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OWS=Dirty Hippies…Not! “Negative Narratives” Only $850K

According to the memo, if Democrats embrace OWS, “This would mean more than just short-term political discomfort for Wall Street. … It has the potential to have very long-lasting political, policy and financial impacts on the companies in the center of the bullseye.”

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Wow…just wow! As a political scientist, I’m used to the disgusting unseemly nature of the political process, but this article just flummoxed me. How vast is the difference between Wall St and Main St? How is this good for America? Does it feel sometimes as though we are being torn apart from within? What do you think?

How about this point:

“Well-known Wall Street companies stand at the nexus of where OWS protestors and the Tea Party overlap on angered populism,” the memo says. “…This combination has the potential to be explosive later in the year when media reports cover the next round of bonuses and contrast it with stories of millions of Americans making do with less this holiday season.”

If the two populist camps actually united against Wall Street the movement could exert significant pressure for change. And about those bonuses, I’d forgotten about them, but since unemployment is still too high and since we may be headed for that double-dip recession in the first quarter of next year, I’m sure there won’t be any…right?

What would you do to change the possibility of a situation like this? How do we diminish the primacy of money in the political process?

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