Occupy Wall Street: The tea party of the left?
October 6th, 2011
04:52 PM ET
10 years ago

Occupy Wall Street: The tea party of the left?

Washington (CNN) - Wall Street should have seen it coming. After all, market forces were at work.

Take a financial crisis that yielded few prosecutions; add a broken government in Washington; then mix in millions of unemployed adults with nothing but time on their hands and it's no wonder Occupy Wall Street came screaming out of the economic chaos.


Filed under: Jobs • Tea Party • Wall Street • Washington
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  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    Shame on media for comparing this demonstration to tea party
    Tea party clueless movement

    October 6, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. Big George in Big D

    At least the Tea Party isn't out causing chaos and madness like these morons!

    October 6, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. John in Brooklyn

    Sign me up! I'm heading over to Wall Street this weekend to join them! Its not just the unemployed who are angry....its the rest of us too! We've had absoutely ENOUGH with the stingy, mean-spirited, self righteous, blame-the-victim so-called "values" of the Tea Baggers who claim to be advocating for the middle class....yet take their talking points from the GOP and the ultra-rich.

    October 6, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. wheeler01

    The difference is, Tea partiers go home at night and take baths.

    October 6, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. Ex-GOP Con

    You would think that people would learn from history. The peasants have ALWAYS revolted against the tyranny of the wealthy. The Dukes and Duchesses, the Lords and Ladies, need to learn to take care of the less wealthy otherwise history is just going to repeat itself.


    October 6, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. Maggie

    Do not demean the Tea Party Movement by comparing these radical people to them. The Tea Party is an organized movement but this one is something that has been set up by George Soros and Moveon.org. They have no agenda and as far as I am concerned they should be totally ignored. The Unions and Democrats have now gotten involved and anything that unions are involved in is corrupt. I am that most of these people are collecting some type of government check and instead of them going out and look for jobs they are protesting. Take away the checks from them and you will see how fast they will try to find jobs. Waste of our tax dollars as far as I am concerned!!!!

    October 6, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Every one of the crazy republican candidates for president think corporations are people too.

    October 6, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. fred ca

    Could be except the Tea Party rallies included black people (known as nannies and 'help') to these yahoos) and the Tea Party rallies did not include ant-semetic chants from the 1930's.

    October 6, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Big George. . . We all know that the tea party is responsible for our downgrade, and is destroying our country.

    October 6, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. The Unsub

    I love it! Give em hell!

    October 6, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    An inept comparison that the MSM will sell becuase it already doubled-down on characterizing the Teatrolls as grassroots istead of astroturf, having a legitimate message instead of just misinformed, misdirected rage, etc. None of these people is holding up a questionably racist sign. What basically amounts to a giant "sit in" has not been bankrolled or encouraged and organized top-down by incredibly wealthy groups. It has been remarkably peaceful despite overreactions, tricks and abusiveness from the police. It organized itself with food stations, medical stations, green-team litter clean-up, and even people taking turns doing things like sweeping the walkways of the park. THese people aren't incoherent, misinformed or spouting canned talking points...go talk to them...they sure have a wide variety of complaints and pet issues, but reports are coming in from far and wide that they are articulate, well informed, ACCURATE and using facts and evidence to support their positions. The fact is, this is going to be everything the Teatrolls wished they could convince everyone they were, and the MSM that sold the Teatrolls to us is really really frightened of it because this movement doesn't need the MSM the way the Teatrolls did. You can take that to your bank and pay a fee on it.

    October 6, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. Ex-GOP Con

    RICH: You need to get a job.
    POOR: No! You need to hire.
    RICH: No!! YOU need to get a job.
    POOR: NO!!!! YOU need to hire!
    etc. etc.

    .....this is where we are after 10 years of the GOPTEA Bush tax cuts.

    October 6, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. MTATL

    I doubt it. Yo0u won't find these folks booing a soldier defending their freedom or chanting "Let him die" so no they are nothing like the extremsit group.

    October 6, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |

    Occupy Wallstreet = another Tahrir square in waiting. You read it here first.

    October 6, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  15. jane

    Teabaggers do you see the difference....A Multi-Ethnic Crowd

    October 6, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. ggwindsor

    glad to see the middle class stand up and fight back-after wall street congress should be next line for protest

    October 6, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. Name king

    Lesson as the world connect more and more into the global market. American workers will find themselves competing against employees who are willing to work 7 days a week, 12 hour days and are happy to get our minimum wage salaries, the middle class that distance America from any other countries will be a thing of the past. I am not trying to be skeptical, but thus future is eminent. I Wang us to see what's coming in the future so we can be prepare when such thing come knocking on our door. Lesson for us to keep our lifestyle we vave to change our course. Obama's green project should be the industrial revolution of the 21st century. We will try and fail, but we cannot discard because if we do, we have just accepted our faith.

    October 6, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  18. T'sah from Virginia

    I'm heading to my old stomping grounds next week for a visit. I will definitely be on Wall Street if this revolution is still going on!! YES WE CAN!!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 7, 2011 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  19. ted

    finally people are waking up. and this is REAL grass roots. not astroturf

    October 7, 2011 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  20. Dnice.

    I enjoy seeing people stand and making there voice heard. Time to start voting these people out of office now...

    October 7, 2011 02:36 am at 2:36 am |