There is no comparison.
The Tea Party members stand for less federal spending, less federal debt, less government restriction, more personal liberty, more growth and more jobs. As a group they are peaceful, familial, respectful of private property, employed and proud of their American heritage.
The Occupy movement still hasn’t decided what it stands for as a group. Members have taken stands against corporate bailouts, unequal wealth, capitalism, Israel, anything military and the notion that there is any reason whatever to be proud of their country. They have asked for bailouts for individuals, free college tuition, higher taxes on other people, (the demonstrators themselves pay little or none), and redistribution of the wealth of others unto themselves. Their methods are disruptive, sometimes destructive and occasionally violent and frequently illegal. They show disrespect for the American flag, private property and the rule of law. They have been unable to control criminal activity within their own group.
Our president expresses support for the Occupiers and holds Tea Party members in contempt. Until Barack Obama we had never had a President like this.
Where’s the swamp?
The ripest department for corruption in any town is the housing department. If you have ever dealt with one you know how involved the permitting and inspection process can be. It is rich with opportunities for those in power to ‘earn’ a little income on the side. The big opportunities are in the realm of awards to private contractors for municipal construction and other town services. This is by no means an indictment of these departments as a whole for malfeasance, but where corruption does exist this is where you are most likely to find it because it’s the most fertile ground.
At the federal level, the equivalent that comes to mind is infrastructure programs. Think about it.
More Republicans should play chess.
Republicans in Washington fell into a trap because they didn’t anticipate the Democrat’s future moves.
The Republicans were set up when they supported a temporary suspension of the payroll tax. Now the Democrats want to extend it and the Republicans do not. Obama has been given ammunition for his class warfare battle. Now Republicans “want to increase taxes on the working man but never on the rich”.
Continuing the payroll tax suspension also plays into the Presidents plan to spread the wealth. As it stands, the working man is contributing nothing to fund the Social Security he will collect. Obama wants to keep it that way.