-out counter.
And it’s not like there’s a lot of extra tax dollars just floating around out there.
“The spending comes as cash-strapped police departments have cut overtime budgets, travel and training to respond to the recession. Nonetheless, city officials say they have no choice but to bring in extra officers or hold officers past their shifts to handle gatherings and marches in a way that protects free speech rights and public safety. In some cities, officials say the spending is eating into their overtime budgets and leaving less money for other public services,” the AP noted.
That means if you do have a catastrophe, a natural disaster, there’s not going to be money there to pay the bills.
When that happens, it won’t be the protesters, or their masters, who are forced to pony up for the extra costs.
It will be those same poor boobs who went right on hammering the time clock throughout the whole long panty raid.
— Chuck Smith