The "Occupy Wall Street" protest that has been going on for nearly a month and is spreading to several cities across the United States has drawn comparisons to the Tea Party.
Well, the Tea Party has one emphatic word for that: "Stop!"
According to a report in the New York Daily News, the Tea Party Patriots, the largest group in the movement, is not happy with the comparisons. In fact, in a statement by co-founders Jenny Beth Martin and Mark Meckler, they say there should be no comparison at all:
"Tea Party rallies have always been safe and clean.
"Unlike in New York, we can find no reports of Tea Partiers being arrested, individually or en masse, at the thousands of tea parties across the country with millions of attendees that have taken place for years now.
"(Tea Partiers are) not lawbreakers, they don't hate the police, they don't even litter. A quick glance at the TV reveals the sharp contrast posed by the Wall Street occupiers."
The comparisons drew from the fact that both began as grassroots movements and are anti-establishment. Howeve,r the Tea Party is against big government, while the Occupy Wall Street folks are against big business. That puts them on opposite ends of the political spectrum, said the Tea Party statement.
"When they are intelligible, they want less of what made America great and more of what is damaging to America: a bigger, more powerful government to come in and take care of them so they don't have to work like the rest of us who pay our bills."
The Occupy Wall Streeters -- or 99%ers -- would likely argue that they're not interested in having the government "take care of them." Rather, they are pushing for quality job opportunities and a tax code that doesn't favor the rich.