by Charles A. Monagan
Oct 6, 2011
12:48 PMOn Connecticut
Seeing the "Occupy Wall Street" copycatters in Hartford, and reading this account of similar efforts under way in New Haven, makes me wonder what these get-togethers are meant to accomplish. After all, both Hartford and New Haven are already occupied in the sense that much of what those cities do, and how they do it, is for the benefit of the poor and otherwise disenfranchised. Hartford and New Haven are two of the most Democratic cities in the country, their civic programs and populations are among the most dependent upon the tax dollars of those more fortunate. If anyone should occupy the local byways and parks you'd think it'd be tea partiers and others who are fed up with government expansion.
Which is not to say there isn't a far more appropriate place for the "Occupy Wall Street" folks to congregate here in Connecticut. If the target is CEOs, investment bankers, hedge funders and other corporate fat cats, why has no one shown up in Greenwich to this point? It is a self-anointed center of the hedge fund universe, and there's a good chance that, unlike Hartford or New Haven, its equilibrium (to say nothing of its equanimity) would be thrown for a loop by the sudden appearance of bands of angry, disruptive protesters.
Gathering in Hartford and New Haven to protest greed doesn't make a whole lot of sense. But gathering in Greenwich . . .Occupy This