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Palin: Congress Has America Caught Up in ‘Endless Extortion Scheme’

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on October 22, 2013

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Pulling no punches, Palin aptly describes the dire situation in Washington, DC with our “leadership” and discusses the shocking discoveries Peter Schwiezer has uncovered in his new book “Extortion”.

From Brietbart:

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.

“It’s what you expect from the mafia,” said Plank. “They basically come to you and say, ‘We are going to shove this bat up your ass and give you an enema. You better play ball.’ We saw a great deal of it. It’s an insidious blight.”

There are left-wing progressives on Wall Street and in the high-tech world who bankrolled President Obama’s campaign because they love his radical agenda. But as Schweizer points out, many gave because they know they have to; if they don’t, Obama will come after them.

That’s a lesson the Tea Party knows all too well. After the Tea Party’s historic 2010 midterm victory, Obama unleashed Attorney General Eric Holder to go after the oil and gas sector, which had given four times as much to Republicans as to Democrats. As Obama said in October 2010, “We are going to punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us.”

Of course, not everyone gets subjected to these Godfather-style shakedowns. Case in point: Obama bundler and former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine of MF Global shame. After “losing” $1.6 billion of MF Global customer money, Corzine walked away without a scratch. In Extortion, Schweizer publishes a devastating quote from Lisa Timmerman, a 17-year MF Global employee who served as the firm’s assistant comptroller for five years, saying: “Corzine is a major Obama fundraiser [which] is keeping prosecutors from bringing criminal charges against him.”

But what about the rest of us? What about the average American mom and dad just trying to stay afloat in the disastrous Obama economy? We don’t have the funds to throw “protection money” at the political extortionists in Washington who are eager to foist things like Obamacare on us. Only Obama’s union cronies and members of the permanent political class are given Obamacare waivers and spared the pain of the policies D.C. inflicts on the rest of us. Big business got an Obamacare exemption that Obama refuses to give ordinary individuals who can’t even sign up for Obamacare on the broken exchange websites, but they’ll still be fined for not doing so!

And what about the GOP establishment? Why haven’t they been able to clean up the extortion racket in Washington? You have to ask yourself, has the party machine fought this corruption or does it participate in it? As a senior House Republican told Fox News on Thursday, it’s “highly unlikely” Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will be challenged because few have the muscle to match his ability to “raise money.”

In fact, the ability to raise money is apparently key to all the power in Washington. Here’s how bad it’s gotten: the Democratic and Republican Parties actually have a secret price list—officially known as “party dues”—that tells members of Congress how much money they must extract from donors in order to win a chairmanship or a top slot on a powerful Congressional committee. Schweizer somehow obtained the top-secret lists and included the never-before-published documents in Extortion.

But fundraising isn’t the only thing D.C. employs to keep people in line. Over in the Senate, Democrats like Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) use thug tactics on Tea Party members and activists who stand in their way. In a devastating chapter on Harry Reid, Schweizer includes a quote from Reid’s former chief of staff Susan McCue, who in 2005 said Reid seizes on a person’s weaknesses to “disarm, to endear, to threaten, but most of all to instill fear.”

The fact that these strong-arm tactics take place in Washington doesn’t surprise me at all. I’ve fought this type of corruption my entire political career. And those who disagreed with me politically used thug-like tactics to try to bankrupt my family with frivolous lawsuits in Alaska, and it hasn’t stopped to this day.

It’s time for Washington to stop threatening citizens and scaring up dollars through an endless extortion scheme of manufactured crises. It’s time for leaders to lead. That means doing right by voters without requiring them to pay protection money in advance.

You have to wonder whether Constitutional rule of law even exists when separate rules apply for powerful and well-connected men like Jon Corzine. And you have to wonder whether we really have government of the people, by the people, and for the people when the only way We the People can be heard is if we grease the palms of the ruling class.

Enough is enough. If the permanent political class won’t drain the swamp, we will. We should follow the advice in the title of Schweizer’s last book and “Throw Them All Out.” 2014 is just around the corner.

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Palin to Appear “On The Record” Tonight, 7pm Eastern

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on October 14, 2013

Posted to Sarah Palin’s Facebook page:

Catch “On The Record” at 7pm ET tonight on Fox. Greta got the exclusive interview with Ted Cruz, Mike Lee & me about why we were in DC together yesterday.

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Palin Passes Out U.S. flags to DC protesters (10-13-13)

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on October 13, 2013

h/t iizthatiiz

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Palin to Address Faith & Freedom Coalition ‘Road to Majority’ Conference

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on June 7, 2013

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From Christian News Wire:

Gathering of Faith Based and Conservative Activists will take place June 13-15 in Washington, DC

DULUTH, Ga., June 7, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — The Faith & Freedom Coalition is pleased to announce that Governor Sarah Palin will be addressing the “Road to Majority” Conference, June 13-15 at the JW Marriot Hotel in Washington, DC. The “Road to Majority” Conference is one of the premier events for people of faith and conservative activists.

The conference will energize, train, and equip our top activists and chapter leaders on voter registration, voter education, get-out-the-vote, lobbying their legislators, building a church and neighborhood organization, and utilizing social media to mobilize supporters.

When:  Thursday, June 13, 2013, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Where: The Pavilion
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

When: Friday, June 14, 2013- Saturday, June 15, 2013

Where: JW Marriot Hotel
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Governor Palin will speak Saturday morning and joins other notable speakers including: Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Rand Paul, Senator Marco Rubio, Governor Rick Perry, former Senator Rick Santorum, former Governor Jeb Bush, Rep Paul Ryan, Rep. Michelle Bachmann, Ambassador John Bolton, Rep. Randy Forbes, Rep. Louie Gohmert, Senator Mike Lee, radio host Michael Medved, actor John Ratzenberger, Dr. Pat Robertson, Senator Mike Lee, Senator Ron Johnson, Senator Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump, and former Rep. Allen West .

Read more and get registration information here.

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Palin: D.C.: Cut the Drama. Do Your Job.

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on February 26, 2013

sarah_palin35The following was posted to Sarah Palin’s Facebook page earlier today.  I do believe the Mama Grizzly just roared and as usual, her message is “right on”!

Americans are sick and tired of yet another ginned-up crisis. D.C. needs to grow up, get to work, and live within its means. The real economic Armageddon looming before us is our runaway debt, not the sequester, which the President advocated for and signed into law and is now running around denouncing because he never had any genuine intention of reining in his reckless spending.

Remember that this sequestration deal came about because of the long debt ceiling standoff in the summer of 2011. It wasn’t the ideal outcome for anyone, but it did at least include real deficit reduction of about $110 billion per year for 10 years, which is still nowhere near enough to close our massive deficit. Keep in mind that since the sequester passed, the President has already hit American families and small business owners with his tax increases, or “more revenue” as he likes to call it. The American public doesn’t want tax increases; we want government to rein in its overspending.

If we can’t stomach modest cuts that would lower federal spending by a mere 0.3% per year out of a current federal budget of $3.6 trillion, then we might as well signal to the whole world that we have no serious intention of dealing with our debt problem.

If we are going to wet our proverbial pants over 0.3% in annual spending cuts when we’re running up trillion dollar annual deficits, then we’re done. Put a fork in us. We’re finished. We’re going to default eventually and that’s why the feds are stockpiling bullets in case of civil unrest.

If we ARE serious about putting our fiscal house in order, then let’s stop the hysterics, tighten our belts, and take our medicine.

– Sarah Palin

 

Prior to the Facebook posting, Palin also tweeted a related message:

America’s sick & tired of yet more ginned up crisis. DC: Grow up. Get to work. Go around lefty obstructionists then get out of workers’ way.

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