Tuesday, November 29, 2011

- The Corrupt Local Political Machine

At a glance this seems like silly story, but there may be something more to it. The chronological events go this way:

The Tea Part held a rally in a government owned park in Richmond Va. Called Kanawha Plaza. They paid all of their own costs for public services provided to this rally which amounted to about $8,500 in police, portable toilets, park fees and permits. No big deal. Tea Party people pay their own way. Certainly no story here so far.

Time rolls along, and the local ‘occupy’ people show up and begin squatting in that same public park. Democrat Mayor Dwight Jones not only allows them to break the law by remaining in the public space, but also provides them with free police, portable toilets, trash pickup (the Tea Party famously leaves no trash behind so that’s unnecessary in their case) and waives their park fees and permits. The city marked the costs for the squatters as about $7,000.

This is obviously providing a meaningfully preferential treatment for one political group over another. When asked about it, Richmond City councilman Bruce W. Tyler was quoted as saying: ““I guess we’ll be writing a check to the Tea Party people. You can’t treat one group different from the other. It’s unfair.” So the Tea Party submitted a bill to the city for its costs – you know, just to make things ‘fair’.

Mayor Jones decides that not only ducks the issue, but immediately responds by ordering an audit of the Tea Party for non-payment of their local taxes. The whole thing is here.

There are no huge numbers involved so this may not seem like a big deal, but it’s an example of how the process of self-rule has been degraded. when one group is treated better than others, things are unjust and the rule of law has become the rule of "Whatever I say it is boy!"

In NJ we deal with this all the time. Local government in NJ is all about being able to extract a favor and get special treatment from a friend, or trying to avoid being on someone’s list and getting unjust penalties. Justice isn't even a secondary concern - it's simply not a part of the equation. And no one can mess with you and your home, and your life, like a local government official.

When the end comes, the first place I’ll be trying to point the mob with their torches and pitchforks is toward my local building permit department.


Hell_Is_Like_Newark said...

I can sympathize with your run-in with the local building apparatchiks. A few building dept. I dealt with were fine. The bad ones though.. were really bad.

I have never met such cruel, corrupt, and vile people as those that infest this particular part of local government.

I am not a religious person. But if I were, I would be willing to commit my immortal soul to Satan for a short period of time: Long enough to design the 10th circle of Hell specifically reserved for abusive public servants.

Anonymous said...

the local building departments are awful--it's like you don't really own your property with these people