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The problem as I see it is that the capitalists who have given in to the "dark side" and the government which has done the same are not only in bed with each other, they are often one and the same. End result is the militaristic industrial resource-war espousing unholy alliance of Big Gov and Big Business, both of which are overdue for some serious housecleaning. Oh, and, yay Ron Paul! (yes, I still like him). I feel the OWS and the original Tea Party have
much in common if they could only get over the right/left dualistic paradigm. What we need now is an up-down meme, or a evolution/devolution paradigm IMO. Peace, y'all...

There are similarities between the original Tea Party and the OWS folks. But there are also important dissimilarities. Keeping in mind that neither the Tea Party nor the OWS folks are homogeneous groups, and probably more than a little amorphous ideologically speaking, this is what I see:

1) Both groups have some level of concern about the stealing of our republic, BUT...
2) OWS seems to place the blame on big business, whereas TP lays it at the feet of the government.
3) In truth, I think you're right, Deb, that in *some* cases, big business is in bed with the government (and vice versa). But the larger question is, why--and how do we stop it?

I would argue that this is where the left-right problem gets in the way. The OWS folks (at least the ones I've seen reported), seem to be much more about class differences. I just can't bring myself to issue blanket statements about "the rich", because the way that "the rich" got that way varies so much. Most of us (I suspect), if we are honest with ourselves, would LIKE to be rich--or at least richer than we are. In other words, we resent the 1% not because they're inherently evil, but because we're not one of them.

I don't blame business for taking advantage of the opportunities that government policy has given them--nor do I blame them for trying to "buy" favor in a system which heavily regulates business. Special interests of all types--when they are regulated by (or their funding depends on)government--will do whatever they can to influence the way that government acts, and try to have a voice in policy so that they can be in the most advantageous position possible. From School Boards, to Big Business, to Government Sector Unions (and private industry unions), to municipalities...the increasing size of government--at all levels, but most especially at the national level--has encouraged the cozying up to government by entities that at one time would have been strictly at the mercy of "the people." Today, they're at the mercy of the government--and elected officials are at the financial mercy of business (and other special interests that give the big bucks--in 2010, according to one source I saw, the three biggest donors to federal races were public sector labor unions--SEIU, AFSCME, NEA). If we were to decrease the power of government (part of Ron Paul's plan, by the way), there would be far less incentive for the cohabiting of big business and elected officials, IMO.

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