G'day to you too unc,
I think your friend is correct about the Tower being able to make it on their own without followers. They've been investing in worldly goods for years while shaming followers who need to work overtime to pay the bills. I look forward to the day when the Tower has to pay taxes as a non-religion business. I wonder how many JWs will see the light and sue God's Organization for fraud? I just wanted to add: "So many lawyers, so little time."