Best thing I've seen yet regarding #Occupy* and the Tea Party.
Occupy Wall Street, at its core, is a reaction to the increasing power and influence of large corporations. The Tea Party, at its core, is a reaction to the government's constant interference with private enterprise. But wait a minute--aren't those things connected?
Bailouts, subsidies, tax breaks, special rights and privileges, regulations designed to restrict competition--to name a few of the many ways the government protects and stimulates corporate interests, and those things are every bit as anti-free market as, not to mention directly related to, the high taxes and excessive bureaucracy that gets Tea Partiers riled up. In other words, aren't these two groups--Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party--raging against different halves of the same machine? Do I have to draw a Venn diagram here?
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Yeah, I'm oversimplifying, but only a little. The greatest threat to our economy is neither corporations nor the government. The greatest threat to our economy is both of them working together. There are currently two sizable coalitions of angry citizens that are almost on the same page about that, and they're too busy insulting each other to notice.
My take? If the government doesn't have the power to grant favors, corporations can't use government for favors. Via How Conservatives Drove Me Away: Occupy Wall Street vs. The Tea Party.