Where are the Occupy Wall Street protests destined to end?
October 17th, 2011
04:00 PM ET

Where are the Occupy Wall Street protests destined to end?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

What started with a few people in New York's financial district complaining about the economy and corporate greed has now spread around the world.

And as the Occupy Wall Street movement marks a month of protests, there are no signs of it slowing down.

Protesters have taken to the streets not only in a growing number of U.S. cities, but around Europe and Asia.

This includes cities like London, Rome, Paris, Oslo, Copenhagen, Sydney, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Tokyo. These protests have been mostly peaceful except for Rome, where they set off riots.

Organizers say protests will be held in 950 cities in 82 countries. Sort of sounds like a revolution.

Here in the U.S., police arrested hundreds of protesters over the weekend, including in New York, Chicago, Denver, Phoenix, and Raleigh, North Carolina.

American protesters say they're angry that banks keep making hefty profits after the 2008 bailouts, while ordinary Americans suffer under a struggling economy and 9% unemployment.

They say they take their inspiration from the Arab spring movement that led to the toppling of regimes in Africa and the Middle East.

Critics accuse the protesters of not having clear goal, and they question how long the movement can keep going. But they have lasted a month so far, and the folks who laughed at them don't look so smart now.

Plus politicians seem to be taking note that these protests aren't going away any time soon:

President Obama has voiced support for the demonstrators, and Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor - who previously compared protesters to "angry mobs" - now says his party agrees there is "too much" income disparity in the U.S.

Here’s my question to you: Where are the Occupy Wall Street protests destined to end?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

The people who are protesting have no clear agenda. It seems like a lot of anger but I think it's in the wrong place. It should be at the White House; it is the president’s agenda that is destroying our country.

Ken in Seattle:
It depends to some extent on whether or not they come to recognize their image is getting in the way of their message, which itself is frequently ill-defined. While many of them seem to have good intentions, others seem to be more interested in having a reason to beat their drums and party. And trashing public property does nothing to sway public opinion to support badly needed changes to the way Wall Street is allowed to operate. The exuberance of youth has to give way to an organized disciplined approach to change. They need way more grey hairs in their midst to help them channel their energy and good intentions into something that has broader appeal and greater chance of success.

Stephen on Facebook:
Not enough widespread support? It has spread to 82 countries outside of the U.S. Make no mistake, the little guy has been pushed around long enough.

Bert in Los Angeles:
Hi Jack, I’ve been to Occupy Los Angeles several times and notice a recurring theme in speeches and signs quoting the Declaration of Independence. People say government has become destructive of the Rights it was instituted to secure and it’s our duty to alter our government. Signs reading, “Corporations are not People” and “Money is not speech” indicate an amendment saying so is our destiny.

Jim in Denver:
Jack, I hope it doesn't. The 'rest of us' (99%) need this movement to put pressure on the Tea Party, Congress (both sides) and Wall Street. The Silent Majority is sick and tired of special interests and wing-nut groups that are trying to control this country. Enough is enough.

Jeff in Bishop, Georgia:
Mr. Cafferty, These wacky, disorganized protests will end, and the sissy, counter-culture, hipster miscreants will go back to their communes & parents' homes when winter rolls in.

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  1. Lou, Fayetteville, NC

    We are headed toward being a 3d World Country because we are broke. We borrow more than we take in. Protests are good but I don't see anyone thinking about doing anything. Looking a window at the protesters doesn't do anything. It got out of hand and only the Government can do anything about it and they are in bed with the ones who are guilty or appear guilty. It is a sad commentary on our times. The only people who care can't make a difference.

    October 17, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  2. Russ in PA

    Co-opted by the Democrats, perhaps, as the Tea Party is now co-opted by the Republicans. The power elites from both parties will attempt to co-opt any movement to ensure their control of the masses. In both cases, the new grass roots movements appear to nibble around the edges of problems, as Ron Paul suggests. For example, why aren't both movements targeting the FED and central banks in general as one of the prime reasons for the state of the economy and the "unfairness of wealth distribution"?

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    October 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  3. Dan in Albuquerque

    I'm not sure they even knew to begin with, but mainstream voters are beginning to support and join them, I think a form will arise, and it will be fairly liberal moreso than conservative. If that holds true and they vote their convictions in November, it could be bad news for incumbents, especially the GOP.

    October 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  4. Paul From Austin Texas

    It is hard to say just where they will end up. I have heard both sides in support of them and against them. It seems to be a copy of the demonstrations that happened in the spring in Egypt and other countries. I hope the protesters do not expect an overthrow of our or any nation the protests are in. As messed up as we are we are still the best thing out there. That is why so many around the world hate us to the bone yet in most cases given the chance they would come here in a second. I support their right to protest but the best protest is at the ballot box. The biggest message any of us can do is vote all the incumbents out no matter who then that just might cause real change in Washington.

    October 17, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  5. Jayne in NH

    I don't know where it will end, but I sure wish someone would listen. The recently enacted debit card fees were the straw that broke the camel's back. How much money do the banksters need before it's "enough?"

    October 17, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  6. Barbara Leavitt

    With so little organization it will most likely fizzle out. But hopefully both Democrat and Republicans will realize that
    'the American people' are tired of business as usual, meaning Wall St. and big corporations are the only ones they
    seem to be looking out for and start putting We the People first. They both like to claim the protesters are mad at the opposing party. The are angry over NO JOBS and all our government will do is talk about how wrong the others are. Love how the protesters are a 'Mob' according to Republicans. They just don't have the bucks backing them like the Tea Party did.
    Henderson Nevada

    October 17, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  7. John from Alabama

    Jack: The Occupy Wall Street protests will last until it gets cold this winter. Occupy Wall Street could gain strength by finding a single voice to tell the world what they stand for and what the groups hopes to accomplish. By doing some homework and getting the word out this group could have a million person march on Congress this coming April 2012. Occupy Wall Street could show up at every political rally regardless of party and ask some very embarrassing questions. Occupy Wall Street does not have to become a political party to make a political statement this election season.

    October 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  8. riley oday

    IT will end with no changes to anything. It remains the same. The lobby with the money will see to it.

    October 17, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  9. Pat in Michigan

    The same way it ended at Kent State!Money Talks!

    October 17, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  10. Peg from NY

    Excellent question. I am unsure if this group has an agenda or if it is expanding organically, with no idea of the end result. Hard tellin, not knowin', Jack!

    October 17, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  11. Peggy

    OWS will end when the 99% see action towards fixing our fundamental problems. I identify with the "occupy wall street" as the frustration of seeing excessive executive compensation and bonuses while even those with 401k's, savings, home equity, jobs (salaries stagnated if not lowered, bonuses eliminated, health insurance rising and benefits lowered), etc. see their net worth and standard of living lowered substantially along with the desperation of those who have lost their jobs, homes, etc. There is fundamentally something wrong with the checks and balances of executive compensation, accountability, value, and fairness. It is wrong for those at the top of these companies to have raked in the money they have over the last 3 to 4 years without hurting like the 99% of the rest of us. The 99% includes those of us with stocks, investments, houses, and jobs also, but unlike those the "occupy wall street" is aimed at we don't make obscene compensation regardless of stock value, profits, bail outs, civil and criminal investigations into predatory practices, layoffs, etc.

    October 17, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  12. george c paree

    Jack my 4701k went from 243.000 dallors to 11300 dallors withrnd a year I can understand why people are so up set but I could have sold myt ford xtocks but didnt so Its mt flaut .To protest the system is wrong chuck paree anderson

    October 17, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  13. barbara in nc

    Depends on how soon the radical right sends in goons to cause problems to blame on them.

    October 17, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  14. Brad, Portland, OR

    Pretty much the same place where Tea Party movement ends.

    Except as Nobel-Prize winning economist Paul Krugman notes, the OWS folks are actually mad at the right people, unlike the Tea Party.

    October 17, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  15. Bert from L.A.

    Hi Jack, I’ve been to Occupy Los Angeles several times and notice a recurring theme in speeches and signs quoting the Declaration of Independence. People say government has become destructive of the Rights it was instituted to secure and it’s our duty to alter our government. Signs reading, “Corporations are not People” and “Money is not speech” indicate an amendment saying so is our destiny.

    October 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  16. Annie, Atlanta

    Since I don't have a crystal ball, these our my hopes. Get the money out of our politics. When corporations and banks can buy legislation to keep the status quo (see ALEC), there is something wrong. When two billionaire brothers can write checks that abolish regulations that keep us all safe, isn't that basically a dismantling of democracy? Another hope would be to break up the big banks before we have to bail them out again. Sixteen Trillion Dollars is more than enough when nothing is being done to curb their appetite for gambling. I'd be inclined to continue gambling too if I had free money handed to me. This is so lopsided it's obscene. It's out of control greed. Where's Main Street's $16 Trillion handout? No, we get called welfare queens and leeches for daring to want shelter and food. I'm disgusted with what we've turned into.

    October 17, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  17. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack this whole protest thing is really quite ridiculous. First off the average employee on Wall street makes 40 to 50 thousand dollars a year. Protesting these people does nothing. They are not the bad guys. These same people protesting still own homes that they buy on mortgages. They still drive cars that they finance. They still use ATM and credit cards to access their bank accounts and to buy merchandise and most still live just beyond their means. Who these people should be angry at is themselves. All they need to do to find the one causing their problems is look in the mirror.

    October 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  18. Noel Sivertson Roswell New Mexico.

    Probably nowhere. The disparity in the distribution of wealth is nothing the government can fix. The middle class can't fix it. Only the wealthy can do it and that's not likely.

    The golden rule is in play here. Those with the gold rule. Neither the middle class nor the government have the gold. All the wealthy have to do is nothing while they wait for Occupy Wall Street demonstrations to eventually run out of gas.

    October 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  19. Frances

    Many of us middle class, middle income people have been very concerned about where this country was headed The crimes committed in the banks, and Wall Street. Watching the financial institutes, the wealthy, the corporations sucking up all the wealth while lowering peoples wages, outsourcing jobs, killing unions/collective bargaining. The gap between the rich and poor is as large as in the age of the Robber Barons.

    We can only hope that the 99% will convince the 1% to pay their fair share of taxes. To stop outsourcing jobs. To Open up their trillions they are sitting on and create jobs. When people have jobs they will pay taxes, and buy the products that are made in America.

    Pass the President's Jobs Bill.

    October 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  20. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    When the greed stops, the rich starts paying their fair share, and the working man or what is left of him starts to gain in numbers and stops being kicked and the teeth.

    October 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  21. Jk from Minnesota

    It needs to get Washington to start paying attentions to the needs of America rather than their re-election. If Congress worked on ways to bring manufacturing jobs back to this country and to fix the deteriorating intrastructure, they might see approval ratings higher than 10 or 12%.

    It's probably too much to expect campaign financing reform and Congressional Term limits form this – but who knows – if the ball gets rolling and a credible alternative to the rotten 2 parties we currently have started up – we might have a chance to accomplish some of this stuff. It won't happen soon enough in my opinion.

    October 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  22. Jeff in Bishop, GA

    Mr. Cafferty, these wacky, disorganized protests will end, and the sissy, counter-culture, hipster miscreants will go back to their communes & parents' homes when winter rolls in.

    October 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  23. Swick

    Where all protests in the U.S. does. No where, because at the end of the day, we are all greedy. Everyone has their price and anyone can be bought. Sad but true. Wall Street is where it is, because we worship money and materialism and everyone on Main Street will be on Wall St given the chance. That's what capitalism is about.

    October 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  24. s in fl

    Not sure, Jack. Maybe at the courthouse the day a couple of sleazy CEO's do a good old fashioned perp walk?

    October 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  25. Joey at Purdue Univ

    How about this: If Congress reinstates Glass-Steagall and implements a Tobin Tax as a deterrent from reckless behavior on the part of those that got us all here, then all the young people will go home. Deal?

    October 17, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  26. Joey at Purdue Univ

    Also: They want student debt relief, or even some sort of 5 to 10-yr work/debt forgiveness program, and a moratorium on foreclosures.

    October 17, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  27. Jerry from Johns Creek, GA

    Hopefully the protest will end with more control of the wild party that has been going on at Wall Street firms. It is not business owners that are the issue it is traders of the Bernie Maddoff ilk. There are over $4quadrillion dollars tied up in derivatives that represents 283 times the Gross Domestice Product of the United States. They are basically bets but there is almost no control over the bets. Traders can manipulate Wall Street to seek a big payoff off the bakcs of working Americans including Executives. They can get credit default swaps from AIG to cover their bet and in Obama's way of doing things the US Taxpayer will cover the bets because AIG and others are "too big to fail." Baloney, let them fail make them get some of their own fat in the fire.

    October 17, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  28. Jim, Denver CO

    Where will OWS end? I hope it doesn't. The 'rest of us' (99%) need this movement to put pressure on the Tea Party, Congress (both sides) and Wall Street. The Silent Majority of this country are sick and tired of special interests and wing-nut groups that are trying to control this country. Enough is enough.

    October 17, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  29. calaurore9

    They are destined to end in Mummy and Daddy's basement once the weather turns frigid.

    Carol in Ma

    October 17, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  30. Loren

    Where all so-called spontaneous protests end – co-opted by politicians. Don't be naive and think that this is a spontaneous protest, this is right out of Saul Alinsky's book and you can bet that this is being done to take attention away from President Obama's kowtowing to Wall Street in hopes of propping up his re-election campaign.

    October 17, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  31. tifrere

    for me it is a diffirent battle compare to the tea party.wall protesters are figthing for greed tea party for cut spending.THAT s what make the gop congres in trouble

    October 17, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  32. Ken in Seattle

    It depends to some extent on whether or not they come to recognize their image is getting in the way of their message, which itself is frequently ill defined. While many of them seem to have good intentions others seem to be more interested in having a reason to beat their drums and party. And trashing public property does nothing to sway public opinion to support badly needed changes to the way Wall Street is allowed to operate. The exuberance of youth has to give way to an organized disciplined approach to change. They need way more grey hairs in their mist to help them channel their energy and good intentions into something that has broader appeal and greater chance of success. Until those beyond the twenty something bracket can relate to their efforts, the Occupy Wall Street protests are destined to fade away. That would be a shame.

    October 17, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  33. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    Billionaires and millionaires without tax deductions would lose their incentive to be philanthropists but their tax revenue can be used to create more effective tax incentives for new small business startups who are the real job creators. Small business has no obligation to stockholders like large public corporations. Banks should be more competitive instead of raising funds without increasing services. The Occupy Movement wants their moneys' worth from a system which has become increasingly self-serving and exclusionary.

    October 17, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  34. kim smith, Dodge City, Ks.

    If the Wall Street 1%'rs get their way, as they usually do, the OWS protests will end in a police action that will include lots of beatings, tear gassing, arrests and jail terms. Those few individuals who hold their wealth above our nation's interests, will stop at nothing short of total supression of American freedoms in order to satisfy their addiction to greed.

    October 17, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  35. David in Tampa

    When the weather gets about 15 degrees colder, Occupy Wall St will end. Hopefully it will pick up again next year but I doubt it. The movement is symbolic of a broken America. Both the public and private sectors of this country are on the chopping block, and pretty much to the point where neither can be repaired. It proves the old adage that shit flows downward from the top; beware because the bottom is getting real tired of this forced diet of crap. We need a different direction and different leadership in this country and the current political parties and corporate enterprise system just cant provide what we need.

    October 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  36. Rick McDaniel

    In the cold.

    October 17, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  37. Tom

    The Occupy Wall Street Movement will end when money is removed from Politics and Corporations are no longer considered equal to citizens. It ends when Congress overturns the Citizens United. It ends when students no longer are forced to take on crushing debt loads. It ends when millionaires and billionaires pay their fare share. It ends when the environment is no longer an afterthought. In other words, it never ends. Tom in San Francisco

    October 17, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  38. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Hopefully they won't end until Congress is voted out, all of them. It is long over due that WE THE PEOPLE take charge and ban together for OUR country.

    October 17, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  39. Michael "C" Lorton, Vriginia

    Jack: They will be remembered as "noisemakers"--nothing more-nothing less!

    October 17, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  40. Nate NC

    They will end upon the realization that American Democracy is being strangled to death by selfish policymakers. It is as if these trivial protests are being allowed by a government that resembles a passive form of communism.

    October 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  41. Ray E. (Georgia)

    For those that complain about the system, stop using the system. This protest will end in a whimper.

    October 17, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  42. bob z.

    the people that are protesting have no clear agenda it seams like a lot of anger but i think it is in the wrong place in should be at the w. h. it is his agenda that is destroying our country

    October 17, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  43. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    When it comes time to go with either Nader, a Green or Obama, that could be the end of it – as protests the the contrary, Democratic web page DailyKos, which is solidly partisan, is a major force behind these protests. The other option is striking out in a new direction, but that will only happen if they decide to not just tax Wall Street, but close it down. There are two avenues to do this. First, repeal the Taft-Hartley Act prohibitions on more than 10% of pension funds in employer voting stock and demanding concentrated employee and union ownership of the workplace . Second, thing outside tha box and push for Personal Accounts for Social Security holding insured employer voting stock, rather than unaccountable Wall Street Index Funds. Either way, they will throw in with the Democrats or openly defy them.

    October 17, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  44. Bill of New Mexico

    "Occupy Wall Street"

    A) The reason why I am intrigued is that I am still angry about the "bail out."

    B) There should have been a criminal investigation! After that–how can there be any question of the importance of regulation.

    C) I remember those two nights of the bail out. Chris Dodd, Barney Franks, Nancy Pelosi, and the Democrats were so interested in "bail out" and not a "criminal investigation." At least two thirds of the Republicans voted against the bail out.

    D) If "Occupy Wall Street" brings on an investigation of the "bail out," I say more power to "Occupy Wall Street."

    E) Entitlements are going to be chopped each year now–until entitlements are gone. Maybe "Occupy Wall Street" will fight this, but it will be hopeless.

    F) The Middle Class is collapsing because their wages are not (and will not) keep up. Maybe "Occupy Wall Street" will fight this, but it will be hopeless.

    G) I give "Occupy Wall Street" a 33% chance of becoming a force on the political arena.

    H) I give "Occupy Wall Street" a 3% chance of replacing the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party needs to be replaced with change in mind.

    I) If America believes that it has seen change–America has not seen anything, yet!

    J) I do not like that kind of change, but it is unavoidable.

    October 17, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  45. Louis

    Dear Jack,
    Thank you for covering OCCUPY WallStreet. These people are far more important than the corrupt politicians that CNN usually covers. As for the question, It will take a lot more than protests to get the attention of the GOP, they treat us 99% like we are idiots and anti-capitalists. Well, I say, so what. The capitalist system in place needs to be revamped to a more fair system.


    October 17, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  46. John B.

    The Wall Street Protest will end on the floors of Congress once our elected officials finally understand that we have had enough of their childish games and they start doing the jobs they were elected to do instead of worrying about how to get re-elected over and over and over etc.

    October 17, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  47. Jane in CA

    When congress starts passing laws that benefit the people of this country instead of the corporations. In other words, when pigs fly. Alternatively, it could be the first revolution to restore a government instead of overthrow one. When the laws of this country are non-existent for the rich, anarchy for the poor soon follows. The Bush administration and the Wall Street disaster proved that the laws of this country do not exist for the rich, the powerful, and the well connected to either. Restore the real rule of law, and the protests will slow down. Eliminate the legal bias towards the rich, and the protests will slow down. They will end when people no longer feel that they are being used as grist for the money mill.

    October 17, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  48. Terri from Blountville, TN

    I hope it is an effort to end the greed and immoral if not illegal behavior of the Wall Streeters and Bankers.

    October 17, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  49. Pete from Milton

    Eventually, some Democratic politician will step in and try to herd these cats, much like Republicans Dick Armey and Sarah Palin did to the Tea Party. The Occupy's "goals" (whatever they are) will then be folded into the liberal/progressive agenda, their message watered-down and adulterated, and their fire extinguished. Just like the Tea Party.

    October 17, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  50. Lori - PA


    I don't see them ending until:
    * The CEO's, and others, who caused this mess are charged;
    * Those "no new taxes" pledges are destroyed; and
    * Bipartisan economic and jobs creation legislation is passed

    October 17, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  51. Sylvia from San Diego

    It will end THANKFULLY when NY gets their first snow storm.... LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW!!!

    October 17, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  52. Phyllis G. Williams

    Where are the Occupy Wall Street protests destined to end?

    If God is on their side it could bring forth positive change (Deuteronomy 28: 1).
    If not and Lucifer wins it will bring forth destruction.

    October 17, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  53. curtis in philadelphia

    Haven't you heard Jack, they're coming to your house, bake some cookies.

    October 17, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  54. bud rupert, reston, va

    Such a rdiculous question. Are you on the sauce again Jack?.... But what I think is helarious is how politicians can saddle up to whatever the flavor of the week happens to be. Like that mook Cantor – flip flopping all over the palce...."Their hipocracy knows no bounds" And Barak isn't much better.

    October 17, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  55. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    Wall Street lapdogs like Massachusetts Senator Brown will be replaced by Elizabeth Warren and her like. The oversight and protections put into place by FDR after the Great Depression will be restored. The transfer of wealth from the Middle class to the Super rich will slow. Use of local credit unions will surge dramatically.

    October 17, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  56. Dan K

    Jack: This demonstration may never end unless our reps in D.C realize that both the youth and elderly need for them to represent the poor and the vanishing middle class instead of cottoning to the rich (who own the reps)! Remember, this started as a protest against corporate greed when the youth and the poor and middle class woke up to what is happening on wall street!!

    Dan K. Owens Cross Rds, Alabama

    October 17, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  57. Kenneth in California

    There are only three things that have no end, death, taxes, and inflation. The publicly owned market demands perpetual profits that perpetuates ongoing economic inflation. Inflation of late has been consuming our wages, the goods we buy, depleting our savings, creating fear and unrest.
    What ever happened to "Wage and Price Controls"? Business has put a control on our wages, but where are the price controls that could help we the people?

    October 17, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  58. Hafeez

    These occupy wall street protests should be destined at the Capital Hill. In the last move they should make the Senate and House of Representative to do their jobs instead of bickering on each other and make them pass the bills either presented by Republicans, Democrats or the President as long as these bills are beneficial for American people.
    Forget about presedential debates and concentrate on the current problems. These useless debates can wait until next summer.

    October 17, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  59. Burt in Az

    I have a feeling this is just the beginning unless there is a big turn around in the economy. I remember a quote from a
    Japananese General after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, "beware of the sleeping American Giant." This just might apply here.

    October 17, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  60. Bob H. from Orlando, FL


    This movement will last a long, long time because the remedy for a positive solution is reducing the unemployment numbers in half and a willingness that the cause and effect of what created this economic mess will never be repeated.
    That's a tall order. Sooner rather than later, Capitol Hill needs to take action from passing the major parts of the American Jobs Act, have the banks release some money for lending to businesses, banks should turn around foreclosures into rent to own properties, and to seriously address the economic disparity that is plaguing all of us. Since banks are not spending any money in the way of business loans and businesses are doing whatever they can to maintain their profitability by cutting the workforce, some entity needs to pour money into the economy. By having gthe top 1% pay their fair share, many of our economic woes can be cured. It takes everybody to work together and not cause alienation. When you see the rise of millionaires occur while the American worker has not gained any increase in wages, a crisis is not far away. The solution can be only realized if we work together for the common good, Cutting expenses without any investment can only provide further chaos. Everyone needs to step up, provide innovative solutions that can be discussed in a mature manner. Adults need to act like adults. Thr first step is to seize common ground and understanding. I believe Capitol Hill is smart and intelligent enough to realize that the solution is doable. It takes courage to step up and to rectify our own man-made crisis.

    October 17, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  61. Steve, Clifton, VA

    My bet is that this movement will end with politicians and fat cats re-thinking their relationships and moving towards greater improvement in wealth equity and somewhat of a restoration of the ability of John Q Public ability to realize the American Dream...

    October 17, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  62. Ros.....Illinois

    It's hard to tell but if we stand around and do nothing then nothing will be done. Wall street/ big business/republicans are all in this together and could care less about the Occupy group. Cantor is just trying to play both sides. I hope the Occupy group aren't fooled by him/them. Keep up the good work kids.

    October 17, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  63. Larry -Denver

    Whatever happened to those Viet Nam war protestors? After the war ended , we stopped marching. Do you think if anything would really happen they would leave "occupied Wall St."? Cold, rain, wind and snow will be the only thing that slows this down, its not going away. Reform, redistribution, and massive change may cause the movement to disburse, but do you that on the horizon?

    October 17, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  64. Don (Ottawa)

    Let's hope it ends in the creation of a new economic world order. Seems "Occupy Wall St." is a revolution that has been brewing for some time now and is rapidly becoming global because it concerns our future as a species. We were warned in the 70's that there are limits to growth that if not heeded would lead to disaster. Unfortunately we haven't heard the warning nor have we seen the warning signs. As resources have become scarcer, there are those that have taken advantage of the situation for their own benefit at the expense of others. We are at a tipping point where economic growth (the campaign slogan of today's politicians) is no longer sustainable and the disparity between the rich and the poor is now clearly visable. Unless, we come to grips with the situation and change economic policies, then nature will solve it for us. In the animal kingdom, when food gets scarce, those that compete get hurt. Let's hope this revolution is a peaceful one.

    October 17, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  65. Jeff In Minnesota

    LIke the Tea Party, the Occupy Wall Street movement started out with, what I think was a good idea, as a protest against Wall Street's bail out and subsequent thumbing their noses at the rest of America and continuing on their reckless ways. However, the way things are currently going, I think these protests will just devolve into anarchy and will disapate into nothing. And that is a shame because I think Wall Street needs to understand that they have hurt Americans and we are not willing to let business as usual continue.

    October 17, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  66. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    Already the protests have got Americans acknowledging the sad truth: Even for those who work hard, get an education and do everything right, the American Dream may not come true. This growing income disparity is stifling growth, innovation and opportunity. To the protesters I say: Keep it up. America is listening.

    October 17, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  67. Ann from Charleston SC

    The protest gives people the feeling that they do have some power over the "gubmint".

    October 17, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  68. Richard, in Kansas

    From the halls of Montezuma to the streets of New York City... As a proud supporter of ocupyMarines I say that this can only end when we take our country back from the oligarchs who seek to undermine our democracy. I didnt risk my life for corporate profits, I did it for the American people and a system of government that serves the people. Semper Fi!

    October 17, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  69. Dottor. Giorgio

    The Occupy Wall Street protests are destined to end in Washington D.C. From there, new ideas may emerge to help people gain a better life, all over the country. The movement may go on for several more months!

    October 17, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  70. Larry in Houston

    as soon as the weather gets down to 32 or below for over a week or so, they will thin out after that.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  71. Jenna Roseville CA

    Where are the Occupy Wall Street protests destined to end?

    In the USA I see their end on election day November 6, 2012 when they head to the polls and vote against all those that did not do the work that needed to be done for this nation.

    I see their counterparts doing the same when their corrupt candidates/leaders are up for election/re-election.

    Don't belittle the OWS folks Jack – they may not have been manufactured like the TEA 'Party' by the likes of the Koch brothers and fondled by the 'lame stream media' but they are ever more powerful.. More Americans can identify with these folks and NOT the likes of the TEA 'Party'.

    Roseville CA

    October 17, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  72. Ken Victoria BC

    In Victoria there is a group of citizens expressing basically that 1% controls the 99%. It will end when elected representative finally pay attention the the majority.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  73. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    The tea party is just another narrow minded absolute ideology who only have their constrictive interests at heart.

    The Occupy movement is about what is right and what is wrong for all people, so there can be no end only an enlightenment for all people. And hopefully that will begin at the polls in 2012 with throwing out those who insist everyone think and act as they do without regard to the majority.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  74. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    They're for taxing the top 1%. So is President Obama. Obama mentioned the OWS protesters (and their right to protest) at his last press briefing as well as at the MLK Memorial Dedication. The Republicans called them a "mob" and said derogatory things about them. The protesters are destined to end in the voting booth. They will help President Obama.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  75. Linda in Arizona

    Why would you ask that? What do you think we are... fortune tellers?

    October 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  76. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    They're for taxing the top 1%. So is President Obama. Obama mentioned the OWS protesters (and their right to protest) at his last press briefing as well as at the MLK Memorial Dedication. The Republicans called them a "mob" and said other derogatory things about them. The protesters are destined to end in the voting booth. They will help President Obama.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  77. Marilyn

    The old rules are not working anymore and people have lost their dignity and ability to take care of themselves. Business and government are not interested in providing a social safety net during these confusing times. It will take a new leader, a new vision, a song, a comedian and a new social contract for the demonstrators to go home to their futures again.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  78. Gigi Oregon

    Hopefully teaching "we the people" are being robbed by Wall Street. I think people are waking up to the fact that capitalization is a five letter dirty word. "greed" Let's go back to our early American roots when capitalization was outlawed.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  79. Renee Peoria,Ill

    I think that's up to Washington; what do they want? Political reform or revolution? Bear in mind these are actually the patient people who waited several years to give Washington time to work on the problem. And what did they get instead? Gridlock, stonewalling, lots of lip service, fingerpointing, rock and a hard place politics. Don't ask us where this is going to end, ask Washington, they brought this on themselves.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  80. Mary Barnes, Brenham, TX

    At the ballot box.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  81. Jennifer

    I would like to say they would end with a change in bank regulations and things of that sort but, unfortunately, like almost all other important things we need in this country, it'll probably end up absolutely no where.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  82. Austin Hager

    Seattle, WA

    They will end when people are tired of standing outside in their new REI gear they purchased for attempting to protest. They are not unified and their is no clear demand or resolution to the current problems facing society. What reasons do politicians have to react? They are making immense amounts of money and still being reelected.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  83. Brian

    Oh, Jack. You're so wrong. We "who laughed" at these goofballs originally are STILL laughing. The dirtier they get, the more "stimulus" sod they destroy, the more they defecate on police cars – well, the more laughable they become.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  84. Vovin

    For many of these people this movement symbolizes a last stand. This will not end soon if at all until major changes take place. No bill or congressional act is going to satiate the general feeling of hopelessness in this nation. The Occupy wallstreet movement has given some something they haven seen in a long time, hope. They will not let it go so easily.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  85. Ro in SoCal

    The protests wil end as soon as a cold rain blows through the city.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  86. Amy from Muncie, IN

    If there's any destiny at all it will be in strengthening unions. Jobs have been flying overseas because others have been willing to work as virtual slaves, but those days will end, and the top 1% everywhere will have to acknowledge that they can't survive without the other 99% The Russian nobility learned this the hard way in 1917

    October 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  87. MNResident

    It will end when the money being used to pay the protestors stops flowing to them. In other words–ask George Soros.....

    October 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  88. Lee in Rochester, NY

    The Occupy Wall Street movement will end with Republicans running away from the uncompromising, take-no-prisoners intransigence of the Tea Partiers. This movement wants action, cooperation and collaboration among leaders in our government. Wake up, America, we want government of, by and for the people.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  89. roguebelle

    I would love to believe they're destined to end with a positive shift, in this country and around the world, towards greater income equality and fair business practices. I want to think they'll end in a revival of the idea that a combination of hard work, good luck, and dedication will eventually pay off, rather than the current system where the goalposts are constantly moved out of reach and where investments in education and employment don't deliver what's promised. I hope they'll end with enlightenment about what basic respect and considerations we *all* deserve, not just as citizens of the U.S. but as members of the human race. But I'm not that naive.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  90. Rick in California

    Hopefully it will end with the people in our government who are conspiring with big business to manipulate the economy being thrown out of office. It's no secret that big business has bought and sold the Republicans and some Democrats. We the people are fed up. We want our jobs back, we want our country back and we want America back. This is just the beginning. The hooligans haven't started in yet. That's when the violence will begin. The Constitution gives us the right to replace the government if it gets too big for it's britches. Well their pants are around their ankles right now. I'm glad to see people finally standing up in mass. We don't work for the government. THEY WORK FOR US and they need to be reminded.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  91. Vic Bothast

    We hope it DOES NOT stop. It should go on until the problems are solved. Hundreds of us want to be there but because of finances and jobs we can't ......so how about if we all join by putting a red bandana on our vehicle antennaes or rolled up in our back seat window to show our support.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  92. Midwest Jim

    The Tea Party, created and manipulated by the mega rich like the Koch Brothers and the GOP's Dick Army and Carl Rove, started the Anger Revolution–now they may get to reap the whirlwinid. If the Angry 99% turn their protests into political action and votes, the GOP and Tea Party could be history.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  93. cythara

    It will end in the arrest of every Republican and Democratic politician in Washington DC for treason and corruption and the re-establishment of real grassroots, party-free unaffiliated candidates from across the country to take their place in Congress. It will end in tribunals to discover the source of the corruption in Washington DC. It will sweep through all branches of the government to discover and punish all those who knowingly subverted our government to foreign and criminal interests.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  94. Jerry

    It should end at the White House, Right at the feet of the ONE who is responsible for this and the one who instigated it by deviding America into classes, Races, government employees,unions and teachers.Oh and then there is the private sector.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  95. Connor from Texas

    Jack, the Occupados are going to end up forming their own party, like the Tea Party, by 2014 or 2016. This party will become the deciding factor in who becomes the Democratic Presidential Candidates for future elections. They will probably end up making Buddy Roemer the DPC for 2020 or 2024, due to his views on limiting campaign contributions. By the way, Buddy Roemer should be the Republican Presidential Candidate for 2012.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  96. Bodhi

    The day the protests end is the day the truth about the corruption that buys our great countries' interests, both domestic and foreign, specifically disregarding every inhabitant on this planets best interests.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  97. Jon from Tempe

    The Occupy Wall Street prostests will not end until a more equitable distribution of wealth is present. We are the 99 percent and we will no longer remain silent! The bailouts must end! The government must quit trying to protect the interests of the super wealthy.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  98. JeromeOSJ

    As one of the occupiers in another state, my personal feelings are that I'm not moving anywhere until corporations are out of our politics and this class warfare stops!! For too long the the 1%, in the name of greed, have been waging war on the rest of America in several fronts. When our President wages war on the domestic oppression, specifically socioeconomic and political, he and the rest will be living examples of what we are out here for; bailouts from buyouts, and not understanding the fundamental truth: WE THE PEOPLE ARE TOO BIG TO FAIL.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  99. Everett Herring

    The Occupy Wall Street protests will not end; they might gain momentum but they won't end. Expect to see the authorities crack down, expect to see a "Kent State" style incident where one or more police officers suddenly panic or snap and draw their guns and fire on unarmed protesters. It is surprising that iit hasn't happened yet.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  100. Bob S Philadelphia , Pa

    I don't think they will end anytime soon you can only push people so far and when you corner then they will come out fighting and until WE THE people are heard the occupy movement will continue

    October 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  101. Winnie Neaves

    I think it will end when the U.S. has a government that represents "we the people" and is run "by the people" with no lobbyists, no earmarks, a set of rules that is fair to "all the people" and a tax system that is understood "by the people" and fair to "all the people".

    October 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  102. Richard

    Where WE always wind up. As a small footnote in history, but it is the thought that counts. Atlanta GA

    October 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  103. susan erlenbaugh

    If we assessed a windfall tax on those who received a billion dollar or more bonus I bet the protestors would be satisfied along with the rest of us. Maybe that would pay off the national debt....or at least help.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  104. Dave - Phx

    Jack, they are destined to end with real change that we can believe in, not that hopey changey stuff, or that yes we can stuff, but that I wont buy/use your product until you bring back the jobs stuff. Banks made a profit this quarter, lets see how they do the next three.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  105. Barb Townsend

    I feel the Occupy Wall Street Protests will bring up the general awareness world-wide, of corporate greed and social and income inequities.
    I do feel there is a good chance it will ultimately strengthen President Obama's chances of being re-elected in 2012.
    At first I thought this movement would splinter off the Democratic Party and increase the chances of some right winger winning for President, but no, at this point I feel it will help strengthen the Democratic party.
    For Eric Cantor to say these are "angry mobs" wasn't a wise move. When the Republicans criticize this movement they do not realize the depths of frustration Americans are feeling. Even among Republicans who trust the Republican Party. The Occupy Wall Street Movement may even help educate some of the Republican voters to realize they are voting for the wrong people if they want increased wages, jobs here at home, and a revitalized infrastructure.
    – Palm Harbor FL

    October 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  106. Joe

    I hope the Occupy Wall Street protests do not end until Congress changes laws and the tax code to favor the 99% (middle class). I am tired of the rich getting all the breaks, and the poor getting handouts that the 99% pay for.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  107. michael smith

    Not too sure but you can guarantee the the flesh will break before the banks ever will. They have all the time in the world for business as usual because they have jobs and all the power to stop money from moving. Somehow the all mighty dollar has become more important than the massive throng of people who just want to have a little dignity and earn their respect. Wonder if the bank executives could live on my salary? Believe me it's rough but I know people have it worse than me $19,000 just doesn't go far ...

    October 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  108. Flyingwolf from Manchester, NH

    The protests will end when the huge gap between the rich and the poor ends and not until.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  109. Hank Corbett

    It will end in the US when corporations cease to be people and when we, once again, have a healthy middle class. Think about it, Jack, the unstable countries of the world are those countries with very small to non-existent middle classes. Our diminishing middle class is beginning to grow disturbances and protests. I believe that these protests, in our country, will only grow until we begin to seriously address the disparities in the haves and have-nots.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  110. Patience..

    Jack..You ever try and stop a speeding bullet? You don't...You duck and dive..or become a political superman and we all know thats a imaginary character...Who holds the Kryptonite? ..Wall Streets ticker-tape!

    October 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  111. Jim Green, Seguin,TX

    Jack, Clarence Darrow, in the 1920’s, had it on the nose re the “Occupy” uprising—he observed “Laws should be like clothes, tailored to fit the people who wear them”—Too many of our laws are tailored to fit the 1%, and at the expense of the 99%–and the 99% have finally put their foot down—I would like to think it will not end until we actually get change–

    October 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  112. Keith Myers

    Ask Obama! He is for wealth redistribution. He hates big business. Big business knows this and will sit on their hands until Obama is gone. Why aren't you or CNN capable of pointing out how Obama has destroyed the economy?

    October 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  113. Kris Little

    The people have been screaming at deaf ears for too long. They talk about changing things yet nothing gets done from either side. The political process that divides and distracts us from the real problems has gone on for too long. The money must be removed from the political process or this will get worse and possibly turn violent. The 2 party system is not working and equal time and money should be given to all parties.
    There is a growing number of young people who were told to get a college education to get a good job.... I am a veteran with student loan debt and no jobs! I am "lucky" I served in the military and payed into the GI Bill and received the Army college fund but still owe over 40k (all while working full-time in college). What are people to do but protest? I'm afraid if the politicians do not hold the banks and huge corporations accountable for robbing the American people, the people will take matters into their own hands....

    October 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  114. Joe

    Its about time people stood up before it's too late, if it isn't already. Our tax dollars bail out the banks and when middle class americans lose their jobs and can't pay their mortgages the banks foreclose on their homes. Where is the second chance for the middle class such as the second chance our tax dollars gave the banks. It is the corrupted politicians who are to blame, as well as the greed on Wall Street. What happened to the millions of industrial jobs lost to foreign countries such as Mexico, China, etc. How can politicians lose millions of jobs and expect it not to affect the economy. People lose high paying jobs and have to take lower paying jobs to put food on the table. We the people need to take back our country, the greedy politicians can't get the job done. We the people need to "Get R Done.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  115. George

    Gee Jack, it only took a month for you to ask this question. What's the rush?
    This will end the same way that bunch of trouble making Colonials ended their demonstrations starting back in 1776. You know, the ones Great Britain found so unreasonable and disruptive.
    If you look at the Declaration of Independence that "mob" created, you can very easily substitute their grievances with the King of England with groups like Congress, Wall Street, big banks, mainstream media, etc. So, when will it end? Hopefully when the majority levels the playing field and special interests are no longer able to enrich themselves by milking the working cl;ass. JMHO.
    Cheers to you Jack!

    October 17, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  116. ron mich

    When wilol these protests end? When congress gets off their butts and starts doing somethinf for the aged, handicaped, honmeless, poor and middle class of this country instead of cutting and taking away and pilfering from us in order to keep the rich richer and so they can keep getting millions to keep the very wealthy!s bank accounts full at our expense. Also when they start paying back some of the 3 and one half TRILLION DOLLARS they pilfered from our Social Security fund.. THATS WHEN !!!!!!!!!!

    October 17, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  117. Will in Atlanta

    "Occupy Wall St" will end when the Bush-era tax cuts for the rich expire,when tax loopholes for multi-billion dollar corporations are closed,when the troops are brought home,when efforts to destroy the collective bargaining practices in this country are no longer threatened,when our borders are secured and a comprehensive immigration policy is instituted and enforced,when the elderly and the poor are no longer held hostage by threats to erase social security and medicare as we no it,when the income inequality in this country is more into line with fairness and reason and when money of banks and other financial institutions is not used to co-opt the government of the USA.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  118. kay king

    I think it's a tossup what will happen. Either cold weather will set in and people will go home – or it will escalate to violence. I'm concerned about a protest movement that doesn't seem to know where it's going or what it wants. The same people screaming about wall street profits are using their ipads and idolize steve jobs. So are some rich people OK – and some not? Who gets to decide?

    I think there are groups pushing this agenda and I think for those groups it's about elections and little more.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  119. Chuck Wright, Georgia

    So Canter thinks there is some disparity in income. His Party thinks that is class warfare for the middle and forgoten to complain. The 'trickle' is class warfare. They will wait until greater uprising takes place before they will do anything. Now we hear instead the rich Republican candidate from Texas embracing anti-religous sentiments from the segments of Christianity characterized by the 'Jim and Tammy' crowd. Lincloln would be ashamed of the current Republican Party. I know I am.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  120. Chris Smith

    Hopefully, the world-revolution against these modern day big-business-loving regimes we call our governments will end is a peaceful fix for the many things that are so broken, though with such blatent conservative resistance, a violent revolution is more likely. Included in those things broken are:
    Unfavorable tax rates for the middle class
    Middle 401Ks: -9%, but Elite Porfolios 25%+
    Our Credit credit card interest rate: 25%+ despite governent lending rate at 0.01% (Huge greedy discrepancy)
    Our health care costs, bankrupting the middle class.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  121. Bob

    As a veteran of the Civil Rights movement I remember the feeling of power the protests gave the protestors. But in this case I have no idea of what they are trying to accomplish unless it's the demise of Capitalism. If that's where it's leading I'm concerned that we will become a third world country with a failed economy like Russia and China before they embrased the positive benefits of Capitalism. Communism/Socalism sounds great but just doesn't work.
    We would be better off if we turned our attention to making Capitalism work instead of the pie in the sky idea of failed Communism.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  122. donald

    it will end when the people finally relize that the problem is the ferederal government is broken. First off term limits on all of congress and senate. second to put all federal employees on social security including senators and representitives and the white house. third to have a national primary. and when the people quit sendings donations to the republican and democratic national committties and all federal politicians. and boycott the national political commities who have a stranglehold on D.C.
    get the word out that the government is the cause of the bad economy and has thru their legislation have caused the economy to fall in the dirch

    October 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  123. Chuck Barnes

    The government wanted our farm for a nuclear dump. The civil disobedent protesters (thousands of them) blocaded the
    roads to our farm in Allegany County, NY and held their ground. 200 state police couldn't overcome the protesters and I
    think the Occupy Wall Street protesters will win when they get what they want. The farm owner who "still" ownes the
    farm and all the nuclear waste goes ... West

    Chuck Barnes

    October 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  124. Maraj K.

    I don't know how this is all going to end. But this country was taken in the wrong direction long ago, and it was only a matter of time before ordinary citizens would wake-up to this reality. Now that the economic disparity has become so apparent and real, people are naturally acting out. I know these protests found inspiration abroad. The Arabs had an Arab Spring fittingly during the spring. Optimism for them. Unfortunately, this fall it seems we are headed for an American Fall. Pessimism for us.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  125. deborah ballweg Seibert, co

    Apparenty these folks think that if we take money from those who have, those who do not have will get it in their pockets. That is NOT the case. The only reason to take from them is to say, HaHa we have your money. There is NO benifit other than envy. Thou shalt NOT covet. I am hoping for sleet soon. That should break it up.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  126. Eric D. from Athens, GA

    The protests in America have got to end in Washington, D.C., where the lawmakers can hear the complaints first-hand. The Civil Rights movement was never so effective as when it arrived in D.C., and I am surprised the protesters have not focused their attentions on the capital yet. However, I am sure this migration to D.C. can be expected and it will be in the nation's capital where the protests will reach their finale. Wall Street does its fair share of harm to the majority in this country, but those involved in the scheme cannot be expected to change when profits remain. The easiest way to change the behavior of Wall Street is to reach the lawmakers in Washington, D.C. Lawmakers must be confronted with sound demands from the protesters in order for the movement to be successful.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  127. Jim


    I see two possible ends. First, the protesters will eventually get tired and go home, and the media will turn to other stories. Second, the protesters, realizing the unity and strength they've achieved, will take the next step and organize into a permanent political force, similar to what the Tea Party did. If they opt for the latter course, they need to begin serious study of bank operations, the American financial industry, and finance law so they know what they're talking about and can avoid the label of "shrill ignorance" so commonly aimed at the Tea party these days. This would enable them to make intelligent specific demands of their political representatives as to how financial institutions should change and how existing laws should be modified to protect us from any resurgence of corporate greed.

    Reno, Nevada

    October 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  128. Jennifer in Nebraska

    They are not going to end Jack. This movement will grow even more than it already has. All the naysayers who ridicule the movement saying it's a bunch of youth who want everything handed down are ignorant to the fact that these are people from all walks of life. WWII veterans, current veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, senior citizens, teens who are concerned for their future, middle aged, etc... People are tired Jack. The sleeping giant has awoken.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  129. Laz R Grueiro

    It will end with a whimper because we are not part of the “special interests”. In order to have this movement succeed we need to donations to hire lobbyists to get the congress to act. I’ve been a republican for over 30 but blame my party 100% for getting us into this fiscal mess…By the way I plan to vote for President Obama and any non republican running for congress!
    Laz from Orlando Florida

    October 17, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  130. Thomas Giron

    Jack-I forgot to put my city-Denver Co this in reference to Uxaclahunkin the periods before the end of the Mayan Calendar where the world is being fitted for a better future. This is only the beginning since the arab spring to the american autumn-it will be the spring when the world will have changed for the better. Along with major earthquakes and natural disasters the people of earth will be in a better place after this period of Uxaclahunkin...

    October 17, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  131. Talie Bon

    Jack, I ask you why is it that walmart has come into my neighbourhood into my community and opened their cheesy one stop shop on every corner. thats like 50 different businesses that could have been owned by my family, my neighbours or anyone in my community. they have programmed me and my generation that they are the one stop shop, that we need to shop there I guess for ever and ever.and that goes for every corporation that thinks they are our big brother who needs to supply the masses because there are so many of us they try to brain wash that we cannot do without them. so when will this end? when corporation am scrams out of my town, when alternative fuelling stations are finally manifested and we all know what our lives are really worth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  132. DR Glen Davis Oxford, OH

    The movement does not have to end as ineffective social/political clutter. The movement must quickly develop a message that has an undenaible moral basis. They should model their actions after Dr. Martin Luther King's actions in the civil right movement of the 1960s. In doing so, the Occupy Wall Street movement need not immediately spell out all the particulars of its greviences. This can come later, as the movement members figure out how to act politically about their absolute moral imperative.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  133. Dale

    The way I see it; it will never end, the top-heavy Wall Street capitalist the FAT CAT's, with their high-speed computers with their algorithms, they are slowly killing the hard working job creating middle-class entrepreneurs capitalists, and the people of the world are slowly waking up to this fact that there are just a few at the top making all the decisions so it will not end soon.

    Dale NM

    October 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  134. Gail, Plano TX.

    Jack: I have been waiting for this to happpen in this country for years! Kudos to the protestors! I wish I were young enough to join them. The sleeping tiger has been awakened, and will end in revolution!

    October 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  135. Birgit, MI

    I hope it will come to a global change of the existing system which does not seem to work they are sitting in Washington with nice salaries state of the art insurance and what are they doing nothing. We seem to go back to the middle ages where Kings are getting fatter and the common are paying the taxes. In every regular position there were already fired for non-performance. The biggest joke is it took them one month to acknowledge the demonstrators, this shows how much they care what we think.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  136. Pradeep, Cupertino, CA


    I dont think people are asking for a redistributuion of wealth – this is not a harbinger of socialism. What the people are asking for is a level playing field – that laws are not made that only benefit one section of the population. After all, a lot of the enormous sums of money that a small segment of the population made was not through the sort of innovation that some one like Steve Jobs championed. It was made through a collusion of financial services companies that packaged bad loans as gilt edged securites, rating agencies that gave them the highest possible rating ( the same rating that the US enjoyed till we were downgraded!! ) and government agencies that looked the other way as this massive fraud was perpetrated. And then the same group lobbied with the government to bail them out when the bottom fell out. And, at the other end, we have ordinary folks earning an honest day's living who were left out in the cold , when the ripple effects of this huge scam hit them. This revolution will end when people get a fairer and more equitable deal from their respective gvernments. A true democracy rather than a governement of the few, by the few, for the few.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  137. Louis Phillips

    When the politicians actually listen and realize that they are not protesting against people getting rich. they are protestesting against poeople who want to keep it to themselves and not re-invest it. the job of government is not to create jobs. It is to create the environment where private investors create jobs. They can't do that when all they worry about is where their next re-election donation is coming from.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  138. Talie Bon

    The revolution at hand is for the purpose of bringing consciousness amongst men, greeds got to end,
    corporations must repent,
    a new world is at hand
    when we all get up together and take a stand!!!

    October 17, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  139. Flo from DC

    America has a huge gap between rich and poor. Since the 80' or so called Reagonomics, the middle class got axed.
    America is now on the level of a 3rd world country with the distribution of wealth. Corporations just bought the supreme court last year and are able to get political influence without boundaries. Actually they can deducted from the taxes the same year.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  140. Spleenventor

    OWS protest will end up in the dust bin of history. This is started as an Ad company's campaign to create a name for itself to garner clients for coming campaign system. It achieved it's goal. The protestors themselves have no message, no organization, and no leadership. (I am not counting the talking point guidance emails given by news/commentary media which I believe will largely be ignored.)

    October 17, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  141. TexasMama

    I'll tell you where it will end. There will come a point where ALL of the protesters for Occupy Wall Street will pick a date and they will all gather in front of the white house, then they'll walk to the steps of Congress....

    October 17, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  142. Chaka

    It's about time, and it's refreshing to see that the will of the people cannot be trampled on without a reponse. I just hope they "occupy" with national and international goals so that this kind of wall street behavior never happens again... It will end when what caused it ends, and lastly, now... i'm proud to be an american.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  143. Scott Stodden

    Hopefully Jack These Protests Won't End And I Hope They Grow Bigger And More Widespread!!! Jack I Know You And Wolf Can Remember But My Father Told Me Over The Weekend That During The 50's, 60's And The 70's This Is How People Expressed Their Opinions On How They Felt About Issues That Concern The Country And The Government Listened Most Of The Time!!! We Need To Go Back To Protesting In The Streets And Saying Enough Is Enough And Washington If You Won't Listen Then We'll March In The Streets All Across The Country Until You Listen!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport, Illinois)

    October 17, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  144. Wayne - Tennessee

    End...this just the beginning. Revolutions don't just fizzle when anger builds worldwide. It gets stronger, unified, and more organized. The takeaway is to let Washington know that we are fed up with it's wasteful spending of our money and the bailing out of enties that should not exist, if they can't manage their business. They shouldn't exist if thhey are unethical (which is what brought down the mortgage industry, disemboweled 401k's, produced homelessness, record unemployment, and instilled doubt in countries that buy our bonds. We are sick of the whole thing...I'm talking about the NO world that we live in.... NO TRANSPARANCY, NO INTEGRITY, NO ACCOUNTABILITY, NO CONGRESS, NO PLAN, and NOBODY LISTENING. Can you blame them...Noooooo

    October 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  145. ike

    Why should they stop, as long as Elected Officials are in cahoots with the money people, let the struggle continue

    October 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  146. Steve

    Not sure, but it is a journey that is long over-due. At last, a resurrection of the U.S.A. I am so proud of. Some may call it terrorism, but I'm seeing patriots.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  147. Roger from PA

    People are going to start pulling their money out of stocks because they're afraid of what damage the protesters can cause. When 401Ks start tanking even worse than they have, the backlash will thin out the occupiers.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  148. Mekonnen teklemariam

    I think this occupy walstreet movement gonne lead us to socialism. These Greed rich 1% and greed and racst republican did not understand about the nature of this movement. All Industries and facturies are under these 1% rich capitalists and all labor power is replaced by machine power. This is the highest stage of capitalism and gonne world wide revolution and communism will take over.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  149. lisa rondeau, temecula ca.

    it wont end as long as the media pays attention and people remain in poverty. it will continue to grow when people put dont their cell phones and laptops and get off their couches and say you know what they represent me, i should join them. we have a small growing group in temecula,that i hope gets bigger.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  150. Phillip Grammer

    It looks like it will end up with riots as ignorance runs wild with most of these protesters. Pres Obama and the Democrats are playing with fire for trying to give this group validity for political gain. Yes, some are there for noble reasons but most are radicals who haven't a clue. But that's Obama's plan to divide and conquer because he has been an abismal failure, and if anyone feels different I wonder what your drinking!

    October 17, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  151. Josh Arkansas

    When the truth about aliens is revealed.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  152. Eric Keating

    We hope that the political elite will respond to us like the GOP responded to the Tea Party. The rich and corps get real econ value from our taxes roads transportation communications educationand health care sewers ports land fills etc We want afluence to pay higher taxes so we can get a return on investment for these public funds. this we demand.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  153. Tom Wisdom

    The OWS movement supersedes political sentiments as most social movements of this magnitude have shown. Its issues touch upon democratic justice. To hint at the suggestion that justice is the product of our current economic policy is sheer ideology that borders on Orwellian naiveté. So where are these protests destined to end? Undoubtedly the streets will eventually clear. But the pursuit of justice in the face of the brutally wealthy will never end.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  154. Sully in Downers Grove, Il

    I'll tell you how it ends, Jack. It ends with a lot of people getting killed. Think about this: mobs of jobless, hopeless people with nothing to lose are gathered around the world to demand that the wealthy invest their money increasing the standard of living for a mankind. Here in Chicago it happened in the Haymarkets in 1886 with underpaid, underprivileged workers who were fighting for an eight hour workday. Someone threw dynamite at the police and rioting and deaths resulted. The government tried and hung seven people. The eighth committed suicide in jail. Nobody had proof they had thrown dynamite, but the justice department martyred them anyway. This is what is going to happen, again, without any question of doubt in my mind. I just hope it happens sooner rather than later. Maybe once we all agree to stop treating the poor like slaves we can get out of this god forsaken recession.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  155. Michael Everett

    It may take 20 years, but this movement will eventually assume state power.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  156. Josh from New Orleans

    Where ever we end up will be better than where we are now.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  157. Steve

    Probably – hopefully – the same way the Tea Party went – to the point of emptying out a lot of sludge from congress. The only problem is that the sludge was replaced with even worse sludge, and I can see this movement doing the same thing – bringing in a bunch of people from the extreme left who will do nothing but gum up the works of government – like it needs more gumming up...

    October 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  158. Randy

    Funny how corporate stooges all over the media are whining about a non corporate citizens movement that is grabbing attention away from their corporate financed infotainment. I for one hope it lasts until our government is completely out of the hands of the rich and corporations.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:55 pm |