Overheard on CNN.com: Sick of corporate America's power
The atmosphere at this Occupy Wall Street protest in Denver was "electric with frustration," says iReporter Dylan Maxberry.
October 10th, 2011
01:28 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Sick of corporate America's power

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"Just about everyone interviewed is clearly saying they are sick of corporate America having the biggest voice in Washington. Did it occur to you that unemployment, homelessness, no insurance and cuts in education might actually be affecting your fellow human beings?"- omeany

"For starters, there needs to be term limits for Congress. Get the corporate lobbyist out of government. The elections need to based on a popular vote; one vote - no more, no less." - catty123

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Opinion: Why "occupy"? It's personal

As it enters its fourth week, the Occupy Wall Street movement continues its spread across the United States. Responding to criticism that the movement lacks clarity about its aims, many readers at CNN.com offered their take, focusing on lack of economic opportunity and the disenfranchisement of the middle class.

Courser01 said, "I've been unemployed for 17 months now. My unemployment will run out soon. I'm 52 years old now and going back to school. I fully expect to be homeless for the first year of a radiology program and perhaps the second, depending on funding. I'm unspeakably furious that the GOP's stated mission is to unseat President Obama. Seriously?! That's their biggest concern in the face of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression?"

tldixon said, "I'm protesting the fact that corporate CEOs get huge bonus or severance packages even when they screw the pooch. I'm protesting my enormous tax burden when big corporations are allowed to weasel out of their taxes. We're protesting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to show solidarity: social and fiscal justice for all!"

Splicernyc said, "For me, (Occupy Wall Street) is about saying 'no' to a system that gives trillions to the very people who destroyed the economy while telling working people to sacrifice further. The Republicans are the most embarrassing because their talking point about 'job creators' falls flat when those jobs they are creating are everywhere except in the United States. The lies are getting old, and real Americans who struggle every day to make ends meet are tired of them."

dhazelwood said, "(Occupy Wall Street) wants all corporate, and private money out of our public officials' hands. They want our politicians to make decisions based on what is best for the American people and not for what is best for global corporations."

Jacquie1 said, "For all you people complaining that the protesters should shut up, go home and get a job, well maybe they would if there were any jobs out there. They might go home if they had homes that weren't under water or foreclosed on, and maybe they would shut up if our stupid bought-and-paid-for politicians would listen to what they are saying."

llliden4 said, "This is not all freaks and hippies protesting in their 20s. I have seen many people my age protesting. I hope to attend Occupy Columbus Ohio tomorrow. I am 54, middle class and a member of the APWU, AFL-CIO. I have had my job for 26 years. The powers that be want to break up all the unions so there is no collective bargaining. I personally do not see a middle class future for my kids."

Guest said, "I am a 57-year-old, professional, Southern white woman and I’m madder than hell. I will be participating in the next Occupy Protest in Memphis (Tennessee). What about the rest of you? Is it going to take the lights going out and not being able to watch your favorite TV show to get you moving? Back in the industrial age, when what was good for General Motors was good for America, trickle down worked fairly well. Now it’s just a yellow stream flowing to the middle class. We can’t build a strong middle class on fast-food jobs. We need a plan for the future if the American dream is to survive for future generations."

Do you feel your views align with those of these commenters? Post a comment below or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

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  1. Lea Call

    I pray that the momentum continues on the "OCCUPY WALL STREET" protest. They say, "who knows what their goal is?" We the 99% know exactly what we want to accomplish. Get the BUMS out of government by limited terms, control corporate GREED and make them pay taxes, bring our jobs back to the USA. Let's stand together or we will be the next "Roman Empire".

    October 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bukoo

      You are so right, they are trying to dismiss the movement with the notion that those involved don't know what they want. However, most of us know what's really going on, and what we want and what we don't want. Thanks for your comment.

      October 12, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bukoo

    For some reason the biggest story of the day which is (Occupy Wall Street) and the ECONOMY... don't seem to be getting the coverage it needs and deserves. Unfortunately, it's too bad that America is being dumb down with trivial BS and the important stories that matter are often ignored. I hope the movement grows until it burst at the seams and keeps growing until they take the movement seriously.

    October 12, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. V

    Join us 10-15-2011! Occupy everything!

    October 12, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. V

    The revolution will not be televised!

    October 12, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. V

    Be weary of lies and distractions from the media.

    October 12, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. V

    The U.S. Government would rather (and probably will) go to war with Iran over false assassination plot accusations which were fabricated for the sole purpose of distracting the American people. Don’t fall for these lies and distractions.

    October 12, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. V

    The days of us fighting and dying for their wars is over! The brave men and women, who return home (if they come home at all) from Iraq and Afghanistan, return home to no jobs and no future. The American dream they fight and die to protect is just that, a dream. Well, it's time for the American people to wake up!

    October 12, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. V

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZA3y05Dcz8&w=640&h=360]

    October 12, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Worker8743

    The General Public Flyer for the Occupy Wall Street Events is located at:

    It was translated from the original Arab Spring fliers and updated for the current action. A great flier to hand out to new protesters or others.

    Print unlimited copies and hand them out at the edges of the events. Grab the photo file and resend it to everybody you can.

    Google: "VOIP Party Line" to see a number of modern technologies to create a live event partyline to get past PA permit issues.

    October 13, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Teacher in Korea

    I am so proud of the people protesting on Wall Street. I would join them, but I had to move to S. Korea to take a job (which I love) – leaving my husband and 2 kids behind. I'm just like the Mexican immigrant coming to work in the US and sending money to his family at home. Like many others, I got laid off, couldn't find a job, and couldn't afford to send my son to college (couldn't get financial aid!). And the USA is supposed to be the land of opportunity!

    October 15, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
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