Lorrie Goldstein outlines the differences between the Tea-Party and Occupy Wall Street in today’s column Hippies vs. white Old Guys.
But there is also a middle area where the two groups share some similarities – they’re just approaching it from opposite angles.
…The problem with the Tea Partiers, however, is that while they correctly focus like a laser on the inherent dangers of Big Government, they tend to dismiss any regulation of Big Business, no matter how reasonable, necessary or logical, as inherently evil.
The Occupy Wall Streeters, while great at pointing out the dangers of Big Business (more accurately, crony capitalism), aren’t actually against the government arbitrarily intervening in the marketplace to pick winners and losers.
They just want different winners and losers which is why, as Don Watkins of the Ayn Rand Center notes, they are far more incensed about bank bailouts, than say, bailouts of unionized auto manufacturers, or economically unviable but politically correct “green” energy companies.
In other words, Tea Partiers and Occupy Wall Streeters have each identified half the problem.
It would be in both their interests, and the start of real solutions, to unite under one banner of protest, and recognize all of it.
So somewhere in the middle is a mutual disgust for Big Government bailouts of greedy, irresponsible Big Corporations.
Who knows? Hope and Change may yet come to America.
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I found James Sinclair’s post so interesting – especially his own footnote #3:
3. By all means, leave a comment if you think I’m wrong, but it’s a myth that big corporations are anti-government, right? They don’t want to have to compete in a free market, they want to “compete” in an artificially restricted market.
This made me think of Premier WindTurbine’s Green Energy obsession and all the unsustainable government handouts that go along with it. Should we Occupy Queen’s Park and yell out that we’re Taxed Enough Already?
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…Arise and its competitors have been battered by an oversupply in solar markets globally, Vainionpaa said.
“Since early 2011, the industry has been dealing with a flood of low-priced Chinese manufactured inventory, which continues to place sustained downward pressure on PV (photovoltaic) cell prices.”
Somebody broke Obama’s green-job creator – Kelly McParland
“Smart” Meters: More Radiation Than a Cell Tower – Stop Smart Meters!
Did George Soros fund Occupy Wall Street? – National Post
Jonathan Kay on Occupy Wall Street: It’s a symptom of something serious – National Post:
…Both movements are full of people (including Tea Party hero Ron Paul) who oppose America’s involvement in costly foreign wars when the United States is going bankrupt at home. Both groups are disgusted with the Wall Street pig trough that has been slopped up by the Bush and Obama administrations alike. And both groups want to see a tax code and fiscal policy that isn’t larded up with backdoor special-interest tax breaks and earmarks…