By Carole on Nov 24, 2011
First Occupy Los Angeles was negotiating with its "host" city for 10,000 square feet of free office space, free farmland and free housing in exchange for abandoning its City Hall encampment. Now San Francisco is negotiating with its occupiers to move from the heart of the city's financial district to a currently empty school in the Mission district. Growing desperation on the part of liberal politicians to defuse a situation they originally supported is leading to yet another stupid decision on their part - incentivizing these small groups of people to disrupt the lives and endanger the safety of others.
Proving the occupiers have no idea what the 99% actually want their government to do, representatives of Occupy LA publicly announced the pending deal with the city prompting outrage from the public and the swift withdrawal of the offer.
Will the San Francisco occupiers and their counterparts across the nation learn from Occupy LA's hubris and keep their negotiations as quiet as possible until after their deals are struck? Will we soon see the public occupations end only to be replaced by a network of government sponsored, anti-capitalist activist organizations intent on using Americans' own money to inflict their brand of change on the American way of life?
Perhaps the choice by liberal politicians to negotiate with and pay off their occupiers was made with good intentions. Maybe they believe they are doing what's best for their cities by avoiding a potential clash with law enforcement. Or maybe their motivation is ideological in that they so support the cause(s) of the occupiers that they want to use the power of their elected offices to provide a more permanent base of operations for the movement. Perhaps they're simply trying to prevent more political damage to their own careers if the occupations they originally supported are allowed to continue in public view.
Whatever the reason, by even entertaining the idea of paying off the occupiers, they are encouraging them and any other individuals or group that government officials are willing to pay a ransom if you hold a piece of their city hostage.
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