Friday, May 30, 2003
City agencies in San Francisco added up the costs of the war protests that disrupted the city in March and came up with more than $3.5 million in expenses and lost revenue.
Okay, so we know how I feel about the protesters in San Francisco. Now it's time to divide the cost of their protests, and send them the bill. Arsonists are charged for the firefighting costs of their blazes, right? So how about charging protesters for the law enforcement cost of protecting us, the law-abiding, tax-paying citizens of this country?
Supervisor Tony Hall, who asked the departments for the cost information, said, "I knew it would be high, but not that high. It also doesn't include any of the private-sector costs -- the people who were inconvenienced, the businesses that were shut down."
Whose civil rights were infringed? Nobody stopped them from protesting within the limits of our laws, but they incurred huge costs on the city and its taxpayers, most of whom had nothing to do with these protests. So what's wrong with charging those responsible for what they incurred? Those pesky civil rights groups love to weild their litigation sword, don't they? The sad part is that cities and companies in this country are so afraid of being branded "civil rights infringers" by these pathetic groups that they actually back down from doing what is right.
And those Board of Supervisors loonies who just got a 300% pay raise? They need to grow some cojones and start taking their city back.
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