Occupy a Budget

“‘Need’ now means wanting someone else’s money.  ‘Greed’ means wanting to keep your own.  ‘Compassion’ is when a politician arranges the transfer.” — Joseph Sobran

Occupy Wall Street – that movement that believes hard-working Americans should give their money to lazy, envious kids who went to college (perhaps on their parent’s dime) for sometimes worthless degrees – has become a smaller version of the U.S. government. In other words,  they’re broke!

Well, almost. The movement, which is made up primarily of Apple-product owning, corporation-hating liberals, raised over $700,000 last year, but now have just $170,000 in the bank. The movement began “occupying” public parks last September, and in just four months has spent $530,000 dollars. That’s about $132,000 a month. One of the groups “accountants,” Haywood Carey, told the Wall Street Journal:

“If we keep spending at the rate at which we have been doing, we will probably go broke in a month.”

Oh, really? This group, which hates capitalism and the free market, and wants government to even out “income inequality,” is actually becoming the very thing they think can save the country.

This is exactly the problem with government: politicians get elected, see that they essentially have a blank check to spend, and they can’t manage their budget. Occupy Wall Street has its own government, called the General Assembly, which votes on any expenditure over $100 dollars.

Expenditures like, $1,101.07 to buy herbs for homeopathic medicine, or several hundred dollars to buy rolling paper and tobacco for the park’s cigarette station. Yes, in addition to the library, women-only tent and the free food buffets, there was a cigarette station.

Unfortunately, as Occupy Wall Street has learned, that when you’re no longer allowed to mooch and must pay for your own food and housing, life gets expensive.

The Wall Street Journal also reports the movement is hardly getting anymore donations. Gee, I can’t imagine why.

Isn’t it hilarious that this movement is learning about poor budgeting the hard way? Maybe they’ll wake up and learn that capitalism is not the enemy they should be attacking, but instead they should focus all of their ire on crony capitalism and out-of-control government spending.

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