Money changes everything

They want $lice of the occu-pie
500G fight at Zuccotti

Even in Zuccotti Park, greed is good.

Occupy Wall Street’s 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–k Finance. I hope Mayor Bloomberg gets an injunction and demands to see the movement’s books. We need to know how much money we really have and where it’s 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.

Smith is a member of the Comfort Working Group — one of about 30 small collectives that have sprung up within OWS. The Comfort group is charged with finding out what basic necessities campers need, like thermal underwear, and then raising money by soliciting donations on the street.

“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 doesn’t give it back.

Taxes. Bureaucracy. Unequal distribution of wealth.

The New World Order is sounding a lot like the old one.

Except the new one is a parasite to the old one. They are squatting on land that belongs to someone else. They aren’t producing ANYTHING of value. They beg for donations from the old world. They consume gourmet food produced by the old world. They depend on the technology of the old world.

They criticize the old world without offering any solutions.

And people wonder why I mock them.

Don’t get me wrong – I don’t think the old world (the one the rest of the 99% live in) is perfect. There are lots of problems that need fixing, including the corrupt influence that Wall Street has on politics.

But OWS is not the solution.

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23 Responses to Money changes everything

  1. myiq2xu says:

    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 yesterday’s lackluster showing at a police-brutality event in Union Square that barely attracted 50 participants.

    Sacrifices have to be made.

    • DandyTiger says:

      There was a police brutality event and no one told me? Damn, should have been on the “tell me about the upcoming events” workgroup.

    • yttik says:

      LOL! Well, as tempting as police brutality is, I really prefer to avoid it.

  2. crawdad says:

    I’m curious – how do they determine who is part of the movement?

    Can anyone show up for free food?

  3. DandyTiger says:

    Hey, they’re exactly as transparent as the Obama administration. But you know, if you don’t trust the real organizers with the money, then you’re a racist.

  4. HELENK says:

    Isn’t fun to watch reality hit.
    reality bites

  5. crawdad says:

    Protesters Occupy GE CEO Jeff Immelt’s Connecticut Front Lawn

    Occupy Wall Street protesters took a field trip from Zuccotti Park on Saturday morning, all the way to the wealthy suburban enclave of New Canaan, Conn., where they took their anger at income and tax disparity to GE CEO Jeff Immelt’s front lawn.


    Immelt actually came out in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement last week at a Thomson Reuters event in New York

    Ungrateful wretches.

  6. HELENK says:

    ows Boston
    a six year old in tent with drug dealers

    • catarina says:


      Two Occupy Boston members have been arrested on drug charges, Boston police said yesterday.

      Bostonians Isaac Bell, 34, and Charlene Dumont, 31, were both charged with distribution of a class A drug (heroin) and possession with intent to distribute a class A drug within 1,000 feet of a school zone, police say.

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