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    Double Standards?

    Are they being overly sensitive or is this a real double standard and abuse of power?

    [URL]http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/11/outrage-after-demanding-refund-from-city-for-plaza-protests-richmond-tea-party-gets-letter-youre-being-audited/[/URL]

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    Outrage!… After Demanding Refund From City, Richmond Tea Party Gets Letter – “You’re Being Audited”


    [B]The City of Richmond charged the local tea party $10,000 to hold three rallies at the Kanawha Plaza … But, the #Occupy squatters were allowed to set up a tent city on the plaza for free.[/B]
    After complaining about this double standard and demanding a refund the Richmond tea party received a letter last week that they are being audited.

    In late October the Richmond Tea Party sent a letter to city officials [URL="http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/10/richmond-tea-party-sues-city-charge-occupy-protesters-or-refund-10000-for-rallies-at-plaza/"][B][COLOR=#006ebb]demanding a refund[/COLOR][/B][/URL] for the $10,000 the group spent on permits, portable toilets, police presence and emergency personnel for three rallies held at same plaza where the Occupy Richmond squatters set up their camp. Now the tea party is being audited.
    [URL="http://www.rightsidenews.com/2011112715032/us/politics-and-economics/richmond-city-audits-local-tea-party-after-standoff-with-mayor.html"][B][COLOR=#006ebb]Right Side News[/COLOR][/B][/URL] reported:

    [INDENT]Two weeks after the Richmond Tea Party delivered an invoice to Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones for costs incurred for previous rallies; we received a letter from the City of Richmond formally stating that the city is auditing our Tea Party. Coincidence? This audit is an obvious attempt to intimidate and harass us for standing up against the unfair treatment and discrimination against our Tea Party.

    As reported on the front page of the [URL="http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2011/oct/27/richmond-tea-party-says-city-gives-occupy-richmond-ar-1412408/"][B][COLOR=#006ebb]Richmond Times Dispatch[/COLOR][/B][/URL], the Richmond Tea Party delivered an invoice for charges incurred in our previous three Tax Day rallies at Kanawha Plaza because Mayor Jones chose to allow Occupy Richmond protesters to convene in the same park for two weeks.

    The Mayor not only allowed the Occupiers to break the law, but he visited them in the city-owned park. “Jones said that as a ‘child of civil rights’ and protests, he had allowed the group to remain in the park but understands his mayoral responsibility to uphold laws of the city,” reported the Richmond Times Dispatch.
    Apparently his mayoral duties included preferential treatment for a group he sympathizes with ideologically at the expense of the taxpayers.

    The blog Virginia Right reported that the city provided services such as portable toilets, trash pickup etc. The incomplete invoices obtained from the city totaled $7,000. This was only a portion of the actual costs to taxpayers because the costs of police, helicopter and incarcerations were not included. Also not accounted for was the 24-hour police protection of the Mayor’s home after the Occupiers moved their camp next door to the Mayor’s house. The Richmond Tea Party, conversely, paid for all services for our rallies, including the police, portable toilets, park fees and permits, amounting to approximately $8,500.
    [/INDENT]Last week the tea party received [URL="http://www.scribd.com/doc/73935038/City-Audit-Letter-Notification"][B][COLOR=#006ebb]this letter[/COLOR][/B][/URL] from the City of Richmond.
    They are being audited.

    [URL="http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/11/outrage-after-demanding-refund-from-city-for-plaza-protests-richmond-tea-party-gets-letter-youre-being-audited/richmond-audit-letter/"][IMG]http://thegatewaypundit.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/richmond-audit-letter.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
    In the audit letter signed by Cynthia Carr, Field Auditor for the City of Richmond, it states that our Tea Party is delinquent in filing of Admissions, Lodging, and Meals Taxes with the city and as such our group has been targeted for a comprehensive audit.

    What thuggery.

    [B]**[/B] I hope you all help me spread word of this obvious abuse of power.
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    So they shouldn't pay their bills? :confused:

    What about personal responsibility?

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    [QUOTE=FF2®;4256561]So they shouldn't pay their bills? :confused:

    What about personal responsibility?[/QUOTE]

    Why doesn't OWS pay the same permit fee to occupy the same area that the TP did?

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    Uh oh, see what happens when you want to be considered different, yet they want to be treated the same as the Occupied guys? Make up your mind Tea Party.

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    [QUOTE=FF2®;4256561]So they shouldn't pay their bills? :confused:[/quote]

    You tell us.

    Should OWS Protests/Rallies have to pay the same as any other group would?

    And if yes, what is the answer when they don't?

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    [QUOTE=Warfish;4256580]You tell us.

    Should OWS Protests/Rallies have to pay the same as any other group would?
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    no and the reason why is they don't have an organization. no office, no leadership, no funds. they aren't a political group like the tea party. they are not an organization.

    Who are they gonna send the bill to? George Soros?

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    [QUOTE=bitonti;4256584]no and the reason why is they don't have an organization. no office, no leadership, no funds. they aren't a political group like the tea party. they are not an organization. [/QUOTE]

    Holy Mother :eek:

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    The Tea Party is the stand up and take responsibility people, right?

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    [QUOTE=AlwaysGreenAlwaysWhite;4256587]Holy Mother :eek:[/QUOTE]

    ok smart guy the city of Richmond has a bill for port-o-johns. Where do they send the bill?

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    [QUOTE=cr726;4256607]The Tea Party is the stand up and take responsibility people, right?[/QUOTE]

    Yes and they applied for the right permits and paid their bill. They are just shining light on the double standard.

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    [QUOTE=Warfish;4256580]Should OWS Protests/Rallies have to pay the same as any other group would?
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    Sure. Who should they mail the tax bill to?

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    [QUOTE=Trades;4256611]Yes and they applied for the right permits and paid their bill. They are just shining light on the double standard.[/QUOTE]

    Playing the victim.

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    [QUOTE=AlwaysGreenAlwaysWhite;4256570]Why doesn't OWS pay the same permit fee to occupy the same area that the TP did?[/QUOTE]

    Who do you bill?

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    [QUOTE=doggin94it;4256624]Who do you bill?[/QUOTE]

    The tax payers apparently :rolleyes:

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    The Tea Party should of made a simple statement to the press, "We Paid" and took responsibility.

    Instead they are crying about 10k, bunch of b!tches.

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    In related news, Auditors from cities across the country are conducting audits of people who camped outside of theaters for the Twilight premier. Hopefully it's a ruse to capture them all and eliminate them from the gene pool. For humanity.

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    [QUOTE=PlumberKhan;4256612]Sure. Who should they mail the tax bill to?[/QUOTE]

    [QUOTE=doggin94it;4256624]Who do you bill?[/QUOTE]


    The OWS "General Assembly", obviously

    Being a group that claims it's led "by the voice of all the people equally" does not immune them from the law or the usual civic requirements and red tape, does it?

    If a group doesn't elect a formal CPA tresurer, they cannot be asked to pay fees or get appropriate permissions?

    And the law is rather clear on this I believe, if they don't pay, and don't get permission, and don't go through the usual Govt. mandated stuff, they can and are evicted or stopped from protesting/marching/etc., right?

    So I'll ask again, how SHOULD these two very similar issues have been handed by the City in question, whilst maintining equal treatement under the Law and not showing preferential treatment to one group over the other, simply because one group actully obay'd the law?

    Are you suggesting we should reward lawlessness and anarchy, simply because it's too ahrd to figure out whom to invoice, and following the rules and evicting them looks bad?
    Last edited by Warfish; 11-29-2011 at 11:43 AM.

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    [QUOTE=Warfish;4256636]The OWS "General Assembly".

    Being a group that claims it's led "by the voice of all the people" does not immune them from the usual civic requirements and laws, does it? If a group doesn't elect a tresurer, they cannot be asked to pay or get permissions?

    And the Law is rather clear on this I believe, if they don;t pay, and don;t get permission, and don't go through the usual Govt. mandated stuff, they can and are evicted or stopped from protesting.

    So I'll ask again, how SHOULD these two very similar issues have been handed? Tea Party and OWS, by the City in question, whilst maintining equal treatement under the Law?[/QUOTE]

    Please stop trying to pretend you understand the law, you obviously do not. Thanks in advance..:yes:

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    [QUOTE=cr726;4256618]Playing the victim.[/QUOTE]...they'll never be able to run canidates and do what the Tea Party has done...just more stuff we've heard before...like inequity is the reason the economy is so bad...or more taxes are gonna solve the problem...its laughable...ask New Jerseyians what happened when Corzine came to power..30 billion dollar budget...tax the rich, feed the poor...plz...

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    [QUOTE=bitonti;4256584]no and the reason why is they don't have an organization. no office, no leadership, no funds. they aren't a political group like the tea party. they are not an organization.

    Who are they gonna send the bill to? George Soros?[/QUOTE]...ur wrong...they do have offices and an organization and funds and lawyers ...but lets say they don't...so they have more of a moral authority to protest than anyone else?...

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