By now you’ve heard that the scheduled cleanup of Zuccoti Park has been postponed indefinitely by Brookfield Properties. The Occupiers nevertheless decided to “clean up” Wall Street, and engaged in a confrontation with police anyway, which will provide additional videos and photos that can be spun in a manor favorable to these young protestors.
But why was the scheduled cleanup of the park cancelled in the first place? Let’s begin the analysis with the little-reported fact that Mayor Bloomberg’s girlfriend Diana L. Taylor is on the board of directors for Brookfield, who owns Zuccoti Park. It would not be much of a stretch to conclude that the Mayor and his girlfriend arrived at the decision to postpone the cleanup together. Why would the Mayor do that?
The businesses around the park are suffering, their bathrooms are being trashed and soiled, and the area residents are being forced to deal with the around the clock drum beat. In short, this has become a public nuisance, and while the Occupy Wall Street crowd have the right to express themselves, they do not have the right to take over our public spaces.
Curiously, during a September 16, 2011 appearance on the John Gambling radio show, Mayor Bloomberg actually predicted that there would be rioting if the economy did not improve. “You have a lot of kids graduating from college can’t find jobs. That’s what happened in Cairo. That’s what happened in Madrid . . . You don’t want those kinds of riots here,” the Mayor said.
The very next day, on September 17, 2011, Occupy Wall Street officially began the occupation of the park controlled by Bloomberg’s girlfriend. By October 10, 2011, Bloomberg announced he would allow these protestors to remain in his girlfriend’s park indefinitely, provided they abide by the law.
While I am not one to embrace conspiracy theories, George Soros and others have been tied to the Arab Spring protests, as well as the Occupy Wall Street movement. My own observations from walking through the park have led me to believe that while many of those protesting are there because of a desperate need to do something in the face of a demoralizing jobless abyss, some of the purported leaders seem to have an agenda of their own. I heard one of them say that “If you want to make an omelet, you must be willing to break a few eggs.” He didn’t make that up. Lenin did.
What’s really going on here?