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What do Occupy and the Tea Party have in Common? More than you Might Think:
Six points of agreement between “Occupy” leftists and the “Tea Party” right - by Haystack | Disinformation | October 20, 2014

In an article entitled “The Six Principles of the New Populism (and the Establishment’s Nightmare)” Robert Reich outlines six points of agreement between “Occupy” leftists and the “Tea Party” right: [Follow the link to read the entire article.]

1. Cut the biggest Wall Street banks down to a size where they’re no longer too big to fail. Left populists have been advocating this since the Street’s bailout now they’re being joined by populists on the right.

2. Resurrect the Glass-Steagall Act, separating investment from commercial banking and thereby preventing companies from gambling with their depositors’ money. Elizabeth Warren has introduced such legislation, and John McCain co-sponsored it. Tea Partiers are strongly supportive, and critical of establishment Republicans for not getting behind it.

3. End corporate welfare – including subsidies to big oil, big agribusiness, big pharma, Wall Street, and the Ex-Im Bank. Populists on the left have long been urging this; right-wing populists are joining in.

4. Stop the National Security Agency from spying on Americans. Bernie Sanders and other populists on the left have led this charge but right-wing populists are close behind. House Republican Justin Amash’s amendment, that would have defunded NSA programs engaging in bulk-data collection, garnered 111 Democrats and 94 Republicans last year, highlighting the new populist divide in both parties.

5. Scale back American interventions overseas. Populists on the left have long been uncomfortable with American forays overseas. Rand Paul is leaning in the same direction. Paul also tends toward conspiratorial views about American interventionism.

6. Oppose trade agreements crafted by big corporations. Two decades ago Democrats and Republicans enacted the North American Free Trade Agreement. Since then populists in both parties have mounted increasing opposition to such agreements. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, drafted in secret by a handful of major corporations, is facing so strong a backlash from both Democrats and tea party Republicans that it’s nearly dead.

[Read entire piece at http://robertreich.org/post/84984296635]

You can also see madman's post about a possible LEFT-RIGHT ALLIANCE at http://madman101.livejournal.com/tag/-posted%20to%20o_c_c_u_p_y
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Washington Post: NSA Spying Included Major Internet Giants:
2013/jun/6 - A report by the Washington Post Thursday night revealed that the government's data-mining operation expands far beyond tracking some phone metadata....

Top Secret FISA Order Requires Verizon to Deliver Millions of American Phone Records to NSA - MORE HERE
2013/jun/06“The (leaked) secret FISA document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.” - The Guardian, U. K., broke story June 5, 2013

The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)
2013/Jun/7 - Reprints, links, etc.! - Given the current abuse by the NSA and U. S. government in spying on most of the United States, monitoring phone calls and digital communications, Earthfiles is reprinting Linda Moulton Howe's March 30, 2012, interview with James Bamford, the only author to write three books about the National Security Agency (NSA) that was set up in secrecy on November 4, 1952, and outside Congressional oversight by the Harry Truman Administration...

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