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FreedomWorks Targets Occupy Wall Street Movement

FreedomWorks Targets Occupy Wall Street Movement

 

The Occupy Wall Street must be doing something right to attract the attention of Tea Party astroturf professional Dick Armey. His Wall Street-financed front group FreedomWorks has started a new campaign designed to take the wheels off the fledgling movement.

FreedomWorks is notorious for its astroturf campaigns where corporate-friendly lobbyists create fake grassroots groups to promote their political agenda. Past campaigns include the 2005 effort to privatize Social Security where they actually paid people to attend rallies in support of the plan. They were notorious in the debate surrounding health care reform and financial services reform, instructing Tea Party members to oppose the very legislation that is in those members’ interests.

Now they are trying to redirect the groundswell of opposition to the big banks by instructing folks to protest only against the Federal Reserve.

I think it’s fair to take a shot at the Federal Reserve for failing to live up to its dual mandate in stimulating both the financial and the labor markets, but to direct attention away from the big banks that literally created our economic disaster then profited from it (and continue to do so) borders on criminal.

The good news is the movement has struck a nerve. The bad news is that Armey and his goons are pros at funneling millions of dollars into disrupting true grassroots movements against the status quo, usually with devastating effect.

 

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5:21AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

Tara Jane H.,

Why don't you join me in getting Bernie Sanders to run.

1:25PM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

"Get Rid Of The Frustration In America"

Vote Obama out in 2012!

12:13PM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

Robert S. said:
"Tea Party astroturf"...??? LOL... What a laugh! This was organized from day one by SEIU/ACORN, The Working Family Party, DNC, Democratic Socialists of America, Tides and George Soros. These people look more like useful idiots.

idiots? robert you are definitly the proverbial pot calling the kettle black. you just pull crap out of your a$$ and pass it along as fact. no doubt you are one of the trolls paid by armey, the koch bros & the chamber of commerce to flood liberal internet forums and progressive radio talk shows with your faux nooz bs.
ACORN no longer exists, SEIU as a labor union is forbidden by law to use union money for demonstrations other than strike funds. labor unions can only use union money for the day to day business expense of the union. the money unions donate to political campaigns are collected by active ballot clubs (PAC's) and collected voluntarily through pay roll check off.


2:57PM PDT on Oct 9, 2011

Armey is just another traitor trying, at every turn to violate the rights of the people. The American people would be best served if his group were sued for false advertisement by their actions of creating false political groups with agendas hidden from the common voter. It's too bad that the major media outlets refuse to bring this to national attention.

5:59AM PDT on Oct 9, 2011

Yeah, well, I've been asking myself how come Soros and others like him are not already spending their fortunes on behalf of the Occupation, and now I see why. Damned if they do and damned if they don't, it appears.

10:00PM PDT on Oct 8, 2011

Mercedes L. You might want to do a little research before you call someone brain damaged.
A little hint: You won't find it on Media Matters.

9:00PM PDT on Oct 8, 2011

I am ready.

2:42PM PDT on Oct 8, 2011

This is just the beginning

10:10PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

Don't think these folk will be lead so easily.

9:40PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

And methinks Robert S has been smoking the asphalt again. Only brain damage could account for thinking that Soros has anything to do with this. It's real grassroots, with, well not a lot of funding. I know. I'm in there.

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