Best video I've seen on four of the main #OccupyWallStreet demands:
1) Reinstate Glass-Steagall
2) Audit the Federal Reserve
3) Repeal "Corporate Personhood."
4) Reform Top 1% and Corporate tax rates.
Getting lobbyists out of the Government has to be done. Super Pacs need to be eliminated. We need to stand together as the 99% to restrict campaign funding.
"Liberty Park" in the Wall Street financial district more than three weeks ago (Sept. 17th) has gained the support of activist groups online and around the world, and has finally grabbed the attention of major television, online and print media.
Protesters also brought the message to Washington D.C. on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011.
Congressman Alan Grayson from Florida, who was not in-office at the time, explained and defended the Occupy Wall Street Movement on national TV and the studio audience gave him a standing ovation!
In response, here's what a few politicians said on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011.
“I for one am increasingly concerned about the growing mobs occupying Wall Street and the other cities across the country.” - Eric Cantor, US House Majority Leader (Rep.)
“I think it expresses the frustration the American people feel.”- President Barack Obama.
“They blame, with some justification, the problems in the financial sector for getting us into this mess, and they’re dissatisfied with the policy response here in Washington. And at some level, I can’t blame them.” - Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve.
“Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself!” - Herman Cain, Republican presidential candidate.
“We are the 1 percent.” - Signs tapped on windows at Chicago’s Board of Trade building.
“God bless them for their spontaneity. It’s young, it’s spontaneous, it’s focused and it’s going to be effective.” - Nancy Pelosi, US House Minority Leader (Dem.)
“This is like the Tea Party — only it’s real. By the time this is over, it will make the Tea Party look like … a tea party.” - Russ Feingold, former Democratic senator of Wisc.
“I think it’s dangerous, this class warfare.” - Mitt Romney, Republican presidential candidate.
“What they’re trying to do is take away the jobs of people working in the city, take away the tax base that we have.” - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
“I’m very, very understanding of where they’re coming from.” - Senator John Kerry, (Dem.) from Mass.
The New York Times, opinion page "Thread, Oct. 7, 2011" sums it up this way:
If you look at the results, you’ll see a sort of historically familiar pattern: Democrats sympathizing with the protestors, Republicans railing against them and Michael Bloomberg worrying about his city’s tax base.
MoveOn.org and the American Dream Movement organized a massive march down to the Occupy Wall Street encampment, and they have also organized a "Virtual March on Wall Street" to demand government that is responsive to the 99% of Americans, not the 1% that can afford lobbyists.
"We in the American Dream movement respect and celebrate Occupy Wall Street as an independent movement; we love their spirit, courage, and nonviolence. Like so many Americans, we want to do what we can to help them succeed," the group said in a mass email.