Occupy Wall Street?

I am struggling a bit with this whole Occupy Wall Street thing. When I first heard about it…. it kinda made some sense. After all – I do believe that corporations have way too much power and influence in our government and way of life. I am not pleased with the government bail outs that big banks and corporations received either. So – maybe the protesters and I believe in a few of the same things.

I do also believe in their right to protest.

I think that is where it ends.

Multiple media outlets have aired video of these protests – it is pretty ridiculous. It is a little difficult for me to take this “movement” and these protests seriously when they are screaming for FREE college & FREE healthcare. Many of the protesters when asked why they were protesting they had no idea. The credibility in this movement has eroded further when I found that there is massive support from the unions.

Here is a list of unions that are supporting Occupy Wall Street:

  • United NY
  • Strong Economy for All Coalition
  • Working Families Party
  • TWU Local 100
  • SEIU 1199
  • CWA 1109
  • Communications Workers of America
  • CWA Local 1180
  • United Auto Workers
  • United Federation of Teachers
  • Professional Staff Congress – CUNY
  • National Nurses United
  • Writers Guild East

I am not overly impressed with the following list of groups and organizations involved either:

  • Community Voices Heard
  • Alliance for Quality Education
  • New York Communities for Change
  • Coalition for the Homeless
  • Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP)
  • The Job Party
  • NYC Coalition for Educational Justice
  • The Mirabal Sisters Cultural and Community Center
  • The New Deal for New York Campaign
  • National People’s Action
  • Human Services Council
  • Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State
  • Citizen Action of NY
  • MoveOn.org
  • Common Cause NY
  • New Bottom Line
  • 350.org
  • Tenants & Neighbors
  • Democracy for NYC
  • Resource Generation
  • Tenants PAC
  • Teachers Unite

The protesters call for action. The action they look for is Marxist in origin. They want the government to take care of them. Take from the rich and give to the poor. They often discuss that they are the 99%. Well – I am one of the 53%. Yes – 53% of the American people that pay taxes. Many do not realize it but almost half of this countries population pay no taxes.

What bothers me most is their complete lack of any understanding of economics. FREE healthcare? Nothing is free. Somebody has to pay for it. FREE college education? Come on man! Many protesters want their college loans wiped away because they cannot find a high paying job.

Huh? Am I missing something? I wish I saw them targeting those politicians responsible for the economic crisis we are in rather than moaning and groaning about it.

What this Occupy Wall Street movement shows is the dissatisfaction that many Americans are feeling. On one side you have the Tea Party movement – and on the the side you have Occupy Wall Street. Two opposite ends of the spectrum – but both are dissatisfied with the status-quo. Of course – I think one is right…….

It is a little difficult for me to take these people and their movement seriously when so many involved spew nonsense. I think that some actually have some valid points – but many people just looking to get attention have gotten on board.

Lets take a look at a few pictures of the protests:

’nuff said.


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  1. Organized by Steven Lerner formerly with SEIU. Been planned for months. This is definitley not a spontaneous protest, in fact many of the initial protesters were paid, many could not read the signs they were carrying. I support 100% their right to say it and the MSM to cover it. I’ll keep an eye on it for a significant event, but otherwise it’s more noise.

  2. This all strikes me as a case of protesting the symptom. I’m in pain, so rather than face the real cause of my pain, I’m going to blame my pain for my pain.

    In this case, the cause is a corrupt government that long ago abandoned the “g3ddamn piece of paper” (to quote GWB) called the constitution which was designed, in part, to prevent handouts/bailouts, mercantilism and crony capitalism. If the protesters were really interested in solving the problem, rather than merely making noise, they’d be occupying Washington.

    Of course, this would give the appearance that the current president, rather than just the previous, is at fault which just will not do (if you’re on the left). Also, given the current president’s new interest in killing people he doesn’t like, it’s probably safer for them to stay on Wall Street

  3. I agree with the fact that they feel the need to protest and to be heard but they don’t have a unified demand. They are all protesting a wide array of different things. They need a central message and then to pull together around that. We are starting to see splintering between the groups and that is not a good thing for a protest. They cant even come together to decide on a central message. I think it is just turning into a bunch of angry kids.

  4. Rourke, you’ve done pretty good here with this list, but you asked a question, “Am I missing something?”.

    Well….. YES.

    Let’s look at the rest of the TRUE friends of this movement.

    You pretty well tied the unions into this. You mentioned MoveOn.org…. if you look look even deeper, you’ll see George Soros’s money all over this thing.

    Also, Obama ( big Soros friend, yeah it’s well documented), paid off the park (168.5 million dollars) that was going to kick the protesters out. Now the protesters can stay in the park and do what ever it is that they do (smoke dope openly and have sex in public, poop on the American flag… a photo of which I have on my blog).

    Obama has bought and paid for this thing, not to mention his public support for it.

    Let’s not forget the Communist Party USA and the American Nazi Party who both have officially endorsed this thing. Here’s a link to both of their official statements:


    Let’s also not over look the constant anti-Semitic flavor of this whole protest. If you’ve been watching the main Stream Media, you may have not seen it, but it’s been well documented on Fox News.

    I’ve covered all this on my blog, in depth.

    This protest was never anything but a sham, filled with corrupt organizers, ideology, and goals.

    To anyone that supports this OWS movement, I say this:

    Show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future.


  5. Rourke, good post; but you missed a few other notable supporters of OWS including:

    Iran’s chief mullah, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei
    the government of China
    Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez
    the American Nazi Party supports any attacks on the “Judeo-capitalist banksters”
    the Socialist Party USA
    and the Communist Party USA

    With friends like these, rest assured the idiots involved with OWS are no friends of mine. Hopefully, these folks are too busy marching around NYC to breed.

  6. The purpose of propaganda is to confuse you or sway you with lies. The OWS have indeed said some things that made sense. The purpose in that is to hide their intent. There are Marxist, socialist and communist organizations, many of them being unions, which are backing this effort. They want to provide cover for Obama’s crimes and a platform for a violent confrontation with police. They would love to create a Greek or Italian style violent riot in the U.S. They want power and they want to take it from the American voters.

  7. Personnally, I’m glad they’re protesting, too. Taxpayer dollars used to subsidize and provide nice salaries and bonuses to the business leadership of poorly ran businesses and banks makes me angry.

    Just remember, in the political spectrum it’s always the extremists that move the middle. It’s interesting to note that during the depression, the Communist Party and Anarchists attracted many supporters in the US and the Nazi Party came into power in Germany.

    More interesting times are sure to come.

  8. I have been in 2 of the largest unions IBT and IAM. They did nothing for me but take my money every paycheck.
    I advanced better in a non union job than a union job.

  9. Don’t believe everything you see in the media. Part of the Occupy Wall Street protest is against corporate America…the same corporate America who owns the major news outlets.

    As such, the major news outlets will run stories aimed at discrediting the protests.

    Furthermore, the Occupy Wall Street protests are no doubt plagued by the same hecklers who infiltrated Tea Party protests with signs designed to make the protesters look like idiots.


  10. I see them almost daily in Boston. Great motivation but lack leadership, clarity and a mission. It is my opinion that they should be in front of the White House or Federal Reserve – that is the root of the problem. 

    I still have no idea what they are chanting about. No one is going to forgive student loans and just give them a job. An education is priceless and a job you need to earn. Sometimes when times are tough, you need to reinvent yourself to do jobs that you may not want but need. Not everyone who goes to college to be a teacher can be – that is just a part of life.

  11. Yuck! Looks like smug hippies trying to create their “watershed” moment instead of pulling up their bootstraps and either breaking trail or innovating a path to personal success. I would guess the lot in these pictures has about a four day food supply they can put in a cloth starbucks bag along with their best kitchen knife to start out on the long walk to nowhere. Ha!

  12. They make me embarrassed to be a union member…these people need to hear President Kennedy’s speech in Berlin where he lays out the evils of communism…How times change and yet stay the same…sad.

  13. Oh come on! Like the Tea Party doesn’t spew nonsense on a regular basis, -stuff that’s far more nuts than anything that the OWS crowd is saying, …mostly. You hear the media constantly say that they don’t know what they are protesting. Are they deaf?! Not only is it pretty clear that many of them are protesting the financial situation which caused the crisis of the last three years, but many of the media who are feigning deafness have been saying the same thing themselves. The fact is that the middle class is getting smaller, and it’s not because people are more lazy or more stupid. It is the result of an economic system unfairly loaded to support that agenda. Fighting against that is not Marxist. A student who has incurred huge debt to get an education and then finds that the system is stacked against him has a right to be pissed off. His/Her parents did not have that burden. I paid my own way through university and did not emerge economically crippled. But that’s what is happening now. While I don’t think that education should be free, I do believe that the deck should not be stacked against the students, and I do believe that business (which profits from well educated workers) should pay a bigger part of education. If that’s Marxist, then what we’ve got now is Fascist.

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