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Mike Bloomberg’s Advice To Occupy Wall Street: Focus On Government, Not Banks

This morning during his weekly call-in radio appearance, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg addressed the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protest unfolding in lower Manhattan (and, increasingly, in other U.S. cities), offering his take on the demonstrations.

According to New York Times reporter Kate Taylor, Bloomberg summarized the protesters’ aims thusly:

Later on in the show, Bloomberg took a call from a NY resident living near Zuccotti Park who complained about the noise and drumming coming from the protest, seeming sympathetic to that person’s concerns.

The Mayor also added that the protesters are attempting to “destroy the jobs of working people,” but they cannot have it both way. Reports the Village Voice:

Everyone’s got a thing they want to protest, some of which is not realistic. And if you focus for example on driving the banks out of New York City, you know those are our jobs … You can’t have it both ways: If you want jobs you have to assist companies and give them confidence to go and hire people.

He then advised the protesters to channel their focus not on banks, but on their government.

h/t Twitter and the Village Voice

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