Hizzoner the Mayor Bloomberg has decided to pretend to be on the side of the 99% this week.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Monday that he’ll allow the Wall Street protesters to stay indefinitely, provided they abide by the law, marking his strongest statement to date on the city’s willingness to let demonstrators occupy a park in Lower Manhattan.
“The bottom line is – people want to express themselves. And as long as they obey the laws, we’ll allow them to,” said Bloomberg as he prepared to march in the Columbus Day Parade on Fifth Avenue. “If they break the laws, then, we’re going to do what we’re supposed to do: enforce the laws.”
Bloomberg said he has “no idea” how much longer the Wall Street demonstration will last. “I think part of it has probably to do with the weather,” he said.
"Eh, they'll go home when it gets cold, that way I don't have to open the Times and see pictures of college kids getting maced and beaten." Which is funny, because just 2 days ago he was telling the Occupy Wall Street folks to go home because they were "destroying America's jobs". Looks like somebody saw the reaction to the NYPD smacking these folks around and decided that they should be left alone for a while, at least until the backlash against the DFH's that the Republicans are busy stoking has time to take effect.
It may be a while, but then again Bloomberg's good at playing the long game.