Gina Loudon

There are countless articles that discuss the political cost of Occupy Wall Street, but rarely is the financial cost to the taxpayer mentioned.

A recent article estimated that the total national taxpayer cost of policing and cleanup from last fall’s OWS stands at nearly $30 million.

By contrast, Tea Party rallies and similar events leave communities in better shape than when they arrived.

Take, for instance, the Rally for Common Sense being held this upcoming weekend near Jefferson City, Missouri.  The gathering will be held on private property-- a local farm that moonlights as the “Patriot Field of Dreams”-- and has been entirely organized by a loose collection of concerned citizens.  It is funded through donations and modest ticket sales, so you would think it would be a small gathering with local flair, right?

Wrong.  Guest speakers at this event include names like former presidential candidate Herman Cain, Ambassador Alan Keyes, Reverend C. L. Bryant, and yours truly.

The public cost for the Rally? Zero.  In fact, it will be an economic windfall for the local area as attendees snap up hotel rooms, pick out restaurants for dinner, gas up before they go home, and maybe even purchase a souvenir or two.

It is said that art imitates life-- but in the case of OWS & the Rally for Common Sense, life imitates policy.  When the Occupiers were demanding more from taxpayers, they left a wake of increased public cost. In contrast, those attending the Rally for Common Sense will be demanding less from taxpayers, requiring no public cost for the event, all while boosting the sales of local, private business.  In a twist of irony, tax revenues for the Jefferson City area will actually increase due a bunch of people wanting government to spend less.

Which model do you think will best get us out of Obama’s recession?

The Left’s model is flawed, corrupted, and is being exposed for what it is like never before.  Remember when everyone was talking about how doomed Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) was after over 900,000 signatures were collected to prompt a recall election?  Walker became the unions’ Public Enemy No. 1 after applying a little common sense thing called math to the budgetary crisis in Wisconsin through reforming out-of-control pensions and unwieldy collective-bargaining rules.

Gina Loudon

Dr. Gina Loudon is a Talk Show Host, Political Analyst, Author, Columnist, and co-author of Ladies and Gentlemen: Why the Survival of Our Republic Depends on the Revival of Honor