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GreyWolfLord wrote:Kirth Gersen wrote:It seems to me the Tea Party and the Sanders/OWS people actually have a lot in common on some issues; the party would be looking to capitalize on that. Republicans - 1/3 of the voters + the independents/superleft Democrats = possible win, if you sold it well.
I'd say the Tea Party and OWS do, not so certain about Sanders supporters.
I see the same thing in many ways. The both see that there is a lack of well paying jobs for those who are not upper middle class to upper class.
They both want to have meaningful wages and jobs BACK in the US rather than in other nations.
They both want the Wall Street Types to keep their companies (and hence jobs) in the US rather than exporting them to other nations and manufacturing things there.
They both think the upper echelons are corrupt.
I was surprised that we didn't see a strange alliance between the two when the OWS movement was particularly large and the cops were trying to disband them.
Ironically, instead, we saw a lot of the Tea Party encouraging the cops...rather than seeing that there was a LOT in common between the two.
I'm not surprised at all. As I said above, that anger at corporate elites is the only thing the Tea Party and OWS have in common. And in the Tea Party, it's largely been co-opted by anger at government.
The solutions they want are vastly different. OWS was for government support in many cases, safety net, WS regulation and breakup, housing market, etc. TP is against all that - wants the government out, let the banks fail etc.
And of course the Tea Party is largely rural and white, while OWS is urban and colored. Two different worlds. Anger driven by many of the same sources, but completely different responses.
I think if early Tea Party met OWS they would have gotten along decently well. There was definitely a point before the crazy dominated the tea party that they could have at least realized they could be friends. A lot of people I know who supported the Tea Party early and fled also supported OWS.