Richmond Tea Party challenges favoritism for Occupy group


While Occupy groups attempt to create the impression they are similar to Tea Party groups, evidence makes it increasing evident they couldn't be more different. While the Tea Party groups champion self-sufficiency, autonomy and indepenence from government, the Occupy movement makes self-indulgent demands from others and doesn't mind dodging accountability and dumping the costs of their actions upon others.

The Richmond Tea Party group is calling the city of Richmond and the Richmond Occupiers out for their self-indulgent hypocrisy:

The tea party group is sending Jones an invoice for the charges incurred for the Tax Day rallies it has held at the plaza the past three years, arguing that the Occupy Wall Street offshoot group squatting there has been using the park illegally and free of charge since Oct. 15.

"The tea party keeps being compared to the occupiers. Well, in the way we're treated, there's no comparison. It's like a slap in the face," said Richmond Tea Party spokeswoman Colleen Owens.



Owens said her group has shelled out about $10,000 for the three rallies held there, including a rental fee for use of the park, various permits and other expenses. She added that the rallies were scheduled with the city months in advance and that the group held fundraisers to cover the required costs, which included police presence and portable toilets.
This is similar to the mounting costs faced by local governments, who are forced to babysit the groups elsewhere, including:

  • New York City: $3.4 million
  • Boston: $2 million
  • Atlanta: $300,000
  • Minneapolis: $200,000
While fairness would demand Richmond either refund the fees or require the Occupy group to meet the same obligations expected of the Tea Party group, we doubt that's going to happen.

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