Are you surprised that billionaires have addressed Occupy Wall Street?
I am very surprised that billionaires like Donald Trump and Steve Wynn have addressed the Occupy Wall Street movement. I am surprised that such a rag tag movement is worthy of their consideration. Their comments appear to demonstrate that they are out of touch with what Occupy Wall Street is about and how the 99% are really suffering. I know a lot of the Occupy Wall Street crowd are misguided youth, but people are really suffering in this country and world. Not all of their compliants are invalid.
They will speak out to protect themselves and their images.
Honestly, I expected more opinions from billionaires about the movement. Either they view the movement with fear or an opportunity to further line their pockets; it's sure to bring out a lot of emotions amongst the business world. The intelligent will see nothing but dollars signs in marketing to a 60's movement version deux; while the stupid will either hide or mock the protesters. I expect most to take the latter route rather than the former. The average C.E.O in America is not as intelligent as we're led to believe; including the very guy you posted in that picture.
Money has the power to subtly persuade people one way or the other, but when a large enough mob gets together, it's hard to knock it off course, especially when it starts to gain momentum. A lot of people are frustrated with big banks and corporations, but for the last few years, no one has really been sure where to focus their anger. The corporations have done a good job of shifting the blame on to democrats in Washington, but if we don't start getting the changes we want, it doesn't matter who is getting blamed, everyone is going to get steamrolled together. So I think billionaires really need to pay attention to this movement and try to help rather than resist. Otherwise they're just going to cause more problems and more anger.
While I'm a supporter of the 99% and worldwide occupy movements, at the same time not every wealthy person is a jerk. Many, if not the majority, of the billionaires were savvy business people who worked their butts off to get where they got.
It doesn't surprise me that billionaires would address the Occupy movement--although what would interest me more is what they actually said about it. I haven't honestly followed what people are saying about it since I support it no matter what. The country and the world is messed up, and we've finally just woken up en masse. Thank god.
I'm not surprised that they've attempted to address the movement, nor am I surprised by their lack of genuine knowledge or interest. The only reason they are paying attention at all, is because they see a way to make money or get media attention by becoming a part of the movement, even if they are always on the opposite end.
I agree with Phoebe Pike. The upper middle class is going to fight to keep their money where they want it, in their pockets. Take a look back at the bank bail outs a few years ago. Greedy corporations and their figure heads are exploiting the American people. They will do anything to keep themselves in control. As American's it is our duty to defend the middle and lower classes and stand up to bullies with large wallets.
the 1% would like the 99%, to shut up and work harder to keep them in the style to which they have become accustomed.
Thank you to everyone for your diverse responses to my question about whether you are surprised that billionaires have addressed the Occupy Wall Street movement. You certainly helped me think about it more.
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it's called conning the masses. they are speaking out because it makes them look like they care about the 99%. the people that actually listen and believe them are the reason were in this mess in the first place. you don't become a billionaire honestly no matter what people think and donald trump is living proof.
I say we should not believe anything we see in the press if it is either for or against. It is all a distraction to waste people's time and nothing will come out of it. The real issues and problems of this world are never made public and the true suffering of people is almost always unknown. Politics is a waste of time because it does not matter about democracy and what people want. It is the rich and powerful who control the media and the press and everything that goes on. Best to mind your own business and get on with your life and try to make some money and survive yourself and at the same time understand you are living and operating in a very crooked world.
by Evan G Rogers 7 years ago
Hey all,Here's a video I stumbled upon that uses *gasp* facts and statistics -- and history -- to illustrate that the current Occupy Wall Street movement is incorrect, naive, hypocritical, and just plain ol' misinformed.Robert Murphy - an economist who is still waiting for Krugman to get off his...
by Zubair Ahmed 7 years ago
What is your view on the Occupy Wall Street Movement?Do you think it is going to result in any change in the social, political and economic system in the US or are they wasting time?
by Julianna 7 years ago
Millions of Americans are mad over bailouts, unemployment, corporate greed and the list goes on. A Iraq veteran is hurt and he defended our Country. How do you feel about the direction the States are taking? http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45054697/ns … qj_6Zv7is8
by cooldad 7 years ago
Wow, finally, people realize that there are a lot of dishonest people involved with Wall Street. Incredible. Hey protestors, you are a bit late. Thanks for protesting the obvious. I'm going to start protesting against cancer tomorrow, I heard it's bad too.
by Petra Vlah 7 years ago
Where is our "reliable" Media and what are they doing?It is becoming evermore upsetting to see that the Occupy Wall Street movement is getting NO coverage from regular TV stations CBS, NBC, ABS in their “evening news” programs. The police brutality in Oakland and Atlanta was not even...
by OLYHOOCH 7 years ago
This is what I am watching now, http://www.livestream.com/occupyaustinWall Street got too far out there and it is getting bad publicity from all.This Occupy Austin site is a lot less stressful and they give you all the NEWS updates on other Occupy sites,If by chance you are a Facebook fan, you can...
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