Anti-Wall Street protestors are digging in despite more arrests, while some politicians say they're protesting against the wrong people.
Cities from coast to coast are spending millions of dollars to accommodate the protesters, who claim to be part of the movement Occupy Wall Street.
Demonstrators are now into day 25 of taking to the streets.
"I'm here to fight corporate greed, and not settle on anger, but move forward" one demonstrator said.
"We're doctors and we're concerned with improving people's lives" another said.
"I represent 1,600 students below the poverty line," one demonstrator told a reporter.
"I'm here because my union hall was shut down," another demonstrator said.
The movement has now spread to some 25 cities, attracting a broad spectrum of people frustrated with government, gas prices, corporate greed, and lack of jobs.
"In my household we have out of five people, only two people are working. That's me and my mom," one protestor in Los Angeles said.
While the mainstream media are working hard to find a coherent, polished message, some bizarre sides to these protests have been caught on camera.
One group in Atlanta created some special rules, including silently waving their fingers in the air to vote on issues, and repeating everything the speaker said in short phrases.
"It seems to me, that the group is very divided about this issue. It seems unlikely that we're going to come to consensus quickly," the speaker told the crowd when it was asked if Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., could address them.
Rep. Lewis has been a strong supporter of labor unions. But in the end, the crowd voted against hearing from him.
Overall, the demonstrators biggest gripe is with the rich -- accusing them of profiting at the expense of the middle class and those less fortunate.
However, at least one GOP presidential candidate said the blame is misplaced.
"They are protesting the wrong people. Wall street did not put in these failed economic policies. Wall Street did not spend a trillion dollars," businessman Herman Cain said.
Meanwhile, an Internet hacker group recently posted a video on the Youtube website threatening to shut down the New York Stock Exchange in retaliation for the arrest of hundreds of demonstrators.