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Will the Occupy Wall Street protests citing corporate greed and the gap between rich and poor accomplish anything?

I think they will do some good 32% 126 votes
I don't think anything will change 62% 238 votes
I'm not sure 4% 19 votes
Total Votes: 383

Note: This is not a scientific poll.

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October 11, 2011
6:35 p.m.

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wmarincic ( wmarincic ) says...

Let me see.... They are being photographed defecating on an American Flag that was burning and also on a police car. They have no clear message other than companies should not make money. They are against everything but can not give you a clear answer on how to solve whatever it is they are against. They are no different than the protesters of the 60s and 70s spitting on soldiers.

October 12, 2011
5:21 a.m.

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airedale1950 ( airedale1950 ) says...

At this point the whole movement is an undefined, unled gaggle of fools in search of a cause. I honestly believe it has become an 'I was there' Kodak moment for the vast majority of these people. Something akin to the untold 'millions' who were "at" Woodstock.
Participation and frustration fueled by 15 second sound bites, media hype,and fundamental lack of comprehension of any economic or political issue by the average American is to blame for this mess.
Instead of blindly running off and joining a "cause" these fools should take stock in themselves, do some real research on solutions to defined real life problems facing America today and then pursue an effective course of action. People here today are so misdirected and easily led by a good sound editor and the knuckleheads on television that a good motivator can get them to do anything, regardless of whether it's the right thing or marginally suspect or patently irresponsible.
People today are lemmings, undereducated, lazy citizens who find it much easier to follow the loudest shiniest cause du jour rather than putting the time and effort into forming an educated informed personal opinion. Many times following the crowd simply begets a bigger crowd, and then an even bigger crowd which can lead to a whole mess of important things being trampled.
Millions ran off on a fools errand like so many media fed, star struck sheep 'joining the movement' back in 2008 and got us a major cause of our troubles today...Obama.

October 15, 2011
2:32 p.m.

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tonijean613 ( tonijean613 ) says...

Clearly the 1st reader above has not actually visited the Occupation or has watched the live broadcasts at www.occupywallst.org which shows solidarity and brilliant organization by brilliant people who are highly educated- of all ages.

I would suggest reading some articles at Common Dreams which has been reporting on the details of the meetings and the make up of the citizens. I personally know several people who have gone down there for several days who have worked successfully in corporate america and are not against making money as you say. They are against a rigged financial and legal system that allows those who performed illegal activities that crashed our economy to go free without prosecution. They are also against the Citizens United ruling that deems corporations to be people and allows unlimited $$$ contributions to the politicians who should be representing the people not corporate interests. Lastly, I personally support the movement bec I do not appreciate one dime of my taxes going to illegal wars that have only destroyed other countries while there is no money to rebuild our own levies, bridges, and flood ravaged areas or to creat jobs and stop the suffering. I am in my 30's, business degree, 7 yrs in corporate america and a witness to greed and cheating.. my eyes are wide open to the suffering around me and I want it to stop.

October 16, 2011
5:13 a.m.

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airedale1950 ( airedale1950 ) says...

"...witness to greed and cheating...", apparently painfully aware of the "suffering around us"...part of corporate America, and personally knows several people who have left the work a day world, traveled to NY and protested. But here you sit...typing furiously in support of the 'cause'...but unwilling to leave the comfort of home, the big paycheck, the world financing your nice existence to camp in the park for a few days. Just screams commitment doesn't it?
Err...I'd go too, but I have to make my Prius payment...or, I'd go too if I didn't burn all my vacation time on Martha's Vineyard this summer and Barcelona last spring.
Your generation doesn't know commitment.All you know is comfort and having the hard stuff handled for you.My generation created the problem, we wanted better for our kids. We created men with no sense of masculinity, women WITH a sense of masculinity and homes missing mothers or fathers. No sense of sacrifice.
We also created a bunch of kids unwilling to truly commit to anything.

October 17, 2011
8:16 a.m.

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wmarincic ( wmarincic ) says...

tonijean613

You speak of millions of jobs leaving the country yet those you support are the cause of the jobs leaving, UNIONS. They are the ones that caused this mess along with another community organizer, Obama. Lets not forget the Socialist Party they are marching with who will give you bread lines and throw you in prison or kill you for not following the party line.

airedale1950 is right, what do you know about sacrifice? I can tell you I have a son and a daughter both fighting this war that I don't believe in ONLY because the way it is being fought. Fight for term limits on the career politicians and stop giving them special rights like retirement after one term and special healthcare and watch how fast things change.

 

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