A conversation between Occupy Tampa and Tea Party activists

11/23/11 Robert Lorei
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We present a discussion between members of the Occupy Tampa movement and Tea Party activists. This was recorded yesterday at WEDU-TV and will air on WEDU this Friday night at 8:30. After this half hour segment we'll open up the phones and take your calls.

THEY BOTH FORMED OUT OF EXASPERATION OVER THE DIRECTION OF THE COUNTRY...

THE TEA PARTY TOOK ON TAXES AND THE DEFICIT...

THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT WAS ANGRY AT THE INCOME GAP AND THE WALL STREET BAILOUT...

THE TEA PARTY HAS BEEN AROUND FOR AWHILE..

THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT IS JUST DEVELOPING A LIST OF DEMANDS..

WHAT DO THEY HAVE IN COMMON AND HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT...?

ON THIS EDITION WE'LL HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH MEMBERS OF THE OCCUPY TAMPA MOVEMENT AND THE TEA PARTY....

OUR GUESTS ARE:

Tim Curtis IS A TEA PARTY ACTIVIST...Tim is co-founder and chairman of the Tampa 912 project and a marine veteran. He's also a small business owner who challenged member of Congress Kathy Castor in the 2010 Democratic primary.

RICK BOLIVAR is with Occupy Tampa. He's an army veteran, having served in the first Gulf War. His profession is that of a private chef and he's a graduate of the Western Culinary Institute in Portland Oregon. He's been living in the Tampa area since 2001.

BECKY RUBRIGHT is also with Occupy Tampa. She is an acupuncture Physician and a business owner. She moved to Tampa in 2002 from Los Angeles after finishing her Masters Of Traditional Oriental Medicine.

And Sharon Calvert is a Tea Party activist. She has a degree in finance from USF and has spent almost 30 years in the IT and Telecom industries. She's lived in the Tampa Bay area for 35 years and last year led the effort in Hillsborough County to defeat a sales tax increase for light rail.

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common ground

Sorry to say, there is none, because the very solutions the left wants are exactly those that the Tea Party wants to eliminate. As is, government is under too much influence of the corporations, if you were, as Norquist put it "make government small enough to drown in the bathtub" you will make a government that is USELESS against multinational corporations. Sooner or later, the Tea party will try to amputate the very means by which a government invests in it's people, as miss Calvert has helped ruin Tampa's chance to get rail. Meanwhile, the Chinese, the Germans and others do keep their multinationals from drowning THEM in the bathtub, and that is why the future is leaning their way.

Responsibility NOW!

"...and that is why the future is leaning their way." Baloney. That rail project was irresponsible and short sighted. I am thrilled that we defeated it and that socialist, Obama. There is hope for us as a nation yet.