As the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement drags on, it has prompted criticism from its more established and goal-oriented political cousin, the Tea Party, and another group that says it is “the 53 percent.”
A Tea Party-related website published an article entitled “Occupy Wall Street? They’re No Tea Partiers” earlier this week to ensure that its opinion of the movement is known. The piece proclaims that the Tea Party has nothing against Wall Street corporations; instead, it is dissatisfied with the government that props up corporations when they fail. Tea Partiers say the Occupiers have missed the point about why Wall Street is corrupt: Government is too involved in financial markets.
“…[T]hose occupying Wall Street and other cities, when they are intelligible, want less of what made America great and more of what is damaging to America: a bigger, more powerful government to come in and take care of them so they don’t have to work like the rest of us who pay our bills.”
The OWS movement was also the catalyst behind a website that mocks the message of the so-called 99 percent, who believe they are abused by the 1 percent of Americans who are allegedly super wealthy. The new group has launched a website to counter the OWS message. We Are The 53% says it represents: “Those of us who pay for those of you who whine about all of that… or that… or whatever.”
The website is said to represent the 53 percent of Americans who pay Federal income taxes. It assumes that the Wall Street protesters — who are camped out during regular working hours — are part of the 47 percent of the country who do not. While the 53 percent may not be attracting as much mainstream media attention as the OWS crowd, the messages posted by its supporters are strong and clear: “Shut up,” “get a job,” “the taxes I pay support you,” etc.