Mayor Bloomberg: "We'll See" If The City Will Let Occupy Wall Street Continue

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New Yorkers need "to help the banks" was Mayor Michael Bloomberg's message to the Occupy Wall Street crowd in his weekly radio appearance on the John Gambling show.

"The protesters are protesting against people who make $40-50,000 a year and are struggling to make ends meet. That's the bottom line," Bloomberg said, presumably meaning service workers on Wall Street, adding that "we all" share blame for taking on too much risk, not just the financial industry.

"And people in this day and age need support for their employers. If the banks don't go out and make loans we will not come out of our economic problems, we will not have jobs so anything we can do that's responsible to help the banks do that is what we need."

Asked if there's an "end-game" for the protesters and if they will be allowed to stay in Zuccotti Park, which is privately owned but open to the public, Bloomberg said, "We'll see.

"You know people have a right to protest but we also have to make sure that people who don't want to protest can go down the streets unmolested. We have to make sure that while you can say what you want to say, people who want to say something very different have a right to say that as well. That's what's great about this country."

Warning of "other societal concerns," offering sanitation as his example without elaborating, he then skipped down memory lane and away from the question to recall protests on Wall St. during the Vietnam War. His conclusion: "when the Vietnam vets came back we didn't treat them the way they deserve to be treated."

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This is great time to read all the infornation ..I feel like I’m often looking for interesting things to read about a variety of subjects..Here i found that..

tsw
tsw

More updated....Tell Wall Steet to purchase the Olsen Twins new alligator $39,000 back packs and stuff polar bears, rhinos and elephants in their brand spanking backpacks and then maybe with that heavy load they'll tip you two bucks to take that load off their shoulder too! How many of these multi-million and billionaires have put any of their money back into biodiversity(the driving for force of planet earth and into the educational system of the country. By the way, Herman, who's going to fix the bridged of this country, the billionaires, surely you jest. Why people like Steve of Fox News and Bill O'Reilly, M. Bloomberg would never get their hands dirty except with insiders trading money and paying off politicians to own them.

tinasw
tinasw

Here's an idea: Get the unions together of the subways, taxi services, limo services, bus services and garbage services to walk off for a week or two. They are middle class America. The bus drivers were 'forced' to take the arrested group to jail. Make signs for the Wall Street 'workers' 'Walk to Work in Tennes' (tennis shoes) Wall Street Stinks, Corporate Greed Stinks,The Bilderbergs Stink, The Banks Stink, The Obama Adminis. is now trying to be the heros of YOUR Occupying these cities. Get some goggles and surgeons masks from the nurses, this will help deter the pepper spray for the protestors. Pad yourselves against the police batons. A bit of advice. Herman Cain...I hope you can make all of us billionaires. Take some of your money, open a new business in lower Manhattan and hire these people, I'm sure they'd love to work for you. Put your money where your mouth is. How can you run a country without the middle class that you and the current cronies are trying to eradicate? This country is going third world. Why are the jobs still going out to China?  

janecollins
janecollins

my sisters friend makes $50 an hour on the computer. She has been out of job for 9 months but last month her cheque was $6200 just working on the internet for a few hours. Read about it here CashHard.com

guest
guest

that kind of shortsightedness is why bloomberg's brains aren't invited to the next generation.

SYMPATHY FOR BANKS!!!??? That bottle in bonded politico spiel will go down well with the fat cats,  But anyone who's been screwed-up by this economic mess brought on corporate socialism knows that that kind of thinking is corrupt down to its very maggot-infested roots.

Get off the stage and let people direct their own lives, Mayor Bloomberg.  Or does that notion offend you?

Summer4952
Summer4952

Help the banks out more!!!!  I DON'T THINK SO!!  We already did that once and look where it got us. Bloomberg's just another Washington elite that needs to be taken out of "service".

freezing
freezing

sooo many diagnosable problems... but I think his major concern is that he often forgets he's an elected official.  

Gharr4126
Gharr4126

rich disconnect piece of shit, him and the bush family should be the first to get marched to the guillotine

Kdn0405
Kdn0405

All this from the man who "bought" the NYC mayoral election with his own money. Kind seems like a vailed threat of a dictator pandering to the uneducated masses. i.e. "Hey you poor!... They're out there protesting against YOU. We (the rich) are just trying to 'protect you."

OH
OH

America does not need the worthless rich, they are a luxury we never could afford.  The rich are getting richer than they have since the 1920s, the rich have un-precedented cash, the rich are not creating un-precedented jobs. 

They call us hippies, they call us lazy - we work - we used to make 40-50,000 a year - now we make 30-40,000 a year.  One day we will have justice, we will give the worthless rich something to cry about, we will have revenge for their insults.  F--- the wealthy

Gharr4126
Gharr4126

we are 99% of the city you disconnected Rich piece of shit

Robin Eublind
Robin Eublind

Mr Mayor. Do you think all of these people are joining all across the country because they are bored? Aimless basketball fans with free time on their hands? No, they are not bored or aimless. They are ripped off, they are pissed and they will not take no country for an answer.Capitalism can work, but only if it is regulated. Plutocracy will not work, will not sustain this country. Those in the street will not stop until they have taken the country back to a Republic.

Robin Eublind
Robin Eublind

No Mr Mayor. It is the institutions that must show responsibility! That is what is lacking and that is what is being protested! The institutions must be accountable to the societies they are raping and pillaging. THEY do not create jobs. The labor force creates jobs when it allowed to work, to earn and to purchase. Labor enriches and sustains this nation. The corporate and financial institutions are what decimate it by feeding off of it until it is unsustainable. No one is protesting support staffs making 40-50,000 a year. The protest concerns unregulated capitalism and unchecked greed. This nation was not conceived as a Plutocracy!. It was formed as a Democratic Republic and WE THE PEOPLE demand it back!

aleman1948
aleman1948

Mighty generous of the mayor to let the citizens use their own public spaces.

michael8000
michael8000

Yes, by all means let's help the banks, because they have not had much help throughout this economic crisis. Terrific idea!

michael8000
michael8000

No, Occupy Wall Street is not protesting people making $40-50,000 per year. Nice try, Mayor Bloomberg. People are protesting billionaires, like you. They are protesting the mindless favoritism that states and the federal gov't. have given billionaires. The lack of accountability for criminal billionaires is another issue for the protestors. Ring any bells? The fraudulent austerity policies pursued by corrupt members of Congress on behalf of billionaires is another issue they are protesting. Finally, they are protesting the destruction of the planet caused by billionaires and their special interests.

Charleymacflow
Charleymacflow

To all below. Do not engage Trolls below. They are diverting energy from the message. 

Robin Eublind
Robin Eublind

I, for one, engage trolls, much like my feral cat engages his mice and vols prior to biting their heads off and eating their delicate feet. Mmmmmmm feet.

Adam
Adam

Respect your Betters! Unruly Commoners!

Jeremy Barlow
Jeremy Barlow

Waaaa... Waaaa... People who are protesting are inconveniencing people who live in the area.  Waaaa.... Waaa...  You know what if that's what it takes to get some attention, well good.The problem is that we no longer live in an egalitarian nation.  We were an egalitarian nation up until about the 1890s when Industrialization meant that most people were being moved away from laboring on their own farms and being self-employed to working for a big company.The Roosevelts, Teddy and Franklin both did their best to ensure an egalitarian middle class with efforts at trust busting and unionization which did a lot to ensure an egalitarian America until Reagan came along and started with the trickle up economics.The next wave of egalitarian America will come from this movement.  It will come when General Electric's 304,000 employees own the company instead of the investor class.  It's coming egalitarian market laborism is the future.

quirkydi
quirkydi

Love it. Bloomberg attempting to pit working class Americans against other working class and/or unemployed Americans against each other. 

Reading the posts you can hear the fear in their words, they are but a blip in the system awayfrom being in the same economic position so many Americans find themselves. They are looking at their own future given we continue on the same path. This is a global movementmy friends. It is not just about the center of your universe, New York. Unfortunately, the globaleconomic conditions at work originated on Wall Street and the comeuppance ain't gonna bepretty. 

Alex
Alex

Bloomberg's comments are totally incoherent. "We all share the blame"? Are you kidding? Also, suggesting that the wall street occupiers are protesting service workers who work on Wall Street is ludicrous. What a great example of how out of touch this guy is. 

Dennis Reynolds
Dennis Reynolds

I'm tired of these hippies trying to build up their protest resume, so when they go back to their DUMBO coffee shops they can talk about how they fought the man

Normcb3
Normcb3

Bloomberg don't really think we are trying to protest against people making 40 50k a year he just wants the public to believe that. F?!@ the one percent everything out there mouths Is a lie

Rowdy Wayne Randolph
Rowdy Wayne Randolph

Just so I have this straight:

A guy who made his millions, if not billions, on the Financial Industry, wants to put an end to the people protest, wait for it, the Financial Industry?

Am I missing anything here?

Owyhee_Hunter
Owyhee_Hunter

No, according to the quotes in the article what he said was something completely different than what you think you read...

Those Maggots at the Airport
Those Maggots at the Airport

"His conclusion: 'when the Vietnam vets came back we didn't treat them the way they deserve to be treated.'"

I assume Bloomberg is talking about the (mythical) jeered, spat-upon returning soldier, since he's already in revisionist mode ("we all" share blame for taking on too much risk, not just the financial industry). Because it was, of course, those dirty hippies who did wrong by the veterans, not this country's political leadership. And it was, of course poor, greedy homeowners who brought down the economy, not investment banks passing off shit mortgages as safe investments.

Side note: Bloomberg avoided Vietnam with a student deferment, then was classified 1Y -- for having "flat feet."

Michael
Michael

what a dick-a little dick at that

Jacob R. Readinger
Jacob R. Readinger

Dear Mr. Bloomburg,

I was under the impression that Lloyd Blankfein makes a salary of somewhere in the neighborhood of $68M a year?

I also believe the message is moving towards eliminating the corporate control of our government so that Congress and local governments work for the American people rather than to fulfill their financial interests. But you wouldn't know anything about that...

To the banks -- Help Americans, and Americans might just help you!

To the Americans -- Switch to a local bank. Preferably one that won't charge you to use your hard earned hardly any money.

Guest
Guest

So what are you jealous, some make and some don't, that is a free market..Cheers and get a life and stop complaining!

Soloenbarcelona
Soloenbarcelona

Not very funny the way false information is used to speak bad of a nice movement. I discussed this movement with some rather wealthy people and personely haven´t encountered anybody that doesn´t suport the idears. Believing it´s very hard to change the system I can understand, but thinking that a positive outcome of this movement would lead to something bad is just not being informed, fearing change or being part of a very small group that has corupted the system  and believes more in the power of $ than the people that want to work in a free market.

statengal
statengal

Keep in mind there were those back in the 60's that claimed there would be no good and decent changes from the civil rights movement as well.!  just sayin...

X-Dog
X-Dog

Even suggesting that he may put an end to peaceful protests is as unAmerican as you can get.  B;loomberg is a MAJOR part of the problem with AMERICAN POLITICS.  He is trying to shut the voices of diseention down to protect the interests of the greedy 1%.  The hell with this guy.  If they are kicked out of NYC, the protestors should go Occupy his home.

Pat Burneson
Pat Burneson

It is not up to him to see if the protests continue. It is only up to him to make the movement a scene worse than HE already has allowed it to become with the jackboot thugs playing with the crowds.

statengal
statengal

Pat... you mean JPMorgan-Chases jackbooted thugs!  Purchased for the hefty  unprecidented donation mind you of 4.6 million!  A perfect example of what the Occupy Wall Street movement is about.  Corporations thinking they can purchase and control any thing and anyone including our government!

some guy
some guy

When the national guard is called in, and the physical masses are removed, the real Wall St occupation can begin at every financial institution in the world.  This goes beyond America.  This is a global movement.  The masses are tired of being enslaved by these beasts, the earth is tired of absorbing their toxic sludge.  It is time that the people wake up, and realize that the 1% have sold us a bag of shit.  It is time we reassess our vision of progress and put life, all life and the earth systems that support it before all else!  Wake up, enlightened ones, feel the goodness of the light and smile knowing that you are working in some way toward the good of all.  You are the earth's angels! 

Grumpy58
Grumpy58

Sounds precisely what I would expect from a 1 percenter. He doesn't understand the paradigm is shifting right under his feet. He is out of tune and out of touch - his time will come.

Mace
Mace

More mace, less pizza

Kendrick Crystal
Kendrick Crystal

  Most of us are one cutback away from unemployment and I bet you're no different.  But continuing to lick your masters' boots won't save you in the end.

Lucy Saw
Lucy Saw

He knows very well the protestors are not fighting against people making 40 grand a year, he is saying this so that to leave the impression to middle-class americans that the group is radical and not fighting for any mainstream interests.  He's using disinformation to turn the public against the group for fear it grows, strengthens and spreads. 

Robert
Robert

Bloomberg doesn't get it. People all over the nation are angry and would love to tar and feather every Wall Street exec they could find. You think these people are angry at the ones making 50k a year? Nope. It's the ones who make the decisions to sell out the nation's future so they can live extravagantly. 

statengal
statengal

this is about corporations buying our government for control.. much like JPChase's unprecidented donation this week to the NYP to the tune of 4.6 million!  wake up!

Joshua Conkel
Joshua Conkel

What is he even talking about? Nothing in his statement makes the even littlest amount of sense.

Clopez29
Clopez29

Who he thinks he's fooling with his lies..he knows DAMN WELL who the people are targeting with their protests and it ain't the people that make $40,000-$50,000 a year! 

perspective
perspective

Making 40-50K in NYC is pretty much living at the "poverty line", of course with all the conveniences that a modern city has to offer (such as AFFORDABLE public transportation, plethora of new gadgets continuously rotating the shops, organic food shops,  etc etc). I mean, I WOULD be pissed too if I didn't have enough money to enjoy these things in such an abundant city, such as NYC. I would also protest.

I, instead, do not, and am THANKFUL that I live in an abundantly modern city, with many new resources at my reach every single day. If I, per say, WAS someone who made 50K a year, and still was UNSATISFIED with my quality of living, I would re-think where I am living in equation to what CITY I am living in. Then I would blame the ENTIRE industry which supports a few horrible people, and also blame the Mayor, who in his own right has made his own fortune.

FUCKING BRATS. all of them.And I make around 70K a year, am 26, work 60 hours a week sometimes, and still find NYC to be an enjoyable place to live, while still able to save for MY own future. I am grateful that I live in a city and country where how hard I work equates to what I make. Perspective, children. Perspective

freezing
freezing

I just want to warn you - when you wake up, don't let the guilt cripple you.  Just join the movement :)

Alex
Alex

Are you incapable of seeing beyond yourself, or just unwilling?

Mel
Mel

i believe perspective is using sarcasm as a method here, i mean it is blatantly obvious.and obviously, he/she is stating that there are probably more tactful ways to go about protesting. i agree, the comment seems a bit misguided, but i also see their points on being happy to at least have the opportunity to live in nyc.

personally, i think the protests are a bit misguided. i wish someone would stand up and explain to the over emotional, sometimes irrational kids down there that if you don't want to play by the rules the big man makes, he won't listen to your demands. understanding your rights as someone protesting, and also respecting the laws that you may not be aware of are key.

Stoff
Stoff

I don't full understand which stance you are taking, Perspective. You WOULD protest, and you WOULD blame the entire industry. Yet, we live in a place where we receive what we work for? 

Also, who is it that you are referring to as brats?

I admit, your insight on living in New York City is valuable. Congrats for what you have been able to accomplish. Your points are a bit ambiguous, however.

As with any logical debate, this is not a jab at you, Perspective. My only desire is clarification.

otherPerspective
otherPerspective

perspective believes that 10 years from now he/she will make $350 a year, enjoy a 4 hr RT daily commute w/ a house in the burbs and be living the dream. Starting w/70 (dare I say 40?) means you will max. In lieu of bitching about those who protest low quality of life,  you really should try and enjoy that which you have self-selected.

Kirk Teeters
Kirk Teeters

Your perspective seems a bit skewed there, Perspective. You mention that NY has affordable public transportation, and then "the plethora of new gadgets continuously rotating the shops". Am I to take it that you believe that the "gadgets" are an important contribution to the quality of life?

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