Overheard on CNN.com: Get money out of politics
Protesters in the Occupy Wall Street movement rally in downtown Manhattan.
October 14th, 2011
01:14 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Get money out of politics

Exchange of the Day:

"The root of the problem is mega-corporations buying members of Congress to rig capitalism in their favor." - blue175

"I totally agree. Lobbying is legalized bribery." - str8ridah

What will victory look like for Occupy Wall Street?

The Occupy Wall Street movement is still quite young, but writes political commentator Sally Kohn, "my sense is that the ultimate demand could be a radical reform to get money out of politics," including public financing of elections and a constitutional amendment removing the status of corporations as "people." Many CNN.com readers agreed that money was polluting the process.

NocommentCNN asked, "Why are my elected representatives representing corporate interest before the interests of individual freedom and liberty that this country was founded for?"

MrSteiny said, "I consider myself a pretty far-right-leaning individual. I believe in the protection of property rights and that includes one's money. But one thing I think that most Americans (Democrat or Republican) can agree on is that money in politics is a poor idea. I'm not talking about paychecks. I think the men and women chosen to set and monitor the laws and policies of this country should be compensated fairly. I'm talking about lobbying, which really is more like bribing."

mlmilewicz said, "Liberal or conservative, most of the money behind political campaigns come from the corporate sector. I'm hoping this movement will encourage targeted support for political candidates who 'Just Say No' to corporate campaign support."

DApppp said, "Probably 90% or more of our elected representatives are part of that 1%. The change these people want is controlled more by Washington, D.C., than the banks and corporate America."

CactusThorn said, "If one of their goals is indeed to get money out of politics, it's one I support 100%. Accomplishing that should get Congress and the president out of the posturing mode and into a meaningful legislative mode that includes bipartisionship and compromise."

jsnholloway said, "We have a political system that favors those with money. The system is rigged. The super-rich and the multinational corporations have a louder voice in our democracy because they are the ones who finance the billion dollar campaigns. They are the ones whom the politicians placate. This is wrong. It results in monetary policy that puts even more money in the pockets of these folks. I don't blame rich people; I blame the system they are freely allowed to exploit. 'Victory' will come in stages. Stage 1: Raise awareness."

leftyavenger said, "Victory looks like a universal health care system for America. Victory looks like all the troops pulled out of the Middle Eastern oil baron wars and an end to borrowing $4 billion a week from China to do it. Victory looks like big pay cuts in CEO and executive pay and raises for all workers. Victory looks like creating green sustainable energy within the USA. Victory looks like a defeat for everyone who supports opposition to stated goals above."

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

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  1. Portland Tony

    What really gets me stirred up is the Supreme Court's use and definition of the phrase "Corporate Personhood" which was essentially what the Citizens United case dealt with.....in essence equating a person to a corporation as far as free speech went and opened the doors to unlimited corp. cash for candidates.

    October 14, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bigwilliestyles

    @ Bruce 1:56 pm: that was beautifully stated. I couldn't have said it better myself (literally).

    October 15, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. school marm

    P is for psycho
    H is for hypocrite
    I is for ignorant
    L is for lunatic
    I is for incorrect
    P is for pubescent

    October 15, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rassmussen

    Corruption has become part and parcel of ALL members of Congress.

    Too bad most of the Americans do not know this.

    October 15, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Avser Bastian

    WHITES AREN’T WELCOME IN AMERICA ANY LONGER !!! WE DON’T NEED YOU ANYMORE !!! OUT OF AMERICA WITH WHITES NOW !!!

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xGfYOAydjw&w=640&h=360]
    OR
    http://www.youtube.com/user/BostjanAvsec

    OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE RECORDED LIVE IN 2009. Facts about lunatic Obama/Bush's twilight zone administrations(HORROR) or genocide against white population.

    Make sure to play video from beginning. Just in case http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xleq3o

    THIS INFORMATION WAS PROVIDED TO YOU BY WHITE AMERICAN REFUGEE !!!

    IS IT INDEPENDENCE THAT WE CELEBRATE OR DEPENDENCE (what are your credit card bills or alimony saying about it) !!? HOW IS YOUR DIABETES AND LOST MARRIAGES !!? FORECLOSURES AND JOB SEARCH !!? THAT IS THE QUESTION TO BE OR NOT TO BE !!! IS IT LAND OF THE FREE OR STATE OF TERROR AGAINST OWN WHITE POPULATION !!? IT IS TIME TO LET THEM KNOW WHAT COLOR ARE THE STRIPES ON OUR STAR SPANGLED BANNER !!! TIME TO DETERMINE WHOSE INDEPENDENCE/AMERICA, WE CELEBRATE TODAY(who wants to erase us and denies us the right to exist) !!! IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHOM WE ADDRESS WITH "PRESIDENT" (STOP HUMILIATING YOURSELF) !!!

    911 WAS CREATED FOR PEOPLE TO WAKE UP(deliberately by CIA)....HOWEVER, WAKE UP EITHER WHAT IS TRUTH(sanity) OR WAKE UP TO LIES(insanity = with what your self elected governments have brainwashed you when forcefully jobless/persecuted....therefor­­e, I want you to think about "WAKE UP" when watching next time ALEX JONES alike "alternative" news/media = CIA)

    WHEN YOU WAKE UP, I WANT YOU TO WAKE TO YOURSELF AND NOT TO SOMEONE ELSE'S DREAM (ZIONIST/COMMUNIST/LIBERAL DREAM CATCHERS/THIEFS, WHO PLOTTED 911 TO WAKE YOU AFTERWARDS WITH ECONOMIC OPPRESSION IN A WORLD OF LIES !!!)

    HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT TRUTH IS !!? WHATEVER YOU WERE BORN IS WHAT YOU ARE(truth therefore) AND FOR WHATEVER REASONS YOU HAVE CHANGED(distorted yourself) SINCE 9/11 IS WHAT YOU ARE NOT !!!

    FOR PIECE OF MIND(sanity), PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITES AND REMEMBER, GENOCIDE(health care) BASED ON FORGIVE AND FORGET IS NOT FOR ME !!! DIGNITY, PRIDE, AND HONOR ARE WORTH TO DIE AND KILL FOR !!!

    October 15, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland Tony

      What's a white?

      October 15, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Avser Bastian

    WALL STREET PROTESTS...NOT ANTI WALL-STREET AT ALL, BUT INSTEAD RACIALLY MOTIVATED AGAINST WHITES

    THEY WERE MURDERING YOU WITH AND INSIDE OF THEIR CORPORATIONS FOR OVER 66 YEARS !!! THEY HAVE CLOSED DOWN ALMOST EVERY SMALL COMPANY IN UNITES STATES OF AMERICA AND NOW, THEY WANT YOU TO GO OUT THERE AND PROTEST FOR THEM AGAINST WALL STREET(corporations = Wall-street) !!!

    FOR ENTIRE 66 YEARS, ON DAY TO DAY BASES, ALL THEY WERE DOING IS CRIME CONTEMPLATING AGAINST US INSIDE OF THEIR BACK OFFICE CUBICLES(on job torture/bullying/mobbing and forceful unemployment to progress humanity as Obama exclaimed over and over) PER EEOC AND NOW, THEY WANT YOU TO RAISE COMMUNIST FLAG UNDER AMERICAN SKY !!! ONE RACE; RAT RACE(Wall street protesters are Obama's army which spread from London per Zionist Washington DC and communist Moscow) !!!

    WHEN YOU PROTEST(it is much more than just than necessarily), RAISE SIGNS HIGH SO WHOLE WORLD CAN SEE DISPLAYED I CITE, "66 YEARS OF GENOCIDE AGAINST WHITES IS NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE !!!"

    THIS INFORMATION WAS PROVIDED TO YOU BY WHITE AMERICAN REFUGEE !!!

    http://www.youtube.com/user/BostjanAvsec OR http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xGfYOAydjw OR http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xleq3o

    October 15, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • RBee

      What a Troll.

      November 13, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ryan Scarola

    I think victory will look like – as some have already stated – campaign finance reform. I think Congress is incapable of creating and passing legislation that is in the interests of the people. I think victory also would look like having a President who would stand up to Congress and address the nation and look directly in your eyes and say, "Congress is incapable of voting on issues or creating legislation in the interest of the American public because they are fearful they will lose corporate funding for their campaigns. Also, if they were unemployed, they would have no other marketable skills." Until a President stands up and admits he or she is not going to work with a "bought and paid off" Congress, I don't know that we can ever make the advances necessary to reclaim our status as the Leader of The Free World.

    October 18, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
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