Thingish Things

But Don’t Take a Slice of My Pie…

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Oct• 27•11

Wouldn’t it be ironic if money ended up being the thing that killed the Occupy Wall Street protests. Two stories out today suggest it might be.

The first is about the famously fancy food being catered to the young radicals. It has attracted in great numbers the homeless and the recently incarcerated — some of us call them ex-cons — so the OWS crowd has ordered rice-and-bean meals for a few days in the hopes of starving the unwanteds out.

But is there anyone poorer or more disenfranchised than the homeless? Aren’t they among those for whom OWS is supposed to be fighting?  And don’t Leftists criticize “The Man” for incarcerating too many Americans? Why would OWS fear them if they never should have been jailed in the first place?

But here it seems the advocates of a classless society have themselves created two classes: The college-educated intellectual elites and the common vagrants. The latter probably lack the palate to appreciate vichyssoise anyway, right?

The second story is about cold-hard-cash money. The growing stockpile of George Washingtons that have been donated to “the movement.” It now totals in excess of $500,000, and the big question is what to do with it? Some are suggesting creating a 501c3 to legalize the money, but that means appointing a board of directors and the thought is anathema to the crowd’s anarchist instinct.

But whose money is it? Can the aforesaid homeless and recently incarcerated claim a piece of it?  Can I?

As the New York expression goes, I’d bet dollars to donuts that some within the OWS movement believe they are more entitled to  a say in how that money is spent than are some of their comrades. And there’s the rub. Who put them in charge?  Do they own the patent on anger and the proceeds that flow there from?

OWS is turning into fascinating sociological entertainment. We are seeing yet another generation of utopian socialist dreamers hit smack dab up against reality. We are seeing people advocating a world the way they think it should be versus the world the way it is — and always will be.

The Occupy Wall Street Crowd will learn what all dreamy Leftist movements eventually learn:  X’s and O’s on a chalkboard are useless in the face of human nature.

If OWS survived 1,000 years, it would build a world pretty much like the one in which we live today.

(And yes, this song has been in my head all day now.)


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  1. Daniel Suib says:

    That is absolutely hysterical Bill. They have, in fact, created a smaller version of what they originally protested…LOL. That’s great. Hey…if they are expecting Wall Street just to start haning out money or paying for their much earned educations….I want my share of that $500,000.

  2. Nick says:

    Nice use of the Pink Floyd song and a great solo by David Gilmour.

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