Obama links Occupy and Tea Party movements
October 18th, 2011
03:58 PM ET

Obama links Occupy and Tea Party movements

White House officials have largely kept their distance from the month-old Occupy Wall Street movement, to date offering only vague generalities when asked about the largely liberal-leaning groups that have increasingly caused a stir in lower Manhattan and other cities across the country.

But in an interview with ABC News Tuesday, Obama offered his most explicit approval of the movement so far, saying, “I understand the frustrations being expressed in those protests.”

The President went on to compare the Occupy protesters with those of the Tea Party – a comparison Tea Party organizers have vehemently rejected.

“In some ways, they’re not that different from some of the protests that we saw coming from the Tea Party,” Obama told ABC News’ Jake Tapper. “Both on the left and the right, I think people feel separated from their government. They feel that their institutions aren’t looking out for them.”

The movement has posed a challenge to the White House and the Obama campaign - much like the Tea Party has to the GOP - having the potential to reinvigorate a tepid Democratic base but with the risk of alienating a broader swath of Americans.

Asked about the movement Sunday on ABC’s This Week, top Obama campaign aide David Axelrod suggested the protesters’ message is one held by a majority of Americans.

“I don’t think any American is impressed when they see Governor Romney and all the Republican candidates say the first thing they’d do is roll back Wall Street reforms and go back to where we were before the crisis and let Wall Street write its own rules. That will be an issue in this campaign,” he said.

Topics: President Obama

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  1. billy

    The Tea Party doesn't believe in government and would allow the super rich to rule us, OWS believes in government but want to reform it to serve the 99% of us.

    October 18, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • Inrealityhere

      Actually, the Tea Party believes in limited government and the Occupiers believe in communism.

      October 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
      • CaliforniaBC

        Show us where the Occupy protesters have said anything about communism.

        October 18, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
      • Christian Names, Big Guns and Big Oil

        Better yet where did the tea party say Less Guvment...

        October 18, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
      • Christian Names, Big Guns and Big Oil

        The tea party worships gay rights.

        See, my accusation was worse. So therefore. I have won this argument.

        October 18, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
      • rr

        you need to prove what you say is fact(empirical evidence), not just say

        October 18, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
      • alfonso66

        Really Inrealityhere, you think the protesters believe in communism or even socialism, you don't know what your talking about so maybe you need to shut your trap before you start talking about the protesters. I think you need to live in there shoes before you start opening your trap these people were hard working Americans that worked all there lives working hard for what they have worked for such as a Home and now they have lost everything they have along with their family and kids because of Corporate Greed now they have nowhere to go. I don't think you have experienced what it is like to loose your job and wonder where you will go next because of no jobs out there in the market right now. And Yes !!! your probably going to blame Obama because of no jobs. Well your wrong everything thing he tried to get done such as job growth has been blocked and obstructed by your Tea Baggers and Republicans the party of No !!! they've been playing political games for a long time ever since they took over the House of Rep. if that A**hole John Bohnier and Eric Cantor wasn't in charge right now as House Speaker and Majority leader things would have got done along time ago the job bill would have got passed and everybody would be working right now more jobs would be created across the Nation, you guys are just lucky that the Repubs took over the house. I can tell you if we get a Republican president whether it's Romney or Cain they have no job plan for the working people I predict there just going to bring us back to the Bush years and make our economy worse the Repubs were the ones that cause this mess and they don't take responsibility for what they have done, instead they blame Obama because he's in office. I hope one day your going to experience what these protesters our going thru because if we do have Romney or Cain become president and that day you loose your job because of Corporate cut backs who are you going to blame then. Obama !!!!

        October 19, 2011 at 2:00 am |
      • Trace

        Ok...you've proven you can spell it...try a definition of the term.

        October 19, 2011 at 2:11 am |
      • someguy

        i dont believe people should get something for nothing. so why is the government bailing out the rich? maybe its because those who are in power only achieved power to look out for themselves... they dont care about you and me! government should be ran for the people by the people. not some business men.. and im sure as hell not a commie..

        October 19, 2011 at 2:44 am |
      • Bob

        Given that the Tea Party is an invention of card-caring members of the 1% (the Koch brothers, Rupert Murdoch), I really don't put much stock in the Tea Party being for "the common folk". They're for the super-rich (because that's who invented it) so naturally they support candidates and policies that only help themselves. Remember, 4 out of 5 GOP Congressman are millionaires.

        October 19, 2011 at 3:19 am |
      • hmmm....

        Tough one. Everyone wants a definition of communism so: "Communism is a social, political and economic movement that aims at the establishment of a classless and stateless communist society structured upon common ownership of the means of production. " How that looks...no one knows for the simple fact there can never be a classless and stateless society. Soon as one person rises to leadership you have two classes. But what does this group want? Absolutely everything...their own way. It will be corraled and someone will take control of it and it will seek smething that cannot be done but will reduce liberty in attempting to get there. Right now, I like wall street and I would like a smaller governmetn getting out of the way of individuals and keeping and eye on Wall Street. We have a pretty good document that would do that but some want simply to be taken care of or blame others for their lot in life. That's what it is to be one of us...a person. Heck...the only way to keep everyone happy is to go Matrix...but then there are always those that will see that as wrong too. 🙂

        October 19, 2011 at 9:35 am |
      • Canadian


        Okay, you've lost all credibility there.

        Let me guess, you'll now either call me a Nazi, a super nazi, a nazi-communist, a communist-nazi, a socialist-nazi, a socialist.....???

        October 19, 2011 at 10:28 am |
      • Bob

        Actually, the Teabaggers are self-righteous moron who don't have a clue how government works.

        They are simple minded, hate filled fools being used as tools by the right wing money men.

        End of story.

        October 19, 2011 at 11:30 am |
      • Howard

        obama continues to use photo ops and popular themes, which pale in comparison to the damage he is doing ... all in a vain attempt to get reelected ... and, his blindly devoted cult followers continue to be led and suckered by this shameless, self-serving con man !!!

        October 19, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
      • Mark Twain

        Mommy.. Mommy.. Its the Commies........ Great shades of the RED SCARE.... Scare being the operative word.

        October 19, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
      • jean2009

        The teapotty people believes in enough government to let them walk all over anyone who isn't as rich as them, or doesn't believe the same as them. Do you really think the Koch Brothers and Coors Family give a fiddle about the slavery class they employee?

        October 19, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
      • Justin

        You tea party people are all the same. When your asked to explaine something that you cant answer you use words that scare people like communism, marxism, socialism, facism. Or you use catchy phrases like " i want my counrty Back!!" your pathectic i doubt you actually know what any of those words mean. Ask someone who has lived in a communist society like N.Korea or the former soviet union & you will find out what communism really means.

        October 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
      • Lime

        Do people actualy know what communism and socialism is? I dont think so, the Right just throw those words around knowing that most of their supporters aren't educated enough to know what they are even talking about, and in most caes they are absolutly right.

        October 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
      • Limey

        Im from the UK and live in the USA and it astounds me that the Right wing in this country call my country socialist becasuse we have a health care system that benefits everybody and isnt run like a business....for the love of god, 4 more years...!!!

        October 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
      • g.c.kells

        CaliforniaBC Look it up yourself. OWS has aligned itself with the labor unions, that is by definition a socialist movement. Like it or not unions are socialist, there's really no way to deny that. Unions didn't even try to deny it until socialism fell out of favor with most Americans. I won't go as far as to call them outright communists, but that is the direction they are headed.

        October 20, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
      • Sam Haswell

        The Occupy protests in Chicago crowd of several thousand gave a “warm welcome and overwhelming applause” to John Bachtell from the Communist Party U.S.A.

        October 20, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
      • normalice

        the tea party believes a black man is the government, and all black people are welfare recipients, therefore all taxes go directly to a black person. So government should be limited until a white man starts running things again – then real Americans in government can go back to expanding government control over people – by removing gay marriage rights, abortion rights, religious rights, consumption rights, etc. – while reducing government control over business, in hopes that the business will create more jobs, instead of create more profit.

        OSW seems to agree that this is all nonsense. A big government is great when it is working in your favor, and this is a luxury the 1% have enjoyed for too long.

        October 23, 2011 at 11:17 am |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Will this Link play out?


      What do I have to do do promote this link?


      October 18, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
      • Patriot Awesome

        This sounds more like the Republican tactics for recruiting Tea Party members.

        October 19, 2011 at 10:42 am |
      • 1FreeWorld

        I hear it is getting cold up there!

        What will you do?

        Cut the EPA Protected Tree,,,,
        for heat?

        Start a Fire next to Buildings where you might BURN Babies if the Buildings Burn?

        Maybe you will Cut Gas Lines or Oil Lines to


        Go home and let your Liberal Parents take you back in,,,,

        Tell them that you will go back to the protests on the next warm day!


        October 19, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
      • Mariana478

        Mind boggling, isn't it? That OWSs, all of whom are highly educated college students, are incapable of recognizing that the form of government they are claiming for is exactly what this man is describing. If one of them was my child, I would be devastated at the realization that I had wasted so many years of my life on someone whose aspiration is just to occupy space in life like a useless parasite.

        October 20, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
    • FIELD1stSGT

      What retard school did you complete. OH! that's right you dropped out in the fifth grade didn't you. The Tea Party has nothing to do with being rich. Beside what the hell is the matter with you idiots? If we did not have the rich paying for your welfare there would not be any America would there? It's damn sure you're not paying the taxes.

      October 18, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
      • Bob

        Watch your mouth, non-comm slacker. REMF punk.

        October 19, 2011 at 11:32 am |
      • Mark Twain

        The original Tea Party started with Ron Paul and Libertarian Ideas about our government and our money.
        There is a lot of evidence that it got co-opted by certain groups. As soon as I saw that bloated shill Dick Armey with
        his phony cowboy hat bloviating about the Tea Party I knew the fix was in. Dick Armey runs a public relations/ campaign company. Fox News is no friend to limited government or Libertarian thought, they practically did free organizing for Tea Party rallies. Rupert Murdoch owns Fox. When he is not busy trying to run the Government of the UK by using his tabloids to smear people or hacking in to politicians phones or bribing government officials.. he is trying to do the same here. The established powers always try to take over or subvert grassroots movements.

        October 19, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Let us imagine for a very brief second, that the Communists, actually took over the USA.
      (Obama and Biden and Pelosie and Reid and Shummer and Walters and all the other Socialists)

      Would the Communists get rid of UnEmployed College Grads, in the Open Graves, because "those not contributing to the COLLECTIVE are not Needed"?


      Would the Communists get rid of the UnEmployed OLD FOLKS, in the Open Graves, because "they are not contributing to the COLLECTIVE, and therefore, not Needed"?


      How about those Folks that do not agree with the COLLECTIVE?

      Probably in the Open Graves, too.

      Where are you in this scenario?

      October 18, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
      • FatherRussell

        You are a disturbed individual that should seek counseling. You certainly are NOT American ! Let the wild accusations and name calling begin ...

        October 18, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
      • Bob

        Wow. Is that what the Koch-Murdoch-Tea Party is reduced to? McCarthy tactics of the 1950s? Label anyone who disagrees with you as "Communists". Ooooh! The Red Scare! What's the matter? Did your corporate masters realize that calling anyone not a member of the 1% club a "terrorist' wasn't working any more? Or how about a "secret Muslim"? Now it's the big, bad Commies. What will you call people when that fails? Space aliens? Vampires?

        October 19, 2011 at 3:23 am |
      • Marry

        @ 1 Free World
        This is one of the most ridiculous contribution to a blog in a long time.
        To be AGAINST the incredible GREED of a few MAJOR players that suck a country dry and FOR a government that takes the interest of its entire citizen into account on all the different levels of government is not “Communist” but work one can ask for in a civilized, modern society! The GOP/TP is openly denouncing these principles and show through their actions (Congress, Senate, Debates, Statements, etc.) that they are only ready to support one point: “GREED”!

        October 19, 2011 at 6:12 am |
      • truindep

        tea-party-OWS mmmmm

        October 19, 2011 at 9:36 am |
      • 1FreeWorld

        We are with you OWS!

        Check it out!

        I am wondering If I am A USEFUL IDIOT (wink)


        Can somebody post the USEFUL IDIOT definition?

        Thank you for your SUPPORT ON WALL STREET!

        THANK YOU!

        October 19, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Father Russell does NOT know History,

        Bless His Heart!

        Father Russell will be one of the first in the Open Grave,,,,

        Bless his Heart,,,

        What are the 2 ways to end a war?

        Win or lose....

        That is it, Father Russell!

        Which side are you on RUSSELL????????

        October 19, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Hey Father Russel,,,
        I am hoping you are praying for the ABORTED FEMINISTS
        in China,,,
        I am hoping that you are not PREYING on any Young Girls...
        What is your opinion on ABORTION,

        October 20, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld


        October 22, 2011 at 9:29 am |
    • Jared

      Not so. The TEA Party believes in a limited government and believes that you have the power to make your own way. I'm not entirely sure what OWS believes in other than attacking people for being successful.

      October 19, 2011 at 9:09 am |
      • Patriot Awesome

        The statement issued from Zuccotti Park by the general assembly at Occupy Wall Street:

        “As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling
        of mass injustice we must not lose sight of what brought us together.
        We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of
        the world can know that we are your allies. As one people, united, we
        acknowledge the reality that the future of the human race requires the
        cooperation of its members. That our system must protect our rights, and
        upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect
        their own rights, and those of their neighbors. That a democratic
        government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do
        not seek consent to extract wealth from the people, and the Earth, and
        that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by
        economic power.

        We come to you at a time when corporations — which place profit over
        people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality — run
        our governments. We have peaceably assembled here as is our right to let
        these facts be known.

        They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.

        They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give executives exorbitant bonuses.

        They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in workplaces
        based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity, and sexual

        They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.

        They have profited off the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.

        They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.

        They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is, itself, a human right.

        They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut worker’s health care and pay.

        They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people with none of the culpability or responsibility.

        They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams, but look for ways
        to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.

        They have sold our privacy as a commodity.

        They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.

        They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products, endangering lives in pursuit of profit.

        They determine economic policy despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.

        They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.

        They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.

        They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save
        people’s lives, or provide relief in order to protect investments that
        have already turned a substantial profit.

        They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.

        They purposefully kept people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.

        They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners, even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.

        They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.

        They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.

        They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.

        To the people of the world,
        We, the New York City general assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.
        Exercise your right to peaceably assemble, occupy public space,
        create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions
        accessible to everyone.

        To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of
        direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the
        resources at our disposal.

        Join us and make your voices heard.”

        October 19, 2011 at 10:45 am |
      • Limey

        The TEA party would rather host a monday night footbal party rather do what it was actualy voted into goverment for, to do its Job !!!....it wants to get paid for doing nothing and just say no to everything, anyone can do that, who voted for those morons.

        October 20, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
    • Howard

      Freeloading, malcontents, and anarchists turn the public streets into open cesspools ... and, obama, cnn, chavez, amadinajad, and the nazi party support it !!!

      October 19, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
      • jean2009

        @Howard you really need to quit drinking the Koch brother's poisoned tea.

        October 19, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        as just watching Clinton,,,
        She is over 60 Years Old... I am sure!

        DON'T TRUST ANYONE OVER 60!!!!
        (Used to be Don’t Trust anyone over 30 years old (30 years ago) LOOK IT UP!!!!)

        They tell Gays to Kill Their Parents!
        I am hoping that the little Clinton will not pay attention to these nuts!
        (even for Ronald Regan's, John McCain's, and Dick Chaney’s SAKE)
        We do not want to waist the
        Private Schooling,
        that the Little Clinton had,
        while the Blacks/Afro-Americans/Poor Folks,,,,
        in Washington, DC
        were having to Fight to live! (I used to live close by.)

        Hillary has been gone a long time, outside of the USA!

        I am wondering if the Devil in the Blue Dress has any of
        Slick-Willie's, Nut-Sack,
        (Wait, that is Carter's Business)
        such that Hillary might have a Step-Daughter

        Singing (Devil in the Blue Dress, Blue Dress, Blue Dress,,,,)

        Hillary needs to SLEEP on her other side,,,
        Look at her,,,
        BIG WRINKLE on her Right Side, by her mouth!!!

        I swear,,,
        Where is her Big Hollywood’s,
        BOTOX injections???

        I am just trying to figure if Slick-Willie is on her Left or on her Right...
        To figure Willie’s Preferences!

        Slick-Willie just came out on her RIGHT,,,
        Political RIGHT,,,,

        Indicating that the USA needs NO NEW TAXES!

        ummm,,, SLAMMING OBAMA,,,
        Just wondering if ATTACK WAAAAATCH ,,,
        has a recording of Slick-Willie’s SLAM on O Bum ER!?!?!?!?
        Yes, a SMACK DOWN!
        Even more than the WWE could do in Connecticut!
        Smack Down, yes,,,
        SMACK Down, yes,,,
        SMACK DOWN,,, yes,,,
        SMACK DOWN,,, Yes, Yes, Yes,,,,
        I am hoping that Hillary will get Botox,,, just like Pelosi, so we can get behind those sexy women in Burksas!

        October 20, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
      • FullVacuumRob

        @jean Howard is correct that Ahmedinejad and Chavez as well as the press in China and North Korea support this movement. Reason enough not to support it.

        October 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Hey BillyBoy!

      I bet you are good at Math!

      Help me with this!!!

      OWS (substituted) Activists have been circulating the following budget numbers along with an effective way to put them into perspective to explain federal overspending and the relative size of the budget cuts that have been made by Congress to date.

      U.S. Tax revenue: $2,160,000,000,000

      Federal budget: $3,456,000,000,000

      New debt: $1,400,000,000,000

      National debt: $14,852,000,000,000

      Recent budget cut: $38,500,000,000

      (Sources: U.S. Treasury & CBO)

      If we remove 8 zeros and treat it like a household budget:

      Annual family income: $21,600

      Money the family spent: $34,560

      New debt on the credit card: $14,000

      Outstanding balance on the credit card: $148,520

      Total family budget cuts: $385

      When will I be out of debt?
      You are the SMART ONE!
      ASK YOUR buddies to help you out if you can't figure it out!

      October 19, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
    • Howard

      Instead of protesting on Wall Street, these clueless occupiers should be protesting at the White House ... but, since obama has joined Chavez, Amadinajad, the Communist party, and the Nazi party, in supporting these freeloading malcontents, who are turning the streets of America into open sewers, they are inspired to do his bidding, as the newest group of obama stooges.

      October 20, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
      • Cmurph103

        You are truely a ignorant biggot. Listen just because you disagree with Obama doesn't mean he is a communist or Nazi. Nazi's were terrible people who killed millions. Communists are not all bad, pure communism is in itself not a bad idea but has been warped by others for their own benefit. You are simply using words that bring up peoples fear to try to get them to agree with you and bring about a sense of urgency so that the people do not stop to think and only act. That is a dirty tactic that was used by many facist governments. So if anyone is acting un-American then it is you by using facist propaganda schemes and techniques.

        October 21, 2011 at 9:50 am |
    • Mariana478

      The Tea Party movement believes in LIMITED federal government, per our CONSTITUTION. Read it, you might learn something useful, since your education aparently was of no use. Limited government implies reducing overspending that is meant only to take away from proucers to give to willing non-producers. The non-producers need to get off their fannies and find ANY HONEST means of producing. Illegal inmigrants have proven that there is plenty of work available for those who are willing to work!

      Occupy Wall Street believes that the federal government should have the power to take away the property of those who work and give it to those who do not want to work. Occuppy Wall Street reinforces the need for the Tea Party movement!

      October 20, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • Mariana478

      I tried to reply to you, but the moderators don't approve of rational, intelligent comments.

      October 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • g.c.kells

      I don't support either group, but your assessment is wrong on both counts. the Tea Party started off frustrated by big government and was co-opted by the corporate interests. OWS started off frustrated by big corporations influencing the government, and were co-opted by the labor unions. Both groups are now pawns to special interests, and should be disregarded by anyone who vales independent objective thought. Obama was partially right in his assessment, but I think he's trying to minimize his culpability in their eyes right now. He is no longer the anti-establishment candidate, and he knows it.

      October 20, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
      • Limey

        Yes your right, but Obama was just saying that they were similiar because both disagreed and were disappointed with their goverment, both sides for different reasons but still not happy with their goverment, and in that respect he is absolutely right.

        October 20, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
    • Chad

      I feel as if Obama's statement that people are dissatisfied with government. Personally, government bailouts are wrong and I agree that the "99%'rs" have a legitimate point of protest. However, where were these folks back in 2009 when all the bailouts were occurring? It almost seems like its all a political stunt a year before the next presidential election to gain support from young Democratic and Independent voters. The movement has a good premise, but some of the crowd within the protest are misrepresenting the movement, many of which are carrying anti-government (anarchy) signs which I feel is misplaced. Because, as a previous reply mentioned, Republicans are supposedly the ones who do not want any government (which is very illogical because all these republican politicians would be out of a job where they make large sums of money to represent companies and collect a plethora of federal benefits). Just saying, in a common sense view, the Occupy Wall Street movement needs a little bit more organization. Unlike when the Tea Party started, the Occupy movement didn't have a clear goal and still doesn't have a strong message other than "You are the 99%".

      October 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
    • FullVacuumRob

      More losers -> ask for --> More government --> creates --> More losers


      October 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • lizzzzz

      Really, 99% where does that come from since there is about 50% that pays no taxes at all. I hear just give me, give me, give me coming from this group. I have lost faith in them after viewing some of the demoralizing things going on. Smoking pot, sexual activity, and a man doing his business on a police car. Please.

      October 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
    • Howard

      These occupiers, with their sense of entitlement, just want a short cut to a comfortable life, at the expense of others. They don't want to have to work for their compensation, they expect others to do it for them. Their demands for redistribution of other people's hard earned assets is obscene. These irresponsible, free loading, malcontents are all about 'tearing down', not building up. Just look at the trash and garbage they always leave behind, for the responsible members of society to clean up. These dregs of society are turning our public streets into open sewers ... and the corrupt, self-serving politicians, like obama, pelosi, and reid, are even worse for supporting this destructive, anti-social criminal behavior.

      October 23, 2011 at 11:44 am |
  2. realitybites

    I figured he have to make a stand one way or the other. If he didn't he'd be p!ssing away an opportunity and help from a lot of young out of work people who supported him to the whitehouse. Timiing is everthing. I be you won't see FOX news full throttle supporitng it like they did the Tea Baggers – quite the opposite. THE RED STATE PEOPLE'S REVOLUTION CHANNEL has now decided it doesn't want people to protest the establishment.

    October 18, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Hey BillyBoy!

      I bet you are good at Math!

      Help me with this!!!

      Activists have been circulating the following budget numbers along with an effective way to put them into perspective to explain federal overspending and the relative size of the budget cuts that have been made by Congress to date.

      U.S. Tax revenue: $2,160,000,000,000

      Federal budget: $3,456,000,000,000

      New debt: $1,400,000,000,000

      National debt: $14,852,000,000,000

      Recent budget cut: $38,500,000,000

      (Sources: U.S. Treasury & CBO)

      If we remove 8 zeros and treat it like a household budget:

      Annual family income: $21,600

      Money the family spent: $34,560

      New debt on the credit card: $14,000

      Outstanding balance on the credit card: $148,520

      Total family budget cuts: $385

      When will I be out of debt?
      You are the SMART ONE!
      ASK YOUR buddies to help you out if you can't figure it out!

      October 20, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
  3. Cyrus

    Mr. President:

    First of all, as a liberal, I am dismayed by SOME of your actions over the last 3 years. Secondly, linking the two movements is like comparing apples and oranges. The TEA Party, although they have some interesting demands, are based on false and flawed economic principles that contradict the philosophies of the OWS. The latter is a popular movement, and people, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents have joined the OWS to voice their grievance against the corporate greed, which you and your Democrat pals have perpetuated. The TEA Party movement is not a populist movement. It's a manufactured anger with a tinge of paranoia, disguised as patriotism and pragmatism. The sooner you understand the difference, the better off you will be.

    October 18, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • Paul

      Unbelieveable. The Tea Party is flawed? Do you realize that Wall Street raises capital for just about EVERY business in America? Without Wall Street, very few companies in America would even be born. Yup, some of them are smart enough to take care advantage of the system, but where is your and OWS's anger at the government who is supposed to enfore the regulations? BTW, the primary premise of the Tea Party is to STOP the spending. How much is enough? How much is a fair share? Please define that. We are borrowing over $3 billiion dollars a DAY to fund this government from our kids and grand kids. Grow up, take care of yourself in the greatest counrty in the world that allows peopel like Herman Cain to make it from nowhere, and stop borrowing from our kids. That's the message of the Tea Party.

      October 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • Hmmmm.

      Not really sure if you're a liberal. The link between the two is that both movements are grassroots in nature, philosophical view points aside, and in that they are similar. The reason I question your initial assertion of liberalism is that you prefaced your opinion with the brand. There is no need, your position would speak for itself. Though, if i am wrong forgive me.The President of the United States has to be a President for the whole country and do what is best for the nation. This means putting dogma aside and making comprises when necessary and choosing to be resolute when necessary.

      October 18, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
      • jean2009

        Thank you great post...wonder if anyone but me can grasp the concept of our President being above the fray and working for the best of everyone.

        October 19, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
      • Limey

        Here, Here. well put.

        October 20, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
    • Joycxe

      I don't think he was saying they were alike. He meant they were protests with their own agendas. People both from the left and right participated because they are fed up with the way things are going.

      October 19, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  4. Thomas

    The Future Vs the Past !

    Boehner, Cantor and McConnel ,
    Dinosaurs gone but not forgotten !

    October 18, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • FIELD1stSGT

      You mean Pelosi, Reid, Biden, Kerry, SHarpton, Jackson, and Obama are leaving. OH GLORY DAYS.

      October 18, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
      • jean2009

        No...Obama-Biden 2012

        October 19, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
  5. Joe

    Occupy wall street are a group of lowlifes that just want somthing for nothing
    Tea Party wants to better the country

    October 18, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • Roger

      Yo! Joe!
      These are folks without jobs that are fed up with our government and people like you that suck up to those that only support the rich.

      October 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
      • Joe

        I don't beleive in free handouts these people have no clue what to do

        I don't support the rich I bust my ass and make a good living

        this is a Obama socalist movement In other words a bowel Movement

        October 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
      • DAMN RIGHT


        October 18, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
    • daisy

      ahahahahahahha! The sad this is you probably believe that! Go back to your sister cousin wife and leave the rest of the world alone hillbilly

      October 18, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • billy

      Actually, OWS wants to help ensure you can continue to work for a living and make an honest wage. They want your ordinary voice to be heard in Washington. None of them are looking for something out of nothing - that's Republican (and FOX) talking points, don't let yourself be brainwashed.

      Joe, do you want to have to pay higher taxes so Oil companies and the mega-rich can pay taxes lower than you? Do you want your voice to be drowned out by the millions Wall Street gives to their proxies on Capital Hill?

      October 18, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
      • Inrealityhere

        Baloney! Communist Party U.S.A. supports the movement. How about the signs like "eat the rich" and "class war" among others. What does that tell you?

        October 18, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Reply

        October 18, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
      • Christian Names, Big Guns and Big Oil

        Oh, yeah? Well Hitler ate sugar.

        October 18, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
    • MTATL67

      I work 40-60hours a week and I was at occupy Atlanta. I have yet to see improvement or accomplishments from the extremist group called the Tea party. Name one single thing that extremist group has accomplished. Name a factory or a business that they saved. Name a family in any town in this country that has received assistance from a program they put into place. I have a brand new home because of the program the President put into place. I have a friend who was about to lose his job until the company he worked for received stimulus money. He is still employed. What has the Tea party and Republicans saved?

      October 18, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
      • Dan J

        I work 40-60hours a week and I was at occupy Chicago. I have yet to see improvement or accomplishments from the extremist group called Occupy Wall Street besides getting arrested or destroying our local parks (even though they're fot the environment). Name one single thing that extremist group has accomplished. Name a factory or a business that they saved. Name a family in any town in this country that has received assistance from a program they put into place. I lost my home because of the program the President put into place, who, by the way, has gotten more funding from Wall Street then any prior President. I have a friend who lost his job because the company he worked for couldn't afford the Obamacare initiative. He is no longer employed. The funding that could have gone to help his company instead went to Solyndra. What has Obama and the Democrats saved? 9.1% unemployment?

        Yeah, works both ways, hypocrite.

        October 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
      • FIELD1stSGT

        Name one thing the Liberals have done except clear the way for Homosexuals, the Border, the Terriost and Obama's favorites Islam.

        October 18, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
      • alfonso66

        Mtatl67, I love your comment on Inrealityhere I think you may have put him in his place on his comment about calling protesters communist or even socialist I had to put some of my words to put him in his place as well. It's amazaing how these people think, there not the ones on the streets or have lost there homes or jobs or maybe he's a rich Conservative himself. But anyways it's not really about whether your Rich or poor I think it's about our living standards work hard for what you work for and have respect for the Working Class because in reality these corporations wouldn't be where there at if it wasn't for the working class, we treated like if were a number to them. Anyways like your come back.

        October 19, 2011 at 2:33 am |
    • Liz the First

      Correction, the teabaggers want to destroy the country, and with folks like you helping them, they may succeed. i support Occupy Wall Street, but i'm hoping they channel their efforts into what will make the most difference, getting the rethug infestation out of congress so we can move this country forward again. if they come out with as much passion to support Obama and the Dems, maybe they can have a positive impact. just protesting gets attention, not so much results.

      October 18, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
    • alfonso66

      Really Joe, it looks like your lost and twisted like all the other Tea Baggers and Republicans these protestors are not asking for a free hand out from you or anyone else like you and I'm laid off my self and I sure don't need a hand out especially from you. I've been a hard working man all my life and made an honest living never had to depend on Unemployment I've always had a stable job all my life. So I don't know were you get this idea in your head about protestors asking for hand outs and calling Obama a Socialist you better think about who the real socialist is Mr Bush he's was the socialist that had the working class under his reign for 8 to 9 yrs breaking down our Economy and letting the rich collect their TaxCuts which was part of the problem that broke our Economy and started two Wars that hasn't been paid for yet. So if you think that the Republicans or a Tea Bagger president has a plan to make America better, name one plan they gave to the senate, because if you think Cut,Cap and Balance is a plan well your wrong it's a bill against you the backs of the working class, unless your Rich yourself and you feel that you don't have to care about them. But if you are a working class your self and if we end up with Romney or Cain as president and the day you loose your job because of cut backs who are you going to blame then, Obama !!! he won't be in the White House it will be Romney,Cain or maybe Perry.

      October 19, 2011 at 3:22 am |
    • jean2009

      @Joe keep on drinking that poisoned Koch Brothers tea....sucker.

      October 19, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
  6. Becky

    I'm wondering if trash (literal trash) generated by both are equal?

    October 18, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  7. Tom

    The tea party group started out fine, like Occupy, but eventually became a wholly owned sub of the GOP. So yes, they're nothing alike. The Occupy people seem like, if a bunch of political money came funneling in, they won't sell out the way the tea party did.

    October 18, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
    • ghags

      Occupy is a sell out and so is this President. Occupy has no clue of what they are protesting. If its the rich then why do they have Russell Simmons , Susan Sarandon ( who called the Pope a Nazi ) Alec Baldwin . If its about the BAILOUTS then sheeet this President bailed every company out, stole tax payers money by investing in failed companies, spent tax payers money on Fast and Furious. Regulating companies up the ASSSSSS so they will have to go overseas to get products as well as sending jobs over to stay afloat. All manufacturing jobs send overseas ( his beloved UNIONS General Motors, GE, Chrysler and the list goes on.... Now he is trying to make it possible that you can take 50% of your 401K plan without paying the penalty and only if your house is in forclosure but wait the part he does not mention is that you would have to pay about 24-30% tax on it, tax for income and tax for putting you in an above tax bracket. but hey keep believing in this ODUSHBAGS BS

      October 19, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • C-Lo

      Tom–I honestly think you have it backwards. I see your thought, but the tea-party did not become a wholly owned subsidary of the GOP, rather the Tea Party has influenced the GOP to move more in that direction. Republicans traditionally were for smaller gov't but in the last 20 yrs have moved toward big gov't along with the Dems, just using power to a different end. TP has worked to push the GOP back toward a limited gov't, starting with taxes. Least, that's how I see it.

      October 19, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • jean2009

      If you look at who has funded the Teapotty from day one you knew that the movements owners were the ultra-rich right who wanted to wrap it up in the constitution, American flag and God and sell their swill to any sucker dumb enough to buy it. Koch Brothers, John Birch Society, Coors Family, Dick Armey's Freedom Works, Rupert Murdoch, Richard Mellon Scaife, Newt Gingrich....these are who funds the movement. Fat cats don't change they are the same old billionaires who will do anything to keep their head in the government trough. They don't want any crumb to trickle out of their reach.

      October 19, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
  8. AL

    Both groups are expressing frustration. Both appear to led by extremes... tea party on the right, Ocuupiers on the left.

    October 18, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Hey Al,

      Are you into Big Government?
      Or are you into Small Government?
      Big Government on the Left is Communism,,,,
      Big Government on the Right is Fascism,,,,
      Small Government is in the Middle,,,,
      Imagine this

      Big Gubment Communism Left*****++++--_____-–++++******Big Gubment Fascism Right,,,,

      In the Middle are the folks that allow you to be FREE,,,
      The two EXTREME sides want to CONTROL YOU!
      for example,
      Big Gubment wants you
      to take the Bus, instead of Owning a Car or being able to Buy a Car,
      to pay more Taxes, instead of allowing you to contribute to your Churches,
      THEY ARE ON THE LIBERAL Wikepedia if you are interested.

      The Middle wants you to have Freedom!
      And FREEDOM is Worth Fighting For!

      Check it out, My Friend,,,

      October 19, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Thank you for dumbing this down for people. I wish I could have been eloquent enough to make it this simple. The irony of the story is that the middle–small gov't (TP/Libertarian)–is portrayed as the extreme right. Too bad so many don't get it.

        October 20, 2011 at 9:59 am |
  9. al in memphis

    I'm convince those of us who would take a balanced approach are too busy trying to survive. You know who you are, the one who doesn't care about Republican or Democrat. You don't see government as the enemy, but as something that needs to get back to the business of serving the people instead of serving the special interest.

    There is some truth to both movements, however each seems to be a high-jacked efforts for the radical voice on both ends. It is crazy that the USA is in the type of debt it has, and then to go and start two wars without any regards was just stupid. NO one is attempting to add up the amount of money that was just gamble away by Wall Street and investment banks by creating financial instruments that amount to how many clouds would float over Kansas by Tuesday of next week.

    What is needed is a rationale thinking people summit.

    October 18, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
    • Dan J

      Easily the most poignant post on this thread. They're both nuts. We need a moderate movement.

      October 18, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
    • Inrealityhere

      Yeah, the government has been grown so large that now it seems "radical" to shrink it back to what it should be.
      I believe the Tea Party is the new silent majority. You just don't hear from millions that are busy working instead of protesting. BTW don't think liberal billionaires like Soros aren't funneling money to the Occupiers.

      October 18, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
      • Christian Names, Big Guns and Big Oil

        Tea Party? The silent majority?

        I've never known a silent tea partier. In fact the thought is kind of pleasant.

        October 18, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
      • C-Lo

        It's already been shown moveon.org (a soros pet) has been bringing in protesters.

        October 19, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  10. Bill in OR

    Perhaps Marx & Engels were correct after all. At least Groucho & Harpo were!

    October 18, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  11. Steve- Illinois

    MoveOn.org wants all student loans forgiven! Get your ,loans, spend the money, then let the tax-payers suck it!
    That's the Obama way!

    October 18, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  12. MTATL67

    The Republican and that extremist group were elected and given control of the House. What have they done. I have yet to see any accomplishments from either of these two groups. McCain confirmed earlier this week that the GOP had no jobs bill and the one they presented was in reaction to President Obama saying they didn't have one. Congressional Republican's refuse to give a single dollar for job creation but somehow they found the money for $260,000 for a squirrel preserve in Kentucky, $200,000 for a Corvette simulator for Tennessee, Here is Georgia they funded the Chattahoochee Recreation Areas with $310,000,000.00 and were able to fund a church in Savannah, Ga with the $7,900,000.00 for repairs.

    October 18, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  13. Dan J

    The occupiers commit actual crimes and get arrested. They talk a lot about the environment, yet, they're destroying an polluting the heck out of these parks they're occupying. You rarely see an American flag at an occupy movement, unless someone is taking a dump on it.

    Don't get me wrong, both of these movements are nuts, but if you think that one side is any better then the other, then so are you.

    October 18, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  14. flashinpan

    The big difference is that the Tea Party actually has political power, but OWS never will (they're too politically polar to pull votes from the center).

    October 18, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  15. Joel

    Wow, the genration of entitlement has grown... it is sad that no one works for themselves any more or heck chases a dream. instead they blame everyone for there place in life, and not the truth.

    I was a small business owner who has nearly lost everything, i am proud to be an americain who still stands for freedom and the true persuit of happiness. YES my home is in forclosure status and YES i am working it out with the mortgage company.... No one is to blame for my position, not the economy, not the goverment, only me. I made the decisions that got me here. I, alone can make my future, and only I, alone can make the corrections in my life to improve it.

    the deference between me and the "Occupy Wall Street group" is i take responsibility for my actions or lack of actions. Simply put grow up, get a job,, YES THEY ARE THERE.... and make something of yourselves other then being ascreaming teenager hungry for a free ride...

    October 18, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
    • Limey

      I second that, its all your fault...!!!!

      October 20, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  16. NoGovtBondage

    Obama – the ultimate community organizer and fear monger.

    It may be time to revisit the cover of The New Yorker showing Barack and Michelle as fist bumping militants....take a fresh look....


    October 18, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
    • WOW


      October 18, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  17. Dan J

    A couple of things that I don't get: Why do Occupiers support Obama overwhelmingly, yet he got more funding from Wall Street then any other Presidential candidate in our nation's history?
    Why does no one mention that there are photos of Occupiers taking a dump on the American flag?
    How come they are all about corporate greed, yet they all seem to have iPhones? You know, from Apple, the company that is the least green technology company and the one that is funding slave labor in China.

    October 18, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  18. Alan MacDonald

    This applies to all the uninformed fluff by the dead-head media, and even 'left' alt media regarding the Occupy movement, what this means, what the goals are, and how it relates to co-option and the corporate controlled Tea party:

    OPN [Op Ed News web-site] follow-on and nest for all this BS fear about co-option and Tea Party of the left insanity:

    The following is my post regarding undue fear of co-option:

    [Post Title line]: “Continuing BS today on this easy point
    Glenn [an OPN poster fearful of Occupy being co-opted by Demos and/or liberal media, and/or MoveOn etc] , Frank, Rafe, Margaret, et al, ad nauseum, there would be no such confusion and BS as you and many others are seeding today on OEN, if we simply step back and ask the question, "Would OWS and global Occupy, be in any danger of "co-optation" as you warn, if it clearly articulated that it was -- in addition to being against Wall Street, against inequality, against rapacious capitalism, etc. etc. etc. - simply "Against Empire", which is the hidden and cancerous pathology that actually is the underlying CAUSE of all these 'symptom problems'??


    There could be no co-optation of the revolutionary movement of Occupy, simply because the disguised corporate/financial/militarist EMPIRE that has captured our former country, by hiding behind its bough and owned TWO-Party "Vichy" sham of faux democratic government and faux media shills, could never, never, NEVER claim to be in agreement with, or pose as similar to Occupy -- because all these co-opter clowns ARE THE EMPIRE.

    Get with it. Glenn.
    This is the primary tactical reason that OWS needs to clearly articulate that it is a movement "Against Empire" -- which includes being against Wall Street, against vast economic inequality, against social injustice, against imperialist wars, against environmental destruction, etc. etc. etc.......

    By Occupy clearly saying that it is Against Empire -- the hidden corporate/financial/militarist Empire that now controls the government, banks, media, etc. of our former country -- Occupy would be making it absofrigginlutely impossible for the lacky Demos, or MoveOn, or NYT/WaPo, or any of these collaborators and slugs to ever say anything about OWS being in the same boat as these shills, BECAUSE none of these slimy co-opters of Occupy dares to say that they are also Against Empire!!

    The deceivers, co-opters, and similar phonies trying to hang onto Occupy's coat tails can not ever, ever, dare to even imply that they are in solidarity with an Occupy goal, demand, agenda which is overtly "Against Empire" - because they DARE not even whisper the word 'empire' since they ARE IT!!!

    And, Frank [another worrier on OPN, concerned with Christian fundamentalist co-opters], specifically to your point of religious co-option of Occupy:

    No one, regardless of how dumb they are, who is truly a Christian (fundamentalist or not) could speak out against an Occupy movement that is "Against Empire" - for the obvious reason that Christ was sent to earth to confront EMPIRE with love, and which EMPIRE then killed him.

    Best luck and love to Occupy

    Alan MacDonald

    Liberty & democracy

    October 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  19. Inrealityhere

    Baloney! Communist Party U.S.A. supports the movement. How about the signs like "eat the rich" and "class war" among others. What does that tell you?

    October 18, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
    • Christian Names, Big Guns and Big Oil

      Like I said – Hitler ate sugar.

      October 18, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
  20. FedUp

    Do you really think that people are unhappy?? Really?? Wow. This man is finally getting smarter and it has only taken him 3 years. Slow learning curve.

    October 18, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
  21. Voice of Reason

    The difference between the Tea Party and the OWS is that the OWS is not yet been appropriated by a major party. The TP is bought and paid for by the extreme right wing of the GOP.

    But give it time, and you'll see OWS get owned by major corporate sponsors, too. They'll get used like TP.

    October 18, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
    • Anonymous

      I too believe this. I will continue to stand with OWS everyday after work (USMC) unitl this happens and will do everything in my power to stop it. Silly mainstream media is trying like hell to push this as something it really isn't.

      These retarded celbrities that keep visiting are only hurting our cause even worse. I mean seriously, who wants to be linked with Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, or Kanye West? Not I.

      October 19, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  22. Christian Names, Big Guns and Big Oil

    And still, angsty Tea Partiers insist on bleating like a bunch of sick sheep: "WAHHHH, the Liberals stole our Tea Party idea! Waaaah! COMMUNISM SOCIALISM THE DEVIL 666!! Waaaaah!"

    Get over yourselves.

    October 18, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
  23. Notfooled

    Who passed Wall Street Reform? President Obama and the Democrats.
    Who wants to tax the rich? President Obama and the Democrats.
    Who Has a Job Bill? President Obama and the Democrats.
    Who is trying to protect jobs? President Obama and the Democrats.
    Who is more alligned with OWS? President Obama and the Democrats.

    October 19, 2011 at 4:56 am |
    • Marry

      @ Notfooled
      You are totally correct! But there is more to it. The banking/finance systems are involved in and facilitate the robbing of “normal” people worldwide. A few major players gamble with the food, the health, the jobs, the environment, the resources etc. of the world with no regards for the needs of people. Many feel that there is something very wrong and want to stop it. It will be a long way to come to worldwide agreements. But I do think the “greedy gamblers” are put on notice! Let’s see what happens…

      October 19, 2011 at 6:35 am |
  24. Free Man

    Obama links Occupy and Tea Party Tea Party members... You 2 can # 2 on a cop car and get paid by the SEIU union !!!
    Yes we Can Hope & Change Tax the Rich Only Government Win the Future

    October 19, 2011 at 7:01 am |
  25. Aaron

    Obama's staff must have forgotten to tell him that the teabaggers are funded by the billionaire Koch brothers.

    October 19, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • C-Lo

      But not about moveon.org and progressnow being funded by that billionaire soros?

      October 19, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  26. C-Lo

    Corporations ARE responsible for the OWS movement. They have done so much to create a society where we don't have to work for anything that we now feel entitled to everything. Corps are responsible for:
    1. The alarm clock that wakes us from our corporate built bed purchased at a corporate store
    2. The house built by a corporation purchased with money borrowed from a corporation that didn't HAVE to lend you money (of course I doubt many of your neighbors are willing to throw down a couple hundered grand on your behalf).
    3. The food you consumed on a corporate manufactured plate purchased from a corporate grocery store that ensures consistancy in your shopping and eating experience. You probably enter the store without lifting a finger due to corporate made auto door openers and the cashier gets you through in a hurry because of corporate made scanning machines
    4. You drive to your job (probably with a corporation) in a corporately manufactured auto that pays you a salary competitive to your skills vs. demand for your job in the labor pool.

    If you don't like any of these, walk to your own startup company building houses and growing food. Corporations can't prevent you from doing this, but the Gov't can through excessive taxes and regulations.

    If OWS can organize this many people to complain, why can't they organize a business that PRODUCES something? Just curious.

    October 19, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • Snuffleupagustus

      Corporations receive roughly 90 Billion Tax Dollars annually in subsidies and incentive programs. This same practice for individuals is called welfare. That corporate car, clock and house are welfare clocks, cars, and houses. Utter and complete Hypocrisy when you contrast a mutil-billion dollar corporation seeking welfare and getting it more often than an individual seeking food, shelter and medicine.

      Every bank that participated in the sub-prime mortgage fiasco should have been left to die, but what did they do? they came asking for a handout begging for the tax people that they are foreclosing homes on to help them keep their mansions. And what do they do? Celebrate getting their welfare money by hosting $40,000 a plate banquets. This type of EVIL will stop either by consent or by chaos. one day the 99% will realize what that actually means.

      October 20, 2011 at 8:37 am |
      • C-Lo

        You have no argument from me about "corporate welfare." Just remember that corp welfare comes from big gov't and is financed with taxes. If gov't size and influence is reduced, prices of good supplied will go up, but so SHOULD take home pay because taxes are no longer needed to prop up otherwise unsustainable companies/industries. Herman Cain has a great analogy, it's like taking water from the deep end of the pool, dropping it in the shallow end, and expecting the water level to rise. Ironically, corp welfare is actually welfare to the lower/middle classes because it's "redistribution of wealth" to suppress prices on the commodities everyone uses.
        Take the auto bailouts for instance. just because GM or Chrysler is no longer around making cars, it does not mean that people will stop buying cars, just different brands. No one complained when Saturn went belly up. Those plants would be taken over by the remaining companies (Ford, Toyota, Honda, etc) to continue to meet demand.

        October 21, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • Ray E. Georgia

      Good Post C-Lo,
      For those that Bitch about the sysem, all you have to do is stop using the system. When you need groceries stay out of the Grocery Store. When you need Gas stay out of the Gas Station. That Electricity you atre using. Disconnect it. That road you are driving on. Get off!

      October 20, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  27. C-Lo

    Remember...Democrats get your vote if you are poor, Republicans get it if you are rich. Who gains more power by keeping you down and out?

    October 19, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • jean2009

      Easy question C-Lo as always the rich. Otherwise, the Koch Brothers, Coors Family, Richard Mellon Scaife, Dick Armey, Rupert Murdoch and Newt Gingrich would not be funding the teapotty movement.

      October 19, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Wrong, "jean." The union bosses and dems retain power by keeping you down. The more you rely on them, the more power they have over you. Gov't controls you in 2 ways financially (through taxes/redistribution of wealth) and legislatively. Corporations and "the rich" do not control you any more than your desire to use their goods/services or CHOOSE to be employed/not employed by them. If you don't like the products/manner of production a company provides, purchase from another company. You don't like how an industry as a whole is run, start a competitive company/industry ON YOUR OWN, not with tax-payer handouts. People don't like the big banks...there are thousands of community banks and credit unions. In a free market society you have OPTIONS.
        Why is it that everyone bashes corporations, when in fact it's gov't that is the problem? Without an overbearing gov't (Big D Dem style) big companies don't have a way to influence the "free" market by restricting competition through regulations and taxes instituted by bought off politicians.
        Why is it never pointed out that the most repressive regimes in history were not corporations, but governments from Phearos to Caesers to dictators, kings, Czars, "supreme" leaders...You can blame corps all you want for the Iraq war, but the bottom line is that it was still an act of Congress (literrally). European debt crisis...gov't, oppressed women in mid east..gov't, debt crisis US...gov't, China's "wealth" on the backs of workers...gov't, most wars...gov't (I know you naysayer that blame religion, but it's usually gov't controlled by religious fanatics). Almost all oppression can be linked back to gov't, and that's what Libs want more of...and the Tea Party and old-school Republicans want less of.

        Every piece of your life the gov't controls (whether fiscally or legislatively, whether Federal, State or Local) is a liberty you no longer have.

        October 20, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • Joe

      the obama Administration and the socalist Movement

      October 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  28. Rick McDaniel

    Obama is a fool. There is absolutely no resemblance between the Tea Party and the "occupy" movement.

    The Tea Party are patriots, while the "occupy" movement are communists.

    October 19, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  29. Newmalthus

    More like Doctor Zhivago

    October 19, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  30. Pleased Patriot

    How can anybody be serious about these candidates. In both parties, incumbent and new candidates. They have all been bribed by special interests to legislate to the corporate interests and ignore the American People. With the media acting on the behalf of those who bribe. We a provided a slate of candidates to choose from, and all of them serve the same small group of super wealthy. Is this supposed to be American democracy? How many people want to have more of these criminals as our public officials to serve corporate interests rather than the peoples. Do you think future generations will look on ours fondly if we don't restore our government to serve the people as originally intended.
    All who favor keeping the criminals in place raise your hands. I only count about 10,000 hands. The American People must run this country. We apprecaite the bounty of our wonderful country and we all value the compact that all people will enjoy liberty with a multitude of avenues to pursue goals and dreams.

    October 20, 2011 at 12:20 am |
  31. Dale W

    "The lessons of history ... show conclusively that continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fiber. To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit."Who said it..... Franklin Delano Roosevelt in his 1935 State of the Union address

    October 20, 2011 at 6:41 am |
  32. Max

    I definitely see similarities between the two movements; despite having massively different messages and supporters, they're both large groups of Americans whose frustrations are easily understandable and shared, I'm sure, by many. But they both greatly decrease their credibility by having in their ranks series of extremists (e.g. communists and "class warriors" in the Occupiers, and birthers and generally crazy people in the Tea Party) and associating themselves with high-profile people that encourage such extremism (e.g. Michael Moore in OWS, and Michelle Bachmann and the Koch brothers with the Tea Party).

    I certainly agree with the basic messages of OWS (corporations, while very important to our economy, are very greedy and must be regulated; taxes must be raised on the ultra wealthy; etc.), but I can't bring myself to say that I view the movement favorably or would like to associate myself with it, because it often seems too damn extreme!

    October 20, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  33. como1

    CNN why aren't you covering the Occupy lawbreakers who are keying corporate employee cars (part of the 99% they claim to be). Che Guevara grafitti all over Denver. The orders from Colorado Governor Hickenlooper to go easy on the Occupy thugs and not letting the police enforce the laws equally for all. Where are you CNN?

    October 20, 2011 at 11:47 am |
  34. a laurel and hardy handshake

    The OCCUPY WALL STREET movement = BRAINS that are free
    The teanut-gop = WOODEN HEADS that are captive to THEMSELVES!

    October 20, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  35. Tom in the Great NW

    The President is brilliant; by simply mentioning them in the same sentence, he gives a huge KICK TO THE KOCH BROTHERS!!!

    October 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  36. CNN

    The folks in the tea party are simply, well, SIMPLE!!

    October 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • FullVacuumRob

      Laissez-faire economics is simple. It is not complex to explain, only complex to defend.

      It is much more enticing to dream up a bunch of things that don't work (Socialism) by a guy who didn't work (Marx) and implement in countries that didn't work (USSR, North Korea) and taught by people who don't work (Yale History department.) That provides a lot of work for pseudo-intellectuals and self-styled solutions people who shift blame and don't actually do anything.

      Which is a great description of Slowbama.

      The only places socialist ideas seem to work are Scandinavian or perhaps German-speaking ones. But then you'd call me a Eurocentric racist. Beware, as that experiment with National Socialism didn't do so well if I remember right.

      Two words make all the difference. I don't hear them from OWS: personal responsibility. Simple.

      October 21, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  37. Mariana478

    Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution: "The United States shall guarantee to every State in the Union a REPUBLICAN Form of Government, and shall PROTECT each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive, when the Legislature cannot be convened) AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

    Here we have the PRESIDENT OF THE U.S., BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, no less, supporting and encouraging an unruly mob who has shown a potential for violence!! And there is plenty of documentation of Obama planting the seed for this mobs to rise by telling college students here in the U.S. that 'they were the Arab Spring". There is also abundant documentation of the Vice President, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and others, encouraging unrest. WHO IN CONGRESS IS GOING TO ENFORCE ARTICLE IV, SECTION 4?

    October 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  38. g.c.kells

    Obama is right. OWS and the Tea Party are remarkably similar in origin, and even more similar in practice. Both have been co-opted by special interest groups, and are no longer true to their original message. I won't waste time dissecting the the Tea Party, I think most rational people already know they have become corporate shills. OWS is no better. In the opening of their recent press release they say "true democracy is not attainable when it is determined by economic power", in the same statement they call for an end to corporations trying to limit the right of labor unions to bargain collectively. Labor unions are second only to corporations in using money to influence politicians. OWS is being propped up right now by labor unions, and has made their alliance clear. I agree adamantly with removing special interests from politics by either drastically reducing or eliminating their ability to funnel money into campaigns. You simply can't say NO special interests, except the ones we like. Which is exactly what OWS seems to be doing. OWS and the Tea Party started with valid principles, and some of those principles remain in both groups, but they have lost credibility in their attempt to gain influence.

    October 20, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  39. Sheila

    Rolling back Wall Street reforms is like releasing all the prisoners in our prison system because we didn't collect enough money to pay our national debt. It just doesn't make sense.

    October 20, 2011 at 9:46 pm |
  40. Legion

    “Both on the left and the right, I think people feel separated from their government. They feel that their institutions aren’t looking out for them.” Obama told ABC News’ Jake Tapper

    out of everything i read, to include the comments, this bothered me the most. I do not want or need a institution looking out for me..especially when those institutions are ran like our esteemed FIELD1stSGT who i know is supposed to be setting the example and not being the example ,right Top

    October 21, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  41. FullVacuumRob

    Zero initiative, zero effectiveness, zero clue. Zeroccupy and Zerobama – lots in common and both spelled with capital zero.

    October 21, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  42. FullVacuumRob

    More than its supposed pro-accountability stance, there is a second agenda with Occupy.

    Correct: the more I work, the luckier I get. Occupy: the less I work, the luckier you have to make me.

    October 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  43. Char

    The tea party Crowd was accused of things via Hearsay by Democrats with 0 Proof , Occupiers are on Camera using drugs pooping on lawns and having violent rants,

    October 22, 2011 at 12:50 am |
  44. Char

    a award of 100,000 was offered for somebody who had proof of what the Democrat congressman accused the tea party of and none was givin. agenda motervates as a distraction no similarities

    October 22, 2011 at 12:55 am |
  45. arubin1

    Coming to Chicago Last Thursday, Obama stuck in downtown traffick jam: there was a tea party action in downtown.
    What they wanted? Read it here:
    “No Taxation with foolish distribution”
    “The Change Sucks”
    “Read My Teleprompter: No new Bailouts”
    Why would anybody argue with that?

    October 23, 2011 at 11:19 pm |