Overheard on CNN.com: What exactly do the protesters want?
Police ticketed more than 700 "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrators crossing the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday in New York.
October 3rd, 2011
07:28 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: What exactly do the protesters want?

The recent "Occupy Wall Street" protests have been a hot topic on CNN.com lately, and the stories about them have prompted a great deal of discussion among readers. Many readers engaged in very heated debates, while many others wondered what the demonstrations were really about.

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Some readers have applauded the efforts of the protesters:

carnac95 said, “I think this movement is AWESOME!  It's about time the left be heard. We are hard working Americans that believe in science, innovation, compassion and taking our country back from the far right that only want "each man for himself." We are ALL in this together!!!”

JesusLizard said, “We should all be protesting. Sick of CEOs with their $10 million golden parachutes as they leave corporations that fail to make a profit to go work for another.  Sick of the billions our government has thrown at the banksters.  And a $14 trillion debt is unacceptable! Take the protest to Washington!”

Jones3 said, “I LOVE the protesters.  This is what this Country is all about.  I applaud their courage. The nationwide protests in this Country have: given people Civil Rights, stopped the last stupid War we were pushed into (Vietnam) and caused many other good things to come.  What else can we do with such a messed up Government?”

Others have indicated uncertainty over what the protesters’ exact aims are:

goingsoon said, “What exactly is the goal of the protests?  "End corruption" is too vague.  I wonder how many of these protesters are just sitting in, getting arrested with no ability to define the outcome they seek.”

randaxe said, “I still don't understand the objectives. What do these guys want to happen? More taxes on the rich? More regulation? The purpose has to be clear enough to demand for a particular action versus just saying the economy sucks.”

One reader expressed his bewilderment with the protests, asserting that the protesters are essentially going nowhere by protesting the various issues at Wall Street:

ExLonghorn said, “This whole protest thing is baffling to me. American consumers are pushing for ever-lower prices, which push local companies out of business and which push corporations to move costs overseas.  Then everyone complains that there aren't enough jobs, and that incomes are stagnant or declining. Well, duh. That's how this whole thing works, folks. Either buy American, or get ready to compete with 2 billion people in Asia who are willing to work harder than you for a tenth of your income. If this protest is about fairness, I humbly submit to you that WASHINGTON is the place to protest."

Other readers attempted to better explain the protesters' cause:

Libertycall said, “We are for taxation fairness and financial discipline, but not while Wall Street disposes of our income and savings. It's not anarchy, strikes, disorder we're aiming for, because our economy is in a poor shape.  We want to educate people who think they do well only by comparison to starving, unemployed, and desperate. We are on a course of becoming a 2nd Greece, and we want to prevent it, while we still can.”

ddelrose said, "People are speaking up about their frustrations of living in a country that has outsourced their jobs, corporate profits being made off the backs of those that do work, affordable healthcare that is unattainable, a Wall Street that has forgotten about taking care of its investors and politicians that have sent us down the river for their own goals. It is time to speak up...and stand up to what is happening here in America. If we don't, this country will never survive."

soundoff (118 Responses)

    Actually these people are barking up the wrong tree, so to speak. Where they need to be is in Washington to protest these useless and unnecessary wars which have absolutely nothing to do with national security nor any of our rights or freedoms and the excessive and unnecessary military spending which keeps ruining our economy. Wise up,will you???

    October 3, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken Keeton

      Sorry, but your dead wrong. They are protesting our true masters. Who do you think Washington takes their orders from? Wake up and smell the coffee. If we weren't on the right track with these protests then the police wouldn't be arresting 700 people for peaceful protests. It's interesting how the NYPD just took a 4.6 million dollar 'gift' from Morgan Chase. Nope, they are targeting the right creeps.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. leadstheway

    As a former Ranger and current licensed teacher, I was taught in college that the best Journalists were impartial and unbiased, while holding their personal feelings in check when reporting the news. In watching the new "Out Front" with Ms. Burnett, I was disappointed to see her reporting on the Wall Street situation. Yes, there might be "hippies" or more eclectic people protesting. However, it was obvious that her main point was that the Wall Street Bail out made our citizens money and was basically a good thing. She did not discuss the whole concept of banking misconduct, rules violations or the overall idea of Hedge fund managers "screwing" people out of money for their own individual profit. I guess "Greed is still Good".... long live capitalism. Maybe the reason Ms. Burnett feels this way is because her fiance is actually a manager for Citigroup and her close ties with wall street. I'm not sure how you earned your show Ms. Burnett, but at least keep the reporting fair and unbiased, not "bought off" like the majority of our politicians or public spokespeople.

    October 3, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. standingup

    SERIOUSLY! The government made money from the bank bailouts? Apparently, Ms. Burnett does not know how to put two and two together. First of all, the government does not have any money. The citizens of this country bailed out the banks. The banks proceeded to increase the interest rates for all credit card holders providing them with additional revenue to pay "us" back. Not only did the banks use our money to pay us back, they are reporting huge profits while at the same time refusing to make loans that could provide jobs.

    October 3, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. genomega1

    If you think that Marxism is such a great system you have not been paying attention to events in Europe. There is NO free lunch, someone has to pay.

    October 3, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. michaelfury

    The truth, for starters. Then justice.


    October 3, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mmmmm

    "When a government is dependent for money upon the bankers, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes ... financiers are without patriotism and without decency..."

    October 3, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat2u.

    Iy's been reported that these people were inspired by the arab spring movement. Is their intent to overthrow the governtment like in the mid east. Their stated complaints are global warming, high gas prices etc. What exactly do they think they are going to accomplish by taking up eesidence in the park. And a ot of those people out there look like leftovers from the viet nam era protest days.

    October 3, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mmmmm

    "If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation, and then by deflation, the banks and the corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their father's conquered ...

    October 3, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Wha....?

    "And what do YOU want, Napoleon?"
    "To conquer the world, of course!"

    Good quote, Mmmmmm. Is that the best example you could come up with?

    October 3, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©


    Take Mmmmm's two quotes in the spirit of the article.
    They are correct in the context...

    October 3, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    this is the first ive heard of the banks paying back the bailout money they recieved and i dont believe they did! they were not required to nor were they required to account 4 how it was spent. tells ya how much g.w. cared bout the american citizens.

    October 3, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. leeintulsa

    I support them.. But i got kids to feed, and i live WAY over here.

    Lee won't be participating in any terrorist activities, because he has a bad back.

    SOLIDARITY brothers.. And sisters..

    October 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Hey, bobcat2u.

    Actually, I think peaceful protest is just fine, no matter what event inspired it...I don't think they're out to overthrow the gov't. Of course you're not going to see protesters all dolled up or wearing three-piece suits; they're *protesting*!
    And that's my mom there, so watch it!

    October 3, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    and im with u ruffie it needs to be drummed into the heads of the fools we have in washington that are runnin our country! and they need to bring back the military troops that are in countries that dont want or deserve our help.

    October 3, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    Hey, chrissy.
    Hey, leeintulsa:
    Is that kind of like 'the spirit is willling, but the flesh is weak'?
    I'm there with ya, my brother!

    October 3, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @banasy: Lol.. Yeah, something like that. You really haven't seen any movies, have you...?

      October 3, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
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