A Right Jab and a Left Hook
- "The Occupy movement thinks big business has too much political influence, too much influence over the government. We agree," said Jim Ostrowski of Buffalo, a founder of the Tea Party Coalition of Western New York. "That's common ground right there.
"I don't detect any love for the Federal Reserve in the Occupy people. Our group generally wants to bring the troops home and so do they.
"What the two groups need to do is get together and talk about solutions," Ostrowski said.
The Tea Party "has always opposed corporate welfare, crony capitalism and the Wall Street bailouts that only reward incompetence with hard-earned taxpayer money — and I am hearing some Wall Street protesters are echoing that sentiment," said Jul Thompson, chief organizer of another western New York Tea Party organization, TEA New York.