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You’d expect people working in finance to get a little bit fired up about the mass of young people and union workers protesting their pay checks.
Well, one bank employee we spoke to got fired up about the protesters, but only because he heard they’d been compared to the Tea Party Movement.
“Have you heard they’re being compared to the Tea Partiers?” he asked us.
Sure, we had heard that some people were saying that Wall Street protesters are like the far left wing answer to the Tea Party’s right wing –
“What?! There were over 100,000 Tea Partiers in Washington D.C. rallying behind a coherent movement to decrease the role of government – ”
He went on to quickly point out that there are a few big differences between Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party.
The main ones:
There were over 100,000 Tea Partiers in D.C. vs a few thousand in New York City (thousands more if you count where they are elsewhere, but still).
And Tea Party members won at least 28 elections and kept a Presidential Candidate in the race for about a month.
Basically, the Tea Party proved they’re a viable grassroots movement. They even influenced the discussions about the debt ceiling.
So far, the protesters at Occupy Wall Street have not done anything comparable.
So that might be why they haven’t gotten much of a response from Wall Street. That and, people working there are busy doing work, many for over 12 hours per day.
However, if you really want to see what Wall Streeters are saying about the protesters, there’s one window that might provide some insight, however limited or censured it is.
Someone who uses the Twitter meme Goldman Sach Elevator (@GSElevator) claims to have infiltrated the company’s elevators, and they’ve published some of their thoughts on the controversial Wall Street protests.
Naturally, we can’t confirm whether or not these quotes are legitimate.