The Word - Let Them Buy Cake

  • Aired:  12/13/11
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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker implements a bold new policy requiring protesters to pay for the right to protest. (4:24)

(APPLAUSE)

EVERYONE'S EXCITED ABOUT IT.

IT'S HAPPENMENTING, BANK ON IT.

NATION, IT'S ALMOST THE

THREE-MONTH ANNIVERSARY OF

OCCUPY WALL STREET AND I WOULD

BUY THESE GUYS A CAKE BUT THEY'D

PROBABLY JUST COMPLAINED ABOUT

THE ICING INEQUALITY BETWEEN THE

TOP AND THE BOTTOM LAYER.

(LAUGHTER)

BUT NOW THEY'VE BEEN KICKED OUT

OF OUR PARKS.

I THOUGHT THE DRUM CIRCLE PITY

PARTY WAS OVER.

BUT THEY'VE MOVED ON TO

OCCUPYING SOMETHING MUCH MORE

IMPORTANT-- OUR T.V. SHOWS.

JIM?

>> OCCUPY WALL STREET PROTESTERS

SHUT DOWN FILMING FOR THE HIT

NBC T.V. SHOW "LAW AND ORDER

S.V.U."

>> THE SHOW WAS GETTING READY TO

SHOOT AN EPISODE BASED ON THE

OCCUPY MOVEMENT.

T.V. CREWS EVEN FILMED A FAKE

OCCUPY CAMP BUT THE REAL PROTEST

SWARMED THE T.V. SET.

>> WHOSE STATE PARK?

OUR STATE PARK!

>> Stephen: HEY, WHY ARE YOU

ATTACKING "LAW AND ORDER"?

THAT SHOW IS CLEARLY PART OF THE

99%-- OF T.N.T.'S PROGRAMMING.

(LAUGHTER)

FOLKS, JUST LIKE IN LAW AND

ORDER THERE IS A SECOND VICTIM--

THE TAXPAYER.

BECAUSE IT TOOK 100 POLICE

OFFICERS TO EVICT THE HEAVILY

UNARMED PROTESTERS FROM THE SET.

THESE NATIONWIDE DEMONSTRATIONS

ARE EXPENSIVE.

JUST LOOK AT THE GENEROUS

PORTIONS OF PEPPER SPRAY AND THE

BILLY CLUB THEY ARE HANDING OUT.

IT'S AN ALL YOU CAN BEAT BUFFET!

(LAUGHTER)

BUT FORTUNATELY, THERE'S A WAY

TO PAY FOR THESE PROTESTS AND IT

BRINGS US TO TONIGHT'S WORD.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

LET THEM BUY CAKE.

WISCONSIN GOVERNOR AND T.C.B.Y.

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH SCOTT

WALKER KNOWS ALL ABOUT PROTESTS.

BACK IN FEBRUARY, AFTER HE CUT

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS FOR

PUBLIC EMPLOYEES THERE WERE

MASSIVE PROTESTS THAT WALKERS

ADMINISTRATION SAYS CAUSED $7.5

MILLION WORTH OF DAMAGE-- A

FIGURE THAT WAS LATER SLIGHTLY

MODIFIED TO $270,000.

(LAUGHTER)

HEY, THEY JUST ROUNDED TO THE

NEAREST $7.5 MILLION.

WELL, COCOVER THE COST OF THOSE

DEMONSTRATIONS WALKER IS NOW

IMPLEMENTING A BOLD NEW POLICY

WHICH WILL REQUIRE PROTESTERS TO

PAY FOR THE RIGHT TO PROTEST.

$50 PER HOUR PER CAPITAL POLICE

OFFICER.

$50!

FOR A COP!

I SAY THAT'S A BARGAIN!

I MEAN, THIS VISIONARY

INITIATIVE... THIS INITIATIVE

WILL BE PHASED IN BY DECEMBER

16-- JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS.

AND, FOLKS, WALKER'S POLICY

STANDS ON FIRM CONSTITUTIONAL

GROUND AFTER ALL, WE ALL KNOW

FREEDOM ISN'T FREE SO IT'S

LOGICAL THAT FREEDOM OF SPEECH

WOULD COST MONEY.

I MEAN, IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT WE

WOULDN'T HAVE A BUDGET PROBLEM

IF WE HAD BEEN CHARGING

PROTESTERS ALL ALONG.

THE GOVERNMENT COULD HAVE MADE A

BUNDLE OFF THOSE HIPPIES DURING

VIETNAM!

NOW I KNOW...

(LAUGHTER)

I KNOW WHAT SOME OF YOU 99%ERS

ARE THINKING.

HOW CAN POOR FOLK AFFORD TO

EXERCISE THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL

RIGHTS?

SIMPLE: THE SAME WAY ANYONE PAYS

FOR ANYTHING IN AMERICA.

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP.

YOU SEE, ONE OF THE THINGS...

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THEY'RE

PROTESTING IS A SUPREME COURT

RULING THAT MONEY EQUALS SPEECH.

AND LET'S FACE IT.

CORPORATIONS CAN AFFORD A TON OF

SPEECH!

CORPORATIONS ALREADY FUND SPORTS

STADIUMS, PARADE FLOATS, EVEN

LATE-NIGHT TELEVISION SHOWS.

WHICH REMINDS ME, I AM PARCHED.

: AHH.

(LAUGHTER)

NOTHING ABOUT THESE PROTESTS

WOULD HAVE TO CHANGE.

I MEAN, WHAT'S A TENT BUT A

LIVE-IN BILLBOARD.

JUST SLAP A LOGO ON THERE.

THIS PROTEST AT BANK OF AMERICA

BROUGHT TO YOU BUY BANK OF

AMERICA!

THAT'S WIN-WIN.

AND WITH ENOUGH CORPORATE

CASH...

(LAUGHTER)

PROTESTERS COULD AFFORD TO

PROTEST THIS NEW

PAY-FOR-PROTESTING POLICY.

WHICH I WOULD RECOMMEND.

BECAUSE THIS LAW PROVES THAT

PEOPLE MAY HAVE THE RIGHT TO

FREE SPEECH.

BUT ONLY MONEY

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