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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