OWS Dialog

Friday, November 25, 2011

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer; Greg David, director of the business reporting from at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and a contributor to Crain's New York Business; Kathryn Wylde, New York Federal Reserve deputy chairwoman and head of the Partnership for New York City; and Jesse LaGreca  of #occupywallstreet and the Daily Kos, participate in a dialogue about the issues at the heart of the Occupy Wall Street protests, including inequality and the contribution of investment banking to the economic life of the city and the country.

Watch the full video of the event below.


Greg David, Jesse LaGreca, Eliot Spitzer and Kathryn Wylde

Comments [16]

Jack from Memphis

I have a job, a car, food on the table, and a roof over my head. My family benefits from all these things as much as I do. Like most people, I worry about food, shelter, my kids’ college tuition and retirement. I look for ways to save money and economize. I have debts that I pay down monthly. I also pay taxes out of every paycheck. I try to never lose sight of the fact that my job is my lifeline. If I lose my job I’m screwed. I know that living on unemployment would be both undignified as well as difficult for me and my family. I don’t want to make an enemy out of my employer. He’s paying me a fair wage for the work that I do, so that wage he pays me, is not only for my work, but also for my loyalty.

I admire the fundamental character of America—a land of immigrants, most of whom came here to make a better life and most of whom did exactly that. Americans don’t wait around for a hand-out, but when we see suffering we’re willing to offer a hand up. I’m free to tell the world what I think about whoever I want to talk about, but I realize that sometimes a wise man keeps his mouth shut in spite of that freedom. I’m free to practice whatever religion I want to, as long as others aren’t hurt by that practice. I understand that the pursuit of happiness is an inalienable right but that happiness itself is not. I have a say in local, state, and federal government, both in the leaders and the laws. I have the freedom to risk my financial well-being and become an entrepreneur if I want to, or I can continue working my safe hourly wage job. It’s up to me.

I’m not rich, but I’m not poor. I’m very grateful for the opportunities that I’ve been given. I know that there is no country better than this country. I don’t whine. I don’t cry. I don’t complain about some half-empty glass. I love America. I stand up and place my hand over my heart for the Pledge of Allegiance, and the National Anthem. There’s a whole nation full of people just like me. We understand how bad it can get and we’re grateful that it’s not nearly that bad.

I’ve been watching the behavior of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and I’ve been listening to their complaints. They don’t represent me. I don’t believe that 99% of America is a bunch of bratty kids and smelly bums begging for handouts and screaming obscenities and turning over cars and setting fires and defecating everywhere. They claim that they’re the 99% but they act like a band of feral apes who’ve escaped from the zoo. They don’t represent America. They’re not the 99%. They’re not the 1% either. They’re nothing but a stinking fart in the wind, blessedly blowing away.

Nov. 25 2011 05:48 PM
Eugenia Renskoff from Brooklyn, NY

Hi, Our money back, please. The money that we, the borrowers, lost through mortgage fraud, predatory lending and foreclosure. There is no emotional or psychological recovery but cash would help a lot. We all have bills to pay, food to buy and housing needs. Eugenia Renskoff

Nov. 25 2011 02:05 PM
e power from NY, NY

The investigation of mortgage foreclosure fraud was initiated by NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman not US Attorney General Eric Holder. It should be undertaken by Holder, the Dept of Justice & the Obama Administration. We can hope that it will. It doesn't look like it will happen.

Nov. 25 2011 11:41 AM
WulfW from 10024

This was a great show and a great idea. Maybe it should be replicated more frequently, similar to BBC Radio 4's weekly "Any Questions?" program that features a panel (participants are different each time, though some guests return from time to time) and questions asked from an audience. What is more, the show is broadcast from a different location each week, which perhaps WNYC could consider doing as well, though that's not necessary. This could become a national show distributed via NPR perhaps?

Nov. 25 2011 11:40 AM
Nick from UWS

Why don't people vote? :

Politicians lie 100% of the time.

The US Government lies 100% of the time.

The Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court shows that the Supreme Court is 100% in the pocket of corporate interest, and this outrageous Orwellian decision was out of the control of the American people.

Politicians are shills for thieving corporate interest to help funnel public and private funds into corporate pockets.

Our democracy is 100% corrupted..

Nov. 25 2011 11:29 AM
Rev. A. Toni Walrond

I am 60 years old. I have voted since I was 21 years old because I was raised during a time when people like me were hosed and attacked by dogs, for demanding their right to vote.
I don't buy that's its too "hard" to register, read the form or what ever.

Seems to me that the lack of interest in voting is part of a larger decline in our social fabric.
Who doesn't understand the impact of voting. really? We just don't care.

Nov. 25 2011 11:24 AM
A. Eigner from NYC

1. The wealthiest people don't earn their income from earned income. Income tax increases aren't the issue. The dividend taxes should be higher. 2. Also, everyone talks about corporate tax "loopholes". These are CLEAR laws that need to be changed; not creative loopholes found by only genious creative lawyers. Its really not that exoteric.

Nov. 25 2011 11:05 AM
John Laskaris

The movie the Godfather was on TV all
day yesterday probably the best movie ever made. The scene where Michael
tells Mo Green The family we're going "legitimate' in the casinos in Las Vegas and the Godfather was lamenting
there was not enough time for Michael to become a Senator or Governor. Well I believe that made the transition complete in government and the casinos in Wall st.

Nov. 25 2011 10:55 AM
henry from nj

one of your guests mindlessly repeated the mantra "everyone has a chance to get to the top" as the crown jewel aspiration of our democracy. Fine, leave these to the few who can find a foothold in that necessarily tiny space on top, but that can't be the supreme guide and goal of a democracy.

What must stand in its place is to ensure that the rest of us, in all the strata of the economy, get a fair share due to their contribution, and not to be cheated of it by a ruling clique of financial governmental power holders.

Nov. 25 2011 10:54 AM
Joe Corrao

Central government is the problem

Nov. 25 2011 10:49 AM
Joe Corrao

Jesse; well meaning but wrong

Nov. 25 2011 10:37 AM
carl. queens .n.y

corporate greed is when wal- mart forces american companies to move to china, etc., to take advantage of .50 cent an hour slave labor.. corp. greed is when the gov. of michigan begs electrolux to stay by offering no taxes for 20 years, a new plant, and train new workers, and electrolux comes back to the gov. in 17 minutes and says no because it still don't beat $1.58 an hour in mexico.. the only thing important is the bottom line at, any cost to their fellow americans.. corporations are parasites.. i wonder wha that makes the people who run them?

Nov. 25 2011 10:34 AM
Joe Corrao

no economic recovery Jesse...a myth. The OWS and Tea party had a lot in common but the Tea Party was mocked more than the OWS movement.

Nov. 25 2011 10:30 AM
Joe Corrao

we do not a world regulatory agency, we need obey the Constitution

Nov. 25 2011 10:23 AM
Joe Corrao

Audit the Fed...fraud has been rampant in the financial sector and they did it with Gvt help...its all a scam

Nov. 25 2011 10:20 AM
Susan from nyc

FYI, today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. People will be gathering at Foley Square at 1:00 PM and marching to Liberty Plaza (Zucotti Park) at 3:00 PM. THIS IS IMPORTANT and all the media talks about is shopping on Black Friday. Wake up WNYC!

Nov. 25 2011 09:04 AM

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