Are the protests spreading across the U.S. the sign of an 'American Spring'?
October 6th, 2011
04:00 PM ET

Are the protests spreading across the U.S. the sign of an 'American Spring'?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Today is the 20th day of protests down on Wall Street ... and the movement is picking up steam all across the country.

The demonstrators are critical of the growing economic gap in the United States. They say they take their inspiration from the "Arab Spring" protests that overthrew governments and dictators and continue to cause massive chaos across the Middle East and North Africa.

But in the beginning, barely anyone even noticed. There were a few hundred people with signs, peacefully walking around Manhattan's Financial District, talking about corporate greed and inequality.

And when they were finally noticed, they weren't taken seriously. Reporters made fun of them, saying they didn't even know what they protesting about.

Well, now the unions are joining in and supporting them, and the crowds are suddenly starting to look like this. There were thousands of protesters in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday. There have been hundreds of arrests.

And it's not just New York. Protesters are beginning to take to the streets nationwide, including in Los Angeles; Boston; San Francisco; Denver; Chicago; Seattle; Spokane, Washington; Philadelphia; Houston; Dallas; Tampa; St. Louis; Savannah, Georgia; Hartford, Connecticut; and Washington.

This isn't a joke, and the media would be well advised to take them seriously. Their grievances are real, their numbers are growing, and the rest of us would be well advised to pay attention.

So far, these protests have been peaceful, for the most part. So far. But the more they spread and grow, the bigger a problem it becomes for Washington.

Our federal government should take note. Protests over economic conditions and government cutbacks have turned violent elsewhere in the world. People will only take so much.

Here’s my question to you: Are the protests spreading across the U.S. the sign of an "American Spring"?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Matt in Illinois:
Let's hope so. If we don't become concerned with social justice, we will become a third world country very soon. It is time to "take the keys" back and focus on what we need to do together to restore our standard of living and civility.

Larry in Denver:
Not even close. Without "unity of purpose", it gets cold and it’s over. This is great press, too bad there is no message. Think back to the 60's and Viet Nam. What's the message here? When Americans get cold, they take shelter. Think this will be happening when the wind chill is 15 degrees on a cold November day?

RoseLee on Facebook:
Yes, Jack, they are. People are becoming aware that they sat on their bottoms for too long.

Pat in Michigan:
I believe it is the everyday "worker" saying enough is enough. When we were in school, we feared the playground bullies until one of us stood up to them and found out they were really cowards. It is no different now except the bullies have stolen our retirement money and our politicians helped them.

Sherrie in Indiana:
Hell no, Jack. It isn't a sign of an "American Spring". It's a sign of George Soros. Plus, a lot of grossly ignorant people who appear to believe that we can spin straw into gold.

Summer in California:
Call it what you will. The fact remains that everyday Americans are tired of being put last on the list. We ultimately pay for everything, yet in reality we have little to no say on how our money is spent. The reason you see protests in the streets is because the government has either grown deaf to our pleas or has been rendered so ineffectual that we need to rethink our 3 branches of government. Come what may, I'm glad our voices are finally being heard and the American people are finally doing something about this.

Olga in Austin, Texas:
I wish! I am 70 years old and wish I had the mobility to go out there and walk the streets with them… all of them.

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  1. John from Alabama

    Jack: The protest around the country cover many complaints about our nation. Lack of jobs in this nation, the rich get richer and get more taxcuts than the law should allow, grid lock in Washington D.C., and no one in Wall Street have gone to jail or been charged with any crime over the housing mess created in this country. These are serious complaints, but the answers are not forth coming.

    October 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  2. Duff

    Wall street

    The American Way is taking risks' and invest in an idea that the public agrees with and votes with their dollars to support that idea . This is the heart of investing. You do this by either buying shares of a company you feel will prosper and provide you return on your investment. You do this by lending money as in buying bonds of the company to support them in their endeavor. Being a long-term investor support our economy is the American. Investing is for the long-term.

    The daily buying and selling of company shares just to make money and not provide support to the general economy, is not investing it is gambling and taking money from those who were spooked by the new coming from these short term thieves or so-called Wall Street insiders that live on trading in rumors on a daily basis.

    These Wall Street manipulators preach being unregulated they love being able to sell stuff they don't even own, so they can spread information that will spook investors into selling and drive down the cost such that they can buy at this lower value to cover what they sold at a higher price. This is not investing it is stealing, no one should be able to sell anything they don’t own. It should not be allowed. This is not regulation this is common sense.

    These Wall Street manipulator invent computer programs to cause volatility in the market, trading on the rapid trends. This is not investing this does not make jobs it makes money off the losses of others, it should not be allowed. This is not regulation this is common sense.

    It is not investing if you know that if you make bad decisions, that the public will bail you out because you scared them into thinking you are too big to fail. We should ensure that no investment company or bank, can get too big to fail .Failure is way of life not being allowed to do it by being bailed out is not the American way. This is not regulation it is common sense.

    October 6, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  3. Scott James - Frisco, TX

    No Jack, the American spring started in 2009. It was called the TEA Party!! The current protests are little more than people being paid by the unions to cause trouble. If we want real change in this country, it will come through the TEA Party that has a central theme and message. Less spending, LIMITED government!!

    October 6, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  4. Lori - PA


    Let's see. We have companies that put in their Help Wanted ads, "Those unemployed need not apply". We have companies with profits in the billions either getting subsidies or not paying taxes (BP and Bank of America). We have people losing, for various reasons, everything they've worked so hard for. And now, banks want to impose fees on people who can't possibly meet the "no fee" conditions.The protests that are cropping up were inevitable. It’ remains to be seen if our government finally listens.

    October 6, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  5. martyn bignell

    I believe it could be a sign that Americans at long last have had enough, it is time to reverse the de-regulatiion brought in by Reagan, it is also time to dump the federal reserve. Begin a former priminister of Israel once said of Saudia Arabia that it is not a state it is a family, along simular lines one could say that the United States is not a country but a corporation; I do not want flat out socialism, but flat out captilism is frankly just as bad simply because a company's only concern is the bottom line, hopefully these brave young people will inspire other Americans to do the right thing; Q.E.D. Take your country back from those that have stolen it from you, and I include the senate and congress.

    Martyn Fort Lauderdale.

    October 6, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  6. Danny Tyrell

    Yes Bill, it is every Early Spring. Ground is still frozen but the seeds have arrived and we are starting them in cups on the window pane. Occupy Wall Street and those across the Country are just a small beginning. The "Tea Party" have had their moment. The little Media Darlings that CNN, FOX and all other Networks have made them. Think of "Occupy Wall Street" as the quiet Step Sister who was scrubbing the floors while the others went to the ball. Odds are we will never get the Glass Slipper but we will make life better for the next generations.

    October 6, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  7. Jk from Minnesota

    I certainly hope so. I hope this results in an honest to goodness credible 3rd party and is not co-oped and funded by the corporate funded astroturf groups such as Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Works.
    I would also hope that credible candidates who aren't beholdin to the billionaires and special interests can make it to the ballots to give voters a real choice.
    I also hope that this group doesn't try to take over one of the 2 rotten parties we currently have like the last supposedly grass roots group did.
    Bottom line is if you are unhappy with the way things are "working" in Washington, you have to get involved in the process to improve it.

    October 6, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  8. Ken Victoria BC

    May I add that in British Columbia, our citizens revolted against an unfair sales tax. Therefore, there is power to the people if the cause in justified. Good luck,at least Mr. Wolf will not be bored if there is a revolt.

    October 6, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  9. Mel - Houston

    It's rare Jack, but; the answer to this question is the premise of the second question of the day. Push anyone far enough they'll all revolt. No one likes taking government assistance. The Wall Street executives are so out of touch with everyday people that push back from the masses is the only way to get their attention. Only time will tell if that has occured yet.

    October 6, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  10. Kenneth Sheehy

    It would be great for the democratic nature of America if these protests were the sign of an American spring, but, unfortunately, the main players lack a cohesive strategy, and any form of solid ideological platform. In my opinion, they need to draw up a set of values, or at least a plan, so as to allow the group expand its base, and lead a campaign, which could, arguably, change America, in the most profound way possible. Isn't that really the American dream? The poor, and disenfranchised, mobilizing in the name of change. The neglected majority taking back their county. I guess I am one of the 99%

    October 6, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  11. David of Alexandria VA

    I drovet by the protest in DC this morning Jack. It was about 100 people, half of whom looked like professional protesters of whatever issue comes by and half looked like college kids who had never been to a protest but thought the idea was cooler than actually going to class. There were about as many reporters as participants. I guess if its "spreading accross the US" its getting spread pretty thin.

    October 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  12. Phyllis G. Williams

    Q. Are the protests spreading across the U.S. the sign of an "American Spring"?

    A It is a 'Spring' of American Ignorance "Men ought always to pray, and not to faint"(Luke 18: 1).
    God says we are His Children, giving us all things visible and invisible free, a free earth,
    a free Heaven (Revelation 21: 7) if we will serve Him. "the Lord searcheth All hearts,
    and understandeth All the imaginations of the thoughts"(1st Chronicles 28: 9)
    "the Word of God...is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).
    "There remaineth therefore a REST to the people of God" (Hebrews 4: 9).
    Prayer not Protests "All these things shall be added unto you" (Luke 12: 30,31,32) (1st John 5: 14,15).


    October 6, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  13. Peg from NY

    It sure is! Americans are as mad as hell and they are not going to take it anymore!

    October 6, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  14. Annie, Atlanta

    Hopefully. How long can we take Wall Street rewarding themselves with billions of dollars, after they crashed the global economy gambling, keeping their winnings, and letting the rest of us cover the losses with our tax dollars. The fact that this has been allowed for this long is an insult. And that's putting it mildly. Did you catch the video of the Wall Streeters toasting from a balcony above the protestors, with champaign. How about that for a kick in the face?

    October 6, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  15. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    It is not, now is the winter of our discontent, but rather now is a winter of our discontent.

    We have not as a society reached the level of total frustration and uselessness, but if we continue to march to outdated absolute ideologies, if we continue to build walls of contempt towards one another rather than coming together as a people, one day that winter Shakespeare beautifully referenced will be the nuclear winter of all discontent, the implosion of the American culture brought on by our greed and lust for power.

    October 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  16. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    The protesting across the country is trying to send a message to those who control the wealth of the country--sadly, it will only be preceived as a "noise maker." It is call the Golden Rule of Economics---those who have the Gold-–make the rules--you can love it-–or leave it.

    October 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  17. Sherrie

    Hell no, Jack. It isn't a sign of an "American Spring". It's a sign of George Soros. Plus, a lot of grossly ignorant
    people who appear to believe that we can spin straw into gold.

    Morgan County

    October 6, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  18. Mycroft Lake Travis TX

    Jack, I truly hope so ! Were having one on the fourteenth of October, down here in Austin. It should be a real hummdinger, the people are really hungry to an end to "Scooter Libby Justice" (White Collar Crime). We're hoping to get President Obama's and Eric Holder's attention, so they might start investigating these White Collar Crimes. Our country can't recover if we keep allowing these finacial crimes. Holding the Prez's feet to the fire, so to speak. I am the 99%, and I urge my fellow Patriotic Americans to action and whole heartedly thank the American Patriots already taking action on Wall Street !

    October 6, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  19. Janne from NC

    I think that is an insult to those brave people that took part in the Arab Spring. Those people were fighting for freedom and basic human rights. Just what is it that these Wall Street protesters want? Do they want the banks to just open up the vaults and just give them money ? Isn’t that how we got in this mess in the first place? When did people start to think that banks are in business to promote social justice? Last time I checked they are in business to make money. If you don’t like your bank’s policies choose another bank or keep your money in you mattress. That’s called capitalism. I need a new car, should I go out and protest in front of the Ford dealership because the high prices they demand keep me in a used piece of junk? And people like Michael Moore need to just shut up and sit down. Its pretty hard to take him serious when he probably has millions in that very bank he is protesting in front of. By the way, excellent question Jack !

    October 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  20. Summer from California

    Call it what you will, that fact remains that everyday Americans are tired of being put last on the list. We ultimately pay for everything, yet in reality we have little to no say on how our money is spent (or in the present case on how money should NOT be spent). The reason why you see protests in the streets is because the government has either grown deaf to our pleas or has been rendered so ineffectual that we need to rethink our 3 branches of government. Come what may, I'm glad our voices are finally being heard and the American people are finally doing something about this instead of playing ostrich.

    October 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  21. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Jack, I think it is a signed of American s Spring. The average American citizen is fed up with what has been happening to them and Washington refusal to compromise and help solve the many problems facing them. This is the only way for the average American citizen to express themselves. They have no expensive lobbyist in Washington protecting their interest. It does no good to write or call your representatives in Washington because Washington only has interest in protecting the rich and powerful. This is why we are becoming a nation of rich and poor.

    October 6, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  22. Pat in Michigan

    I believe it is the everyday "worker " saying enough is enough.When we were in school we feared the playground bullies until one of us stood up to them and found out they were realy cowards.
    It is no different now except the bulies have stolen our retirement money and our politicians helped them.

    October 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  23. Ed from California

    It's a sign of the 99% isn't too happy with Boehner/Cantor/Teabagg'n-Kochplicans. Didn't Boehner and Cantor run on the platform of, "Where are the jobs"? Well....where are the jobs? You can't blame Obama or Pelosi...they don't control Congress,or control the checkbook of the country(they can't spend any money). The Teabagg'n-Kochplicans and its bought off servants do, such as Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, Joe Walsh, Bachmann, Ron and Rand Paul. Theses people can return all of the oursourced jobs, end the unfair trade balance w/communist China, or end all business dealing w/communist China, end the corruption in Wall st and at the Banks....but they're all bought off.....so.."Oh, Hell no you can't". And they wrap themselves all up in the flag too....just like Rupert Murdock and his FOX"News", very sad indeed.

    October 6, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  24. David in Tampa

    You bet Jack. This country is waking up to the fact that our government does not have the interests of the American people at heart, and capitalism as practiced in the nation is even more broken than the government. Currently both are terribly flawed institutions. Though basically a good document, our Constitution is in drastic need of updating, I don't want to live in the eighteenth or nineteenth centuries, do you? I don't want religious nut cases forcing me to live their interpretation of Holy Writ. Government can no longer deal sanely with problems because of hyper-partisanship and hypocritical ideology. Business is concerned only with the welfare of stockholders and management. It, at best, is run amorally then screams bloody murder when laws and regulations impose constraints. We need a lot of work and neither government nor business seems capable of doing what needs to be done.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  25. Vinny in Connecticut

    Most of these 'protesters' have no idea why they're there! Many are young people who come from very affluent homes. Some have signs honoring 'Che' who was a murderous totalitarian who killed thousands of people who opposed him, including gays, people with AIDS and anyone else whom he saw as a threat. Soros, a BILLIONAIRE, is funding much of these protests against 'the rich'! Lenin would call these protesters "USEFUL IDIOTS" and he'd be right!

    October 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  26. curtis in philadelphia

    Wouldn't that be nice, but sadly most Americans are too fat and happy buying cheap stuff from Walmart and sitting on their butts eating fast food while watching cable TV to really make a difference, but its the thought that counts, right?

    October 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  27. Rich McKinney, Texas

    No I don't think so Jack. I think it is a sign of frustration. Misguided frustration mostly. I mean come on. Did Wall Street cause these peoples problems? No it didn't but they are an easy target for blame. Did the president really cause these peoples problems? No but he is an easy target to blame. People never want to blame themselves for their own poor financial decisions. When they have cable TV in every room, each member of the family has a cell phone, internet access and all the latest electronic games available and then they can not pay their bills they need a scapegoat. These people need only look in the mirror to find blame.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  28. Matt

    Let's hope so. If we don't be concerned with social justice we will become a third world country very soon. It is time to "take the keys" back and focus on what we need to do together to restore our standard of living and civility.


    October 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  29. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    It's a sign to China, "Going Out of Business". We are slowly but steadily going in the wrong direction and until we wake up to the reality that we need to own our own debt and limit spending to what we bring in then we'll continue to spiral downwards. We really are the divided cultures of America, rich and the rest of us.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  30. Larry -Denver

    Not even close. Without :"unity of purpose" it gets cold, its over. This is great press, too bad there is no message. Think back to the 60's and Viet Nam. What's the message here? When Americans get cold they take shelter. Think this will be happening when the wind chill is 15degrees on a cold November day? Too bad, its not happening in DC. The center of the US.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  31. Micah Miller of Canton

    Maybe if we are lucky Jack this will be 'The Fall of Wall Street'. For too long corporations have demanded the blood sweat and tears of the American worker... Now it is time we paid them back for all that debt they gave us.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  32. Floyd - Crescent City, CA

    It seems that everything they are demonstrating for has some merit. If only one or more of those Politicians running for President would join them for a day, they might get the credibility they deserve.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  33. Frances

    This is what many of us have been angry about for a long time, the rich have been getting richer and the middle class dropping awhile the poor are getting poorer. It seemed as though no one was paying attention or listening to the people. The tea party Republicans talking point is "class warfare" when confronted with the fact of the disparity in income. This is an historical wage gap.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  34. Troy from Kennesaw

    Well that depends on what you define as "American" Jack. Our founding fathers set a course for our nation to follow which would allow for individuals to escape from the tyrannical central government and massive centralized banks which indebted half of Europe due to wars and inflation. Not to mention the fact that these same men laid out one of the best governmental structures ever conceived by any nation up until that time. One in which the people rule.
    Perhaps you should answer this question, Jack: Why have Americans not formed protests such as these against our corrupt and useless government sooner? Why has it taken us young people to try and start the revolution? Why is it that our founding principles have been tossed out of the window as so much other sense has as well?

    I don't think I can answer any of those questions without feeling sick to my stomach...

    October 6, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  35. Frances

    This is the middle class and the former middle class out there protesting the greed of the fat cats on Wall Street, the banks, and the large corporations,. The wage gap is at an historical high. The tea party Republicans will not hear of a tax on the millionaires and billionaires even to create jobs for the millions of workers who have lost out to the greed of outsourcing, wage reductions, union busting, and million dollar bonuses.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  36. chris

    yes it is going to spread like a virus until something is doen like now not 5 or 10 years from now

    October 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  37. Louise Zeitlin, Annapolis, MD

    Yes, finally people are getting out their and making their voices heard ... and this is not your Republican tea party group this is everyone else.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  38. Noel Sivertson Roswell New Mexico.

    Let's hope it is an American Spring that will lead to a Republican/Teaparty Fall.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  39. René

    All I know from the reports on tv is that these people are against a lot of things that are happening right now but I don't hear any constructive ideas about how they wanna change things, for others or even themselves. I therefore wouldn't call it a 'Spring', yet.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  40. Larry in Houston

    no, I don't think so, Jack. I think it's only a temporary thing – in another 13 months, there will be another President in Office – and will promise them Jobs – they will be working somewhere – so they won't have time to be around wall street protesting. I've noticed the photos & clips of the people – some of them look like they've been on welfare or on type of government assistance for awhile, now. The Unions may be backing them by word, but certainly there aren't that many union workers that are in attendance. Those people aren't your regular people that are currently working in Hospotals / your Doctors / Nurses / Teachers / Board of Education workers / such as school bus drivers / people that currently working in Banks / Or Lawyers / Or people that have to be at work every day, such as people that have to work in the Newspaper Offices / Convenience stores / or the Malls.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  41. Steve, Clifton, VA

    It's more a sign of the "American Fall" if the top Wall Street income earners or the 1 % of the American population doesn't start to ensure greater equity in the distribution of wealth in this country....

    October 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  42. Rick, Medina, OH


    These protests reflect frustration with the economy and the political gridlock that has ensued. Politicians need to pay attention: voters with their 'blood pressure' raised a bit tend to vote!

    Medina, OH

    October 6, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  43. Dottor. Giorgio

    No, Unfortunately, the "American Spring", ended in 1970. These "Wall Street" protests will remain minor, and powerless. The protestors, union members, and bystanders have been very carefully watched, intercepted, screened, and processed, whether arrested or not! These cries for the improvement of the low and middle class plihts will be actively snubbed out by the same people who hold power and the fortune of America! Unions? What's a union? The Republicans call these minor, passive congregations unpatriotic, and unamerican. Is it unamerican to ask for the security of a life with adequate housing, food, clothing, education, and jobs? Without true,altruistic leaders and philosophers, no society can endu

    October 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  44. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    As far as I care they all can bounce on a spring mattress. They need to look around the world and see how many people are out of all their bare necessities and look at our own people that are without jobs, and money than tell me who is better off.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  45. MIark from Voorhees, NJ

    It should be, Jack. We need to get money out of politics, but what congressperson or senator would vote for that when they owe their offices to corporate contributors. We need to stop the wars, NOW, and close the more than 150 military bases we have around the world. but what legislator would vote for that when military contractors support their campaigns? And we need to have air to breathe and clean water, but who of our bought and paid for government would oppose the oil companies who don't care much if they foul the environment? If they ruin the water supply, then they can start overcharging us for water too... if it isn't a sign of an American Spring, it should be.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  46. Bill of New Mexico

    1) "America's Spring"–will it be; or will it not be?

    2) How fast is the middle-class collapsing?

    3) Is the lower-class accepting their new members?

    4) What are the expectations of the middle-class?

    5) If the middle-class settles for minimum wage–the "American Spring" fails!

    6) If the middle-class does not settle for minimum wage–then the "American Spring" blooms!

    7) Gosh! America has almost a decade for it to fail.

    8.) But, lock the door–just to be on the safe side!

    9.) Don't bother with the lights–the utility has already turned them off.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  47. Gary

    Jack, the demonstrations will increase all across this country and the Republicans still haven't figured it out that if they don't help fix the economy they will all be gone in 2012 elections, Obama will win in 2012 and Kristie will win in 2016, maybe the Republicans and Speaker Boehner will learn something while they sit on the sidelines for four years waiting for 2016.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  48. Dave - Phx

    American's are disgusted with the rich destroying our country. It's real, and if you think the Tea Party was something just you wait and see. American's are finally waking up to the fact that we are corporate slaves and they are our masters. They matter more than we do, have more rights, and have more representative government that exists only to steal from us to server them.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  49. TomInRochNY

    They're a sign of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. It's too big a problem, Jack, to leave it to only one season. And, too big a problem to leave until after the next election. Are you listening Congress? I seem to recall similar things happening during the Great Depression. I hope we've learned enough to not repeat history. Things got ugly back then. So, how about you people on Capitol Hill start making the tough decisions, not the convenient ones. Cut, reform, increase. Before there isn't anything left to cut, reform or increase.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  50. Kathie

    we need to take our country back fromthe 1% and their money gods. this movement has hit a nerve with the tea party/gop given the facts that they are attacking it. the tea party/gop don't object to the rich getting away with essentially robbing the 99% and filling their coffers ever fuller. the tea party/gop is getting more defensive - might they be seeing the writing on the wall that we are not going to take it anymore!?

    October 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  51. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    99% of the American people are mad as hell and aren't going to take it anymore! 14,000,000 unemployed Americans are chasing ZERO JOB GROWTH! Things are getting desperate as folks run up their credit cards (If they have them.) to make ends meet, are losing their homes to foreclosure and loved ones to lack of medical insurance. Frankly, I'm amazed the protests didn't happen sooner!

    October 6, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  52. Wolverine 1 Sterling Hts. Mi

    Jack, I'm 55, unemployed after 33 years with the same company, and ready to march on Washington. My Congresswoman sends me Emails toeing the Republican line, but can't respond to my questions on why no jobs programs from her side of the aisle. Perhaps she needs to look out her office window, and see a million or more faces staring back to get the message.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  53. Bert from L.A.

    Hi Jack, I bet you sure it is! Reaganomics failed; corporatists’ tax-cuts, deregulation of corporations, and mergers of global corporations. The Big Lie that our nation’s wealth will “trickle down” if placed in the grip of speculators who play the world’s stock markets created the Financial Crisis of 2007 and on. It’s time to bury Reaganomics and tax and regulate corporations and banks.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  54. Carla from Birmingham, Alabama

    YES - I hope and pray it is. The majority of Americans have been oppressed by the wealthy and big business long enough. We've carried them on our bent and broken backs and cannot handle the burden anymore - we can no longer pay taxes to cover the share of millionaires who get away with paying little or nothing. The members of Congress are wealthy - they're not going to vote to tax themselves. The remnants of the middle class are taxed out and maxed out. Instead of cutting the benefits we have in our old age after we've worked ourselves to death and have nothing to show for it, the wealthy should be funding those benefits and paying the debt of thanks they owe to us.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  55. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    really don't know, Jack, BUT it's about time average people "took it to the street". I just hope it gets the governments attention AND doesn't get "hijacked" like the original Tea Party did.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  56. Gigi Oregon

    It's a most interesting time in our country. We have a stubborn, backroom deals with lobbyist, government. Who are responsible for the mess on wall street, by removing regulations etc. And for bailing out corporate America and their fraud against the people. Did they learn a lesson. NO, because they got away with the last greed project, now they are trying their next greed attack. I was watching the wall street protest and saw a sign that read "Capital VS Christianity" so I looked it up what a surprise to learn that in America capitalism was banned in it's early history. And until the 1800's it was called evil by the churches. "In God we trust" hogwash. That's just a scam to keep the little pawns in line. And the Church has some questions to answer and be held accountable for their sins, no God does not hate the poor, elderly, children or the stranger in our land. . The Republican Party had better get a new slogan like "in Corporate America we trust" or clean up their philosophy. Thanks to the Internet there is not a question that can be asked that does not have a answer or an opinion. History is a wonderful thing. We should teach it in our schools and learn from it.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  57. Renee Peoria,Ill

    The reason they weren't taken seriously at first is because they are protesting greed; unlike the tea party which is backed by greed. 'Money makes the world go round' which is why those with the most money have the most say. Is that the democratic way? If they tried mass arrests at a tea party protest the media would scream bloody murder. So much for 'liberal media'. But peaceful protests against Wall Street screwing all of us is being portrayed by too many in the media as violent upstarts. These protests are exactly what our founding fathers wanted, the right of the people to demand equality in their lives and fairness from their government. The American Spring was over 200 years ago, corporate greed just took us backward. We'd like to start moving forward again.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  58. Dennis north carolina

    It may be what we need in this country to bring the government back to the people not to big business or the rich!!!!!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  59. bud rupert

    I'm not sure about the "Spring" analog but I agree with you. We should pay attention and take these cries for help with some seriousness. This, in some ways, is like the 1920-30's where the top 1% – or less – controlled more wealth then the entire bottom 40% combined. Production stays high but demand dries up and Walah – great recession or worse! We have got to have a serious discussion about solutions to our troubles. Platitudes and Cliches from the distant past does not cut it. Tell Barak to call Newt. I'm no fan of the GOP but I would want Newt in the room when working on solutions

    October 6, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  60. Dan in Albuquerque

    I believe this movement far overshadows the tea party, which is low in ratings with the American people for good reasons. I just hope these protestors turn their anger into the only weapon that really works:votes. Don't try to destroy Wall Street and banks, just elect people who will make them more responsive to the people, and enact reasonable controls over unfair practices. We need those companies to survive, but they certainly need strong oversight, something the GOP despises.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  61. Jack-o-lantern Houston

    It's the sign of Republicans' seeking reelection on a platform of much-ado-about-doing-nothing and the Dems cheering them on as if they had a stake in it; and all the while, this American Spring, on Wall Street where the bitterness of a government doing nothing festers, becomes an unamerican whipping post for the elite.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  62. Jeff In Minnesota

    Maybe you're wealthy enough Jack that what Wall Street and the Banks did to cause the financial crises just doesn't bother you. There are record numbers of people unemployed and we're likely headed into another recession. The only difference between this point in time and the Titanic is that the Titanic had a dance band. These people are tired of being on the wrong end of the stick and don't feel their going to get any better treatment in the future. No different than the Greeks, Irish and Portugese.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  63. Arthur Sayed

    No, and I say this with regret. Occupy Wall Street is just the Left’s version of the Tea Party and it has taken on the same course. The Tea Party started out as a legitimate protest against taxation without representation and Occupy Wall Street started out as a legitimate protest against the banking industry that privatizes profits and socializes losses. Both are now fronts for the Republican and Democratic parties. If you want to know how close we are to having an American Spring, take a poll to see how many Americans think President Obama is a dictator. The remarkably low number will tell you we’re just a nation of blind sheep.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  64. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    If this is the 'American Spring' then they need to get their act together before the 'winter' of the Tea Party gains any more support and eventually places one of their 'darlings' in the White House. Perhaps Sarah Palin can be their spokesperson, as she was for the Tea Party....oh that's right, she's not running.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  65. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    Rather than a spring, I think it's an upwelling of frustration and desperation of the average American. CEOs' payscales have gone out of sight over the past 20 years. Bankers and traders make gobs of money, but pay proportionately fewer taxes than ever. There are numerous other inequities, but when workers' pay is stagnant or reduced due to inflation or business moves to "Right to be Underpaid" states, something needs to change. I just pray that there is a solution without violence.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  66. Kelly in Atlanta

    I sure do hope so, Jack. We are overdo for a 'House Cleaning" around here. Out with the old, bad, corrupt. In with the new.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  67. Jim, from Las Vegas

    No! They are the sign of an American Fall, and I don't mean a season.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  68. andyz Lynn, MA

    Anything to counter the hatred of the Tea Party is a good thing. For the Republicans that think they are "bullet proof" I suggest reading about the French Revolution; specifically Marie and Louis.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  69. Lisa L

    The government is in this position because the republicans want to keep lowering taxes that are needed to keep the government running. You can't run a government off of nothing, which is what's happening. Obviously, taxes must be raised on those who can afford to pay. Given the situation we cannot stop paying out to the unemployment and other social services. People who can afford to pay for their own insurance and medications don't need Medicaid or Medicare. People need to waste less time pointing fingers and looking back on who caused what problems and just work TOGETHER to solve the problem. The government, right now (not on a regular basis) needs to jump start the economy. Because big business are too scared to stop hiding under their mountains of money. Warren Buffet is right! The government, in a way, is supposed to be a sort of parent. Hold our hands when needed (social services), push us forward (education), protect us (police, military, laws), and by helping us grow we will help it improve and stabilize and grow.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  70. James (Denver)

    What are we Americans to do?  Are we to remain a forbearing and gentle people when our money is stolen from us due to criminal corruption in banking, finance, and predatory corporatism?  We believed the errors that led to this crisis would be corrected.  We believed justice would be served.  That those who were responsible, whether deliberately or neglectfully, would be punished, jailed, fined.  In short, we expected rectification.  We have received nothing of the kind.  
        This, in itself, may not account for our presence in the streets.  We are a conditioned and civilized populous, not easily brought to such action.  But when you combine these wrongs with a continued lack of employment, a continued disparity in income level, and an outright blasphemous claim that corporations are entitled to the rights of individuals in the Citizen's United decision, then we must Occupy the streets.  

    October 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  71. Kyle Deboard

    Yes, it is.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  72. lynn

    You and your ilk are part of the problem. You sat their and started blaming this admin for the previous admin as soon as he took off day after day. Now,you are all afraid that there will be violence. Did you give a damn when the teaparty were out there with their guns?

    October 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  73. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    It's the REPUBLICANS in Washington who better take note of what's going on-these protesters are for taxing the rich and for closing loopholes for oil companies and others avoiding their fair share of taxes. President Obama empathizes with them-the Republican presidential candidates don't.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  74. Katie D.

    No Jack, its a sign of American Autumn. People are falling out of the American middle class like leaves falling from a tree. Glad someone is finally saying something.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  75. Crimson

    I think that this is the beginning of something a long time coming. I am not sure that the American Student body can actually stand up to major violence, but it is heartening to say the least. I live down in the area, and it makes this 1970's girl happy that students have galvanized the left and in so doing, I believe they and me are telling congress-We're mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  76. WR Jones

    President Obama is faltering in the polls, so what does he do? He goes on a demonize the wealthy tour in an effort to divide the American people, which has resulted in riots and people demanding anarchy in almost every major city.

    Is this how Obama plans to get re-elected? Riots in the streets, tear down the system and replace it with... What?

    This is the most dangerous President this country has ever seen.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  77. David Collins

    Yes, and it is about time the rest of us stood up and made our voices heard. When the average U.S. CEOs salary is 475 times his workers AND he complains that his taxes are too high – that is just too much too bear.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  78. Ceemak. La.

    I dont know Jack. America has had her share of social demonstrations in her lifetime.....but if the politicians dont quit their divisive rhetoric,and get to solving our countries many problems.....for which i might add they are being paid well to do..........then I see these demonstrations getting worse......we are sick of the rich getting richer, at the expense of the great middle class.....

    October 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  79. julia james

    The press says the proteseters want different things,are all over the board on what they want. If they could "see" they would realize they all want change, a change in the way goverment does bussiness and the world does bussiness. The human race is starting to evolve and wants better,thats it. No country is safe from this,hopefully all experience it 🙂

    October 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  80. kkc

    negative, but if the socialist want a fight they wont like the outcome.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  81. mike halter

    Iv'e been praying for something like this to happen Jack. The Tea Party / Republicans have had the stage
    for to long. Now it's time for the 99% to speak up.Washington be ready we will all vote in 2012.

    Michael Largo F.L.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  82. Carrie Ann

    This is absolutely an "American spring!" it may have different objectives than the Arab spring, but the main idea is the same: we are tired of the elite controlling us! We are the 99%! we are students, teachers, parents, children, construction workers, the homeless, the sick, the angry, we are everywhere. And our government has evolved into a grotesque mockery of what our founding fathers intended. Government is NOT a business and it is time to separate Corp and State!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  83. cynthia

    Thankyou soooo much jack for your editorial on occupy wallstreet, there's not alot of caring human beings anymore, you are one of the few

    October 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  84. Jesse

    Is this an "American Spring"? No. Should these protesters be taken seriously? Absolutely. Most Americans see a violent people's revolution as unlikely, even impossible. The course of history, however, shows us that a revolution of the people is not unlikely. Are the people of the United States going to overthrow the US government? No. But can they become the Left version of the Tea Party and exert a great influence on the US government?

    October 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  85. Kathy

    Great what these people are doing...but I hope they know it will not change things in Washington. Washington is no longer about the people, but about the 3 P's...power, party, pocket book.....NOT Patriotism....

    October 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  86. yomster

    You betcha. You thought Arab Spring will end in Middle East, you and the Tea Party are wrong. It has metamophosised into American Fall and it is here to stay until the bankers are brought to justice.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  87. Randall

    No Jack. I personally don't think that. Our situation here is more of a different situation then that of the Revolutions in the Middle East. We always at protests, but there won't be government toppling here. Its just a bunch of young and old people who want benefits from the government without paying for them.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  88. Hey Joe

    This "American Spring" makes me feel I am not alone. After years of chronic unemployment and poor or no health insurance, the hammer and sickle starts to look attractive.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  89. Jerry

    Jack the american people are Mad for many reasons this thing going on on wall street would be a good thing if there was a Vision. And now I see the Unions getting on the band wagon they are a Big part of the Problem and if they infiltrate in it then everything that is going on on wall street now will mean nothing.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  90. John from NJ

    I certainly hope so. When politicians and lawmakers are indebted to corporate donors, something is wrong. It's time for a change.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  91. Justin

    The protestors are ignorant and misguided the fact that anyone would support their views is astonishing. I hope this is not an "American Spring". I don't understand how unions can be out there protesting when wall street pays for their pensions and salaries. What happens if wall street collapses? Who is going to give people jobs or pay for these peoples pensions? These people don't even know what they are saying and its sad that anyone is giving them support.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  92. Dave from Georgia

    This is a big wake up call for executives of corporations. It's time for them to take their corporate responsibilities to improve this American dream. Our government can't do everything to get Americans' jobs back.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  93. Jay Dee

    The protests are a result of President Obama's class warfare tactics. As a former community organizer, he has riled up those he has kept unemployed with his failed policies. As he attacks those that he has deemed rich, he attends dinners at $38,000.00 per plate from poor people? I think not. Agitating is a sign of a good community organizer, but as a President he needs to stop the class warfare speeches and visit those 57 states that he believes make up th country.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  94. Mark hill*

    You bet it is.

    There are more protesters in jail than bankers ( who created this mess).

    Out of touch bankers and the politicians they bought need a reality check.

    Big Rapids MI

    October 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  95. David Alan Liddle

    With congressional approval at 11%, it sure seems that an American spring is really possible next fall.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  96. Justin, Cape Coral, FL

    I hope so. America needs a good revolution to keep government ours. Didn't our fore fathers grant us that protection with the second amendment?

    October 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  97. deborah ballweg Seibert, co

    I actually have a question for you, Jack. Why is it when the tea party movement began, they were classified as "not a real grass movement, they are astro turf". When liberals do it, the government needs to pay attention. Is that a bit of a double standard?

    October 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  98. Ken in NC

    No Jack. It's just a bunch of Americans trying to tell Congress to stop screwing around and do some work for a change. I mean Jack, have you ever worked a job where you work 3 weeks and get a weeks vacation with pay in the 6 figure range? I just want a job and I will settle for five figures.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  99. Kyle


    You say we should take these people seriously? You say they are not a joke. But how else should we take them? It's a growing group of people who can't even tell you simply what they want or what they are protesting. They have spent almost a month now, gathered in New York saying only "we are the 99%" and "occupy wall street"

    I understand the grievance but throwing a fit like a petulant child because someone has more money than you hardly seems like a constructive way to change things.

    These people have spent the better part of a month, loitering in a park, chatting away on their cell phones, and yelling catch phrases. You have to wonder how bad things could really be for them to be out there every day.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  100. Peter

    Jack, the middle class has has most of the money wrung out of it. There is a 1% with 99% of the wealth and a 99% with 1% of the wealth. The 1% would be wise to remember a certain Queen in France that made the comment "let them eat cake". How long does that 1% think they can keep this up? I'd say from the protesters not much longer.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  101. Linda in Arizona

    More like an American Winter. By the way, they seem far less violent than the Teaparty nutjobs ever did. I haven't seen anyone packing a gun, have you? And, as for the media taking them seriously, tell that to your newest corporate shill, the very irritating Erin Burnett, brought to us by Goldman Sachs and Citigroup. SERIOUSLY!!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  102. Gayle

    Yes, it is more than time for the American people to get out there and let our government know that they don't have us in their best interests. They think that if they ignore us long enough we will just go away and that is what they are hoping. They really don't care as long as they keep their jobs. I hope we keep it up and if they don't listen – revolution for sure.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  103. SD Williams

    Centuries ago people came to this not-yet-a-country to escape the tyranny of the aristocracy's rule. Wall Street is now our aristocracy. The protest is as American as apple pie. The protesters lack a clear set of objectives because, face it, so few of us understand how high-finance works–even the people on " Wall Street. I mean, who'd heard of all the slicing and dicing of something called "derivatives" before a year or two ago? What we do know is that economic disparity is growing in this country and that money owns policy, and we're tired of it, plain and simple. Mr. Romney, the rest of us know that a corporation is not a person.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  104. MC Hattiesburg

    It's simply! The rich is getting richer, the poor is getting poorer...and where is the middle class disappearing to? Government was instituted to prevent this type injustice. Reulations are needed "NOW!"

    October 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  105. Joe

    The fact that getmoneyout of American politics is beginning to spread, indicates there is a strong will of Americans to fight the divide and conquer strategies of the elitist classes who control and run 99% of the country.

    It is a clear indication the suppression techniques designed by the wealthy few are not going to work, because eventually the bad oil floats to be seen on the water. Will we have a French Revolution, or another American Revolution I don't know, but something must be done to get special interest money out of controlling American lives.
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    October 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  106. Barry Clow

    Before people condemn the Wall St Brooklyn Bridge protestors as losers grousing about insufficient entitlements, they should realize that all Americans, including & up to the upper middle classes, have every right to be ticked that none of these people are in jail,after the biggest fleecing of the citizenry in world history.
    But beware, this movement of rightfully angry people will be hijacked by the likes of Van Jones & Samatha Power, just like the protestors in Egypt were hijacked by the Muslim Brotherhood.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  107. Stephanie Angelos - Seattle

    I hope not but it could happen. Sadly both them and the Tea Party are extreme. We can't get along without the gov't, but it's unamerican to keep giving them more money to waste. While higher income should result in higher taxes, the demonization of those who for the most part have worked and sacrificed and finally realized the "American Dream" is just wrong and we should be ashamed. I wonder if those who are against corporations understand how the economy works? I wonder if they realize how quickly a company can get into trouble when things slow down and they have to make a few payrolls during a period where they sustain negative revenue. A billion dollars can go rather quickly. I suppose all of these protesting corporations want the benefits that the average small business cannot afford and only the large greedy corporations are able to pay. I think one of America's problems is that we've become lazy and greedy as workers. Everywhere I go, I see help wanted or now hiring signs. They aren't the best jobs but does that give us the right to do nothing and collect money from the government? I was raised to understand that you took whatever job you could get, then worked to improve my situation. Now I guess you just pick up a sign and go sit in the park all day and complain about all the free stuff you're getting. I'm beginning to think it's hopeless. We're too spoiled.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  108. Roy

    I don't think this is an "American Spring", I think it is the beginning of a LONG American Winter. As you said, "people will only take so much". We are tired of the hot financial "Summers", the forgotten "Falls" and the "Springs" are no longer a sign of growth and refreshing life. Therefore, we need to brace for a harsh Winter or should I say, Wall Street should be ready. The police can't arrest everyone. Before long the people may start arresting the police and taking them to the people's version of Gitmo.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  109. PiedType

    I'm not sure the comparison to the Arab Spring is valid, but it's high time the American people woke up and started protesting what's happened in Washington. Our government has been sold to the highest bidder. Our election system has been sold to the same corporate and foreign interests, so I'm not sure how we average people are supposed to regain control. Clearly the Supreme Court, with its Citizens United decision, is not on our side, and even constitutional amendments have to go through a bought-and-paid-for Congress. Frankly I think the outlook is grim and I don't know how it's going to get fixed.


    October 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  110. Patrick from Nashville

    This is more than an "American Spring" it's a world revolution it's in every city and growing for a reason, the people will not go away it's 99% against the 1% and WE THE PEOPLE are demanding change. So its either hop on board or hit the road Jack.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  111. Trevor

    I work part time and go to school full time, and I'm just fed up ALL the time. I'm not paid by a Union or some Liberal puppet, I am just exhausted from following the rules yet still getting shafted by this unfair economic system. I fully believe the Occupy Wall Street movement COULD become an American Spring. People have every right to be disgusted with the way things are going today and it's just nice to have this little win for once. Never protested before, but there is always a first!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  112. Kay Andrews, Ph.D.

    This is not an Arab Spring, because we are not seeing rebellion against an autocracy. We are, however, seeing the emergence of a well organized social movement. Adherents are protesting a government that is ignoring the needs of the populace in the face of bureaucracy that has essentially raped the American middle class. This isn't an Arab Spring...it it an American Fall.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  113. Maxine Bier

    As much as the protests are a sign that Americans have had enough with corporate greed and corruption, it is hard for me to believe that this can be called an "American Spring". I would like to believe that it is, but I just don't think enough Americans have it in them. You have to be willing to take big risks in order to make big change, and I'm not sure we are quite there yet...

    October 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  114. EddieBe in Nevada City CA

    Jack – It's about time that we at last see this generation of docile Americans begin to rise up in righteous and rightful anger against the bankers, the corporations, and the government – an evil cabal concerned only with power and profits. Power to the people, down with Capitalism.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  115. Adam S

    It's too early to hardly call this the "American Spring". The protests over in the middle east have been earth shaking, and for better or worse, have yeilded results. For this to be an american spring, then things need to really start heating up quick. Who knows, maybe this is what we need. Things always need to be shaken up from time to time to avoid stagnation.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  116. Jeff

    People have finally had enough!!!! No jobs a Republican congress whose only goal is to see Obama fail a bunch of Democrats who can't agree on the color of the sky...and now banks want to charge me more money so they can use my money!!!!! Yup the revolution has begun and the world better take notice it's been a long time coming this will make the tea party look like well a tea party.....like the the ones you had with your little sister when you were 5!!!!!!!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  117. David

    Not like the Arab Spring, we are more civilized, but more like a Second American Revolution, that takes back the Union
    From the Corporations ,Lobbiests, and you know the top 3%. WE ARE FED UP! It is over!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  118. Carl Sass

    Yes we can! Vs No. We can't (
    Spring has sprung!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  119. Tom from Santa Monica

    It's frightening, but people are fed up with the gridlock in Washington DC. I don't disagree with the protesting, but if hard-working people who prosper get lumped in with the greedy Wall St. bunch, it's not fair to suggest a transfer of wealth to those who those who refuse to work. That would be exactly what happened in Red China in which the lower classes killed and stole from the rich in the largest genocide ever. This IS Class-warfare all started by this inept President we voted in.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  120. Robert Scott

    Is it an American spring maybe; it will be when you see pitchforks and rope. Now where my rope

    October 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  121. Gregg, Lt Col USAF retired

    You bet your biffy this protest is for real. The right wing and the richies better start taking this seriously or ignore at their peril. The origin of this country is based on revolution!! Get ready america.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  122. Andreas

    We want our government back and a return to the constitution. Our government is bought, plain and simple, and we want to expose those in both parties who represent corporate interests. We've been at war for 10 years and we want our troops to return home. We want the bailouts of banks and corporations to stop, and we want a reduction in regulation that hurts small business that only promotes unfair competition by large corporations.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  123. Josh C

    What's interesting is that the news channels aren't covering it. These protests are bringing some interesting arguments to the table.
    -corporate greed, the countrys country's youth are over educated and underemployed, and the richest 1% of the country hold as much worth as the other 99% combined.
    This could very well be the beginning of an Egyptian style revolution.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  124. Rochelle...Oregon

    Yes, the American media ignored, mocked and belittled the Vietnam protesters when they sprung into action and look how that turned out!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  125. Mike from Texas

    American Spring is here and growing and will soon spread to the Washington Mall in front of the Capitol. Protest and marches are as much of our history as "Apple Pie" and when Americans have had enough to turn off football you know they have had enough. Although the protest started on Wall Street, it will end in Washington demanding and end to the political games and congress do what is necessary to fix the problems they created. Americans have the two tools, one is protest the other is voting, both will be pulled out now thanks to our dysfunctional congress.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  126. Meshal

    That's a scary thought because those protest got so violent. I believe as a supporter and American that we will not desend into revolutionary violence because we have the rights to protest. We are fighting for rights we are fighting for fincial equality. We have our rights and good laws on our side. We will protest til the corporations loose there "right" to hold us down. But we can do it without being an american spring

    October 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm |

    on the premier show of your new "golden girl" Erin Burnett (from wall street!!!) she opened with the story of the wall street protests. she po pooped them as a group with no message. she was catty and condescending. at that point i decided to tune here out and have never watched here again. brilliant move cnn! someone so out of touch protecting her cronies should never have been given her own soap box – completely out of touch! i hope this story has legs!
    Yucca valley

    October 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  128. Kevin Downey

    I sure hope so, Jack; as a retired union man, I've seen a healthy organized work force slowly lose significance from "68, when I got in, up to now. That loss of clout has resulted in what has been documented as the demise of the middle class. Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger were a big part of the birth of unions; maybe Arlo and Jackson and Bonnie are available to do it again!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  129. Judy Lutzenberger

    This is an "American Spring,." and a wake up call for republicans who reject any plan to help the middle class. 99% of Americans are tired of sacrificing so the 1% who are wealthy can remain so. Congress needs to stop their reverse robin-hood mind set that robs the poor to pay the rich. Republican policies would escalate this "American Spring" into an American revolution. Think before you vote.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  130. Justine of Portland

    I was at the top of my legal profession. Now, I am unemployed and poor. In the 1960s, I wanted the New Deal and the Great Society statesmen to get out of Vietnam. Now, I want the Great Society and New Deal Programs back. Help.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  131. Christopher Funk

    I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issues of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs. You may think this sounds like a member of the Occupy Wallstreet Movement but these are the words of our 3rd president of the United States of America, Thomas jefferson. If only the 99 percent listened a long time ago....I hope its not too late now.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  132. Tom from Nebr.

    Jack, I certainly hope so, because a change is way over due. The people are fed up and starting to rise up. We are sick of the disparity and it's time to share the wealth and to put the criminals on Wall Street and the heads of major banks in prison where they belong. They stole our pensions, our homes and our retirement. If our bought and paid for do nothing congress cannot do anything about this deplorable situation, the people will. Our representatives can expect to be voted out in droves in the next election. When the protest movement comes to my city I will be on the street with the masses. Although I write my so-called representatives regularly, none of them represent me or my views and I will be voting against all of them. This could be an exciting time for our nation. Despite the SCOTUS's best efforts at appeasing the corporate rulers, we will get the money out of the election process and actually have some real representation in Washington.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  133. Robert Levinson

    Is this an American Spring ? I don't think anyone really can say where this will go .But anyone who condescends and passes this off as a short lived faze better think again.It took many young people being drafted into a war they didn't agree with to bring down the Vietnam War .Once again many citizens feel threatened by the government and its corporate control .Too many people feel they are losing their rights and their future to a good life.Thats a high price many people now feel is worth giving all for.And when people will give all for freedom and truth ,thats called a revolution ! Occupy Wall Street isn't going away .

    October 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  134. predrag

    Unchecked greed by Wall Street has brought us The American Fall.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  135. Eddie, from Florida

    "American Spring"? I don't think so. But this is a sign of young college age adults and hard working middle class workers finally paying attention to politics and guess what, we do not like what we see. Tell me why Republicans don't want to cut the tax loopholes for the rich? The rich and these banks have had a hold of all the "job making money" for more than 6 years now. And we are worst than we were back then. NO MORE POLITICS. At least pass the infastructure part of Obama's bill because we need to fix our infastructure anyways.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  136. James Bueler

    Yes Jack, this is a spring cleaning but for the Democrats. Just as the Tea Party was for the Republicans. We SHOULD be mad at the government after all they caused and continue to cause Americans problems. Beyond getting the government to stop causing Americans problems the people must rely on themselves for prosperity. The government is the culprit of our problems and should be moved out of the way. Government, as we've plainly seen, is not the solution.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  137. Tiff

    It does seem to indicate that America is growing closer to a tipping point. Whether that will manifest itself as an American spring or a mass referendum on partisanship is an open questions. I am both sympathetic and opposed to the protestors. They have a legitimate point about the shrinking middle class, growing inequality and relative immunity of the rich to the wider financial crisis. However, Wall Street only SHARES the blame for the financial crisis. The rest of the 99% is also responsible through massive credit spending, buying houses beyond their means and having a terrible savings rate for the lust of consumption which resulted in a collective lack of cushioning from the crisis. This result was consumer uncertainty and belt tightening during the recession which softened demand for goods and services and widened the problems within the economy. I think the blame should be equally spread around. This includes the government’s role in supporting outsourcing and cuts to vocational education, contributing largely to the disappearing middle class. Let’s see you spit all that out on TV, Jack!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  138. John from Denver Co.

    I really hope so Jack. The wealthy 1% may have over 50% of the country's money but they don't have the numbers we do. And that has always scared them because everyone gets one vote so you can see the ratio. If the 99rs continue to protest like they are and continue to grow like they are, that will give the 1% a run for its money. Literally, They'll buy off who ever they need to get these people to go home. But money doesn't buy happiness. If the rich keep up their scheming, the 99rs will keep up their protesting and use their best weapon, their vote.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  139. DENNY

    People are tired of the growing gap in classes. For far to long margins on products and services have been to high and unsustainable for the lower classes to keep up with. Banks and Corp America want to maintain there profit margins without giving back in taxes and pay raises. We are on an unsustainable path. I would say this could be our version of an Arab spring or at least a start

    October 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  140. Teresa

    These people are a joke. They might be frustrated but they're showing it the wrong way. There are some jobs to be had out there. Shouldn't they be spending their time looking for them, doing whatever kind of jobs they can do to bring in some income? I know when I was out of work the last thing I would be doing would be wasting my time joining in on a protest. I was doing anything and everything positive to make money, plus giving up any extras that I had to survive.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  141. Nisar

    YES, its about time people speak out on what has been going on for years now. American people are finally awake and showing Washington what they are not doing its a reminder by "We the people" why people in Washington were elected. "We the people" have a voice and together we can change the future of America.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  142. Bobbi from L.A.

    It's much more about Corporate greed and tax cuts for the 1% than it is about this Administration. But if Obama doesn't begin to listen and let us KNOW he's listening, the blow-back against ALL of the Hill People will be unstoppable – unless they want to kill their own on American soil, like we're doing in these ridiculous wars that seem to never end.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  143. Lorraine Dwinell

    Definitely! When will these politicians learn! Even if you beat a dog to much it too will eventually turn on you!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  144. Jeffrey from Los Angeles

    Yes, Occupy Wall Street is the American Spring for us 99% who are struggling to find a life raft in the financial tsunami created by the top 1%. Through no fault of our own, the social and economic fabric of American society of meritocracy and upward mobility and shared sacrifice and benefits has been ripped to shreds. And, the opportunistic Republican Party takes the suffering of the many to their advantage by forcing the American economy and society into a state of powerlessness, helplessness, and catatonia. I hope that Occupy Wall Street continues into the 2012 election. These times remind me of Howard Beale!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  145. gene cornelison

    I hope so. The banks and large corporations with their "let them eat cake" attitude should reflect on the history of abusive upper classes. Maybe next time they need a loan we should "just say no".

    October 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  146. Chris from Utah

    Hopefully it is. But the only way for this movement to truly turn in to real "American Spring" is going to be the regular everyday protestors/Americans to reach across party lines. Because whether they are Tea Party/Occupy or Democat/Republican, they all are getting sold out by politicians motivated by corporate greed.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  147. Cher

    Jack – I hope everyone is paying attention to the #Occupy(Wallstreet) groups around the naiton. This could, indeed, be our American Spring, the 99% are tired of letting the corporations run the government and leaving us to pay the bill. WE CAN'T AFFORD IT ANYMORE! We are supposed to be governed by the people, for the people, now it is governed by the rich, by the rich – be it corporations or wealthy pfamilies. The 99% cannot carry every one any more! We need a revolution to return America to the Americans!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  148. Carol Wallace

    God bless all the wonderful people who are protesting. As time goes by, more and more of us will join them. Enough is enough already. We have lost the equity in our homes. Many of us have lost our homes. We have lost jobs to offshoring and other shenanigans. If we are lucky emough to have a job, the wages are mediocre. We listen to the idiots in Washington fight and nothing gets done. We are sick and tired of this. Tea Party, Wall Street, BANKS, and corporate greed-masters, you have met your match in every protester, whether they are young people mired in student loan debt with no jobs available to them, or seniors living in fear of losing Social Security. This movement should not stop until the reprehensible wrongs done to ordinary America have been corrected. Thanks for the chance to vent, Jack.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  149. Patrick Demasy

    The wall street protest is a start. I am disabled veteran and am sick and tired or OUR Government, scratched that, THE government since it appears that it no longer represent the people.
    It is all about special interest and party politics.
    We have to regain control of our government, what ever it takes, enough is enough.
    We vote people in office that go to Washington and vote what THEY want,, not what the people they supposately represent, want. We the people, that is what our constitution cite, not WE the rich anfd influential.
    A government of the people for the people, so republicans quit attacking the poors and support the rich.
    Yes we must do whatever it takes to return to a Government of the people for the people.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  150. Ed in california

    The number of protesters are growing because the media coverage is growing. I guess Anarchy is good new, huh Jack!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  151. Susan T

    Yes! The health and prosperity of the country are being destroyed by the greed of the 1 percent. It is time to bring back adult supervision of capitalism.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  152. Ruth

    The Occupy Wall Street movement, which now seems to have become Occupy Washington, could represent our American spring. The protesters will probably have to be prepared to repeat the performance until some real results are achieved. I would expect government to try to play the usual appeasement games.

    One more thought, the protesters should keep their attention on the desire to have a more honest system. Get some real power on your side.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  153. Dr Rabia Graney

    NYC. I was very active in the 60's / 70's regarding the war, women's rights, etc. Knowing what the world is like post 9/11 and specifically the area of the WTC / Wall Street – for any protestor to attempt to breech a Police Line in that area is dangerous for both sides. It is stupid, and shows no awareness from a global threat standpoint. I agree with their right to protest, fully. No One knows Who is in that crowd. The police must protect that grid. I would be there with them if my health allowed it. But I also would be attempting to bring some reality to their thinking, planning, and goal setting.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  154. Guy in Los Angeles

    The protests are the sound of Capitalism colliding with democracy: they confirm that increasing numbers of us are realizing that all efforts to end the recession are pointless because the same people who looted the world's economy, are just waiting to do it all over again. Robust financial regulation is the peoples' only defense against such greed.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  155. Jose Cuellar

    Is this a sign of an impending "American Spring"? I don't really know what the American People will do here. But, I do know that historically, things didn't turn out so well for the last group of leaders who expected their countrymen to "[let them] eat cake".

    October 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  156. Joe

    It is really a lot of young people with too much time on their hands being egged on by the likes of Michael Moore and other left wing blowhards. If they want a cause truly worth fighting for, send them here to Kuwait to serve alongside the finest group of men and women I have ever known.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  157. kaye

    Have you read their list of demands? Forgive all debt, free college, trillions for green programs? No answer as to who will pay for all this free stuff! Everyone out here every day working and sweating for a dollar do nort agree with the college kids an professional; protesters.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  158. Jay in Detroit

    I didn't hear you mention any city in Michigan, but given the 70 degree plus temperatures this week, it's high time to head for the streets in the Detroit Metro area. The progressives are the "change agents" of our communities. Conservatives have controlled their message far too long. Now it's our turn to give voice to the majority of citizens who want to have the best of what the past has promised, the worst of the present political gridlock, and the hope for a prosperous future for all American citizens who want to work, learn, support a family, and a secure the best life possible until death do they depart.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  159. Mike in Pa

    Herman Cain spoke like a grown up to these people. I work 2 jobs, like some of our parents. These people have been spoiled in the belief that everything should be given to them without Earning IT...sorry I do not support them. Not what my father taught me...

    October 6, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  160. Randall F. Pennsylvania

    I don't think so Jack. Our problems are of a different nature then that of a Middle East. There won't be any government toppling here. The people of the Arab Spring are fighting to become like us. These protesters are young and old Americans who believe that they should get benefits from the Federal Government without paying for them.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  161. Will

    The protests just show how misdirected the frustration in this country really is. The real problem is not Wall Street nor is it our government. The real problem if you are to trace it back to it's roots is the failure of our churches to do the work they were meant to do. That is why we have a whole generation of selfish, corrupt, immoral, and greedy leaders in every niche of our society.

    Instead of preaching about heaven and hell and the wages of sin ala Billy Sunday the preachers of today take the easy route and preach warm and fuzzy, feel good messages that serve no purpose whatsoever. People can protest all they want but nothing will change until the clergy of this generation grow a spine and start proclaiming biblical truths. The lack of character in our nation's leaders can be traced directly

    October 6, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  162. john burney

    Yes it is a sign of the spring but its a spring towards a failing government.. just cause they put stuff on paper and say their plan will work is full of it, they will say whatever to get a vote.. none of those so called plans ever work the way they are ment to... the gov leaders should be ashamed of themselves. And for Herman Cain to say if we don't have a job its our fault.. shame on him to, that is an ignorant statement. I worked for the gov. Till they played us off, so come back to reality and admit ur the people messing this nation up.. "shame on all of them"

    October 6, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  163. testerbill

    With a "do nothing" Congress and many families losing their homes as well as their jobs, there is a lot of fear out there about how they will survive. And it is ludicrous that Congress keeps blaming a President who has no power to legislate a solution, but can only offer a plan. The GOP controls the House. Where is their plan? They are only interested in projecting Obama as a failure. These demostrators and others can't wait until 2013. The problem is that they don't like either party and will have no one to vote for in the 2012 election. They'll just stay home.
    Bill, Atlanta GA

    October 6, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  164. DLBoone

    The American government needs to take the protests seriously. People all over the world are fed up with tyranny of the "haves" to the "have nots". We saw it in Egypt very clearly.
    Have American politicians (and corporate lobbyists) forgotten so soon what "we the people" in America did three years ago? We collectively put an unknown, black junior senator in the White House. Does Washington D.C. really think we have become disillusioned with Obama, after watching the games coming out of that city as many try to make him look like a failure?
    Does D.C. really think "we the people" are stupid enough to not see who is actually preventing America from climbing out of this recession?
    We've lost decent healthcare, jobs, security for our future on a war that never should have occurred. Do they really think we have anything to lose if we should follow Egypt (or the other domino countries) and take back control of our country and our future? Will everyone in Washington D.C., except the few, remain blind to the truth? After all, it is their future, also.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  165. Jermaine, San Antonio

    No, these protests just mean that its over for America. Greed and laziness have spread like cancer. The goal is always to maximize profit. Corporate America and Wall Street don't care how they do it. People are frustrated because middle class income has been stagnant for 30 years, so all the money goes to the top and stays there. Our goal as consumers is to find the best deal, people rarely look to see where products are manufactured. We the people never hold Corporations, who outsource jobs, accountable so it has become the norm to accept it.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  166. Cliff

    I live in Montana. I agree with these protests. I am 40 years old and live pay check to pay check. My wife and I struggle to get ahead, now the state has frozen any hopes of getting a step increase, these step inreases was implemented to get us caught up to 85% of the nations average, now I see no pay increase and even more taken out of my checks then before. The future does not look so bright, the American dream? Seems like thats all I can do, is dream. Dream that the laws that govern our economy will be corrected to help those that need it...not to increase the profit of those who already have it. I consider my self blessed and am very thankful I have a job but increasingly frustrated and would help and encourage these protests in Helena, MT.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  167. Randy

    Of course it is. But the media is part of the oligarch machine to dumb us down with endless infotainment. While thousands of young Americans marched on wall street the media pitifully tried to distract the public with the amanda Knox case. Let's see how long it takes them to report the 4 million dollar donation to the NYPD by none other than Jamie dimon.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  168. Mel Farris

    I say, "Hell yes." The American working class have had enough. I for one am tired of being exploited by the wealthy business owners and wall street. Those of us who have jobs are tired of working our butts off just to make the wealthy richer. Ask for a raise and hear the words, "be grateful you even have a job." Those that have been laid off are offered their job back at a fraction of what they were originally made. I am sick of listening to the wealthy republicans do everything in their power to protect wall street and their rich friends. Now I hear them screaming "the deficit, the deficit."
    They sure were quit when the previous administration just about bankrupt this country. The fact is our democracy is badly broken. It is not democracy itself, that has failed. It is our leaders who have failed to actually represent the majority of American people. (The working class people.) Our representatives NOW represent the wealthy, the powerful, the influential and of course the financial contributors. The little guy has had no real representation in many, many years. And the only way to change the way our government is run is to change it's policy's and rules. Of course the only people who can do this is the representatives that are supposed to represent us,.......but do not.
    Time to throw them ALL out! A revolution,...........or an American Spring!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  169. Jeremiah

    No! This is not an American Spring. This is Americans doing what they do best, taking action in their country for a positive change. Of course everyone would like to profit from big business, but big business always leaves someone on the short end of the stick. Too many Americans are on the short end of the stick while corporations are making record profits laying off workers and outsourcing. We are FED up! Lets just try not to demonize these protesters as if they are dangerous Muslim radicals or something! ARAB SPRING? AMERICAN SPRING?

    October 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  170. Vesper

    This is the beginning of the US revolution clearly needed for change. We have waited log enough for lawmakers to do their appointed jobs. There is no middle class anymore; There's just poor and rich. It's time to restore liberty and balance of prosperity to all people. The 99% are tired of accepting less then we deserve. We are ALL born free.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  171. Teresa

    So when these people who are protesting start destroying property, which they will, who do you think is going to have to pay for it? Thats right, you and I, and them. So when our money should be going ideally towards something good, we're going to have to pay for these idiots who are protesting.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  172. Dave, Orlando, FL

    You are right; people will only take so much, so I hope so. A revolution is long overdue. We’ve been stepped on since St. Ronald turned our republic into a plutocracy. The only problem is that the victims of the Wall Street Robbers are getting arrested instead of the scheming criminals.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  173. Michael Weinstein

    Re: American Spring. God, I hope so. On the is side a request Have your reporters do an
    impromptu survey of the protesters regarding level of education (as compared to Tea Party) .
    I suspect the result will be astounding as well as well as their hopes for their protect –
    It is clear their desire is to affect the future as opposed to protect a failed past.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  174. Sherry

    Vote and join up with get money out...until the huge dollars are out of washington there is no democracy

    October 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  175. TOM (INDIANA)

    , The Tea party was finance by the Koch Brothers.and the corporation for their cause. This is a movement which is the 99% of the people. The democratic union are the Representative of the the working people that are the 99%. If anybody blame the democratic union supported this group., that better than the Tea Party supported by the corporation which representative of the 1%.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  176. John J. McGuire

    The protesting on Wall Street is the result of plain ole "Greed" A few percent of the population has more money than all the rest combined. I'm glad the "Unions" have decided to join the protest. The common man, who has helped make America great, waits for the scraps to fall from the table, while the master polishes his silver in the parlor. It's about time the tables have turned, at least in spirit. We have to bring a sense of morality back into the business arena, as well as government. Keep up he good work!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  177. Truman

    Jack, yes it is an American spring, these wall street fat cats has one saying "I have mine, sorry about yours" They tell us to stick it in our ear. The only way to put a stop to these people is to outlaw greed. Put a limit of 50 million dollars on these guys wealth and when they reach that amount make them by law take 10 other everyday people and teach them how to run the company and do the same, if they don't they go to jail...that's called spreading the wealth and eventurally we'll all be rich. About our polititions, we need to vote them all out and not leave one standing.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  178. Jim

    As more can not keep pace on the economic treadmill and have a little left over more and more will express frustration. The banks and big business get free money while the same banks in turn charge rates that are criminal when charged by loan sharks. Large companies increase the bottom line, sit on the cash and continue to outsource. Companies encourage illegal immigration backed by the government to provide cheap labor and keep wages lower for everyone. Economic slavery is alive and well in the US. All caused by the elected officials taking care of themselves and not representing the people. All may not see the problems or the solutions the same but the dissatisfied will band together to make some change.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  179. Bill Hermstead

    Chris from Utah is exactly right. It is about time we the people stop the left and the right from dividing us. People who believe in the two party system wake up! It is the political systems way in this country to keep us divided. It is US against them and they have awoken a sleeping giant.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  180. Thom Richer

    Jack, I am not exactly sure what you and the media mean by the term, "American Spring." I take it to mean a "New Beginning," of sorts. But I also kind of feel it is just another new political catch phrase for "Revolution." Just not as flagrant or aggressive politically. If that is the case, it will take a full scale "Revolution," in its true definition by the majority of this country achieve an absolute and workable change. However, what is really needed to change this country and prevent a failing of government is not a people's revolution but for the government itself (Congress and the White House) to collectively work as ONE to serve the needs of the PEOPLE rather than those of themselves, Corporate America and other nations. It is not realistic to believe that we can replace our Congress and it really does not matter much who lives in the White House if Congress is irresponsible and unaccountable. So, it is still only those in office who have the needed power to bring such an "American Spring" about. We, the People, just have to hold them to doing it. Otherwise, this Wall Street thing will just become another frivolous and tolerated Tea Party distraction. Demanding an end to the current wars, NOW, would be a great start.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    October 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  181. TOM (INDIANA)

    , The Tea party was finance by the Koch Brothers.and the corporation for their cause. This is a movement which is the 99% of the people. The democratic union are the Representative of the the working people that are the 99%. If anybody blame the democratic union supported this group., that better than the Tea Party supported by the corporation which representative of the 1%. Yes this is a real people movement.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  182. Dale

    Wall Street fat cats moved all American jobs to China, now China's economies on the skids not looking too good.
    Now, Wall Street fat cats are looking at other countries Brazil, Colombia, South Korea, Vietnam, lots of cheap labor in those countries.
    Wall Street fat cats have no intentions on bringing back jobs to United States.
    Wall Street fat cats are the traitors of the American people.

    Dale New Mexico

    October 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  183. Carlton

    "Occupy Wallstreet" relies on the media at this stage in the movement. This movement is demanding broad political actions that most Americans can agree with. It needs broad media coverage to connect with Americans and eventually hold a major interest within our political system. Knoxville, TN

    October 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  184. Jeff C, Tolland CT

    I think this is absolutely a sign of an American Spring. I think the People are fed up with the current situation. I think they are demanding representation, and the media is not helping by trying to discredit these protesters. They are highly eductated, highly informed, and highly connected. They are just now finding their voice. This could get ugly. It will be interesting to see how the Administration supports this movement given their support of the same protests in foreign lands. Does the current Administration consider themselves part of the problem or part of the solution? It is clear which side Congress sits on. I am happy that President Obama is now campaigning against a "do nothing congress." The only problem is that this will come to a head far before the next election. If it gets dragged out for 14 months, I fear there will be a much bloodier end to this demonstration.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  185. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    The protests are certainly an attempt to start one – but they are long on anger, short on solutions and a bit murky as far as who organized them. The Washington protest starting today was in the planning stage in early September. That kind of lead time is hardly spontaneous, unlike what happened in North Africa, which self organized.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  186. TS in AZ

    If there is so much anger at the banks they should channel their frustration towards setting up a fair trade banking/ credit union and employee the protestors towards staffing such a not for profit organization. I would invest in a savings account if they created some free market completion to challenge the banks instead of this meaningless protest.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  187. marybeth, massachusetts


    This morning a media commentator called the protesters a sorry excuse for human beings, who should get work instead of wasting their time protesting like some '60's hippie wannabe and who are too stupid to protest to the gov't, so that's why they're protesting at Wall Street.

    I disagree–the prostesters are smarter than the commentator. They're protesting at Wall Street because Wall Street is our gov't. The politicians in Washington do exactly what their Wall Street owners tell them to do.

    While I think people are protesting because they've had enough of having everything they've worked for taken away from them, of watching the corporations and people who drove the economy over a cliff get rewarded with bailouts from the little guy then turn around and use the bailouts to pay enormous bonuses in the tune of millions and millions of dollars to the very crooks who ruined everything, with no indictments, no penalties, and no consequences.

    They want things to change. So do I, but unfortunately I think it will get worse. We're no longer a democracy, but an oligarchy, a plutocracy. We've re-created a class system, a new aristocracy, based upon money and wealth. The only difference between us and the British are the lack of titles in our aristocracy.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  188. Eric in San Francisco

    Give it whatever cute little moniker you want, the facts are, the wealthy 1% have taken over the country and We,The 99%, are finally becoming aware of the fact that the same 1% OWN EVERYTHING and permeate government from lobbyist,' all the way up to the Emperor!' a Mel Brooks quote that, is laughable now only be cause of how horribly trite it is in reference to the workings of the American Government. Which, seemingly, exists only to perpetuate itself, and by extension 1%. Then to add insult to injury, the harder we work, the poorer we get. We are sick of it, we are over it, we are, the 99%!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  189. Susan NJ

    If by American Spring it means something will be done so that the rich don't keep getting richer and the poor poorer I ceratinly hope so. In this State we pay for people who live in houses out of pour paychecks when we cannot afford them ourselves. And that is just the beginning of the unfair way this country is run.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  190. Jabli Izvesti

    It is certainly not American Spring,unless you want bestow a fancy name on this ragtag crowd that is being taken over by the unions.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  191. Jane - WI

    Wonder if any of these genius's protesting bank bailouts has a clue that the banks have paid back their loans with interest? Can we say that about GM or Solyndra?

    October 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  192. Cylinda Sullivan

    It would be great if the protests were the beginning of an "American Spring" but I fear it is not so. The protestors seem very disorganized without coherent goals or even clear ideas of exactly what is covered in their protest. We need a third party out there that is neither for the big business bigwigs or the Wall Street thieves. This third party also does not need to be supporting the millions of Americans on the dole who are on "permanent" government support. Somebody out there needs to be for the average middle-class working citizen who is just trying to make enough money to support his family and have a good life in the traditional American sense. The hard working guy who needs to be able to save for the future, keep his social security in place that he's been paying into, and not be taxed to death. Someone, somewhere, sometime, will indeed stand for the middle class. Whether it be peaceful or by revolution, sooner or later the majority is heard......even kings are overthrown, most of the biggest communist world governments have been ousted. What makes the folks in office in Washington think that they can collect their checks while not doing what they have been voted in to do forever? The time is coming when we will have a drastic governmental change. The only question is whether that time is now!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  193. Fred In LA

    It's just another attempt of George Soros and the Unions to push their social agenda. The silent majority aren't buying into it. Long live the Tea Party. If they really want jobs and change, that's who these drop outs and professional protesters should be backing. Sorry freaks, no freebies in life. You get one chance of making it and all these people are blowing it.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  194. leslie

    Yes, but I agree with others that this is just the beginning. The divide in this country is truly alarming, and accurately reflected by thousands chanting "we.re the 99 per cent" and wall street, politicians, and media asking "what are they talking about?" Yes, we are a capitalistic society, but capitalism without checks and balances is dangerous. This is not the first time in our history it has had to reined in. .

    October 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  195. kathy from peoria az

    What ever kind of spring it is I wish it would happen here in Arizona. We need a reasonable voice, unlike the tea party which is very scary. I haven't seen any negative signs about the President or people wearing guns on wall street and that is the way a protest should be, not like the tea party constantly telling lies or trying to intimidate people.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  196. mejazzbo

    "Are the protests spreading across the U.S. the sign of an "American Spring"?" I hope it is with all my heart.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  197. idave2000

    As to the question asked by the article, my answer is that the question itself is a self important joke. This is not the sixties, communism has been discredited and when it's all said and done I think Americans, on the whole, realize that in spite of abuses, without corporations this country would cease to function in a way that allows the vast majority of people to have a pretty good life! "American Spring"? Stupid question!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  198. Barry

    Way to go, America.

    It's high time that Americans spoke out about what has sadly been going on in Washington for...well...since the administration of Ulysses S. Grant.

    Keep up the good work!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  199. Andrew, Japan

    People are simply waking up to the new economic reality and they are both frightened and frustrated that their lives are going down the drain. I am not sure why the government doesn't re-instate some of the laws that were put in place after the great depression to prevent another financial collapse. The same laws removed by the Bush administration and our republican friends who now want to pretend they had nothing to do with this mess.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  200. Jane - WI

    Wonder how many of these protesting kids realize that their guy, Obama, got a majority of Wall Street's campaign donations?

    October 6, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  201. Robert I. Farmer

    From my "perch" in Northern Michigan (Lower Peninsula) & 2nd home town of Michael Moore I can say that it FEELS as if it's the beginnings of an "American Spring."
    These are the same things we were screaming about in the 6os.
    We have the benefit of starting our "Spring" before our troubles have gone on too long.... if done correctly this should remain peaceful.
    If incorrectly.... Ooops ! My bad!
    I am 62 years old and EXCITED about what I am witnessing.
    Go for it America! Revolution is NOT a word that frightens me.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  202. justin

    Jack: really?!? did you even read the "demands".......hipster jobless college kids that have nothing better to do........right now. it all goes away when the snow starts falling......or when mommy and daddy say get back to school or we are cutting your credit card.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  203. Peter Moore

    I don't know what season it is in America right now, or the rest of the world, but I do know that Spring for one hemisphere usually means Fall for the other. Let's hope that only applies to latitude and not longitude.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  204. Jim-Charlotte NC

    Why is it when Liberal gather together to complain about things it is called a protest but when Conservative do it they call it a rally.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  205. AB

    Jack, It is the sign of an American Revolution. People are protesting the declining standard of living, loss of jobs, loss of a home, soaring gas prices and living costs. Futhermore, people deplore the greed of Wall Street and the banking industry and the dysfunctional healthcare system. We need a new political and economic system, one that promotes justice and equality.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm |