Unions, Democrats seek momentum from 'Occupy Wall Street' movement
October 5th, 2011
02:27 PM ET
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Unions, Democrats seek momentum from 'Occupy Wall Street' movement

Washington (CNN) - Several hundred union and other progressive activists sought to capitalize on the growing "Occupy Wall Street" protests Wednesday, holding a rally on Capitol Hill to demand new public spending on job creation and an end to federal budget cuts.

The rally, led by former White House clean energy adviser Van Jones, highlighted growing liberal frustration with a public policy agenda increasingly dominated by deficit reduction efforts as opposed to more traditional economic stimulus measures.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    As much as we need to reduce spending, any economist can tell you that the only out of a recession is to spend your way out of it. The problem is that consumers have slowed their spending or cut back, in many cases to reduce to debt. Businesses have reduced their spending because consumer demand has dropped off, forcing them to trim their work forces.

    The only party left to spend is the government, but the "Hooverites" on the extreme right do not seem to know their history immediately following the crash of '29. Draconian cuts instigated the Great Depression. We need to stay on the path laid out for us by Bush, and sustained by Obama, until our economy reaches a corner where can safely make a turn and address our debts and deficits more directly. Doing so now will only create disaster.

    October 5, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Maggie

    Copycats!!!!!!!! They are trying to be something that they are not. Once you have the Unions involved, you know there is corruption involved. They could never do like what the Tea party Movement has done no matter how hard they try. They are just like China....cannot come up with an original idea but takes other peoples. At least the Tea Party has an agenda...these people are just fakes!!!!!!!!!!

    October 5, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Little Jimmy Truth

    That's Obama's style. Great job to Obama. He urged them to involve.

    October 5, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    So, we finally get a story. CNN could not wait to bore us with stories of the TP trash as they yelled and flooded the streets but of course people have awaken and come to their senses now thank God. Thanks for finally enlightening us on the Wall Street protests.

    October 5, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Troy

    Any group who tries to gain support and betterment from this movement should be ostracized for what they are trying to do, which is use people for their own gain like so many of these corporate lobbyists have done.
    End the FED.
    Stop the Bailouts
    Quit spending money that we don't have on things that won't do anything to better the economy.
    No more corporate interests in Washington.

    October 5, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    While the republicans continue to have a girlish little tea party, it is time that the real backbone of America: workers(both public and private), stand up and let the sissies that the Kochs bought and paid for, know they are a lost cause, and on the wrong side of what makes America great. Go home you big bank, big oil, and Koch toadies.

    October 5, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. Ohio man

    @Maggie
    Hmmm.. Did you by any chance at all do some research b4 you posted?.. There are republicians /tea party also joining in.. this is not just a Democratic agenda by it's self. The Democrats just hope to benefit from it luv.. please do some research b4 you post you sound a lil like Michele Bachmann.. enjoy your day

    October 5, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. sammieb51

    I wish I was there! Back 'in the day' stock brokers were regarded as something special, the smart ethical guys, with their finger on the world's pulse. Today they are little more than (the absolute stereotype of) used car salesmen. I am just about ready to stop contributing to my 401K and take that money to the nearest casino - I'd come out better!! What lesson from the Great Depression is being ignored in the mainstream and the industry that does not want to control the "casino" atmosphere of the stock market being run by a bunch of sleezy, unprincipled con men? And we bailed them out? why?

    October 5, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Well, the liberal media, like CNN will give them as much media coverage as possible to try and promote the cause of the Democrats, that much we know.

    Of course, we also know that the Democratic party is paying those people to be out there, and they are feeding them, and everything else, to get them to stay out there, as a devious way to influence public opinion.

    October 5, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. YOU Decide 2012: A bankrupt socialist welfare country or a thriving capitalist super power

    As much as we need to reduce spending, any economist can tell you that the only out of a recession is to spend your way out of it.
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    Many people are not spending because they see the on coming disaster the Democrats have this country on the track to. They see all the bankrupt socialist European countries and know we are not far behind them. Many states are over their heads in debt. So your answer, and the answer of your imaginery economists, is to keep spending our way to the disaster! Total insanity. Potential short term gain but an absolute long term disaster!

    ONLY when the people have confidence in the stability of the economy and government will the economy recover. And that will NOT happen as long as socialist Obama is in the Whitehouse and the leftist Democrats control the Senate.

    October 5, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. YOU Decide 2012: A bankrupt socialist welfare country or a thriving capitalist super power

    How many of them have a REAL JOB???? Probaly not more than a handful. How many are government dependents (unions fall into this category)??? Probably most of them!! Welcome to the new Democrat America, where the takers just keep demanding more and more and more from the makers. It isn't enough people get 60% of their money confiscated in taxes, these leeches want 90% taken so they can cruise through life on your hard work.

    Get a job leeches!!

    October 5, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. Karen

    they want to make us Greece. Do you really anarchists in the street is going to help consumer confidence? I know Atlanta is right now asking Wall Street Firms to relocate to that great city and leave the liberal lunacy of NYC. Why don't the anarchists Occupy Martha's Vineyard? Westhampton? Hollywood? That is where the money is.

    October 5, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. vic , nashville ,tn

    CNN don’t spin the news Democrats nothing to gain

    Wall street brought us in to the mess with help Of both Democrats and republicans if any party try gain the momentum or criticize the protest won’t gets our votes

    October 5, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. Four and The Door

    The rally, led by former White House clean energy adviser Van Jones, highlighted growing liberal frustration with a public policy agenda increasingly dominated by deficit reduction efforts as opposed to more traditional economic stimulus measures.
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    Yeah, because that has worked so well? Is $15 trillion ( heading to 20 ) debt not high enough or do they think this is all just 'play money'? Is 9% unemployment not high enough? The road of government stimulus has led to a deep dark hole. Americans know we have to turn this around while we are still able.

    October 5, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Attention wingnuts- Thanks to the Bush/republican economic debacle, (remember, the loss of 8 million jobs in Bush's last three years), Bush leaving us an economy on the brink of a great depression, a Bush unfunded bailout of wall street, and the fact that Bush added $5.5 trillion to our debt, most of those "leeches" on the street have had their future ruined by republicans.

    October 5, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. Wall Street Crime Victim

    "Once you have the Republicans involved, you know there is corruption involved."

    There ya go, Maggie, fixed it for ya!

    And a big shout out to the Occupy Wall Street protesters. I'm there with you in spirit and will be there personally when I have the time and means.

    October 5, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    "They could never do like what the Tea party Movement has done no matter how hard they try. They are just like China....cannot come up with an original idea but takes other peoples. At least the Tea Party has an agenda...these people are just fakes!!!!!!!!!!"

    Oh, Maggie. Where to begin? What exactly HAS the TeaParty movement done, besides tear apart one political party, and attempt to tear apart an entire nation, all for the sake of it's billionaire backers? You are correct about China, though. If only because soon, we in America will also be enjoying the same third world luxuries (low wages, zero benefits) that our outsourced American jobs have brought to China. Along with the pollution (and corruption). All courtesy of the TeaPers, who, for whatever reason, haven't yet begun to realize just what little patsies the Koch Brothers and Dick Armey have made them into. All the Koch-like billionaires combined could NEVER have gotten their corporate message of greed out in quite the way the TeaPer parrots have done. Not who I want to represent, or have represent me.

    October 5, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Karen wrote:
    they want to make us Greece. Do you really anarchists in the street is going to help consumer confidence?
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    Did you know that Greece's problem are a result of revenue problems resulting from deficit spending; deficits created by tax cuts to supposedly stimulate jobs growth at a time when their economy was doing just fine. They made the same mistake Bush made. They tried to "fix" something that wasn't broken, and wound up breaking it in the process.

    I agree with you. We do seem headed on to the same train tracks that Greece is riding. People need to understand how and why we are heading that direction. This has been building in America for over 30 years.

    October 5, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Gee, the Democrats and unions in the streets to protect their great welfare society. I'M SHOCKED! Why aren't all these people working like the rest of us? Oh yeah, we're working to support them as they do this. AND we have to pay all the additional police costs! Working in the USA is for suckers. We should all become street leeches like these people.

    October 5, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Four wrote:
    Is 9% unemployment not high enough? The road of government stimulus has led to a deep dark hole. Americans know we have to turn this around while we are still able.
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    Unemployment was at 7.8% when Obama took the oath. It is only 1.2% higher and was heading downward until the Tea Party came to Congress. Most short term spending sprees don't do anything to help an economy. Cutting government spending *now* will only raise unemployment, which will decrease demand, which will cost more jobs, further reducing demand, as we spiral into a Depression. Draconian cuts were tried by the Hoover administration, which resulted in a self-inflicted disaster called the Great Depression. But, our problems will not be solved until the global economy is resolved and stable again. The best we can do is to ride out the storm and the turbulent seas as best we can. We do not need to start throwing good people overboard so that the rest do not starve.

    October 5, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |