Tea Party Vs. Occupy In Congress: Battle For The 99%

God's Children (Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum)Seth Cline writes at OpenSecrets Blog:

Their politics may differ. But both the Tea Party and the Occupy movement have laid claim to representing the interests of the middle class, whose economic frustrations helped spur the groups’ establishment and growth.

So which side’s congressional lawmakers come closest to embodying that wide swath of the U.S. population? Or, in Occupy terms, which side is closer to the 99 percent?

Neither the members of the House Tea Party Caucus nor those of the House Progressive Caucus — whose views most closely align with the Occupy Wall Street movement — are remotely middle class, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics of congressional personal financial disclosure forms covering 2010, the most recently available data.

The members of the House Tea Party Caucus are especially wealthy, the Center’s research shows.

The median average net worth of a member of the House Tea Party Caucus was $1.8 million in 2010. (Financial disclosure forms require lawmakers to value their assets and liabilities only in ranges, so it’s impossible to know exactly how wealthy a particular elected official is. However, it’s possible to calculate an average net worth for each member of Congress.)

That’s significantly higher than the comparable number for the median House member: $755,000. It’s also more than 130 percent above the $774,280 average net worth of the median, non-Tea Party Caucus House Republican.

Furthermore, the caucus, a group of 60 House members founded by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), includes 33 millionaires and six members worth more than $20 million, according to the Center’s research. That means a member of the group is more likely to be a millionaire than the average Republican who isn’t in the caucus…

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  • Anarchy Pony

    The tea party is still a thing?

  • Anarchy Pony

    The tea party is still a thing?

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      Yeah, they invaded congress a while back, now its in the realm of “shits going down, but noones paying attention because… c’mon… its just congress”

      • Liam_McGonagle

        The Pee Tardy is more or less an echo of the Nativist or “Know Nothing Party” that swept elections around 1854 in the wake of the collapse of the Whig Party.

        They were more or less the stupidest 20% of the population who totally misdiagnosed America’s central crisis as the influx of Irish Roman Catholic immigration, rather than the unchecked infection of corrupt, plutocratic slave-state politics throughout the Western territories.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJeyeIPNEiU&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PLBCF745241DEDE97B

        Now the next 4 years or so will see the Tea Party’s sputtering death and absorption into a new 3rd party comprised of a mix of disaffected Republicans and Democrats who finally realized that what’s really at stake is nothing less than the social contract itself.

  • 5by5

    Well since the Tea Party is sponsored by the 1%, I’m thinking I’ll go with Occupy, thank you. I prefer grassroots to astroturf.

  • 5by5

    Well since the Tea Party is sponsored by the 1%, I’m thinking I’ll go with Occupy, thank you. I prefer grassroots to astroturf.

  • 5by5

    Well since the Tea Party is sponsored by the 1%, I’m thinking I’ll go with Occupy, thank you. I prefer grassroots to astroturf.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Radical can be synonymous with grassroots. So hey! You’re a radical.

      • Liam_McGonagle

        Radical, adjective, derived from the Latin ‘Radix’, meaning “root”.

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    Nothing that’s come out of a right wing think tank can represent “The  99%”.

    Nothing,, Ever … because you cant call upon The Devil and ask him to behave!

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    Nothing that’s come out of a right wing think tank can represent “The  99%”.

    Nothing,, Ever … because you cant call upon The Devil and ask him to behave!

  • jasonpaulhayes

    Nothing that’s come out of a right wing think tank can represent “The  99%”.

    Nothing,, Ever … because you cant call upon The Devil and ask him to behave!

  • Anarchy Pony

    Radical can be synonymous with grassroots. So hey! You’re a radical.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    no government can ever represent the 99%
    the 99% want peace and freedom
    which is diametrically opposed to the primary interest of the government

    I HEARTILY ACCEPT the motto,
    “That government is best which governs least”;
    and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically.

    Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe,
    “That government is best which governs not at all”;
    and when men are preparedfor it,
    that will be the kind of government which they will have.
    Thoreau

  • BuzzCoastin

    no government can ever represent the 99%
    the 99% want peace and freedom
    which is diametrically opposed to the primary interest of the government

    I HEARTILY ACCEPT the motto,
    “That government is best which governs least”;
    and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically.

    Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe,
    “That government is best which governs not at all”;
    and when men are preparedfor it,
    that will be the kind of government which they will have.
    Thoreau

  • Honu

    This is the kind of framing of a non issue that really is crap.  As someone else wrote, the Tea Party isn’t ‘grassroots’ to begin with as it’s been heavily funded from the get go by far right wing factions.  It might have originated on some level with something grassroots but it was co-opted pretty damn quick.  The Occupy movement isn’t political.  I have yet to see anything out of the Occupy movement resembling a platform of political ideas for reform or any politicians or spokespeople serving as the figure heads of this movement which actually is genuinely grassroots.  They are completely different entities the Tea Party and the Occupy movement, their ideologies aside.  The Tea Party which is dead and buried at this point, serving only as a distraction from the Republicans who F’d everything up under Bush and co. giving the public something to talk about other than how sh-tty and irresponsible the R’s have been the past 10 years.  The Occupiers are a movement based on essentially the fact that things are so imbalanced in this country and no responsiblity has been taken by and no justice has been given to, anyone in power or at the corporate level for the bullsh-t wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the erosion of civil liberties under Bush and Obama and the bailouts and recession that occured following massive deliberate corruption and irresponsible behaviour on the part of banks and other financial institutions. There is no battle for congress between these so called factions. This is manufacturing debate based on nothing.  

  • Honu

    This is the kind of framing of a non issue that really is crap.  As someone else wrote, the Tea Party isn’t ‘grassroots’ to begin with as it’s been heavily funded from the get go by far right wing factions.  It might have originated on some level with something grassroots but it was co-opted pretty damn quick.  The Occupy movement isn’t political.  I have yet to see anything out of the Occupy movement resembling a platform of political ideas for reform or any politicians or spokespeople serving as the figure heads of this movement which actually is genuinely grassroots.  They are completely different entities the Tea Party and the Occupy movement, their ideologies aside.  The Tea Party which is dead and buried at this point, serving only as a distraction from the Republicans who F’d everything up under Bush and co. giving the public something to talk about other than how sh-tty and irresponsible the R’s have been the past 10 years.  The Occupiers are a movement based on essentially the fact that things are so imbalanced in this country and no responsiblity has been taken by and no justice has been given to, anyone in power or at the corporate level for the bullsh-t wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the erosion of civil liberties under Bush and Obama and the bailouts and recession that occured following massive deliberate corruption and irresponsible behaviour on the part of banks and other financial institutions. There is no battle for congress between these so called factions. This is manufacturing debate based on nothing.  

    • gettyless

      I’m not disputing everything you say, only “This is the kind of framing of a non issue that really is crap. “.

      The article is about showing the net worth of the senators and representatives that are part of the House Tea Party Caucus and House Progressive Caucus, to see how that fits with the people they claim to represent. This is from Open Secrets so it’s more about bringing cold hard facts & numbers to the forefront.

  • plyinglemon

    Both lay claim to me, both are fucking stupid.

  • plyinglemon

    Both lay claim to me, both are fucking stupid.

  • plyinglemon

    Both lay claim to me, both are fucking stupid.

  • Anti_Secret_Squirrel

    GO FIGURE!  I really hope that doesn’t surprise anyone!

  • Anti_Secret_Squirrel

    GO FIGURE!  I really hope that doesn’t surprise anyone!

  • Anti_Secret_Squirrel

    GO FIGURE!  I really hope that doesn’t surprise anyone!

  • Anonymous

    I’m not disputing everything you say, only “This is the kind of framing of a non issue that really is crap. “.

    The article is about showing the net worth of the senators and representatives that are part of the House Tea Party Caucus and House Progressive Caucus, to see how that fits with the people they claim to represent. This is from Open Secrets so it’s more about bringing cold hard facts & numbers to the forefront.

  • http://twitter.com/prosperhappily Robert S

    And the crony capitalists love the fact that the two factions are at each others throats.  It’s just divide and conquer. 

  • http://twitter.com/prosperhappily Robert S

    And the crony capitalists love the fact that the two factions are at each others throats.  It’s just divide and conquer. 

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Yeah, they invaded congress a while back, now its in the realm of “shits going down, but noones paying attention because… c’mon… its just congress”

  • Anonymous

    NDAA 2012 authorizes the indefinite detention, murder, and torture of the American people. What means this martial array but to intimidate us into submission? Your chains have already been forged. 2012 is the year of the people. Liberty is rising. The traitors will answer for their crimes. I withdraw my consent from this government. We the people will abolish this government. We the people will institute a new government. We will provide new guards for our Future Security. It is our Right and our Duty.
    Left and Right need to unite, Stand and Fight.
     

  • Son_of_the_Republic

    NDAA 2012 authorizes the indefinite detention, murder, and torture of the American people. What means this martial array but to intimidate us into submission? Your chains have already been forged. 2012 is the year of the people. Liberty is rising. The traitors will answer for their crimes. I withdraw my consent from this government. We the people will abolish this government. We the people will institute a new government. We will provide new guards for our Future Security. It is our Right and our Duty.
    Left and Right need to unite, Stand and Fight.
     

  • Anonymous

    Radical, adjective, derived from the Latin ‘Radix’, meaning “root”.

  • Anonymous

    The Pee Tardy is more or less an echo of the Nativist or “Know Nothing Party” that swept elections around 1854 in the wake of the collapse of the Whig Party.

    They were more or less the stupidest 20% of the population who totally misdiagnosed America’s central crisis as the influx of Irish Roman Catholic immigration, rather than the unchecked infection of corrupt, plutocratic slave-state politics throughout the Western territories.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJeyeIPNEiU&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PLBCF745241DEDE97B

    Now the next 4 years or so will see the Tea Party’s sputtering death and absorption into a new 3rd party comprised of a mix of disaffected Republicans and Democrats who finally realized that what’s really at stake is nothing less than the social contract itself.

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