It is the mantra of the Tea Party. One of its "core values."
So it is of particular interest that the Venetian Casino Resort in Las Vegas has just sued a Tea Party group for allegedly ducking out on a more than $600,000 tab.
According to the lawsuit, the Tea Party Nation Corporation of Franklin, Tennessee booked more than 1,000 hotel rooms, conference suites and other services for a five-day convention in July last year. Two weeks before the event, however, the Tea Party group canceled, leaving a balance of $554,148 due to the Venetian.
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"Despite numerous requests for payment," the Venetian's lawyers claim, the Tea Party Nation "has refused, and continues to refuse, to make payment."
Apparently there was a clause in the hotel contract calling for 18 percent a year interest - which means the Venetian is demanding that the Tea Party Nation fork over nearly $88,000 in addition to the hotel bill, for a grand total of $642,144.
Tea Party Nation head Judson Phillips told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he hasn't yet seen the lawsuit, and the Vegas casino company declined to comment.
According to Tucker Carlson's The Daily Caller, Phillips blamed a shitty economy as the reason why loyal devotees did not plunk down $399 a head to attend the weekend convention. Conservative commentator Laura Ingraham and Lou Dobbs of CNN fame were supposed to speak at the event.