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Exclusive–Palin: Congress Has America Caught Up in 'Endless Extortion Scheme'
Big Government ^ | October 21, 2013 | Sarah Palin

Posted on 10/21/2013 9:33:31 PM PDT by Bratch

America is suffering from an epic case of Armageddon fatigue.

Budget showdown, government shutdown, debt ceiling debacle—the stakes are real but the establishment seems to feed off the chaos they create as a means to foment fear and outrage and translate it into campaign donations for themselves.

Look closely and you’ll see that something seismic is going on under the surface of the manufactured chaos in D.C.

Washington has morphed into an extortion racket, a place where members of the permanent political class threaten to inflict legislative and regulatory pain to extract campaign donations that they can then siphon into the pockets of themselves and their family members.

In a new book featured this Sunday on 60 Minutes titled Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets, Peter Schweizer explains how Washington politicians use a set of mafia-style legislative tactics to extort people and industries into donating to them out of fear of political and legal reprisals.

Schweizer interviewed former Chairman of Apache Corporation Ray Plank. Plank said campaign cash and lobbying contracts now function as “protection money” to keep lawmakers and regulators from going after you.

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: congress; corruption; cronyism; debtceiling; extortion; mafia; obama; palin; peterschweizer; sarahpalin; shutdown
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1 posted on 10/21/2013 9:33:31 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Bratch

BINGO! If Sarah writes this stuff hersel, she truly is Reaganesque. At least analytically, maybe better.


2 posted on 10/21/2013 9:40:55 PM PDT by LALALAW (one of the asses who's sick of our "ruling" classes)
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To: LALALAW

she’s got that right


3 posted on 10/21/2013 9:49:00 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Bratch; KC_Lion; Jim Robinson; Syncro; PA Engineer; pattty; Pegita; penelopesire; pepperdog; ...

Sarah Palin's Awesome Ping List!

4 posted on 10/21/2013 9:52:36 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: LALALAW
BINGO! If Sarah writes this stuff hersel, she truly is Reaganesque. At least analytically, maybe better.


I have wondered if she has her own personal Charles Schlesinger to write stuff for her- simply because it is so good.

Jurys still out but the style seems to be right in line and consistent with her off the cuff speaking and in person she sure seems to be able handle un rehearsed intellectual heavy lifting so I think it's probably her for real.

If not she sure knows how to pick the right talented advisers and listen to them which is even more important than writing ability.

Sarah has the all political talent of Bill Clinton with none of the dysfunction. She is one of the best natural politicians of her generation.

5 posted on 10/21/2013 9:56:36 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: rdcbn; LALALAW

Yeah, she’s a girl.

How could she be that smart?


6 posted on 10/21/2013 9:59:53 PM PDT by Syncro ("So?" - -Andrew Breitbart --The King of All Media RIP Feb 1, 1969 – Mar 1, 2012)
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To: Syncro

There’s no sexism in the statement.


7 posted on 10/21/2013 10:05:25 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Bratch

Someone needs to deliver us from this evil. Conservatives need a united voice.


8 posted on 10/21/2013 10:05:35 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Gene Eric

That wasn’t my point, but thanks for understanding.


9 posted on 10/21/2013 10:07:57 PM PDT by Syncro ("So?" - -Andrew Breitbart --The King of All Media RIP Feb 1, 1969 – Mar 1, 2012)
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To: Syncro

I’d rather understand. What was your point? And I’m not being antagonistic.


10 posted on 10/21/2013 10:11:14 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Syncro

Victim mentality is a leftist curse. Many pols (both boys and girls) deploy ghost writers.


11 posted on 10/21/2013 10:16:47 PM PDT by LALALAW (one of the asses who's sick of our "ruling" classes)
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To: Syncro
Yeah, she’s a girl.

How could she be that smart?


I'm more inclined to go with she's a Republican and a Politician, so how could se be that smart.

Being a girl, however, is a big problem for her and the main reason she is hated and ridiculed by the Democrats and the rest of the Professional Left in media, academia ...and so on..

She is everything that the Hillary Clintons and the rest of the femminazis of the world fancy themselves to be - but are not.

They are poseurs - Palin’s the real deal and all they aspire to be but are not. They know they never will be no matter how hard they try and it makes them crazy

12 posted on 10/21/2013 10:17:03 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: Bratch

RICO the leaders of both parties and all unions for starters


13 posted on 10/21/2013 10:22:16 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Gene Eric

Posters that question Palin’s intelligence and political knowledge for what reason?

The whole article just screams Palin, it’s her style.

She is fiercely independent (which is one of the reasons she did not run for Prez last cycle), like Jim Robinson, and does not need anyone to write an article like this for her.

Plus you can bet she does a bunch of research, she understands very well about the book of which she speaks, and the interview with 60 minutes.

I’m sure when she runs for Office (Prez, VP, Senator who knows?) that she will have some writers, or maybe she does now, but the finished prouduct will be/is her.

There are those at this site that are here to undermine Sarah Palin, not that any of those on this thread are of that ilk but who knows?


14 posted on 10/21/2013 10:29:13 PM PDT by Syncro ("So?" - -Andrew Breitbart --The King of All Media RIP Feb 1, 1969 to Mar 1, 2012)
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To: LALALAW

Her degree is in journalism.
Rest assured she writes her own articles and columns.


15 posted on 10/21/2013 10:31:51 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: onyx

The Cosa Nostra never really had a chance against the American political machine.


16 posted on 10/21/2013 10:32:21 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: rdcbn

Sarah Palin’s degree is in journalism.


17 posted on 10/21/2013 10:32:37 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: rdcbn

LOL at your first sentence...

(She did show us when in office in Alaska that she is not partisan when evil needs to be rooted out. I think she is a conservative first, then a Republican/Politician)

The rest of what you said...you betcha!


18 posted on 10/21/2013 10:33:38 PM PDT by Syncro ("So?" - -Andrew Breitbart --The King of All Media RIP Feb 1, 1969 to Mar 1, 2012)
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To: TADSLOS

Perhaps that’s the reason many of those guys are democrats.


19 posted on 10/21/2013 10:34:12 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: TADSLOS

There were no FIVE families, there were SIX - that six being the Head Chairman: the U.S. Government which really is bigger than U.S. Steel!


20 posted on 10/21/2013 10:36:50 PM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: Syncro

I remember talking to Sarah Palin around Wasilla in 90’s, before she was even Mayor; we lived in Sutton back then. Her short reign as Governor was the most responsible government I ever have seen over my entire life. Granted, oil prices were high which enabled her to do good things that benefited all of Alaska; but her policies still rocked the Republican Party to it’s core up here, shame that it has all went back to normal since she has gone. I really believe she would beat Begich senseless. Could you all just imagine her shakin the Senate’s Tree in D.C.


21 posted on 10/21/2013 10:43:36 PM PDT by Eska
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To: Eska; onyx

Thanks for the first hand info, and your on site take on her great works in Alaska.

Oh yea....she’s shaking them up...getting them rattled....and hopefully with Cruz and Lee’s help get a bunch of them to roll out of DC.

Give ‘em the old Shake, Rattle and Roll Sarah!

Onyx my friend, thanks for the ping.


22 posted on 10/21/2013 10:48:52 PM PDT by Syncro ("So?" - -Andrew Breitbart --The King of All Media RIP Feb 1, 1969 to Mar 1, 2012)
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To: Syncro

We agree!

Sarah’s good nature fails to produce the nasty edge some deem essential to being successful and noteworthy.


23 posted on 10/21/2013 10:55:05 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Gene Eric

Cool!

Everything they throw at her ends up blowing apart in their faces. All the enemy has is each other, it’s political incest the way they go on and on.

Sarah Palin...living rent free in the heads of the “progressives”


24 posted on 10/21/2013 11:01:31 PM PDT by Syncro ("So?" - -Andrew Breitbart --The King of All Media RIP Feb 1, 1969 to Mar 1, 2012)
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To: Bratch
Schweizer interviewed former Chairman of Apache Corporation Ray Plank. Plank said campaign cash and lobbying contracts now function as “protection money” to keep lawmakers and regulators from going after you.

Microsoft found out the hard way about this. They weren't donating politically until they were hauled before congress and threatened with being broken up as a monopoly. Then, they started contributing.

25 posted on 10/21/2013 11:13:58 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Syncro; Eska

Eska is super fabulous!

Thanks so much for pinging me to Eska’s wonderful comments.

God bless and keep you both.


26 posted on 10/21/2013 11:16:04 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Syncro

Need to vote out the bums and replace them with honest people—or people less corrupt. Sarah needs to run and so do a whole bunch of folks! Tea Party needs to morph into the Sons of Liberty and the Liberty Party. The Democrats would even pay for it! They would think it would do a Ross Perot and split the GOP Vote—but we can outfox these slow witted Liberals and turn the tables on them.


27 posted on 10/21/2013 11:26:48 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Gene Eric

28 posted on 10/21/2013 11:30:34 PM PDT by cunning_fish
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To: cunning_fish

A Pussy Riot.


29 posted on 10/21/2013 11:33:37 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Bratch
I wrote about this stuff a year ago. What has not been talked about is the drug money in the large cities used to protect the large drug syndicates. Under the table money is keeping offshore banks happy.

Once again, Sarah Palin is revealing that there are a lot of emperors wearing no clothes.

30 posted on 10/22/2013 1:52:29 AM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade
The reelection rate, whatever it is in the House, 96% or so won't change. As Senators Kelly Ayotte, Jeff Flake, Ron Johnson illustrate, it is not uncommon for Tea Partiers to drift to the dark side. How many Leftists ever become conservative?

The current corrupt system pays very well. Reform will not emerge from the people who profit from it.

31 posted on 10/22/2013 1:59:56 AM PDT by Jacquerie (An Article V amendment convention is our only hope.)
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To: rdcbn

Sarah has a degree in journalism. I know a little journalism myself. What she has done with her degree is world class, Pulitzer material.


32 posted on 10/22/2013 2:09:10 AM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: jonrick46

!


33 posted on 10/22/2013 2:23:57 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: yldstrk
she's doing really good, while the whimpy pubbies/RINOs can't even "get out of the gate"
but that our corrupt Congressional Ldrs..always falling on the sword.. no coherent mssg.
always snatching defeat from the jaws of victory; while feathering their own nest.

34 posted on 10/22/2013 2:36:10 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: Bratch

The Federal apparatus in DC from both parties is the greatest criminal enterprise in the history of the planet. They have a 3 trillion dollar a year revenue stream extorted from the productive class under threat of imprisonment and merely fight over who gets to control the take.

Only a lunatic would believe that DC will reform itself.

Lines are being drawn, it’s the DC apparatchiks and their propagandists in the press versus the American taxpayer.

Right now the marxists have the upper hand, but payback is right around the bend, and it will be swift brutal and merciless


35 posted on 10/22/2013 2:38:00 AM PDT by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade
Need to vote out the bums and replace them with honest people—or people less corrupt.

That would be nice if there weren't so many libs and crooks in this country.

If the majority of libs believe as one brother-in-law does, no one but a lawyer is smart enough to run our government.

36 posted on 10/22/2013 3:15:07 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Guns are not the problem. People are. Forget the magazine...check your attitude.)
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To: LALALAW
If Sarah writes this stuff hersel,..

How in the hell can anybody with even 1 brain cell question Sarah's writing as her own op-eds, speeches, etc. considering her background and political accmplishments

Sheeesh, a bunch of liberal trolls pushing the establisgment/RINO line of propaganda.

37 posted on 10/22/2013 3:19:16 AM PDT by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: Bratch; All
Outstanding read, Washington sounds like the Detroit Bldg Dept and it's 7 inspectors now up on charges potentially going to da-bigga-house...

But something I posted in 2010 and I got no feedback on and I am flummoxed about, is why the Tea Party has not focused their ire on them, and that is K-Street.

IMHO they are the Pimps in this Bordello that is Disney on the Potomac, why we are not shinning the antiseptic called sunlight on these Vampires is beyond me...

38 posted on 10/22/2013 3:32:02 AM PDT by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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To: Syncro

Yeah they said that about Madame Curie also.

LLS


39 posted on 10/22/2013 4:10:53 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Bratch; onyx

Thank you Sarah for your courage and persistance in spreading the truth about the corruption in the ranks of the political class.


40 posted on 10/22/2013 4:15:54 AM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: rdcbn; Syncro

I’m a big Palin supporter, and I believe she does have Rebecca Mansour on staff for some of her writing—which is good and appropriate and the standard for pols writing such pieces and giving major speeches. Anyone who has followed Palin knows already that she has a steel-trap mind of her own, with a rare talent for getting to and grasping the core of an issue almost immediately. Further, she has a rare ability to boil it down and communicate it such that the common person can immediately grasp it as well. Those are just two bits to her extraordinary political talent IMO.

Is it sexist that the question of a writer only seems to come up with Palin? Yeah, probably.

That companies are pressured to pay protection money to both parties, weighted in difference by who’s in power, is not news—but it is an important piece in understanding our corrupt system.


41 posted on 10/22/2013 4:43:49 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Rome2000
...........but payback is right around the bend, and it will be swift brutal and merciless (My emphasis)

It has to be!!!

42 posted on 10/22/2013 4:54:24 AM PDT by varon ( para bellum, remove Obama)
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To: 9YearLurker

My personal experience is that the Sarah detractors in the GOP tend to be overweight women.

It’s shameful that they would disparage our brightest hope for America such a lowly reason!


43 posted on 10/22/2013 5:16:56 AM PDT by helpfulresearcher (Socialism is just like any other form of corruption, except that it is perpetrated by a mob.)
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To: onyx
Awesome! Go Sarah!!!
44 posted on 10/22/2013 5:21:48 AM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: helpfulresearcher

I never knew that about Humblegunner!


45 posted on 10/22/2013 5:39:47 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: onyx

The bracelet instantly reminded me of “Wonder Woman”. Seems about right!


46 posted on 10/22/2013 6:04:11 AM PDT by 3D-JOY
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To: onyx
Her degree is in journalism. Rest assured she writes her own articles and columns.

Frankly, it's irrelevant. If she has one or more writers/editors helping her with these articles, it's still being done with her words and voice; the writers and/or editors would just be there to polish and package.

I mean, more power to her if she does this without any help, but there's no insult to her intelligence or ability to assume she might have assistance with the finished product.

47 posted on 10/22/2013 6:25:58 AM PDT by kevkrom (It's not "immigration reform", it's an "amnesty bill". Take back the language!)
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To: Bratch
Washington has morphed into an extortion racket, a place where members of the permanent political class threaten to inflict legislative and regulatory pain to extract campaign donations that they can then siphon into the pockets of themselves and their family members.

The reason ObamaCare was pushed through with such abandon: Congresscritter knew health-care lobbyist would be lined up 'round the block with sacks of cash - maneuvering for 'breaks' that would give their companies billions... A version of pay to play that's strangely legal.

48 posted on 10/22/2013 7:06:37 AM PDT by GOPJ (Self-respect is the root of discipline...dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself-Heschel)
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To: 9YearLurker; humblegunner

It is FR polite to ping any FReeper you mention in a post, even if you are not directly addressing him.

I can also assure you that Gunner is definitely not an overweight woman.


49 posted on 10/22/2013 8:30:07 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Syncro; rdcbn; Gene Eric; onyx; All
I’m sure when she runs for Office (Prez, VP, Senator who knows?) that she will have some writers, or maybe she does now, but the finished product will be/is her.

1. The finished product of anyone who [wisely] hires a pro writer/ghost writer is STILL a product of that person. Obama very probably had little to do with the actual composing of "Dreams of my Father," but it still pretty accurately reflects Obama; it is most assuredly "his" book.

2. Listening to Palin speak off-the-cuff and reading her short facebook posts, it's pretty obvious to me that Palin writes her own stuff, and I know that Reagan wrote many if not all of his own speeches by hand, and pro speech writers tweaked and "perfected" them afterward. I read "Going Rogue" and bet that the pro writer who helped Palin with the book didn't have much editing/revising to do on the stuff Palin gave her. Palin is naturally a very good writer and indeed, LOTS of people are naturally good writers.

3. Someone can spell terribly, commit lots of typos, and misuse punctuation and grammar, and still be an excellent writer. Conversely, someone can spell perfectly, be meticulously clear of typos and grammatical errors, and still be a terrible writer.

50 posted on 10/22/2013 8:37:19 AM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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