Obama's Attempt To Use #OWS As A Diversionary Smoke Screen Fails: 56% Believe Washington To Blame For Crisis And Recession

Tyler Durden's picture

Zero Hedge is the last to cut Wall Street, with its rampant criminality, conflicts of interest, and corruption, any slack - in fact we are often the first to expose it. That said, we have long found it surprising that popular anger is focused on this particular group of individuals, instead of targeting the just as, if not far more, culpable for the current economic collapse enabling focal point known as Washington D.C. As has been discussed previously, it is no surprise that none other than the president has been quick to embrace the Occupy Wall Street movement and its offshoots as his own: after all it cleanly and efficiently deflects attention from his own near-3 year performance as president. Surely Obama is neither the first (nor last) to recognize that the scapegoating of a "minority" group (as the Wall Street "1%" clearly is) and use it as a catalyst for class warfare, is a historically very successful tactic. Well, while thousands of people may express their displeasure with their plight openly before the traditional symbols of Wall Street, it would appear that Obama is failing in his attempt at global diversion from the place where popular anger should truly lie: Congress, Senate, and of course, the White House, without whose (and by 'whose' here we clearly envision Tim Geithner, Hank Paulson and Ben Bernanke) blessings Wall Street would not exist in its current form. Yet it does, and many have figured that out. According to a brand new poll by The Hill, "in the minds of likely voters, Washington, not Wall Street, is primarily to blame for the financial crisis and the subsequent recession. The movement appears to have struck a chord with progressive voters, but it does not seem to represent the feelings of the wider public. The Hill poll found that only one in three likely voters blames Wall Street for the country’s financial troubles, whereas more than half — 56 percent — blame Washington. Moreover, when it comes to the political consequences of the protest, voters tend to believe that there are more perils than positives for Obama and the Democrats." Sorry Obama, your attempt to demonize bankers (who richly deserve the public pariah status they have achieved, not least of due to the in vitro world they occupy, where anything less than $1 million is pocket change) has failed, and the people recognize that real social change, one that must and will impact Wall Street, has to begin with the commodity most often purchased  by Wall Street: politicians... such as yourself.

From The Hill:

A plurality believe that the Occupy Wall Street movement will hurt Democrats and Obama in the 2012 election. Even those whose sympathies lie on the left of center seem unsure about the likely political repercussions. Just half of all liberal likely voters — the group most likely to blame Wall Street for the recession — and fewer than half of all Democrats believe the protests will help their side next year.


The split on the question of apportioning blame for the nation’s economic travails corresponds closely with voters’ political ideologies: More than 7 in 10 conservatives blamed Washington for the recession, while more than 5 in 10 liberals blamed Wall Street.


But self-identified centrists, importantly, appear to be siding with the right on economic issues, with nearly half blaming Washington for the recession.


The difference also reflected voters’ views of Obama: Among those who “strongly” or “somewhat” approve of the president, most blamed Wall Street, while those who “strongly” or “somewhat” disapprove of the president blamed Washington.


Interestingly, those who described themselves as “not sure” about Obama nonetheless blamed Wall Street over Washington by a more than two-to-one margin, 55 percent to 23 percent.

The poll was based on the responses of 1,000 people and has a +/-3% margin of error. The full poll results are below.


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X.inf.capt's picture

yep, you cant prove it so you label...

well, your starting to bore the shit out of me...

next time you make a statement... back it up!

i would have been more than willing to admit to you that i was wrong, if you showed me the basis of the statment... later

surf0766's picture

No proof would be good enough for you.. I am sure..

Bring the Gold's picture

Game set match to X-inf-Cap. Thanks for playing.

surf0766's picture

Not hardly.. Anyone can nag

ArmchairRevolutionary's picture

surf, you just got your head handed to you. That was actually quite entertaining.  

Thank you!

LawsofPhysics's picture

Well who else would be running it, everyone else is working.

midtowng's picture

If only you had even a shred of truth...but you don't.

GeneMarchbanks's picture

That means no re-election. Next three months will settle it. Back OWS or not?

Meanwhile I'm looking for the upcoming last half-hour ramp job.


CvlDobd's picture

I see dead (cat bounces) people.

3:30 is a terrifying time of day.

Esso's picture

Hmmmmmm, no late-day rally. I suppose that means up 3% tomorrow.

FunkyMonkeyBoy's picture

New puppet needed... this one doesn't work anymore.

GeneMarchbanks's picture

De... spa... ration times com'on! Lets celebrate!

Dr. Richard Head's picture

Cain seems like he is being pushed pretty hard to be just that puppet.  "I got no strings to eat pizza."

john39's picture

a former FED tool.   just what the country needs.  that guy is a fookin buffoon.

Dr. Richard Head's picture

A lieing buffoon to boot.  This is the GOP's flavor of the month.  Anyone but Ron Paul is the GOP's point.  They would even want Obama more than Paul at this point.  Such is the life of the establishment.

Freddie's picture

Cain is a FED tool but he is better than the Kenyan or Romney.  Ron Paul is the best choice.

john39's picture

the problem is americans have gotten used to picking the "least bad" candidate that the banker clan allows us to vote on.  Screw that, I will pass on all of them, demoncrat and rebuklican.

daily bread's picture

But .. Washington is an "enabling focal point" only because we, the voters, refuse to vote out the bums.  If you want to know who the enemy is, look in the mirror.

jdelano's picture

Well yes, but a tad reductive.  In the current system, it's usually only bums that run, or, if they aren't bums to begin with, the only way they can keep ther posts is to become bums.  We need to do more than vote.  

DonnieD's picture

The parties (Dem & Repub) are the corrupting force. They take over movements like the tea party and OWS, infiltrate them and claim them as their own to stop their ideas of changing the status quo from spreading. Pretty soon the original message is garbled into the same old political rhetoric you hear on an evening news show. They do this masterfully as the Tea Party is now a platform for republican ideas and OWS will be the same for Democrats. 

It's very difficult to get elected in this country without party backing. In other words, only corrupt bums need apply.

Nascent_Variable's picture

The two party apparatus is continually fed by the propaganda ministry of the MSM, which filters all information into a fake left/right dichotomy, which is really just different shades of corporatist statism.

There's plenty of blame to go around, and Wall Street stands as one symbol of what is wrong with the country.  I'm just glad that something is happening, even if the people doing it don't see the entire picture.

DollarMenu's picture

The supposed '2' parties work together to control access to the ballot.

In some states, voters must declare their allegiance to one or the other, or their vote does not count.

Third paries may not even gain a place on the ba;llot.

Candidates within the system face daunting challanges in the caucus, as all the pre-set private allowannces and dispensations are vetted against his

proposed platform.

There are morlocks entrenched deep in the party machinery who know how to move the levers and switches to obtain the desired results.

It's a messy stew we've allowed to brew.

Sabibaby's picture

People need to start using their brains and realize they should be voting with money. You want your vote to count don't you?



Gene Parmesan's picture

They stay in power by securing gifts for their constituents. Look at Barney Frank's district in MA. It's a little strip of land extending up to where he lives, but 90% of it is the poor sections on the south coast: http://sisu.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834518c7969e20133f312234c970b-800wi

When the free shit army makes up half the population of the country it's too late to turn back.

Use of Weapons's picture

You met me at a very strange time in my life, Mr Durden.




bob_dabolina's picture


And ty ZH for this article

devo's picture

It's impossible to vote out the bums when there are only two choices, and both are bums.

We need viable third and fourth and fifth parties, and we need grass root candidates who don't require millions to run a campaign and win votes. The notion that we can elect the best candidate given a republican and democrat is ridiculous.

Freddie's picture


Look in the mirror plus look at morons who watch TV.  TV, hollywood and the media gives this scum the power to manipulate the sheep/  If you watch TV you are enpowering the elites and you are a dumb f*ck sheep.

ScaredandConcerned's picture

Funny considering how often you regurgitate Glenn Beck themes. I wouldn't accuse you of having an abundance of original thought.

SMG's picture

And both Washington and Wall Street are controlled by the Illuminati Oligarchy, and until you address them, we will never truly be free.

i-dog's picture

All roads lead to Rome.

Just one example: #comment-1782442

john39's picture

good grief not the jesuit misdirection...  how many jesuits you see running central banks?  rothschilds jesuit?  how many jesuit politicians?   this mess is all about zionism.

Esso's picture

It's all about JIZ (jews, israel, zionism), and their two absolute rules the world operates under now. They cannot be breached without revolution.

1. Thou shalt not allow ANY real benefit to the citizens.

2. Thou shalt NEVER allow the truth to get out.

i-dog's picture

I'm suspicious of anyone who accuses someone of "misdirection" as their very first sentence ... but I'll answer you anyway.

How many jesuit bankers do you SEE? None. The Jesuits (and the Jewish family bank owners) are not seen ... they have hofjuden like Dimon and Blankfein to fill those roles.

How many jesuit politicians do you SEE? Plenty. I'll give you a list when I finish it, but it is astonishing to see just how many in the highest levels of Washington are on it.

It is indeed about Zionism, but not in the simplistic way that you think. Let's just say, for now, that the objectives of Labor Zionists---to have a Zionist homeland in Israel---and the objectives of the Roman Church---to rule from Jerusalem rather than Rome---are not incompatible and that they have been working closely together since the first meeting between Adam Weishaupt (a Jesuit), Jacob Frank (a Sabbatean Zionist) and Mayer Rothschild (a Sabbatean banker) in 1786. Unfortunately, orthodox religious jews who would prefer Jerusalem to be their capital don't get a look-in on these plans.

I hope you don't think that the tens of thousands of Jesuits operating in over 100 countries on 6 continents -- who have been expelled, then reinstated, from over 80 countries for political meddling over the last few centuries -- are not just sitting around playing with rosary beads!?! They, together with the Knights of Malta, the Knights of Columbus and the highest degrees of Freemasonry, are all working towards reinstating the Church of Roman at the top of the NWO.

El Yunque's picture

Oil and the tribe of Asher:


Cyprus and a new gas field:


Greece goes casters up, the Euro comes unwound, and Russia's liitle investment in Syria comes into play:


No matter who you blame, you can't swing a dead cat without hitting another piece of financial instability somewhere that's going to get somones feelings hurt.

2012 is going to be a banner year for anyone thinking that a Ron Paul and his lone wolf voice will help any of us in his stand against the thousands in DC that have a dog in this fight.

I was thinking that right up until we removed the firewall between investment and retail banking, told Brooksley Born to get lost, and turned the commodities market into a turnip for extracting blood, that all of this working just fine, mostly.

Now, everybody I know that trades with skill (apolitical, fairly unbiased, uses credit ratings paper to line bird cages) gets up and slams half a bottle of Pepto before turning on the tubes.

Stability and trust have left the building; back to finding the boogey men to bash with zeal or Zionism, The Fed, planetary alignments, the ghosts of financial titans past, Keynes, Obama, liberals, conservatives, or my favorite - Schrodinger's cat.

You may be right, the NWO might be looking to put the Church back on top, but as a non-practicing catholic myself, they'll do it over my dead body.

I see just another collection of tools and fools that will screw the pooch hard for a little while, while us peons go on making anarchy on Wall Street. Meanwhile the next best war, could be over a little frigging gas patch in a bad spot for making nice world order, that never fucking happens.


john39's picture

You and I do not disagree that both Zionist and the catholic heirsrchy are involved. We do disagree however about who sits on top of pyramid. Because this battle goes back far before Jesus, however, I find it more likely that the catholic church is a secondary player, infiltrated to prevent real christian teachings from contesting the ponzi. When it comes to the occult, the real dark players go back to Babylon and before. These people are still around. They are the ones most culpable. The pope and Jesuits are strictly bit players.

SMG's picture

Nope,  All roads lead to a ruling council comprised of select members who come from Illuminati royal families (Rockefeller, Rothschild) Etc.

They are members of a Lucifarian religion (which is not Catholic Nor Jew)  where they believe themselves to be gods who can do whatever they want to anybody.

I just can't help but think if people with that kind of mindset didn't run the world, the world would be a better place.

john39's picture

when you dig deep enough, it becomes apparent that zionists are luciferians.  and i agree with you, all of the top elites are followers of this system.

i-dog's picture

"select members who come from Illuminati royal families"

Indeed. And the Illuminati was started by the Jesuits (Adam Weishaupt was Jesuit-trained from a very young age; the Jesuits provided much of his material for the Illuminati 'degrees' while he was Professor of Canon Law at a primarily Jesuit university). The Jesuits are Luciferian, not Christian.

The Sabbateans are similarly Luciferian, not Talmudic Jews.

These two [identical] luciferian groups work together at the policy-making levels of such operational organisations as Bilderberg, CFR, TC, CNP, RIIA, etc.

In government, none of the US Supreme Court justices are protestants. Only 4 out of 26 Congressional leadership positions are held by protestants. 5 of the 9 Republican presidential candidates are in luciferian-controlled organisations (at least one Knight of Malta, at least one 33° Mason, two Mormons and one Bilderberger) and of the 4 others: Ron Paul is reputed to be a 32° Mason (as is Obama), Bachmann has lived on a kibbutz, and Cain was a Federal Reserve governor! Nearly all former Directors of Central Intelligence were Knights of Malta and the current one, General Petraeus, could well be one also (it is VERY difficult to get confirmed memberships of any of these high level orders and organisations...until they are photographed at a meeting or wearing their badges of honour).

And speaking of "royal families": the British royal family - the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha family that changed their name to Windsor during WWI - are also known as the Guelph line and have been supporters of the papacy since long before William the Conqueror arrived in England. While they are outwardly protestant, many also held/hold papal honours and knighthoods.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

While the Banksters get all the attention as being THE Bad Guys, it is important to understand that it is the politicians (which WE help elect, regardless of the Elitist influence on the choices).

WE the people are partly at fault in our predicament.

"People get the government they deserve."

- Bill Bonner (the quote is approximately right)

walküre's picture

"WE the people" are the figment of someone else's imagintion.

"WE the people" doesn't exist and never stood a chance in hell.

Now, WE the trained, uniformed and armed "People's Army" taking out the banksters behind the barn... you might get somewhere.

Then comes, WE the new bosses are not taking any loans from the Rothschilds to finance illegitimate wars and soon you really have a NEW WORLD ORDER sans banking cabal!

World peace is possible without banks instigating wars and making loans to BOTH parties to buy the weapons and shoot each other.

That's their game and they've played it for centuries.

Rynak's picture

While the Banksters get all the attention as being THE Bad Guys, it is important to understand that it is the politicians (which WE help elect, regardless of the Elitist influence on the choices).

Humans really appear to have difficulty with logic - they see dichtomies and thus an XOR disconnect, where there is no mutual exclusion at all, yet when they have a glaringly obvious contradiction directly in front of them, they choose to ignore it. Do stooopid humans WANT to malfunction? Because, i dunno, they do this with amazing precision.


1) "All parties are the same, and voting in this system is for shit.... and anyways, who even votes anymore? Look it up!"

2) It's all the peoples fault voting them in, because voting in this system matters.

Pick one. And no, contrary to elections, both aren't the same.

I_Rowboat's picture

Wall Street and their ilk own Congress and the Executive Branches (and the Judicial, for the most part).  It's the owners' perogative if they choose to use their hired bitches as human shields.  Sure, the Fedrul Gubmint is partly culpable in driving the getaway vehicle, but Wall Street is the genius behind the bigger plan.

B9K9's picture

Wall St is merely taking advantage of a set of circumstances that are easily exploited. You must look deeper than a typical banker who really has no clue/idea as to the larger picture. In essence, they are simply pilot fish picking up scraps from those who put the system into play.

The real movers behind the curtain know, more than anything else, the human condition. That means a yearning for comfort, which is easily accommodated by a simple loan document, with real assets and/or lifetime earning potential pledged as collateral. It means a desire for self-control, which is easily accomplished by the mirage of democracy. (Is there any wonder why the franchise continually expands in perfect correlation with sovereign debt?) Lastly, there are the triple drivers of greed, safety & revenge, which, through time honored fashion of warfare, manages to incorporate all 3.

Put yourself in the shoes of someone who has been exposed to a true LibArts program, but with the goal of not helping improve humanity, but to be taught its primary weaknesses. For thousands of years, money lending/usury has been the drug that no society can resist. It's mere child's play to put the game into action once you know the score.