Tuesday, November 22, 2011

As reported in the Los Angeles Times:

"Los Angeles officials have offered Occupy L.A. protesters a package of incentives that includes downtown office space and farmland in an attempt to persuade them to abandon their camp outside of City Hall, according to several demonstrators who have been in negotiations with the city.

The details of the proposal were revealed Monday during the demonstration's nightly general assembly meeting by Jim Lafferty, an attorney with the National Lawyers Guild who has been advocating on behalf of the protest since it began seven weeks ago.

Lafferty said city officials have offered protesters a $1-a-year lease on a 10,000-square-foot office space near City Hall. He said officials also promised land elsewhere for protesters who wish to farm, as well as additional housing for the contingent of homeless people who joined the camp."

This is parody morphed into farce and fecklessness. Whatever the merits or demerits of the Occupy L.A. protestors views might be, what in God's name should grant them 10,000 square foot office at $1 year, all at taxpayer expense? This is a complete abdication of reason and common sense. First why should this deal be granted to Occupy L.A. and not say, the Tea Party?  If the American Nazi party screamed loudly might they get their piece too? And what of all the struggling small and other businesses? I bet any would love to get a free rent deal like this one.  The farming reference, also preposterous, is mere icing on this tird sandwich. 



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