American taxpayers are on the hook for trillions. Now add to that the cost of police protection and roughly another $2100 for 17 bright blue "Don's Johns" porta potties -- installed glaringly close to the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial -- to provide D.C. Occupiers latrines other than the kind to which many of them have grown accustomed.
According to a U.S. News report:
For today's protest, where several hundred Occupiers toting signs lingered in the muddy grass of the Capitol Grounds, over two dozen U.S. Capitol Police were assigned to ring the lawn, most on foot, some on bikes, and others in 18 cars, buses, and trucks counted by Whispers.
Plus, the government rented 17 bright blue potties from Don's Johns, which were parked across from the Capitol Grounds and in the shadow of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial.
The Architect of the Capitol's office wouldn't comment on the costs or protection.
But Don's Johns told Whispers that renting 17 potties costs about $2,100.
A miffed Capitol Police officer told us, "I can't believe we're paying for this. But they have no money. They were complaining about parking prices."
According to officials, Occupiers' attempts to set up tents the way they have been in McPhearson Square, were immediately quashed by police.
U.S. News adds that protesters set up a medic unit and photography perch, while others sold buttons that read "Black Power" and "Occupy Wall Street."