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What should Occupy Wall Street's next move be?
November 17th, 2011
03:45 PM ET

What should Occupy Wall Street's next move be?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

As Occupy Wall Street marks two months of protests, there are questions about exactly what the activists want and more importantly, how they plan to get it.

Patience is wearing thin in cities around the country as officials begin to move against the demonstrators in places such as New York; Oakland and Berkeley, California; Portland, Oregon; and Salt Lake City.

While getting an "A" for perseverance, the occupiers' tent cities are starting to get on people's nerves, which is part of the idea. But some of the tent cities have spawned drugs, crime and violence, things that are not conducive to generating sympathy for their cause.

And speaking of their cause, what exactly is it? With the protesters so widely dispersed, you have to wonder how focused and concentrated their message is. After two months, a lot of us remain unsure of what exactly the message is. More is needed than a vague complaint against corporate greed if they are to remain relevant.

That brings us to something else the movement has been lacking so far: Leaders. Putting a head on this group would perhaps allow them to crystallize their message a little more.

Finally you could make a very strong argument that the major source of our country's problems is Washington. So why are these folks content to wander around places such as New York, Denver, Seattle, Oakland and other places outside the real scene of the crimes.

If you want to fight a fire, you have to go to where the fire is.

Here’s my question to you: What should Occupy Wall Street's next move be?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Terry in Virginia:
Find out when Congress is in session and march on Congress - by land, by fax, by phone, and by email. Millions of protestors outside the Capitol and millions of others on the phone and computer all at the same day and time telling our representatives that "You Work for Us." Maybe then Congress would figure out that there are more of us working folks who pay taxes and who deserve to be heard than there are rich guys and corporations looking for their next taxpayer-financed bail out.

Rich in Gainesville, Florida:
They can come up with a coherent statement of the ways 99% of Americans are getting screwed and how to fix it and then start taking direct actions that clearly and aggressively target the appropriate companies and government agencies. Or they can fold up and go home. Everything in between – complaining about their student loans or their medical care or their foreclosure or someone's intolerance or whatever else is on their laundry list – is either divisive or simply hot air.

Mike in North Port, Florida:
They should all be sentenced to community service to clean the mess they created across the country in the form of trash and human waste. Talk to local business owners and see how they feel about the Occupy Wall Street crowd. Please don't ever compare these people to the Tea Party. The Tea Party did not cause civil unrest or riot in the streets. There were no violent confrontations in the streets with riot police and tear gas. "Occupiers" called for anarchy. "Tea Partiers" called for a return to the Constitution.

Eric:
The Flea Party should go home, write their congressional representative, contribute to those campaigns they agree with and vote. Right now they are doing themselves more harm than good.

Larry on Facebook:
Vote in November. Otherwise they just wasted their time.

Paul:
Frankly, what they need are some leaders and faces to come forward to better channel their solutions. They need to be seen as something other than a crowd and directly engage those that can help their plight. In other words, focus...and resolve. They probably could use some good walking shoes too.


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soundoff (282 Responses)
  1. JD in NH

    They need to start a movement to occupy government positions by running candidates for everything from dog catcher to Congress. They also need to occupy boardrooms by getting the wealthy who support the movement to purchase enough shares in companies to make a difference. The current demonstrations have been great because the problems affecting the majority of Americans are finally getting attention in the media, but at some point it has to move into positions of power.

    November 17, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  2. Jenna Roseville CA

    What should Occupy Wall Street's next move be?

    To go home and reoccupy in the spring. During the winter months they need to solidify what their main goals are and act on them. They should also support those in the House and Senate that support them and they need to support candidates that support their cause to unseat those who do not.

    What we need to remember is that these folks are standing up for US and NOT Big Corporations and the Wealthy.

    They are even standing up FOR the police that have been brutally attacking them.

    We ALL need to support them!

    After all they are US.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    November 17, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  3. Frances

    We desperately need jobs in this Country. The American worker wants to get back to work. So, I think the 99% movement should move to DC and pressure the tea party Republicans to pass the American Jobs Act.

    November 17, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  4. Jan

    OWS needs to better articulate just what they're angry about: the fact that the banks were bailed out for a specific purpose, and those banks have failed to deliver on that purpose. These banks need to get back into the lending business instead of the corporate bonus and party business. Once those funds are put back into the small-business economy, the jobs and economic recovery can finally occur.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  5. John Muskett

    They already have taken the next step - they've occupied CNN! With all that is going on in the World the only story being covered is a few hundred protesters with no message disrupting a few cities. They're not the 99% they're the lower 1%.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  6. Gary H. Boyd

    Go home or back to wherever it is they came from. They're looking more like the Hippie generation of the 60s with each passing day. Unshaven, dirty, disheveled and with no real and focused objective. Enough is enough.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    November 17, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  7. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    It doesn't really have one until the GOP fails and the Democrats are too big to sustain themselves. It can have no electoral energy because it is a combination of DailyKos Democrats and Greens that cannot be sustained. Until DailyKos allows endorsements of Green Party candidates when the Democrat serves the interests of the 1%, the whole thing is a sham.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  8. Joe in Boston

    Look its time for the OWS folks to go home. They're muddling their message; with their anti-authority rants, inclusion of mentally challenged homeless and the reported drug, theft and assault issues. They had a right protest not a right to squat on public or private land and ruin the city for others to enjoy. The should be treated the same way any other protest group would be treated; get your permit, have your protest and go home.

    This 53% er is tired of their entitlement whines. The students are the worst; one quote that has stuck with me from one student interviewed by NPR a few weeks ago; "I have no responsibility to pay back my loans because I was lead to believe if I obtain a good college education that I'd get a job, I was mislead so I'm not paying back my loan." Nice that kid should go back to mommies and live in the basement.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  9. Noel Sivertson Roswell New Mexico.

    The Occupy Wall Street should start planning for late summer of 2012; specifically the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August and the Democratic National Convention Charlotte in September. It could make 1968 Chicago look like a tea party (no pun intended).

    There is a big difference between the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s and Occupy Wall Street movement. The former pitted a minority against the majority. Today the majority is pitted against a rich, powerful, Republican backed minority.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  10. Mel - Houston

    If the reports are true that they have found a source of money to support them they need to 1) get organized, 2) get a concise message, 3) put real pressure on Wall Street. Up until now they're just a nuisance. Put ads in the Wall Street Journal. Ruppert is still accepting money isn't he. You have to remember in the United States that money is "free speech".

    November 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  11. terrancefantroy@ymail.com

    the occupy wall street has become a staple in this country,This goes to show that our governments agenda is very different from the rest of the world, this movement will be the testement of absolute change in this country.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  12. METALWORKER

    They need to rid themselves of the rifraf and and malcontents that have infiltrated the movement.
    They need some kind of method of keeping Rep trouble maker out of their ranks.
    They need to step up and unify their demands and keep the partying away ask for police protectoin from mob rule, and try to get on talk shows. Take a page out of the "T" partys play book by dissavowing any head and then have a self appointed leader on TV every hr.
    First and foremost they need good press and suport.
    They can succede, they can and do need support from those who think they are better than most. I can name names but we all know them, we all see them every day on FNC, CNN, MSNBC. They need help from those who hate them the most, those who stand to loose the most. METALWORKER in ILLINOIS

    November 17, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  13. Brian

    Go back home.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  14. Deanna Spillman

    They and we who can't physically join them at their protests, should vote out every senator and congressman who has supported not raising taxes on the wealthy 1%. Also, why isn't CNN showing the wealthy people who showed up at capital hill saying that they want their taxes raised?:
    Also, the Occupy group should request that corporations not be able to give as much money as they want to the politicians. This is definitely contributing to the corruption of our politicians and the corporations ultimately running the country to their advantage.
    All congressmen and senators should be limited to 2 terms each.
    Get the money out of politics.
    The wall street folks and bankers should be regulated better. Canada has regulations protecting against the kind of things that have taken place in the last few years that have helped put this country into financial chaos. And Canada is not having the problems that we are having.

    Thank you for covering the "Occupiers".

    Picayune, MS

    November 17, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    Either focus on the real problem.....government......or go home.

    Everything they are complaining about, is because of government. The government ALLOWS Wall ST. to do the things it does. Government is the enemy of the people.......not its savior.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  16. David in Tampa

    Hack into investment house computers and have some fun with the bonus money that got paid to corporate big wigs.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  17. Jk from Minnesota

    Start drafting CREDIBLE Congressional candidates that are Washington Outsiders and support their candidacies financially AND by door knocking. My current Representative was a high school teacher prior to being elected to Congress in 2006. He decided to run for Congress after he some students were barred from attending a visit to town by President George W Bush during the 2004 election campaign. He beat an incumbant Republican in 2006 and survived the 2010 election even with all the PAC attack ads that were run against him. I'm sure he's still a target by the GOP in 2012 election. There needs to be more representatives like this in Congress in my opinion, Jack.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  18. Doug Ericson

    First, they should ban the GA nonsense, and the stupid repeating of the speakers words. Next they should stop wasting time and energy occupying Public Parks. Camping out isn't going to influence positive change. . Third, is they should concetrate on how to achieve their goal of eliminating corruption in Government and Corporate influence. Fourth is they need better training, and equipment, for broadcasting events. That means money for the live stream camera teams. Fith, is they need to be honest about who is behind the movement and who their leaders are. A lot of time and effort was spent pre-orginizing this movement. Those General Assembly guidlines didn't just appear out of thin air. Doug. Pepperell, MA.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  19. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Jack
    Go to washington and make change by protesting the SEC and Congress to bring about real change.
    David

    November 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  20. Melissa

    Why don't American newspeople consider our protesters just as brave, noble, and courageous as those of the Arab Spring?
    Both are in danger from the violence that can accompany protest. One group was marching to gain democracy, the other to preserve it. Some of your supposedly unbiased news people need to spend a lot more time reporting the news and a lot less time giving their very one-sided opinions if the news. These people deserve our respect, not our ridicule.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  21. Rich in Gainesville FL

    They can come up with a coherent statement of the ways 99% of Americans are getting screwed and how to fix it and then start taking direct actions that clearly and aggressively target the appropriate companies and government agencies. Or they can fold up and go home. Everything in between – complaining about their student loans or their medical care or their foreclosure or someone's intolerance or whatever else is on their laundry list – is either divisive or simply hot air.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  22. Barbara Babcock

    I think CNN should get out of there. This is not journalism this is sensationalism. You are just encouraging rioting by showing every move. I would like CNN to find someone to talk to who can explain why those people are there. I try to understand but what are they trying to accomplish? I know I'm not the only one. Might even be for them if I understood.

    enjoy your show.

    Thanks.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  23. Richard Texas

    Sitting around complaining does nothing. Showing up in mass does nothing but occupy space. You can not change opinion that way. Each of these people show up each day with rent payments owed to someone else or mortgage payments owed to lenders and then complain because they borrowed money from someone who now controls their lives. That is foolish. these people are complaining about something they themselves helped create. If they had not gotten in bed with the lenders in the first place then they would not be in the trouble they are today. Blaming others for what you yourself have done is ridiculous. If you invest in a company then you are trusting that they will act for you and in your best interest. If the company then fails and your stocks drop who invested the money in the first place? You did, so why are you complaining about yourself? Your part of the problem. Next time fold your money in half and stick in in your pocket. That is the only way to double your money with no risk.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  24. Ted

    They must find a leader that can move their message in a manner that resonates and builds cohesion with the rest of the population and bring about a clear direction for all of the movement, peace. Publicize the opposition's tactics and tie them to the 1% and show that absent this RIGHT, we are no better than the countries who silence their citizens by force and fear tactics. Do not allow your work to be in vein without a clear message and direction. The 99% feels what the protesters feel in one aspect or another. Even Fox's Juan Williams did a great job in defending the movement on Sunday till he was cut off...

    November 17, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  25. Ed from California

    Occupy John Boehner's, Eric Cantor"s, Mitch McConnell's and Joe Walsh's office's for starts. Then Occupy the halls of Congress and the crooked Supreme Court. And lets not leave out the White House. I don't even think Obama even gets it. I believe this is a movement of frustration, that's only going to grow bigger, too many people out of a job, losing their homes, families, life savings and our bought Congress is in the pocket of the Koch brothers and other special interests...we don't stand a chance against that force....MONEY!!. Jack, people are out-of-work, with no prospects of the job picture getting better, either. Our work has been outsourced, and no one is addressing it. I'm looking for a huge turnover in all of Congress.

    November 17, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  26. Pete in Georgia

    Go home and find a job.
    But..............if it isn't a $35/hr. union job with another $35/hr. benefits they're not interested.
    Welcome to America.

    November 17, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  27. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl how about the white house lawn? most of the problem starts there anyway. just wear a bullet proof vest.

    November 17, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  28. Bill of New Mexico

    A) There are two big needs that are begging in America:

    -1) Justice against Wall Street and the Bail Out

    -2) Saving the Middle Class

    B) Occupy Wall Street develop self-discipline:

    -1) Police your camps to prevent internal crime.

    -2) Develop your organism into a professional organization.

    -3) Keep your camps clean and tidy.

    -4) Obey city ordances.

    C) Develop and publish goals:

    -1) Justice for the crime of the banks and "Wall Street"

    --a) Work for the punishment of the crimes that came to light in 2008

    --b) Push for more regulations and laws

    --c) Outlaw derivatives

    --d) Break-up large banks, and prevent mergers of large banks

    --e) Prevent the legislature and administration branches of government from interferring with loan practices of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and any other loan institution

    --f) Work for a law to prevent former politicians from becoming consultants or lobbiest for Wall Street, banks, and loan institutions for a minimum of 20 years

    -2) No more Bailouts

    -3) Put the Middle Class on the Endangered Species' List

    --a) Prevent early retirement, or employees being forced to leave a company while that company continues to hire

    --b) Push for true cost of living pay increases

    November 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  29. sarah-Dumfries,Va

    I think they should take it to election day and vote all the Republican-Teaparty Racist out ,so that the world will become a better place to live

    November 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  30. John from Alabama

    Jack: Occupy Wall Street should use the courts to why their assembly is wrong. They should ask the courts to stop the authorities from keeping them from assembling. They should challenge the federal government to show cause, why it is that 1% of the population has 2/3's of the wealth of the United States. Why does 90% of the case law and statues regarding federal tax law favor the rich in this country. Ask the courts, why large corporation pay no corporate taxes to the federal government, but a person who makes $30,000.00 pays $900.00 in federal income tax.

    November 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  31. Nate NC

    Congress to tell Boehner to stop making the federal government stagnant in its decision making by refusing to negotiate. Next, the White House to tell President Obama to stop acting like a Senator and use Executive Order to break the stalemate within Congress.

    November 17, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  32. Peg from NY

    OWS needs to shut itself down, come up with a legitimate, feasible plan and implement that plan in a pro active, meaningful way. Protesting alone will solve nothing.

    November 17, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  33. Rosemary in Smyrna, TN

    Occupy Wallstreet's next move is to come up with its own "national leader" or "voice". Unless you just came out from under a rock, the crisis in America and throughout the world did not happen overnight. It's taken generations to create this "behemoth". If the OW protesters want to be heard, they should conduct themselves responsibly. It makes me sick to witness through the media what looks like riots. Is the US on its way to becoming a third world country? C'mon man!Get your "bleep" together. Get behind a candidate for President of the United States who wants to be your voice. Please stop this insanity!

    November 17, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  34. Nelson N Barton MS 38611

    Jack: Washington D C 2 d the house of congress.
    after that d White House from there 2 the voting boo.

    November 17, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  35. richard in NYC

    while millions of people are unemployed and the congress is stagnant to do anything that could put people to work, instead they've recently decided to keep our national motto and that pizza is now a vegetable.
    thus, it's clear to me that the "OCCUPY WALL STREET" movement's next move should be to "OCCUPY CONGRESS".

    November 17, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  36. Ken from California

    Occupy Wall Street's next move should be to the steps of the United States Capital building. You know "Lobby Land ". That's where the rich, and new rich are getting richer, from the rich you are demonstrating against.

    November 17, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  37. James in Springfield, VA

    Occupy Congress from now until election day.

    November 17, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  38. Rod Mannion

    Maybe they should occupy GE's corporate headquarters and stop their employees from getting to and from work. Maybe they could stop Jeffery Immelt from meeting with Obama 50 times a year to work out his sweet tax relief deals. 14 BILLION in profit and they pay ZERO taxes! This is legal? What a nightmare.

    November 17, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  39. Jamie in St. Louis

    Take a shower.

    November 17, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  40. Conor in Chicago

    OWS’s next move needs to be coalescing around one or two simple ideas that can translate into concrete action. It’s good to have theatrical protests-that’s how you draw attention to your ideas. But that time has come and gone. Draining the coffers of local governments by forcing the authorities to confront you constantly just defeats your aims and gives you bad press. At this point the movement needs to overcome the corporate media’s myriad of explanations for OWS and focus on the core of what the movement is all about: Corporations are not people, money is not speech, amend the Constitution to reflect as such. A subset of that idea is public financing of elections.

    Just as the Tea Party eventually began to rally around the idea of a Constitutional Amendment for a balanced budget the OWS movement needs to rally around the simple idea of a Constitutional Amendment defining a person as a Human Being and not a corporation. Again, a subset of that amendment would be making publicly financed elections the only means to fund elections anywhere in the US.

    OWS has largely rejected our current two party system. So has the Tea Party (the real one). I bet a majority of the Tea Party could get behind the idea of corporations not being people. I bet OWS could get behind balanced budgets. The point is that unless OWS transits from a theatrical movement to an actual organized and cogent political force they will never be able to have the impact they wish to.

    Personally I hope they coalesces around the Move To Amend movement as it is the best summation of their aims, but that’s just me.

    November 17, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  41. Terry in Virginia

    Find out when Congress is in session and march on Congress - by land, by fax, by phone, and by email. Millions of protestors outside the Capitol and millions of others on the phone and computer all at the same day and time telling our representatives that "You Work for Us." Maybe then Congress would figure out that there are more of us working folks who pay taxes and who deserve to be heard than there are rich guys and corporations looking for their next taxpayer-financed bail out.

    November 17, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  42. Paul P.

    Frankly, what they need are some leaders and faces to come forward to better channel their solutions. They need to be seen as something other than a crowd and directly engage those that can help their plight. In other words, focus...and resolve. They probably could use some good walking shoes too.

    November 17, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  43. J.B. from Nashville TN

    Get out of town! And, pay for the damages and costs ! Idiots!

    November 17, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  44. Roald

    Two part answer. OWS should start using social media to organize into a peaceful movement of people with similar opinions who can cooperate with each other and gain political power. Essentially become a peaceful and organized political action group like the Tea Party. However, at least in the short run I expect the OWS to become increasingly violent and confrontational. The face of the OWS right now is one of anarchists, arsonists, rapists, vandals and muggers. Also of rich kids slumming with criminals. Unless OWS is able to organize and purge itself of the violent fringe then it will self destruct. As a conservative and libertarian I hope they can survive and put forth their ideas in the peaceful market of Americans ideas. I believe that many of their professed ideals are similar to my own positions.

    November 17, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  45. Martin

    Occupy Wall Street's next move should be to start openly supporting Ron Paul, that could be the only way that the media will start paying attention to his campaign, and stop denying that he has a chance to win.

    November 17, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  46. Paul From Austin Texas

    They all need to register to vote and vote in mass numbers for a candidate that maybe they could run. Then we would have 4 parties Republican, Democract,Tea Party even though most think they are Republcains although only in name and the Occupy party.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  47. Mitoosense Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Clearly Occupy Wall Street should declare that Pizza is not a Vegetable and Corporations are not people. Hit'em where it hurts Jack!!

    November 17, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  48. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    They need to define themselves as something concrete rather than a poor imitation of the US Congress.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  49. Eric

    The Flea Party should go home, write their congressional representative, contribute to those campaigns they agree with and vote. Right now they are doing themselves more harm than good.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  50. Dennis north carolina

    They need to occupy or picket their elected officials until their causes are resolved.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  51. Dan Kash

    Jack: This movement will do either of 2 things
    1. Grow in strength until we have a violent confrontation and then go viral and violent like in France, Britain and several other countries where the government bodies tried to suppress the protesters or
    2. Turn into a legitimate political movement and rid politics of the money from the rich, Wall street, and big business that corrupts our government officials. They, with proper leadership, could be the salvation of or nation! Then we could elect politicians that represent the people, not just the elite!
    Dan K. Owens Cross roads Alabama

    November 17, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  52. Dave, Orlando, FL

    At present they appear to be a well meaning but completely disorganized crowd with a fuzzy agenda. What they need to do is to develop a clear goal and state it to the media – relentlessly. They also have to find a way to make the crooks uncomfortable, which is admittedly a difficult task given the complete lack of conscience on Wall Street. Perhaps they can do some lobbying of their own in DC so as to get legislation written and passed that would contain severe penalties for the crooks, and the icing on that cake would be that it is retroactive. Otherwise they will just fade away into the oblivion of fecklessness. And a word to the wise, you don't ingratiate anyone to your cause by annoying them.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  53. Larry

    Their next move should be to GO HOME – or Back to Work, whichever the case is. Or they can just do like some of the people who write on Your blog – collect welfare – sit on the couch – collect dis-ability & Not work and complain about their finger that hurts, or their back that is hurting, or complain about their Toe that's hurting, claiming that's the reason that they can't work. Those OWS people are crazy !

    Larry – Houston

    November 17, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  54. Brad, Portland, OR

    They need to take over the Democratic party just like the Tea Partiers have taken over the Republicon party.

    That's the only way they'll have any influence.... by getting their people elected to office, and forcing existing politicians to follow their agenda or get voted out.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  55. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    Since they can't camp out at the park in New York City, they should camp out in front of the Capitol and on Capitol Hill. Especially as many of our lawmakers still don't understand that us 99%ers are fed up with how corrupt politics has become.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  56. Paul P.

    They need leaders and faces to come forward to convey their solutions (which are posted online) that have gotten ignored in the news media. They need to be seen as something other than a crowd and directly engage those that can help their plight. In other words, take pragmatic action for their cause. They probably could use some good walking shoes too.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  57. Bert from L.A.

    Hi Jack, the Movement must unite progressives and unions and push for an amendment nullifying “corporate personhood” making clear that the rights secured by the Constitution are among the equal and inalienable rights of individual persons; not things or mobs! Otherwise, everything else they demand will be drowned out by corporate free speech; the language Congress listens to most, unlimited cash!

    November 17, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  58. NateFromIndiana

    A tent city operating a drug economy might well be more fiscally robust than faltering mainstream civic structures. Continuing along that path, they'll move on beyond just no longer buying into Wall Street's pretense that what it's doing is best for America, and start hiring for alternate social safety nets that serve as a defacto replacement to the mess the darned bankers have made.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  59. Steve

    I think the occupiers are confused. They need a leader. Since the union and the Democrats approve of their actions, I recommend they appoint a Democratic spokesman/leader. The following would do a good job; Pelosi(the best), she already claimed the movement, second Obama, Reid, and last and not least Rev Sharpton. One of these should speak up and either fix the problem/wishes of the occupiers or tell them to dispurse. Enough is enough.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  60. Patrick- Massachusetts

    Go to the place that started this mess: Washington D.C.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  61. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I would like to see them come together, march peacefully, and have a more defined statement with a good leader, like Martin Luther king and the civil rights march. I would love to see a third party developed from all of this, that definitely would get the big cats on Wall Street and Washington's attention.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  62. My V. Nguyen, San Jose, California

    Old Man Winter is coming soon. Yet I have to admire the resilience of the OWS activists. They got battered, not only by the police, but by the freezing sleet and rain in New York as shown in U Tube. However, they need to take care of themselves for the coming struggles ahead in the spring.

    It will be the primary season for the GOP. If Wall Street is the financier for the system of economic inequality in our society, the political campaigns are the places of corruption and of bribery exchanges between Wall Street and the politicians. In our hearts, most of us are with the OWS movement.

    In size and importance, the OWS beats the Word Guinness record. It far exceeds the Bonus March of 1932. It has attracted everyone in America from all ages, groups, and ethnicities, not seen in the Civil Rights or the anti-war movement of the Sixties. The OWS is worldwide, spreading even to the PRC, land of old Capitalism and of oppression.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  63. Dan in Albuquerque

    Jack, the obvious answer is to pick several leaders to determine their primary policies and then begin using media interviews, internet and team rallies in support of those policies, Meanwhile, drop the 24/7 camping and use more strategic, planned rallies at key locations. They can be a major force with some planning.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  64. Russell in LA

    Simple Jack,
    Stay on message. While I understand it's the media's official position that OWS has no focused agenda. YOU know that's not true Jack. It's about the same thing that started the Tea Party, Bankers getting bailed out, not only does the practice need to be stopped that money needs to be taken back and the banksters need to prosecuted for the worlds largest bank heist. The question is are you going to over ride your management and get what you know is the truth out?

    Russ in LA

    November 17, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  65. Larry

    I remember watching on TV when they were protesting vietnam – when Nixon was starting to bring the troops home, the protesters went home – or back to work. I predicted that there was going to be a fallout & repercussions, – after the "Bailout" that Dubya started, with Hank Paulson. He called it (Tarp) – – Then when Obama continued with the same thing, within 6 months of Bush's . (787 billion during Bush – 800 billion 6 months later during Obama) That's what this is all about – I have repeated this many times, Jack. All these bailouts are going to eventually bite this country in the rear end. ( it's here) next thing is : This country will be in some sort of revolution within the next 3 yrs.

    In a country that is a capitalistic society, or shall I saythat has a capitalistic system, like our's – BAILOUTS were the WORST thing for us, period. If my Business starts to fail, and bankruptcy is what I have to do, I should NOT have to go to the Government to BAIL me Out ! I pick myself up, & start over ! Donald Trump, when HE filed for Bankruptcy ( 3 times) did he go to the GOVERNMENT For a Bailout ?? ( he started over )

    The Government should have never gave lehmans / goldman saks / fanny / freddie / The BANKS / GM / and whomever I didn't mention, or missed, BAILOUTS !! This is what's happening, This will continue for a long time, in my opinion. This IS NOT THE WAY Capatalism Works !! – – – SO, Now, the BANKS are sitting on approx. 4 to 5 trillion . so, as far as I'm concerned, since the government wanted to get involved ( Bush / Paulson /Obama / Geithner) and they want to help the super rich, and the Businesses, I say : Let The Chips Fall Where They May . ( you probably won't print this one) ( don't blame you really, If I were you, I'd stick to the one & 2 liners)

    November 17, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  66. Stella-Northern New York

    Hello Jack. Are you having a senior moment? Occupy Wall Street and the other courageous protestors around the country are exactly where they should be. The FIRE is not in Washington DC. Our Capitol is nothing but a cesspool of corruption. When Wall Street,the big banks and big business really start to hurt they will yank the neck chains of THEIR bought and paid for congressmen and instruct them on what needs to be done. One thing is for sure these courageous protestors will not go away. Right now they are just making their presence known. The "big hurt" has yet to come. How big a hurt do you think 1,000,000 hard working middle class Americans will do to Wall Street when they join the ranks of those now occupying it?????? NEXT YEAR COULD BE A REALLY HOT ONE!

    November 17, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  67. John from California

    Jack

    The occupy folks need to do exactly what they don't want to do. They need to form a central group of leaders and communicators and get a clear message and plan together. There is a joke going around on facebook that cookie monster put together a clearer message on what occupy is about than the protesters have to date. If cookie monster is your main voice, your movement has a problem. And this movement has a serious problem of lack of leadership, lack of direction, lack of a clear message and lack of quality messengers.

    So that means the occupiers can't have some babbling kid who hasn't showered in 7 days who sounds like he just ate 3 pot laced brownies representing your movement and count on him to form a coherent and clear message on the fly.

    Sorry occupiers, that doesn't cut it. Time to step it up!

    John
    San Jose, CA

    November 17, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  68. Scott T. Duff

    Occupy W.S.?? Yesterday, I visited one of these little places they or are meeting in. You know it didn't seem that bad but there are always those who feed off the "so called" movement; and yes I hate calling it that. But at this one location there whole purpose seemed ill-content, like maybe waiting for something. Good, bad...unsure. But yea I'll agree, it's about time. They've ben paid, (probably), they've been bought, (probably), so how about do what an old "tax accountant" once taught me; serve' em time, give them servent's so-robanant, used to be little blue slips. It's a law proscution device to catch hardened crimanal's, maybe still in use in California' law degree associated with marijuania proscution. You got to admit interesting though, thanks.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  69. Ed from Texas

    The financial industry lobbied Washington for the repeal of Depression era regulations so they could bundle mortgages, which for a fee, were rated AAA by the rating agencies. The mortgages were then sold worldwide. Since they could be sold, there was no need to make only loans that could be repaid. When the house of cards eventually collapsed, the financial panic caused the greatest recession since the Great Depression and cost 10% of Americans their jobs.

    Occupy Wall Street serves a purpose in reminding us that one of the root causes of our current economic crisis was the collusion between the financial industry and Washington.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  70. Elaine

    I haven't paid much attention to the Occupy movement but in watching today I am struck by the sights and sounds. They are *exactly* as they were in the 60's. See where it got us? Nowhere! Their next move? Go home!

    November 17, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  71. Vinny in Connecticut

    They should all just go home, Jack! They all have homes and many of them live in very ritzy neighborhoods, too! Let them use their own bathrooms instead of urinating and defecating on the streets or police cars. There have been rapes, sexual assaults, robberies, drug dealings, shootings, deaths, firebombing and destruction of property plus small businesses near them have suffered greatly. Oh, and if they don't want to go home, let them make Van Jones, the self avowed Marxist and Obama's "Green Czar", their leader and lead them to where all the misery in our country comes from- The White House!

    November 17, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  72. Rick, Medina, OH

    Jack,

    The 'Occupy' folks should plant themselves firmly before the Supreme Court building in D.C. That's a group that gave corporations the status of 'person,' and gave money the First Amendment rights many would like to take away from the protesters. We'd have a very different government today if only 'real' people could (within sensible limits) finance political campaigns!

    Rick,
    Medina, OH

    November 17, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  73. Ralph A. Santillo

    Cape Coral Fl. It's difficult to determine what the next move should be especially trying to find that one voice that can speak for everyone. There is not just one cause here it's everything that's wrong with the country that is frustrating the 99%. There are thousands out there protesting and not one politician has stepped up to the plate to listen. It shows that 535 arrogant politicians determine what 300,000,000 people have to live with not the other way around as it should be..Just look at the latest: Dozens of millionairs want to pay more taxes and the politicians don't want the money. I've got an idea, why don't they just distribute the money to the families that are starving out here in real life. The answer is get all the BUMS out and start over

    November 17, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  74. Sylvia from San Diego

    W O R K !! That is what the 1% is doing so that the 99% can protest and receive their unemployement benefits....

    November 17, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  75. Brian in IL

    The Occupiers next move should be to clarify their mission, and one of the ways they could do that is to specify that they want to have the right to a bright future for themselves and their families, present and future. They really don't seem to want to drop out of the system the way the Hippies of the 1960's did. Rather, they want the chance to be part of it, the chance for their ambition to be on the rise. They should fight for greater fairness in the workplace, and the chance to be able to dress for success. We should take steps to see that those who lose their jobs for unfair reason have a chance at being able to obtain some recourse through independent arbitration. Right now if you have a bumper sticker on your car that your employer doesn't agree with, you can be fired on just that alone and there ain't a damn thing you can do about it legally. This needs to change, and is a cause I believe the Occupiers should tackle.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  76. Pete from Florida

    OWS needs to quickly organize across the country, with leaders and sub-leaders in every area, so that communications to one will quickly reach thousands, and then they should quickly define and publicize their purpose and goals.Then they need to gain and keep media attention the same way theTea Party did, by appearing en masse at every political event and rally, and they need to appear regularly on radio and tv talk shows, news and other media outlets, hammering a coordinated message home day after day, across the entire country.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  77. Sandstone.

    "I don't understand how they know, who's on who's side? This is all mainframe stuff, and there are so many links (Smaller Trib's) throughout the country who just work through the satelite's. "

    November 17, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  78. Thinkforyourself, OK

    Their next step is to find something other than Marxist Alinsky style anarchism to "occupy" their minds. These people are like the naive children who followed the Pied Piper. They are too stupid to realize they are pawns for Obama's communist Ex-Green Czar, Van Jones.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  79. Annie, Atlanta

    I'm not an organize the masses type person, but do know that we need all Americans to know:

    -If we don't get money out of politics, we're in trouble.
    -If Wall Street isn't charged for their crimes, we're in trouble.
    -If we keep giving to the rich by taking from the poor, we're going to collapse.
    -If corporations and their CEOs continue to write the laws to benefit themselves, we're no longer a democracy.
    -If Free Trade Agreements are so great, why are we losing so many jobs while corporations are raking in huge profits?

    The wage disparity is similar to that seen during the Gilded Age, or is that Robber Baron age, and our politicians are making sure it stays that way. If we don't fight back and succeed, we're no longer a democracy. We should all be taking to the streets.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  80. Thinkforyourself, OK

    I find it dishonest and disgusting on your part to give them such gravitas. Yet, you had such hateful disdain for the conservative, constitution following and law abiding Tea Party. The Tea Party hasn't disappeared; they are now operating and organizing and having an effect on local governments all over the country. That is the Proper Way to do things in a Constitutional Republic such as ours.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  81. Sandstone.

    "So you want to get involved in the march?'
    "Yeh, man. Just feed me some of that root, and I'm right there!"

    November 17, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  82. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    OWS's next move should be a "99%" March on Washington as the politicians are just as responsible for the wealth distribution disparity as Wall Street.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  83. Kim , Dodge City

    It's probably a good thing that the occupy movement is not organized. As our government has so clearly shown us, it is incredibly easy to kill something organized, i.e. pick any bill Obama has endorsed. As far as not being able to understand what their message is, if you look around our country and can't figure that out, then you may be part of the problem. The sad part is that there is no way regular citizens can counter against a heavily armed police state so eager to employ violence.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  84. Gigi Oregon

    The thing that I have noticed is the difference between the "Tea Party" and the "Occupier's". "The have and the have nots." Who are these people...who can afford to be on the streets 24/7 are they unemployed, homeless or retired. We know the message is greed. And that for sure is the problem affecting the health and welfare of the people in United States. Even the generous (Liberal) party is willing to pay more in taxes than the (selfish) party also know as the Conservative Party. Isn't it ironic that the "right wing party" who scream "In god we trust" are the doing the opposite of what my God calls for "we his people" to do. To feed the poor, take care of the widows, orphans, to honor our parents and care for the stranger in a strange land. It just blows my mind, I was raised in a Godly home and taught these principles. So which party is the Right party. So if they haven't got their message...maybe we are selfish enough to ignore the needs of the largest group in the United States, the nearly 75%

    November 17, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  85. Dave

    I would like Occupy's next move to be an extended effort to fight the rhetoric of attacking conservatives. Herman Cain today says OWS is out to "destroy the nation." That is ridiculous. Utterly. And so false the media – including you, Jack – should start calling them out for saying such divisive things. These protesters want to make the country better. It has consistently been Republicans who want to dismantle the progress Americans have been making, especially over the past 100 years.

    -Dave Phillips
    Bellingham, WA

    November 17, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  86. Duane - St. Pete FLA

    pack up and go back to the mom and dad's house......funny, no mention of the two cops that were hurt in NY. One was slashed and the other has an eye injury. I understand CNN does not want to paint the protesters in any kind of negitive light.....but it's news right?

    November 17, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  87. Clephas from Austin, TX

    Mmm... to be honest, if I were them, the first thing I would demand is that all donations to campaign funds be made illegal, as well as using one's own personal funds. The only funds they should be allowed to obtain should be a small amount from the government, maybe sufficient to put an ads in a few newspapers or hire a few people to blog for them on the net. That way, there would be no possibility of inequality amongst elected officials, and the need for fundraising, which is one of the biggest sources of corruption in government, would be eliminated. Basically, if we make it impossible for them to brainwash the public through putting millions of dollars into play, we won't be seeing our politicians being some of the very people this movement is protesting against. Of course, I imagine that most of the current incumbents will lose their positions and both parties would probably collapse from within, due to a lack of funding, but that wouldn't be a bad thing. Also, it would probably help if we froze the assets of any individual who takes public office, requiring them to live off a limited government stipend adjusted for the cost of living in Washington DC. Being a politician is supposed to be a service, a sacrifice for the people... not a money tree.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  88. Dave in Illinois

    Go home.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  89. Randy

    Occupy Wall Street's next move should be:
    Go home and start looking for a job. Be sure to include this experience on your resume. Potential employers will be impressed.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  90. jeff in hawaii

    Jack,
    The movement should move all its protests to Washington D.C. They should attempt to keep the streets of D.C. clogged and disrupt both Congress and all lobbyists. As for getting a leader, one will come along. Abbie Hoffman took awhile to gain noteriety, the same will happen with this movement. I'd also like to add that I find it dismaying that Governments, City, State and Federal seem to be doing their best to constrict the 1st Amendment rights of these protesters.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  91. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    If these people are serious about getting their message across, they need to protest in front of the Capitol, the Supreme Court building and the White House....and a spokesperson for their group wouldn't hurt either. Otherwise, I'd say its time for them to go home and stop slowing everyone else's lives by blocking roads and banks.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  92. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Their next move should be to build a guillotine.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  93. Jane - WI

    OWS's next move might be to get a life and spend some time finding a job (unless your job is being a paid professional protester).
    Can you imagine the type of coverage we would be hearing if the Tea Party had behaved in the manner that this gang has? We heard the hysteria about the Tea Party from the media, despite there not being any trouble with the Tea Party. We heard all about the Tea Party's supposed "racism", but very little about the anti-Semitism in the OWS movement. why the different tone from the media when it came to the Tea Party versus the idealizing of the OWS movement?

    November 17, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  94. Donaldo in ATL

    Head to where the real culprits are in all of these mess, Washington, DC. Surviving a winter in DC would be a superhuman accomplishment and set an example for the rest of who work, how lucky we all are. Might be a good idea for the group to organize an effort to protest lobbyists, and maybe coellece to form their own lobbying group, sort of the Anti-Lobby.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  95. Pat, Costa Mesa, CA

    What should their next step be? To arm themselves, of course. Let's quit pretending that we have a democracy, Jack, because we don't. With the passing of every day, we're proving that revolutions work better than elections.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  96. Albert Watkins

    Their next move should be to try taking their frustration out on Congress and the White House. This should have been "occupy Washington" or "Occupy The Capitol" all along.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  97. rex in portland, oregon

    Bloomberg has it all backwards, Jack. The idea that "his" police are there to protect the city from the protesters is so much clap-trap. If Bloomberg feels that the duty of police anywhere is to protect the established interests of the targets of protest he is egregiously stupid – the duty of the police anywhere is to protect the protesters, to enforce the first amendment. But as long as Bloomberg and other targets of protest can drag up some regulation secondary to the constitutional guarantees to attempt to discourage the movement they will do so. Violence is inevitable, since it is the only way known to the established powers to retain control.

    The goals of the occupy movement include returning control of the government and of the economy to the people (the 99%) of this nation according to constitutional mandate. It WILL be done sooner or later. For me, the sooner the better.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  98. June

    There next move should be to Go Home!

    November 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  99. Sharon

    It doesn't matter where they go to next . They are doing something which is more than I can say for people on Capitol hill.The rich are getting richer...and soon there will be no middle class. Wv

    November 17, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  100. John from Utah

    What should Occupy Wall Street's next move be?

    Go to Washington and demand jobs.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  101. PH from Philadelphia

    -spokesperson
    -unified, documented mission statement with call for specific actions
    -organized scheduled assembly by location/date/time
    -stated consequences of inaction

    Without this, it is a fragmented assembly of people that are not in synch, with little hope of accomplishing anything concretely

    November 17, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  102. Angie

    I was interested at first, then confused by their lack of focus, now I'm just irritated by their lack of understanding of the issues as well as their interference with normal folks who just need to go their way. They are hurting small businesses and if they want to complain about the current status of their lives, they need to go to Washington, DC. Their current behavior is not going to win them any sympathizers.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  103. Susan from Idaho

    From what I've seen they need to disband, go home get hair cuts and a life. Where is all the money coming from to keep them there?

    November 17, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  104. Randy

    If they amend the constitution to redefine corporations, then every single stockholder becomes liable for any mis-doing perpetrated by ANYBODY working in that company. That's right- grandma has her life savings in a 401-K and a money market fund, and she goes broke because she owns two shares of FunkyDunky corp and some crazy jury finds them civilly liable for something nutty. Grandma has to pay up, in proportion to the percent of the company's stock that she owns. That's what you advocate, right? These park campers are totally nuts.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  105. Kevin SD CA

    They need to realize that it is corrupt government, and government unions that are at the roots of corporate welfare, glorified government entitlements, and a war on poverty (which is just an excuse for activists to extort); which are all a cancer to individuals, and the private sector, which is the foundation of freedom!

    November 17, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  106. seriously?

    omg – why is it that all of the occupy photos look like they just raided an urban outfitters?

    November 17, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  107. Rabbit One

    The movement's next move should be to demonstrate how to live in a new way with cultural, moral and financial improvements; basically they will need to demonstrate the changes that they are seeking and not simply make demands with signs for someone else to give them the future; they will need to start the future now with new healthy ways of living justly.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  108. oded cohen, las vegas

    this movement, first I should change the name, its not anymore about wall-street.
    this is about the social justice of each American, if in east cost or west cost cities, if in the plains, or the mountains, we are all here to protest the fact that USA isn't a great American dream anymore, but a nightmare all in once.
    this legitimate protest tells us a lot about our nation, when we consider a democracy, in some eyes, this is the biggest dictatorship in earth, when, demonstrators, are in jail because of freedom of speech!
    this is why we have 3 times more people arrested in other western countries, we are owing to our self, to be serious, to take those demonstrations to the next step.
    my idea for the wall street movement, is, don't be political, this is much above it, change the name to "the new American dream", go to fight for our rights, in front of the stupid congress and the quite president, show them the anger, frustration, and disappointment of the American people, of any color, race, gender, political map from their leaders, from what become of USA. this is legit demonstration of living cost, unfair social class, demand of justice and much more.
    in Israel they were able to protest and barely any arrest, imagine in Israel the police will shot gas or rubber bullets on demonstrators, why here its ok, is the American people can voice themselves, only once every 4 years?

    November 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  109. Todd from Northern MN

    Jack, you nailed it right on the head. They're in the wrong city. Right now there's what, 10 or 12 do nothing congressional leaders on this so-called "Super Committee" who are failing to come to an agreement and prevent this great country from going down the credit rating toilet. Since they have all this time to burn they need to do to Washington and stand before the capital. It would surely make more of an impact, and besides, maybe it will push those 9% approval rating bums to come to agreement.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  110. Dan in TN

    Get a job.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  111. Karl in Flint

    It needs real leadership with a defined purpose and message to put their energies into constructive activities. They should shut down for the winter and get their ducks in a row then in the spring make an all out coordinated effort in Washington where the problem really is. That would get to the root of it faster and not keep working people in the surrounding areas of other cities from getting to work like it is working out now. Picketing B of A in Denver accomplishes nothing. That isn't good press and it would all have a better chance of having a positive effect on the election in November, too.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  112. johnnie from Tamarac Florida

    They need to occupy Congress because the republicans are holding up everything

    November 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  113. Randy

    There are protests every day in Washington. Go there and the M$M will ignore it. Stage protests in places like Topeka, Dallas or Philadelphia and people take notice.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  114. NC-CA

    occupiers = people who wasted there time while in school and college

    November 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  115. Michael

    It's time for a million person march in Washington D.C. But that takes real organization and leadership and that is lacking in the Occupy Wall Street movement.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  116. Charlene

    The next move should be to do something productive like volunteering at shelters or feeding the homeless. Instead of trying to change something they will not be able to with protests do something productive. One other way to change the huge difference is to use their intellects and create new ways to create jobs and put themselves to work.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  117. Dave, Banner ELK, NC

    Occupy Congress! That's were the real problem is. The only problem is, when you're talking about the 99%, you have to remember, these are the ones loosing their jobs, struggling to make it day-to-day, and protesting in their home towns is doable. Traveling across the country to DC is not an option for most of the 99%, especially for an extended period of time. Thanks for actually paying attention to the voices struggling to be heard.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  118. nath

    Jack, 'Occupy" is not against Washington. They are for those !% CEOs

    November 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  119. TC Smythe

    Jack – If you do not understand the message of the Occupy movement by now, you are either not as smart as I thought or willfully ignorant. But here goes – The distilled message of the 99% is that they want corproations out of politics. All of the individual complaints trace back to that one idea. They want corporations to to what corporation are supposed to do – sell us stuff. They should not be buying influence or trying to achieve personhood. Even Mississippi can tell what is a person and what is not.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  120. Amdrew

    Occupy wall street should focus on the U.S. legal system.... The U.S. legal system, criminal and civil, is totally corrupted and the source of all these problems. The U.S. legal system has been set up to benefit the rich and businesses and overly punish the poor... I would set up camp outside every state and federal courthouse in the country...

    November 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  121. Phil

    Shower, shave and get a job!

    November 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  122. John L.

    Leave the Corporate Stained Streets for a Land of Mom & Pops waiting to Greet you on Main Street U.S.A. Family & Neighbors that built America on Local Businesses supporting each other in a community that became a Country that lost it's way."Corporate America" does not have the same "Rights" as "We The People" no matter what the "Supreme Joke" says! We have the Right and Freedom to put "Wall Street & their Corporations" OUT OF BUSINESS! just by helping your fellow Americans live their Dreams so you can live yours buliding Dreams to Big to Fail....

    November 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  123. PiedType

    Simple, Jack. They should declare victory and disperse. But then they should begin meeting quietly to hone their "platform," get much better organized, and plan for victory at the ballot box – the only place for them to truly make a difference.

    Susan
    Denver

    November 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  124. Tom Joyce

    According to Bill O'Reilly, the next move of OWS should be to come back from the dead.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  125. keven

    get the media to stop saying things like, "erupted" or "Assaulted" or "shut down" as I've seen none of that. just CNN and others SAYING it. I've seen calm people untill police drag a girl by the hair of her head!, I was tought never to stand by and watch a woman be assaulted. glad I wasn;t there!

    November 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  126. Vance Henderson Topeka, KS

    Take the protest to Black Friday! Hit the corporations where it counts! in their pockets!

    November 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  127. deborah ballweg Seibert, co

    Maybe they could stop causing trouble and go get a job. If they are against capitalism, they can move to China.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  128. Mike Mavrides

    We need a constitutional amendment to establish term limits for congress and to limit the president to one 6 year term. This will give us a good start to remove big money and special interests from government. Such an amendment will only be possible with a fgroundswell of public support since congress & the president won't do it. The occupy movement is the beginning of sucj a groundswell.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  129. David S.

    You're right, Mr. Cafferty!
    "Occupy K Street" should have been the idea from the very beginning.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  130. Will - New Brunswick, Canada

    Next move for them should be to occupy an Engineering degree, Jack.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  131. Ken

    Their message is so vague and muddled, they could delcar victory and go home. Nobody would know the difference.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  132. F.Nardo Cape Coral FL

    Here's an Idea, the Occupiers should go, either work, look for a job, go to classes if in school, or ask your hard working parents how did they survive,

    November 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  133. Mike Byerley

    If the OWS protesters feel so strongly about one or a group of issues, why don't they do something novel like, oh I don't know, find an individual they can get behind and support them towards a congressional perch where they could represent the constituency of OWS. If they otherwise, are really against how large corporations work, why don’t they put their money where their mouth is and collectively buy a sufficiently large enough block of stock in a despised company to get a representative on its board. You get the idea; try voting like the rest of us schmucks.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  134. Shane, Rockford, IL

    Take a bath and get a haircut.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  135. Mona

    They need to buy riot gear,lock arms and walk right through those idiot 99% police officers who are controlled by the government.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  136. Steve

    Their next move should be to think 10 years into the future when they will wish they didn't wish for socialism!

    November 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  137. Harold

    The Occupy Wall Street Movement is displaying their voices in the wrong geographic location. The corruption is rooted on Capital Hill and that is clearly where the movement should take its message next.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  138. patrick holder

    The Occupy Movement is doing just fine without a "head" spokesperson, Mr. Cafferty. Anyone supporting Occupy knows the requesting of a "head" in leadership of Occupy Wall Street by Bankers and Politicians means a BEHEADING of the movement. Unity is heartfelt, leadership is the same.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  139. Scott

    They should move the occupation from Wall Street to the House of Representatives until they represent someone besides the 1%

    November 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  140. Linda Reed Waldport, oregon

    Organize themselves with a few actual leaders and priortize their complaints and write them down for all to read.
    Protest legally! Act like adults at protest. Have a coherant message. Respect others to gain respect.

    Thank you.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  141. Frank McElroy

    Occupy is an emerging organism. It's next "move" will be the development of its brain, and then the organization of leadership which will surely arise from such a diverse group. Occupy loosely represents the thoughts and beliefs of a great number of people around the world, and the scope of interest will enlarge with each moment of the movement's metamorphosis. Frank McElroy, Marblehead, MA

    November 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  142. Chris

    Jack, I strongly support the Occupy movement, but couldn't agree with you more. It's time for the movement to pick out some front-men, define their message, and switch to targeted protesting rather than the general festival style protesting currently being used. As far as who they should be targeting - it should be both Wall Street and our Government. Part of the problem is that those two entities have become much too cozy with each other.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  143. Jim Semepek

    Idaho Falls, Idaho
    These protesters are getting no where. They are like a snake swallowing it's tail. Leadership is an absolute and the whole bunch needs to head to Washington and ride every congressman they can corner. Everything about Washington stinks to high heaven

    November 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  144. EDH from St. Louis

    You said they need to take the protests to Washington? No way Jack. Keep the pressure up in NYC and other Financial Strongholds. We all know that's who's running things. Keep right on annoying them and making things difficult until they change. We've got nothing else to lose and everything to gain.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  145. Herb Cockcroft

    You're right Jack, all of the protesters in all of the communities should pick up their blankets, wet naps, cosmetic bags and munchies, stop in at a local 7/11 to grab a Duraflame and matches and head for the Washington Memorial which, based on the crowd for Martin Luther King, should be a large enough area for all of them. The speaker a la leader you request? Ms. Dorothy the lady that was pepper sprayed in Seattle and spoke movingly on one of CNN's competitors last night.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  146. Frank

    Like Afghanistan and Iraq - they need to identify an exit strategy.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  147. Harry Worthing

    The protesters' message should simplify down to "get rid of all senate and congressional incumbents" in the next election(s). They could continue protesting in all of the major cities in the primaries next spring as well as the elections in November. This message requires no violence.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  148. Lay the foundation

    Let's face it...the batlle for economic justice will be a generational struggle over many years. It is important to lay a solid foundation for the movement: peaceful protest, consensus building, respectful communication. To lay this foundation it is important to have gathering places, so humans can speak to each other from the heart. The movement is so young, and should continue to focus on these aspects...the next "steps" will evolve organically over time.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  149. Susan

    Push to reform the bankruptcy bill "reform" that made it almost impossible for ordinary people to discharge debts. Once again, allow student loans to be discharged if you haven't been able to make payments. Make the bankruptcy system once again as reasonable for the working poor as it is for the idle rich.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  150. Barbu A. Demian

    Go home. Get real.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  151. Brian from Chicago

    I think the main issue is that the financial industry continues to rob the public of their investments with questionable practices. They own our government and answer to no one. The idea that the next move they make might just piss-off the already pissed off 1000 people out in front of the building might give the bankers pause. I think their next move is to keep doing what their doing. The key is that someone in the country will keep these people to account.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  152. Chelsey

    Occupy 's goal is to give power back to the people. The people need to not just protest the crimes of the cooperate billionaires, but also the people in Washington that have let these crimes happen. Their next move should be to call and write representative and hold them accountable.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  153. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Humm,
    I think there next move should be??? Since they don't seem to know what they are Protesting I sure don't. I understand they need Farm Workers in Alabama, Vegtable Pickers in California and Orange Pickers in Florida. Greed is good. Greed iswhat fills up those Grocery Shelves.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  154. Jim from Los Angeles

    what occupy wall street needs to do next is create a 501(3)c non profit org. using some of their donations, select leadership for the org. and evolve their message into policy, ie GREED IS KILLING AMERICA, what needs to happen is Corporations need to pay a special fee, this fee goes directly to the non profits that help with the social ills of the communities, also the fees go to fund a small biz fund which funds small business, I know this is general, but if you get ahold of me I will be very specific

    November 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  155. Matt

    The "Occupy" movement has surprised me with its intense strength and perseverance. I think the movement should focus on establishing leadership and using that leadership to organize people to send messages to their region's congressmen and senators. By focusing on policy change in D.C., they will be able to grab the attention of corporate America.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  156. Henry Gomez Lakewood NJ

    There next move should be to show how the PEOPLE can organize and deliver a concise list of clear demands. They should as you rightly said find a spokesman that can clearly espouse their views. Marching on Washington will definitely send a powerful message.

    Thank you
    Henry

    November 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  157. skadams

    Occupyer's next move? Well, how about rehab and scabies and VD treatments.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  158. Chuck

    Jack, I understand you accustomed to listening to corporate spokespersons and professional politicians, so a movement without a press office might seem somewhat vague. But if you listen very carefully, you might actually hear the voice of the American People for a change. We need to stop the regrassion back to a feudal society and move back in the direction of the Land of Opportunity our ancestors cherished and defended with their lives.

    Chuck
    San Antonio

    November 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  159. whiskeytango

    Occupy Wal Street should use their time and resources to disrupt the holiday shopping season to interrupt the flow of profits into corporate coffers. If they can do this, they will develop instant clout as a serious organization.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  160. GeorgeGray

    The question will be-What incentive is offered for the protesters to go home? The protesters will go home when the gov't pays damages for the ACTIONABLE TORT politicians whimsically call "an economy." We'll add up the costs of broken homes, job searches, mortgage foreclosures, and unpaid wages. Also, exemplary damages for the fraud of "hope and change."

    November 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  161. Del Benghazi's Finest from Denver

    Hey Jack, it's quite simple, Occupy Congress at the United State Capital. They need to have a leader that can articulate Occupy's message properly and peacefully. I think Americans are fed up with big corporations running this glorious country, power to the people!

    November 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  162. Steve from IL

    Or better yet- occupy Congress & ask them to stop taking "legal" lobby bribes from Unions & big business.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  163. Charlie

    If they really want to make an impact they need to get organized. They need to develop realistic demands, and then provide solutions. Demands like eliminating credit reporting agencies and forgiving all debt are unrealistic. Free Health Insurance and Free College education are borderline realistic. Stopping the Corporate and Special interest influence, as well as the bailouts, give aways, tax breaks, and loopholes is totally realistic.

    Finally, act respectable.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  164. sandy

    They should take down the tents and leave. What they should do is to have marches and rallies every weekend for every group of Americans who are hurting. OWS needs more serious representation and direction to be taken seriously.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  165. Tammy, Bozeman, MT

    I doubt the peasants had a leader or submitted an agenda to the King during their uprising. It's called Eat The Rich.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  166. Nick

    The "Occupy" movement protesters need to get back to work! Imagine if they used the same energy that they expended in their protests, and applied that to finding a good job?

    November 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  167. Cee.La

    Its obvious to me that something needs to happen to get this tone deaf bunch of people we call Congress to listen to the people.....but I dont know if these protestors have enough organization about them to make someone hear.....but I support their effort......We are in a bad situation..... and the people are locked out of the political process because of partisanship.....the only way we can beat them is to defeat them at the polls.....

    November 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  168. Pam

    Jack, the Occupiers next move is to continue to mill around and continue to cause disruption and division to meet the ultimate goals of the people who have organized this movement. Keeping the message ambiguous and without defination allows everyone to fill in the blank and march on, thus costing taxpayers millions of dollars and creating chaos. Genius, huh?

    November 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  169. Egypt from South Bend, IN

    Jack! Why occupy Washington D. C. , when Wall Street OWNS D. C. ???

    November 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  170. Karen

    Boston
    The Occupy Wall Street protesters should use their time to get behind President Obama and start Campaigning for his re-election in 2012.
    If a GOP candidate is elected the 99% will suffer more than we are now! The Republican candidates are all rich elitists who don't care about anything but their own interests.....quite a narcissistic group they are!!!!

    November 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  171. Frank

    The next move of OWS should be to go back to mommy's basement and take a long hot shower, then go educate themselves as to the real cause of our economic malaise, specifically progressivism, Barrack Hussein Obama and the liberals on Capital Hill who are spending our nation into oblivion. These protestors are either seriously misinformed, or just want to destroy this country without regard to their fellow man. They are not the 99%, but rather the 20% which is equal to the percentage of people who consider themselves to be liberals in this country.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  172. Robert Dean

    The movement should concentrate on the 2012 election, the cancer in Washington needs to be cut out in the congressional elections ... they need to get the message that we will not tolerate them lining their pockets at our expense. WAKE UP AMERICA!!

    November 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  173. Tom K. from Los Angeles

    Jack,
    Their next move should be to make an appointment to see their shrinks. They've been brainwashed by teachers and unions to sit outside on the street and live in tents and protest against a system they don't want to understand. What they need to understand is that life is too short to waste it. Get out there and work and if you can't find a job, volunteer and help the poor and the elderly. Serve in the military. Go to church. If that doesn't work, go to DC and get after your President and Congress and ask them why they don't care about you. Outside of that, these movements are a cancer which are reminiscent of the revolution in China, which led to Communism.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  174. John L.

    Occupy Main Street Jack, there are a Land of Mom & Pops waiting to Greet them on Main Street U.S.A. Family & Neighbors that built America on Local Businesses supporting each other in a community that became a Country that lost it's way by helping your fellow Americans live their Dreams so you can live yours buliding Dreams to Big to Fail....

    November 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  175. AndrewCarlton

    Just show up on election day and vote out all the GOP/TeaParty haters that are preventing us from moving forward and have obstructed every pro-jobs, pro-labor and basic healthcare policy the president tries to pass. Without them, we would have had universal healthcare, unemployment would be down to near 6-7% and corporations would have been regulated to prevent all the abuses we have seen.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  176. Tom from Washington D.C.

    Jack,
    Their next move should be to go home. The 'Occupy' movement has complained and yelled about corporate greed now for two months. I've seen nothing accomplished. In those two months they could have actually been looking for jobs instead of complaining about not having them. That's what I did and I succeeded. I'm a member of the 99%, please 'Occupy Wall Street', stop trying to speak for me.
    -Tom

    November 17, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  177. Sheila Arnold

    Jack, I think some folks need to read "The Starfish and the Spider" by Ori Brafman & Rod A. Beckstern, which actually describes what Occupy Wall Street is doing very well. They have chosen not to have a leader, because once the leader is there, everyone turns to him, and also turns to knock him down and destroy the leader (that's the spider). They have chosed to have independent cities, independent agendas, but a core concern and purpose – change the conversation. What should they do next? They have done it – made people talk. You don't have to like them to keep talking about them, and have the conversation. I was waiting in a doctor's office, watching CNN, and EVERYONE was talking – and it was a conversation of agreement and disagreement. It's working. I would say the worse thing that can happen is more violence, which makes it look like police brutality. I do not believe that the police are wrong, but in the eyes of those who wish they could be on the street, and are not – see the violence and empathize. THAT will grow the movement.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  178. Ken Victoria BC

    Protesters should now start to camp on the lawns of the members of the one percent.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  179. Susan

    Occupy Wall Street may not have the problem the rest of us have. We pay for people who live better than we do so they can live even better. The era of "the government will pay for it" is over. The government is our paychecks,

    November 17, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  180. Aimee, Philadelphia, PA

    OWS has done an excellent job capturing media attention and projecting the fact that they are angry. Now, they need to stop getting in the way of commerce and members of the 99% who have jobs to do, jobs they both want and need to do. In Philadelphia alone there are 1,000 + construction workers gearing up to get a job done, and OWS is getting in the way of that. In a time when the construction industry is in dire straits, and in winter months when the industry is slow even in a good economic climate, those hours are incredibly important to families who can't predict their next paycheck. OWS needs to think about them too. They also need to consider the overtime hours the police are working to keep the minority of the 99% who are stirring up trouble under control. The overtime hours look good on one paycheck, but when you consider the fact that many state and local governments are running on severe budget deficits, they could mean layoffs later. Every action has a consequence, and I think it's time OWS started thinking about those consequences and what they might mean for members that they are claiming to represent.

    They also need to get some leadership in there, like has been said over and over. The movement will never be able to survive if the majority of us don't understand what their positions are. They should lawyer up, because these issues are already starting to hit the courts. Also, a uniform and more clear website might be helpful in projecting their message further, instead of relying on the often fickle media.

    In general, I think a lot of people feel angry about a lot of things going on in our government and our society, but if OWS isn't careful and doesn't start using their anger to fuel them into defining themselves and their movement, then they're just going to end up with a whole bunch of people angry at THEM. And then they would have been sleeping in tents in the freezing cold for months all for nothing.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  181. Mike from Texas

    OWS is changing the political conversation, and finally being directed to where the blame and correction needs to take place, Congress. Only Congress can make the changes the 99% want to see, however the 112th Congress does not care. Awareness is being raised to the importance of voting in the 2012 elections for a change that will rock Washington to its core. It is time to vote out the representatives of the 1% and replace them with those who will actually act for the benefit of all Americans. The next move should go directly to the Capitol Steps.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  182. rex in portland, oregon

    The next move of the Occupy movement must be to settle down on the national mall or the capitol grounds and ignore the attempts by police to control the protest.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  183. awible

    Give 'em a copy of Atlas Shrugged and directions to their local unemployment office. And ask them for their definition of the American Dream. If their response is that it's the government's responsibility to provide, ship them out of the country. If they never pursued an education to make them productive members of society, ship them out.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  184. Kathy, Oh

    Hi Jack. Although alot of us would greatly miss you, OWS's next move should be to have you as their leader!
    *
    Seriously, you already gave them a golden nugget when you suggested that they need to 'regroup' and head to the heart & soul of the problem, D.C.!
    *
    Jack, as always, thanks much for attempting to keep our so called 'public servants' ie. SELF servants feet to the fire.
    *
    Wishing you & Wolf a nice Thankgsiving and good holidays. TC

    November 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  185. Linda Kerth, Stillwater OK

    Jack you're off on this one. Fight the fire in D.C. HELL NO. What Washington had done (or not done) affects us ALL. I was happily living in New Mexico when I lost first, my job, second, my credit rating, and third, MY HOME. This 99% movement is JUST THAT - 99% OF ALL OF US, all over the USA. Particularly why leave out NYC, the home of WALL STREET, HELLO!!!

    November 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  186. Gary

    The next move is to have you lead the OWS movement, Jack. You always say how things are and ask the tough questions to drive this nation and its citizenry to be better. The real question is...would CNN let you?

    November 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  187. Sabina Tamburin

    All this talk about Washington being the place to protest – Wall Street, and Big Business are the government. Our politicians jump through hoops for the Wall Street, Big Business lobbyists – so why not protest at the source. Things need to change so people don't "owe their soul to the company store " especially the big banks and their ilk – all run by Wall Street.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  188. Cheryl , Jacksonville, FL

    Go Home, go back to school or look for a job and aspire to be in the 1%.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  189. Jinny Lee

    What' should their next move be? They made their statement and now it's time they occupy small businesses, banks, malls, etc. and put their money behind the 99 percent.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  190. Ed Scheiner New Freedom Pa

    Jack,
    People will say they are tired of the Occupy Movement or they Do No Know What They Want. Then too now people are becoming aggrivated with the inconvenience and the attention to the Occupy movement.
    Well they seem to be a success. You are asking questions, taking notice and accepting yes there must be a question or point.
    I beilevie there point is the corrupt corrporate influence on our government (look at the bank exec contribution to the failure of the economy) is responsible in general for our econimic mess and government stalemate. Lobbying with both parties for the stall and the special treatment at the cost of the 99% can be viewed as part if not most of the corruption in our country. These people as I hear it want this issue resoved and desolved.
    Remember the 60s and the destraction and tension. I think we are in for a decade of this again. Horray for the 1st amendment. By the way every movement finds itself infitrated by some negative element. Look more at the majority and the reason. That there is not leader is saying something for the Democratic Process evolving in the Occupy Movement.

    I am 67 yr old. I am paying attention and listening.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  191. Dan

    OCCUPY should demand an Audit of The Federal Reserve and an end to their economic reign of terror. This privately owned International Bank that is the most powerful and secretive institution in our country is the source of all crashes and recessions since it infiltrated our government in 1913.

    This is the longest period in American history that the people have let a private Central Bank control the country.

    Bank of North America 1782-1785
    First Bank of The United States 1791-1811
    Second Bank of The United States 1816-1836

    The Federal Reserve 1913-When will Americans wake up?

    November 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  192. Dale

    Hello Jack

    Wall Street movement should concentrate on the Wall Street lobbyists with insider information gifts in hand, lined up in Washington DC.

    Dale N.M.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  193. Alice, Quebec

    They need some specific objectives. For one, they could petition to have the Stock Act passed, a bill wherein conflict of interest in Congress through insider trading would be prohibited.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  194. Vincent Jay

    Subject: Occupy Movements next Move

    PLEASE lets do something constructive. Lets demand that the banks and corporations bring ALL of our customer service and tech support jobs back to this country. Why should the jobs our Mortgage Payments and Electronics Purchaqses generaqte be shipped out the country. A law shoulde be passed that any company tha's board of directors and top executives reside in the USA should be penalized for outsourcing jobs that can be done in this country. The penalties should be large enough as to make outsourcing unprofitable. Money is the only thing they understand.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  195. Karen from Beaumont

    OWS has ARTICULATED exactly what they are about and what their objectives are. Either the mainstream media doesn't know how to do research or they are just trying to portray the movement in a bad light because the MEDIA is corporate owned. And having one leader would be a mistake...that would just give the mainstream media someone to crucify. There are lists available of the OWS objectives and I am in agreement with most of them...this movement knows what the problem is in this country...that is for sure and that is why "corporate" America is so afraid of it.
    Any change for good that has happened in this country has happened because of "movements" and you are old enough to know that, Jack. I think OWS should just keep doing what it is doing-speaking out and protesting. Keep making a lot of noise. And have that convention they are supposed to have.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  196. Mike in Atlanta

    OWS next move should be to the showers, then to an employment agency. They are not 99%. Disaffected leftists in the US have never been more than about 20% of the population, even in the Great Depression. The difference between those revolutionaries and this rabble are that the "old left" was educated and had clear, defined purpose. These tikes just want to whine. They will end up being Lenin's "useful idiots" for some purpose they don't even understand.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  197. Art Glick

    All the OWS stuff could go on and on, and it wouldn't make a darn bit of difference. We should all be spending our money not on tarps and freeze dried snacks for the party in the streets, but on attorneys, lobbyists and information campaigns aimed at our elected representatives and prosecutors.

    Some of these bankers really need to go to jail, and we need some very strict regulations to prevent them from stealing more from us. You could have ten times as many people in the street, and it wouldn't make this happen.

    I doubt that most of the kids camping out could even tell you about Glass-Steagall or realize that both this administration and the last four have hired the foxes to manage the hens, or that more than 95 percent of our political candidates have been co-opted by corporate monies, or that the privatization of America has led to everything from a military that promotes war to private prisons that breed incarceration.

    We need smart, courageous candidates like Elizabeth Warren to run for office. We need sharp and ruthless prosecutors like Eliot Spitzer to bring cases to court, and that's where we should be doubling our efforts.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  198. DaveinSC

    The OWS will get there eventually. The anger at Wall Street is well justified. America is and has been suffering for quite awhile. Their irresponsible gambling with the nations wealth cost millions of people their homes and jobs, yet the Wall Street barons not only kept their jobs, but the ones that didn't got millions in bonuses for being inept in their positions. Much of the blame belongs in Washington, but the bonuses were a real nose thumbing at every American in this country, and it continues three years later.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  199. Hubert

    Change diapers and go home. Then, figure out that real change happens by changing ourselves. Don't like big banks? Use a local one. Don't like pollution? Use less energy. Buy local. Don't like government waste? Go HOME! You are causing government waste. Most importantly, don't bother the rest of us who are trying. BTW, I am currently unemployed and don't expect to stay at my former income level, before you accuse me of not relating.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  200. Scott, Down the Street at Occupy Atlanta

    I'm a successful business owner & I volunteer w/ Occupy Atlanta. The reports of drugs & violence are from city officials looking to disparage a peaceful movement. These few events happened in areas the city failed to clean up BEFORE Occupiers moved in. I watched as a motorcycle cop in Atlanta rode purposely into a group of unarmed protesters and officers in CA beat young unarmed protesters with clubs. The violence is happening to the Occupy movement, not coming form it.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  201. Henry Kelley

    I hope beyond hope they keep doing this. Donations to my tea party have spiked recently.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  202. Alix Damiano college station tx

    Wow where do I start, I would love for them to get off the streets. I believe in protesting but what are you protesting about? What are the solutions or changes you want to see. Who is your leader? If I do not know these three things then why should I support your right to protest. This whole thing is so unorganized, they complain that the government is wasting money...or atleast I think they complain about that, again I am confused on their issues...what about the money you guys are wasting these past two months paying officers overtime to deal with your silly protests.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  203. Andy from Florida

    I agree with Jack. For several days now, I have been trying to determine what the message is for "Occupy Wall Street". They may have some good ideas, and I may even want to join them. At this point, they look like a bunch of people who just want to go camping in city parks.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  204. James Bryan Davis

    To be truly effective the so-called 99% need to:

    > 1st "occupy" the offices of their Congressmen/women (i.e. Senators and House of Representatives).
    > 2nd occupy the offices of their state Governors.
    > 3rd conduct a "virtual occupation" of their financial institutions (especially Bank of America)… this would essentially mean STOP PAYING ANY AND ALL BILLS, LOANS, MORTGAGES… etc.
    > 4th conduct a “virtual occupation” of their Congressmen/women & State Governors… i.e. inundate their politicians official web sites with emails of protest (this would essentially shut down the politicians’ computer systems).
    > 5th occupy the offices of each and every presidential candidate and “virtually occupy” their official web sites.
    > 6th occupy each and every presidential debate (for now the Republican ones, but the presidential ones later).

    ...Oh and develop a specific set of complaints WITH proposed solutions. Complaining without offering a solution is somewhat like a lone donkey braying in an otherwise empty field.

    These actions would get the attention of both the government and the financial institutions, and would force both to take action.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  205. Joyce (antelope Calif)

    The occupy groups should go straight to the capitol in Washington, DC and protest the Republicans saying "No" to jobs for the American people. I have said all along that they should not be at Wall Street or small cities around the country, instead should be in Washington, DC where the problems all started with the Republicans who are holding the American people hostage simply to make Obama a one term president.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  206. J C Johnson

    Wall Street is merely America's "favorite (private sector) son" in this national family. Our real culprit is the country's financial parents: Congress & the Federal reserve since the gave our "allowance" to them to stop the private sector's tantrum. Occupy Wall Street should invite "social workers" to the next elections.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  207. Mary, from Madison GA

    If they are so concerned about the economy they should go home, live in their houses, pay their taxes ... go to work. Be productive responsible citizens instead of placeing an additional burden on the resources of the local residents and local governments.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  208. Derek Daniels

    Really? After 2 months CNN is still this clueless? Why not try practicing some journalism and talk with a few of the protesters, or just read a few of the signs? It's about the corruption in the financial system and it's controlling grip on our politics. Wall Street is where the fire is at, it's the scene of the crime, and it's exactly where they should be.
    Derek D.
    Chicago, IL

    November 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  209. Jim Fla.

    Thats easy Jack. Massive protests in Washington D.C. Change will not take place without some activism. Money out of politics is the main goal. A central figure would be good , but is not required at this time.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  210. Greg Williams

    OWS should focus on creating more regulations on corporations and the financial industry to police all of the corruption and greed. Changing the campaign finance and lobbying laws to balance the scales on political influence is a must. Do those two things, and this country will be America again.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  211. abby

    the movement does not a clear manifesto of what changes they would like to see and some idea of how to make those changes; that would be helpful. while this is a "leaderless" movement it does need some charismatic spokespeople who can articulate this manifesto ...

    November 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  212. Rajiv Shaw

    I think it is wonderful how they scare the GOP. Whatever they do it will keep them foaming at the mouth, considering that they are more than twice the tea-party strength!

    November 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  213. Steve

    It seems that the only people who don't understand the movement of the occupations is the media. What don't you get? We are sick and tired of corpaorate America not being held resposible for their inmoral finacial actions and we the people are bailing them out. If we are going to get justifiably upset about the inmorality of the actions at Penn State, and the media can grasp that, then why can you not understand the inmorality of the action on the banks and our elected officials. We the people have had it and we aren't going to take it any more.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  214. Ed from Marietta GA

    Why are Americans looking to Occupy Wall Street for marching orders? If you agree corporations and government are corrupt, why do we need Occupy groups to make the change. American citizens having gotten to used to being told what to do and have lost the ability to think for yourself. Occupy Wall Street has made us take notice of the overriding problem, not its our job to stop being lazy and do something about it.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  215. Sue

    Occupy Wall Street needs to move the whole occupation to Washington D.C., Capitol Hill where all the so called lawmakers that pathetically control our country and our lives have totally destroyed America. It's called the DECLINE OF THE MIDDLE CLASS. The 1% don't even know the 99% even exist, they have truly turned America into a Third World Country.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  216. Norm

    They need to hire Michael Moore as their spokesperson. He has pretty much stated what the country needs and fully understands the Corportate & POLITICAL GREED, Iin America. Your next question Jack should be. How long will i be until we start seeing states wanting to sucede from the Union, I believe it will be in our lifetime.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  217. CB in Rhode Island

    They movement is actually hitting the nail on the head. They are hopefully forcing the powerful in this society to realize that the weaker in this society, when sticking together, definately have a force to be reckoned with and will not be trampled upon any more. Perhaps there is no concrete leadership or direction but just as a most fragile snowflake can do nothing alone – we all know how things can come to a standstill when the snowflakes stick together. I pray for the movement and also pray that in obtaining their various standstills, that they also uncover the way to obtain the peace and equality that was meant for our world.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  218. Arpita

    What is GREAT about the movement is that it is LEADERLESS, its operates in a true democratic fashion, the same way that this country is supposed to. The point of the movement is to spur conversation about the messed up priorities in our society, and I think its doing a great job.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  219. TOM (INDIANA)

    The next move will be to get people attention to change the amendment that Corporation are not people and money is not free speech. A movement has change the constitution in the pass and Occupy Wall Street should make their voice that we need to take money out of the politics were the people are heard and not the Corporate lobbyist in Washington DC. This movement is so big it can't occupy one place. Americans around the country can't just go to Washington DC so they are occupy the the cities around the country. Did I answer your question corporate media.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  220. Leaf on the Wind

    Jack, you have a good point when you say that most of our problems originate in Washington DC, so perhaps the occupiers should consider camping out on the Capitol mall. A clear goal and strong leadership wouldn't hurt. I've yet to hear anyone say what, exactly, they believe the are going to accomplish, other than being a nuisance to those of us who are fortunate enough to have jobs.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  221. Middle aged + middle-class from the Midwest

    As long as Occupy keeps institutional destruction of the middle class on the front burner, they are winning. Its the reason the have won so far. (We didn't see much CNN coverage of this issue before Occupy appeared did we?)
    And Jack, going to Washington in meaningless. The majority is either in the 1% or OWNED by the 1%.
    Meanwhile, those not willing to work the streets can take on (the Koch Brothers's) ALEC from their desktops.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  222. DAVE FROM MICHIGAN

    the next thing they should do is protest in washington in front of the gutless justice dept to go forward with over 100 indictments on the books against the wall street bums who brought us to this point. they have a clear message to those who would open their eyes" we have had enough of the very few rich people gaining all the benifits of a democracy by trying to make capitalism a form of goverment to replace democracy". capitalism is a way of doing business in a democracy and should not replace it!

    November 17, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  223. Louise Farber

    They should not abandon the OWL sites completely, but they should branch out to occupy the local offices of their Congressional Representatives. Congress and the Senate are the ones voting on the laws and regulations which allow the 1% to get away with their rape of the American Economy. Actually, corporations are bound by law to act in the best interests of their stockholders and are not intended nor expected to be the body which looks out for the middle class. Congress Is! Go occupy the offices of people whose duty it is to represent our interests. Don't leave until they hear your voices and do what is necessary to change the laws and regulations for corporations so that it forces them to reinvest in the American worker in order for them to make a profit.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  224. Deborah

    At least they are *DOING* something.

    How bad does the US have to get before everyone joins them for change.

    Our jobs are being outsourced, when we need them here.
    Government will help banks but not the its own people. (Do you see something WRONG with that?)
    Our health care stinks. (i'm a NURSE)
    We are controlled by the rich.

    *Have you lost your home lately? Too many have.
    Lost all you savings and will have to remain working until you drop dead at your workplace.
    (Wonder if you get workman's comp of that?)

    Our Nation is majorly screwed up.
    At least there are some people who are taking a stand, and I commend them.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  225. Linda Reed Waldport, oregon

    Protest in the right place?
    Go to Washington DC and mass there to make your point.
    Congress is the problem along with the lobbyist. Wall street is just a symptom. The disease is corruption and partisanship.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  226. Independent Joe

    Jack,
    Jack,
    I am not the most sympathetic person to their cause. However, I truly believe good can come from this movement. To accomplish their goals they should form some type of general council in order to agree upon a representaive. Once they have some type of order in place move all their tent cities to Washington and set up camp. Then, protest until their demands are heard and refuse to leave until the corruption that plagues this great nation is reduced. Not only would they be helping themselves, they would be helping the rest of us.

    Joe M (Mn)

    November 17, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  227. Murray

    OWS should keep on doing what they are doing. Evolve without having to organize. The media is still talking about it, so why do they have to put a face to it? When you organize you need city permits to demonstrate. If you are individuals with out being part of an organized demonstration then you do not need a permit. Think, this is genius in critical thought!

    November 17, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  228. Larry Chang

    OWS is a movement of middle class America to call attention to the inequities in our society; income & wealth, information & its dissemination, laws & power and the unequal educational opportunities. It's not a protest, it's a movement/change of our collective consciousness.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  229. Wermske

    The entire nation is on fire... people can firefight from their metropolis or from their cow town. Pilgrimage is unnecessary! Next step? Individual Outreach! It only takes one voice to break the silence - two to begin a dialog...a chorus.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  230. glyder

    if you really want to know thier next move.ask communist van jones.but then again he has already made such statements.cnn has chosen to ignore those so far.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  231. GillyG

    The occupy wall streeters need to occupy wall street, occupy the big banks, occupy capitol hill, occupy city halls, and elect a high profile leader to outline their objectives.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  232. Alix Damiano college station tx

    They should be targeting the government, and the need to bail out such big corporations we "can not let fail", if they are to big to fail they should be to big to exist in my mind lets work on breaking down those companies so if they were to fail they could fail without hurting the economy or our nation. GET ORGANIZED PEOPLE, change can not happen over night, we will never get rid of the one percent, we can just not clear our debt, please tell me what you want to be done...get off the roads if you can not explain to me what should be done, and go find a job, and contribute to our nation in a productive, peaceful way.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  233. Darrell

    Anyone whose patience is wearimg thin with OW just doesn't get it. And to those who do get it, their message is crystal clear. Just because they don't reduce their cause to a typical lowest common denominator bumper sticker slogan, doesn't mean they are aimless and not valid.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  234. Brian J. Carpenter

    Occupy's Next Move, in the Northern climates should be to shut-down for the winter, then resume in the Spring: This will be a decades-long transition. It does no good for the front-line protesters to be in jail or injured. Occupying DC, as they did in the 1930s does no good, as the government has become irrelevant. Why would anyone vote from between Thing#1 & Thing#2? The Corpocracy & Wall Street are calling the shots. Governments would not be needed, if Wall Street was a benevolent force.

    Exactly what the activists want is a government, other-than Wall Street.

    In the future, If Wall Street busts, Wall Streeters should suffer and have pay for their next boom; not Main Street. Main Street should be allowed to ignore them.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  235. Fred

    Sorry Jack,
    Steven Colbert has done more than you in learning about the Occupy Movement. I had expected YOU more than anyone to be defending this movement. Every movement has fringe elements. You should look to the core of the effort and spend some time getting to know them. I think you would be surprised at how intelligent and capable these individuals are. Perhaps then you would advocate for them rather than participate in the negative campaign against them. Also, the root of the problem is money and the influence that it has been buying in government. The source of this money is Wall Street. They are where they need to be. Shame on you Jack.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  236. Ricky in Pittsburgh, PA

    They obviously need a leader. More importantly, they should drop some of the ultra hippie/stoner phrases they have been using. The whole jazz hands for yay or nay is kind of childish. Why can't they see that they alone are killing their movement? I sympathize with them. They make good points but the goal is vague, if not completely nonexistent. Nobody can deny the fact that people within the movement have been committing crimes. The whole police brutality needs to stop. They maced an 84 year old women. They were beating people for linking arms. That's a little much. If I were them though I'd focus the effort and get a yourself a face. Make a commercial where everyones face comes together in a collage of the leaders face, it'll work. I ask the grass roots to not give up though because I support the basic message. That there has been class warfare for some time and the rich have clearly won.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  237. Mary Holmes

    The protesters are exactly where they belong – at the scene of the crime. Corporations buy lobbyists that buy legislation and legislators that benefit the 1%. The revolving door between NYC and DC is a huge part of the problem, but the money that is critical to that process is filtered through Wall Street.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  238. Corey

    The message is simple Jack, we are tired of big business and government completely ignoring the majority of Americans. And as far as the movement needing a leader, who was the leader when Egypt when they protested an unjust government? Or who was the leader when Libya overthrew a cruel dictator? Both of those movements seemed to do just fine without a leader.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  239. Barry Feldman

    The next step is to connect the dots between Washington and Wall Street, to spur the realization of the need to VOTE against those Congress members who are being bribed by a few financial kingpins to vote for policies that further increase corporate profits at the expense of the increasingly dire needs of the people.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  240. us1776

    Occupy is similar to the early days of other large protests like Civil Rights and the Vietnam War protests.

    They started off somewhat slow without much of a cohesive message either.

    But later on they both become very powerful movements that changed American society.

    The same will happen as Occupy continues.

    .

    November 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  241. Mycroft Lake Travis Texas

    They need to take polls as to their arguments, concerns, what they want to change and how do they get this country back on track. They need to take a poll to find out who would be able to be their leader. I would recommend someone who is intelligent and articulate, enough to argue effectively what needs to be done and how to do it. That person should have a track record of doing things for the common good of all Americans and cannot be tempted by wealth, as well as fearlessly pursue the 99%'s agenda. I think there are a few possible people up to the task and here is a list of them. Far and away Michael Moore is my first choice and he seems to have committed his life thus far looking out for the 99%, he can win the debates necessary to put into law the legislation necessary to turn things around. There are others that are fighting the good fight and their names are, Rachel Maddow, Ed ,Lawrence O'Donnell, Olberman, Colbert,Daily, Kucinich, and Boxer. I wish I could list the current President, but as you know he has a track record for caving in. Michael Moore please help, your country needs you !

    November 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  242. Terry

    They need to attack the major issues from all possible angles. Protesting is still good but maybe move it to Washington and state capitals. They need leadership. They need to focus on the core issues. They need candidates for office. They need to use social media. They need to continue to disassociate from the psychos.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  243. Rosalie Bhatnagar

    Kansas. It is simple. They have occupied Wall Street. Now they need to move on to Congress. Can they get in there I wonder? I'd love to see them take on the Twelve Apostles that now are deliberating (not very deliberately mind you) about how to lower our deficit. To most of us it is so simple: increasing taxes and lowering entitlements. Could they bring some common sense to these folks? I wonder. Seems to me that Common sense is far removed from the thinking of those twelve on the "super committee". I'd like to see that place occupied though. Like a grand ol party of democracy in action. Like the old days. Free speech. One man, one vote. No money involved!!!

    November 17, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  244. slobro

    A New York City police officer was slashed during Thursday's "Occupy Wall Street" action– and a second cop was taken to a local hospital with an eye injury– after clashes between protesters and activists across lower Manhattan.

    Violence every day from these people. It is shameful.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  245. Andrew

    Hey, they need to Occupy The House and the Senate! Since 45-46% of the House and Senate are Millionaires they need to move that down to 1%. The House and Senate should be with the 99% of people so that they can say where their tax money should be going to and not into the pockets of Millionaires who just want to keep getting richer!

    November 17, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  246. Mark in Houston

    What should they do next? Exactly what they are doing now. With time the opposition will commit some atrocity against them that will flame their cause, unite them and provide specific direction. Until that happens I would suggest they march in mass on congress and use the front steps as a public rest room
    The "Let them eat cake" bunch, thumb their noses at the middle class and the poor, they destroy the American Dream and expect the rest of us to sit back and take it....not going to happen. Those who abuse the masses for personal gain best start reading up on history.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  247. Helen

    I think they need to get more organized with what they are doing its hard to understand what they want from this I understand but I just don't get why they want to sleep out doors and leave such messes that wont accomplish a thing

    November 17, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  248. Wilma

    There next move should be simple: tell us exactly what they want and exactly what the plan is for getting there. Without this critical information, they just seem like crybabies.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  249. Tom

    Next move. Get several leaders to speak for them. Get in front of the banks and lending institutions. They recieved all the bailouts and are sitting on the money they were given. I would also recommend they get out the vote and rid us of the tea party puppets!!

    November 17, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  250. Truthsquad

    Well, why don't they go home, wait until next November and then re-elect Obama, Pelosi and Reid.
    If you live in Massachusetts re-elect Barney Frank and John Kerry.
    Anywhere you live, vote back in the corrupt Democrats.
    If you don't, clean Tea Party, Conservative Republicans will get into office and clean house and rid the country of the corruption like Sarah Palin did in Alaska.
    But wait, you say, The media never told us Palin rid Alaska of Republican corrupt old-boys. The media never told you of all the corruption in Chicago where Obama came from or that Bill Ayersand Van Jones is behind some of these Occupy protests.
    Oh, that's right, It's only Republicans that get money from lobbyists and are personally Responsible for graft and corruption.
    So, re-elect all corrupt Democrats, then blame Republicans!! It's worked so well in the past.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  251. mark in arkansas

    Jack, They need to go to the fire. March on DC where what they are asking for will be noticed. If every city sent their occupiers, they would easily shut down DC.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  252. Pat Tietzen

    Jack – Occupy Wall Street was a catalyst. It spawned 'Occupy_____________(filli n the name of the city) clones not only all over the U.S/, but All over the world!! (We have 'Occupy Vancouver' here and there are other 'Occupy locations across Canada!.and I have watched videos of similar protests in numerous countries.)They have become a venue for the 'voices of ordinary people' to be heard about 'what they see as 'gone wrong' in their cities, their states/provinces, and their countries. The calls for OWS to 'get a leader' and 'get an organized message' might serve for that one place only.....since no 'leader' or 'message' could cover the grievances of all of the 'Occupy' locations. Perhaps 'what it is all about' is exactly what has happened: People have 'gathered together'.......and exercised their right to voice their grievances. I hope they are being heard.
    ADDENDUM: Many of the'Occupy' locations have become a magnet for the jobless, and the homeless mentally ill, and drug addicted. (free food & a safe place to sleep) It is painfully obvious on our TVs, daily, that that lack of jobs, and lack of treatment for the mentally ill and drug addicted are items that 'Occupy' has brought to the forefront.. .and I thank you for covering the 'Occupy' phenomenon!

    SeasiderWR
    White Rock, B.C.
    Canada

    November 17, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  253. BIll in VA

    Either go home and get a life or do something really meaningful and go to Washington and occupy Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House and demand that Obama get serious about jobs, NOW. Get that oil pipeline going NOW. Get the NLRB to let Boeing create jobs in South Carolina NOW. Throttle back the EPA so we can get more miners working coal NOW. Let get going with oil exploration off our coasts, NOW. The best part of all of this is that it is done by private enterprise and not only would not add to the deficit because the government wouldn't pay for it, it would contribute to deficit reduction through increased tax revenues with the added benefit of reducing trade deficits and increasing national security. (if President Obama would read this his likely reaction would be: Private enterprise, what's that?)

    November 17, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  254. Darrell

    Anyone whose patience is wearing thin with OW just doesn't get it. And to those who do get it, their message is crystal clear. Just because they don't reduce their cause to a typical lowest common denominator bumper sticker slogan, doesn't mean they are aimless and not valid.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  255. Rowan

    All protestors can do is make their dissatisfaction known. Occupy is sick of corporate greed and corruption. Now it's Obama's turn and the people's elected officials turn to actively be our advocates and make changes that meet our needs.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  256. MARK, OKLAHOMA CITY

    They should take their Un-American, anti-capitalist rear ends to the nearest airport and fly to Cuba. I'm sure they will enjoy Fidel's anti-capitalist, Un-American policies.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  257. Bob from West Virginia

    I would agree Jack if the OWS movement is to survive "Leadership" needs to emerge. While I have heard some of their concerns and issues through media sound bites, I too am not clear as to what are their beefs, what do they want, how do they think they are going to get it etc. I think they are having group meetings, both physical and through social media, to discuss these things and reach some sort of consensus on these questions. However, while their efforts at perhaps "pure democracy" are noble, even with technology it is a daunting task and reinforces that "representative democracy" is far from dead and perhaps more practical. Thus they need to determine/elect their leadership/spokesperson(s)/facilitators, etc.; determine and consolidate their issues and concerns; and tell us what they what in terms of proposed solutions to their concerns. If that doesn't occur soon OWS will breakdown and fade into obscurity and be remembered at just a group whiners and squatters.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  258. Darrell from Broxton

    Anyone whose patience is wearimg thin with OW just doesn't get it. And to those who do get it, their message is crystal clear. Just because they don't reduce their cause to a typical lowest common denominator bumper sticker slogan, doesn't mean they are aimless and not valid.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  259. Brian Wickremasinghe - Woodland Hills

    Go and vote en-mass. Get rid of the senators / congressmen who played politics rather than serve. Get rid of those who are in the pockets of big business. Vote for term limits. New brooms sweep well – when they become old change them again. Let the elected officials know that they WILL be replaced if they are not accountable.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  260. Greg, Western North Carolina

    Government should provide everyone of them a free one way ticket out of out Country. These people should be utilizing their time applying for a job rather than looking for a free handout. While awaiting a job they could do volunteer work which would offset the tax dollar I pay in for keeping them up. We have to many uncontrolled welfare handouts many of those most likely used our handout to purchase these tents.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  261. Arthur L. Rauscher

    Hey Jack

    First AND foremost they should NEVER have been allowed to CAMP out on PUBLIC property! It IS and has ALWAYS been ILLEGAL!

    November 17, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  262. Ryan, Minneapolis

    It is simple what will happen next. The OWS movement has only two real choices left. The first is to let things carry on as they are and become even more decentralized as their camps get disbanded and lose the peer pressure that exerted the control they have now.. The second choice is to risk getting a leader and hope she/he will not sell or become corrupt themselves.
    Neither choice is ideal for the movement, but the tea party had this same choice to make. Whether a leader will emerge or chaos all depends on how the movement evolves/devolves from here. Either path could accomplish the demands of OWS, or both could fail miserably.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  263. John Herzog

    Pretty simple.....Just state the obvious......the top 1% has seen their net equity go up 270% in the last 15 years, while the other 99% are treading water!!.......Their maximum federal tax rate has come down from 91 to 75 to 50 to 39.6 to 35%, while their capital gains rate has plummeted from 35 to 28 to 20 to 15%......no small wonder the rich are getting richer and the poor poorer..........Taxes on the rich must be modestly raised to even the playing field and reduce the deficit!!!

    November 17, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  264. roc from selkirk

    OWS needs to continue on the same course . Today is a slap in the face to the goon squads that destroyed the tent cities. The people of this country are tired of the denegration of our rights and this is a small way of letting the disfunctional government know that we have been ignored for years while the politicians have glommed up to the rich. Impeach congress for not upholding the Constitution by their lack of upholding "domestic tranquility" and the "gereral welfare" of the country.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  265. Linda Illinois

    How about they do something normal and run primary candidates next year that agree with them? It worked for the tea party

    November 17, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  266. Marty

    The problem is not Washington, unless you expect politicians to be honest and representatives of the people, grow up and take a dose of reality. Politicians and the groups that support them democratic and republican are only interested in where the money is coming from. The folks camping out in the parks and walking the streets know this so they are concentrating on the people buying the politicians Wall Street, Banks, Labor, AARP and all the rest. The 99 percent can not stop the greed and corruption in Washington because the one percent are the ones controlling the money they feed on. The one percent have to be convinced that they have to stop feeding the corruption if we are going to survive as a nation. The next step for Occupy is Hit the parks and the streets and let everyone know what you think the problems are because talking to the news , politicians and political groups just gets us back to eating from the same trough of slop we been feeding on for fifty years.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  267. Paid Democrat Shill from Daily Kos

    Hi, I am an incredibly successful business man who has vote Republican every election until Obama.

    Occupy Protestors are perfect and never do anything wrong. All wrong doing is someone else's fault. I saw a cop purposely fling his head directly into a protestors fist, just to start a fight.

    then I saw a piece of pavement, probably a rogue Tea Party piece of pavement, grab a match from a protestor and light it and then lit itself on fire. It's amazing how spontaneous combustion happens at these protests, must be global warming – I mean climate change.

    Also, the garbage was already there, I saw a cop kick some garbage down the street into an occupy encampment.

    Then there was the rapists and drug dealers who weren't too busy running for the Republican Presidnetial Nomination that they stopped by the occupy protest and got caught.

    So that explain it. THe Occupy people have are not responsible for anything.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  268. Rick

    The major source of our country's problems is not Washington, but the money that flows from the "1%' that controls Washington. and that Jack is the overriding message that Occupy Wall Street has raised loud and clear..So no , going to Wall Street and the streets and parks of America,not Washington to bring this discussion to the table, has been effective for a spontaneous movement that began a short 2 months ago. The next move ? ..to continue to grow and organize into an effective movement that will resurrect the middle class !

    November 17, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  269. Robert Stroney

    What should #OccupyWallStreet 's next move be? Answer: Time to #Occupy Washington D.C. – Time for a formal inquiry into @SpeakerBoehner s' IPO insider trading profits while he was in Office. Time for #OccupyWallStreet to move into commercial space so they can "weather the tide".

    November 17, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  270. lynn dior

    I hope that they continue to be disruptive, disorganized, and offensive. As each day passes, their relevency diminishes, and their millionaire liberal supporters look more like hypocritical idiots. Nancy Pelosi called them FOCUSED?
    Eventually, they will go away–either to jail, rehab, or mommy's McMansion. Can they please take Michael Moore, Obama, and DC's liberal elite with them....please?

    November 17, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  271. Karla - Houston Tx

    If the elected officials would have protedted "we the people" from Wall Street before this economic explosion, like Wall Street is being protected from the 99% at this moment, we as a nation would not be in the financial hardship we find ourselves in.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  272. Jamie White, Tacoma WA

    The best thing they could do is start a movement to force Congress to create a new amendment to the Constitution to alter the 14th Amendment to add the words "Natural born or naturalized" in front of the word citizen. Keep the phony "persons" in the form of corporations out of funding campaigns.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  273. Steve (NYC)

    Jack... Aside from remaining strong the OWS movement needs to do 3 things:
    1) Articulate specific grievances and narrow the focus of their message (rather than venting very broad frustrations)
    2) Clarify who these specific grievances should be directed towards. There are plenty in the '1%' who aren't responsible for the current state of things and plenty in the '99%' who are. The whole 99%/1% framing of their argument might sound nice on paper, but ultimately muddles their overall point by placing blame on people who might not have caused the increasing income inequity (and even some who might support their cause) even if they happened to have benefited by it. Blindly lashing out is something you'd expect from the Tea Party. They have to be better than that.
    3) Outline reality-based solutions with reality based means of implementing them. This includes creating a network of people and whatever finances they can muster to come up with reasonable solutions and back candidates who will support these solutions.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  274. Alan

    Excuse me Jack, in your report you asserted that the problem is mostly with Washington DC, which is incorrect. Ultimately, it will end there of course, but this is a movement against big business and the influence they have over Washington. It is absolutely appropriate to occupy the streets across this land and protest the big businesses that have created this 1% "majority".

    This movement is to let the 1% know that an awakening is taking place in this country and is progressing at a fine pace, regardless of media spin. The messages are being organized and they have various points. I suggest that you not knowing the message is not a reflection of the movement, but rather a reflection on your interest in understanding the movement. Google some intelligent searches and you will see that the movement is progressing at an appropriate pace and is only the beginning. This will ultimately lead to a battle over the Federal Reserve and whether that private (non-government) institution should even exist.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  275. Mike M. Scappoose, OR

    form a political party called "The Other 99%" and put all these bums out of office, get rid of lobbying and start term limits.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  276. Lou in Tampa/St. Pete.

    occupy dc, tens (hundreds) of thousands around the capitol...make'em call out the national guard, raise hell and shut down the capitol. maybe when people get shot, congress will wake up and give up the millions from the lobbyists...then again, probably not.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  277. Wilma

    Please change "there" to "their." I typed too fast.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  278. Heaven Chamberlain

    The next move of Occupy Wall Street, at least the Occupy Iowa chapter, will be Occupy the Iowa Caucuses. We here in Iowa are preparing to occupy Candidates' campaign offices so that the various messages we carry can be heard by the people who want to be or currently are the President of the United States. That's what Iowa's move is.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  279. Teaparty01

    Take a shower while eating 1/2 a bar of soap

    November 17, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  280. Randy

    OCCUPY HOLIDAYS! You want attention, start a boycott of the holidays by keeping your money in your pockets and keeping walmart and the rest of the corporate slime balls in the red and watch their attitudes change overnight. Skype your family members instead of traveling for Christmas and watch how fast gas prices drop. I say get in the gutter with these people and hit em in the gut. That's obviously all they understand.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  281. Dave In Texas

    Jack, I applaude the OWS crowd. Please encourage them to keep it up..Don't give in. As a conservative Republican, these guys are music to my eyes especially since Pelosi, democrats and Obama have shown support for them.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  282. Brian J. Carpenter

    Yeah, they should just, "Keep-up the good work".

    As they say, when u r going through Hell; just keep on going.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:57 pm |