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You may think the Occupy movement failed. In fact, it gets the highest marks from a range of experts comparing its performance this year with others of the nation's top economic players: President Barack Obama, the GOP candidates raring to face him in a general election, Congress and the Tea Party.

Of course, that may not be saying much. Suffice to say, if this were school, the other players might have to repeat 2011.

America understands letter grades; most of its citizens have gone through a dozen or more years of being ranked on their work from A to F. So that's what we used when we set out to understand how economists, investment managers and consumer advocates saw the work of the people whose ideas are shaping our futures and filling -- or emptying -- our wallets.

Read on for a further breakdown of how our experts felt about the Class of 2011. Some experts wanted very much to talk about our players but not give letter grades at all, giving them "incomplete" reports instead. We aggregated the results and left their individual calls ultimately anonymous. (Their comments are not.)

Our panelists

Economists: Ellen Frank, economics professor at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and senior economist at the Poverty Institute; Stephen M. Miller, chairman of the economics department at the Lee Business School at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Jonathan A. Parker, the Donald C. Clark/HSBC professor of consumer finance at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management; Benjamin Powell, economics professor at Suffolk University in Boston and senior fellow with the Independent Institute; and L. Randall Wray, professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and senior scholar at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College.

Investment managers: Jeff Auxier, the president of Auxier Asset Management in Lake Oswego, Ore.; James Dailey, a portfolio manager at TEAM Asset Managers in Harrisburg, Pa.; Craig Hodges, the president of Hodges Capital Management in Dallas; Paul Nolte, managing director at Dearborn Partners in Chicago; Robert Pavlik, the New York-based chief investment officer with Banyan Partners.

Consumer advocates: David Arkush, the director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch; Christopher Elliott, the author of "Scammed: How to Save Your Money and Find Better Service in a World of Schemes, Swindles, and Shady Deals;" Chris Morran, senior editor of The Consumerist; Wes Moss of Capital Investment Advisors and host of the Atlanta radio show "Money Matters;" and Tracy Van Slyke, co-director of The New Bottom Line.

And now, the grades:

President Barack Obama

Obama's supporters argue that House of Representatives, under Republicans control since the 2010 midterm elections, is holding up his American Jobs Act. The bill would cut payroll taxes for employers and medium- to low-income employees, extend unemployment benefits, add infrastructure, modernize schools and upgrade foreclosed homes. The president's opponents say he's unwilling to hold the line on spending.

That particular bill seems headed toward a compromise agreement, but it's been as slow a slog to its signing as it's been for just about any economic legislation the president has supported this year. The White House took an active role in crafting the Budget Control Act and raising the debt ceiling, but it also shouldered some of the blame when Standard & Poor's downgraded the nation's credit rating.

The economists' grade: D+ (four gave grades)

Why: Wray is "glad to see that many of his economic advisers (all of them terrible) have jumped the sinking ship, but will the president replace them with anyone good? Not likely, given the way he treated Elizabeth Warren. By forcing her out, he showed us that he is not serious about reform." Miller agrees, saying it's a "big mistake to let others do the work on the group project."

The managers' grade: D+ (five gave grades)

Why: After some early pro-business efforts and because of bad advice, Hodges says of Obama, "He's now the anti-business president." Auxier agrees, saying Obama "doesn't understand what it takes to promote innovation and jobs."

The advocates' grade: C+ (five gave grades)

Why: Obama frustrates consumer advocates with his failure to deliver on everything from a powerful health care bill to implementation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which some say could have been done through a recess appointment of a leader. "He reminds me of the kid in high school who promises he'll have fireworks and a light show for an oral report and stands up with just a wrinkled piece of paper," Morran says.