The Richmond Tea Party has been distraught over the attention given to the Occupy movement while disregarding the prevalent use of police force, they laid claim to preferential treatment being given to OWSers. I digress, they are correct in that Tea Partiers have not had to suffer any form of police brutality so the preferential treatment they refer to must be another word for, police force.
Now they are being audited and correlate the scrutiny as a retaliatory act because of their claims and we are all aware that audits never occur, or they should not befall weeks before seeking attention.
The sequence of events:
Weeks previously, in victim-playing form during late October they hand delivered an invoice for the amount of $8,500 to the city of Richmond for costs incurred at previous rallies.
The city is now collecting delinquent fees from the Richmond Tea Party, Inc., and the city’s department of finance notified the group (which has an actual business address) that it is being subject to a comprehensive tax audit. The letter was signed by a field auditor,” (see below) requests documentation, including a financial statement and federal tax return for 2010.
An important lesson to learn: Do not serve the city with an invoice if you are delinquent in paying fees.
While claiming Tea Party rallies are Saintly and the Occupy Movement is violent (never mentioning the violence incited by police), they attempted to draw attention to their sublime revolutionary garbed supporters and the foreboding darkness of the demonic OWSers.
Because Occupy in Richmond did not pay for permits, the Tea Party wanted a refund, although OWSers have paid enormously and are fighting for the distinct commonality between the two movements – or at least the once shared common grievances long ago before the Tea Party was hijacked.
More proof of the Tea Party’s inherent jealousy toward Occupy:
On November 14th representatives of our Tea Party attended the City Council meeting to speak to the Mayor and Council during the citizen forum. Mayor Jones, apparently too busy to listen to his constituents, got up and left before we spoke. He had no problem inviting members of the Occupy group to his office for a closed door meeting days later, at the same time refusing to meet with us.
In my lifetime, I have never discovered such a group of children, who whine over preferential treatment while at the same time they are virtually occupying Congress.
Remember the banks Tea Partiers were so angry about? The Portland Police overreacted a bit in preparation for Occupy Portland. The ubiquity of the police is tantamount to OWS supporters, and they are jealous? It would have been a far better concept to work together but the division is playing out and the actors are our elected officials. So be it.