Occupy Richmond Occupies Free While Richmond Tea Party Pays $8000

Occupy Richmond protesters have been hanging out at Richmond’s Kanawha Plaza, sleeping there, and paying nothing for the privilege, or for security. The Richmond Tea Party paid $8,000 and complied with all of the liability and security provisions required by the city for the Tea Party in 2009. The Occupiers paid nothing. Richmond Tea Party is sending a bill to Mayor Dwight Jones. They want their money back.

As the person in charge of the 2009 event, Owens said Richmond officials dictated the number of police and emergency personnel they were required to have on site and required a $1 million liability policy to protect the city. Owens said that when a Tea Party member decided to call the mayor’s office to see if the protesters had required any of the necessary permits for the park, the city said that “Occupy Richmond” didn’t have any requirements for them to protest and stay overnight in Kanawha Plaza.

“We’re forced to comply with the laws, but yet they don’t have to,” she said. “That’s such a blatantly unequal application of the laws.” Source: CBSWashington

I read stories like this, and it is very difficult not to think all types of government are corrupt. Can anyone think the Mayor didn’t realize the Tea Party paid $8,000.00 and the Occupiers nothing? That the Tea Party was lawfully in the park, following City rules, but the the Occupiers – not. I hope the group gets the rebate, but if not, some attorney must step-up and represent them in a court-of-law.

Richmond Tea Party has posted an interesting story, OWS is No Tea Party. 

Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook

  • A microcosm of the real world, same freeloaders and same people paying- how bout that

  • carolynn420

    The ‘occupiers’ are protected by the people in power and the people with money. They don’t have to follow the rules, which is pretty obvious. They can defecate in the streets, throw their trash in the streets, stink up the city – literally, shut down the ‘ma and pa’ small shops because law abiding citizens are too afraid to walk the streets, commit crimes such as stealing from others, etc… and they are being protected. It’s a huge embarrassment to all of America. The Tea Party people are decent human beings fed up with the system and all the cronies in power ruining our country, but they are not animals who can be bought. Because the ‘Tea Party’ people are law abiding, they followed all the rules, they paid for permits and everything else they needed to have a decent, orderly gathering. Most people protesting in wall street haven’t got a clue about who is to blame for shape our country is in. They are miss guided and sadly all their occupying is a huge waist of time and just making the U.S. look like a bunch of unruly wild and lazy animals.

  • Indy

    I’ll start out by saying I’m very Occupy- sympathetic.
    The financial collapse of 2009 never would have happened if all the new-deal era regulations hadn’t been removed under Reagan and Clinton. Basically, the big financials did things that USED TO BE ILLEGAL and now are on the right side of the law. They got fantastically rich. You and I, well, who cares?

    Occupy is drawing attention to a bunch of jerks getting away with something– remember how the Tea Party started out being “against the bailout” and now it’s this sad, anti-regulation, anti-government zealot wing of the republican party?

    The people who benefited from the original bailout think the tea party is a useful tool.

    // by the way, carolynn420? defecating in the streets? Seriously? How about you go tell us it was all caused by “outside agitators”. Go back to 1958 where you came from.

    • carolynn420

      1958???? Who the hell do you think you are? Are you that stupid that you can’t read? You don’t know what’s going on down there do you? The rapes, the fights, the stealing and yes, defecating not only in the streets, but on police cars. They are unruly animals who need to get a job. There is a lot of ‘you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours’ going on right now. But the president Barack Hussein Obama is to blame. You and the occupiers need to turn your anger towards Obama and his cronies. Talk about government corruption. Ever heard of Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, or Eric Holder?? Just to name a few. These people break rules, implode our economy, lie to congress, throw tax payer money at bankrupt companies, I could go on and on , but you get my drift. And what does Obama do? He covers their asses, at the tax payers expense. The occupiers are misguided, unruly animals who haven’t got a clue. And you have the nerve to dis on the Tea Party? Figures. I bet you support illegal immigration too. I think you need to go back to whatever hole you climbed out of and get some rest. Your a bit grouchy!

      • carolynn420, you are spot-on! Thanks for commenting.

        • carolynn420

          Thank you so much for the kind words. I’m not one to ever make fun or pick on someone for their views, but this person really rubbed me the wrong way. I’m pretty sure we’re all on the same page with being fed up with what is going on in Washington and helplessly watching our country become weak and penniless.

    • Indy, there has been defecating on the streets, and on a police car. Blame the financial collapse on the Community Reinvestment Act, which was Clinton’s program and rammed down the throats of bankers with threats attached.