A most excellent development in the whole Occupy movement has occurred here in Raleigh. See, the young socialists had been thinking that they could just camp on public grounds; the capital being public, the idea was they could just stay there.
Well, it turns out that the good people of North Carolina don’t want the Occupy people clogging up and cluttering up the State Capital with their nonsense and noise. The city and the State has said that they have to move on.
So, they did. And where did they move to?
Raleigh, N.C. — Protesters with the Occupy Raleigh movement moved into a more permanent base camp last week, thanks to a local business owner who saw his new tenants as a capitalist opportunity.
Rob Baumgart, who owns a Sprint and Nextel sales company called Chatterbox Communications, is leasing a 2,500-square-foot lot near the corner of West and Edenton streets, not far from downtown. He’s charging $400 a month to the group of about 15 people who have braved the cold and rain to camp out for their cause.
It’s what any small businessman who believes in making money would do, he said.
“That’s $400 that I didn’t have last month, and if the city allows me to continue doing it for 12 months, that’s $4,800,” Baumgart said Tuesday. “I don’t know a single American who would turn down $4,800 a year.”
The young protesters protesting the evils of capitalism are now going to get a first hand look at running something. See, ow that they pay rent, they are going to expect that members contribute. See, every month that rent check is gonna come due and they are gonna need their friends to chip in. Or but out.
We’ve seen how this plays out in other OWS encampments around the country. We see in NYC that the haves and the have nots don’t always see eye to eye. In Portland Oregon folks have been angry that people who don’t contribute to the movement are glomming on to the free food and shelter.
The sooner these kids can see that organizations require real leaders, the better they, and we, will be.