As the Occupy Wall Street movement spreads across the country and the GOP presidential race heats up, the two have sort of merged, with Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain telling the protestors if they don't have a job, it's their own doing, the New York Daily News reported.
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. It is not someone's fault if they succeeded; it is someone's fault if they failed, the former Godfather's Pizza CEO said.
Says Demonstrations Are 'Orchestrated' to Help Obama Administration
The Tea Party favorite also argued that demonstrations like the Occupy Wall Street movement are being orchestrated to help President Barack Obama.
I don't have the facts to back this up, but I happen to believe that all demonstrations are planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration, Cain told The Wall Street Journal.
Occupy Wall Street officially began on Sept. 17 in a park in downtown Manhattan.
The movement, which is an offshoot of online magazine AdBusters, is angered by what it calls the principle of profit over and above all else. This, they say, has dominated America's economic policies and the way in which Americans view culture and humanity.
Posts on the Web site compare the group's efforts to those used in pro-democracy movements across the Middle East, known as the Arab Spring.
On the 17th of September, we want to see 20,000 people flood into lower Manhattan, set up beds, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months, one statement read. Like our brothers and sisters in Egypt, Greece, Spain and Iceland, we plan to use the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic of mass occupation to restore democracy in America. We also encourage the use of nonviolence to achieve our ends and maximize the safety of all participants.
On Sept. 24, at least 80 protesters involved with the movement were detained near Union Square in Manhattan, some accusing the police officers of using overly aggressive tactics as they fought to control the demonstrators who left their camp near Wall Street to march up Broadway. Police say the arrests were mostly for blocking traffic; charges included disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Occupy Wall Streets' Goals Still Not Clear
It's unclear exactly what the protesters will ask for in exchange for leaving Wall Street.
More than having any specific demand, per se, I think the purpose of Sept. 17, for many of us who are helping to organize it and people who are coming out, is to begin a conversation, as citizens, as people affected by this financial system in collapse, as to how we're going to fix it, as to what we're going to do in order to make it work for us again, said Justin Wedes, an event organizer.
The rally itself was first called for by Adbusters in July.