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Divorce Beltway Style.. The Democratic breakup that exposes Washington’s rotten core
Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 11, 2014 | Matthew Continetti

Posted on 04/11/2014 11:36:29 AM PDT by george76

how obscene wealth can be amassed through rent-seeking and influence-peddling in Washington D.C., and of the hoary means by which the princelings of the capital and their consorts maintain and grow that wealth. They tell stories not only of an ugly divorce, but of the power of lobbying, of how one family maneuvered to the center of the nation’s dominant political party, of the transactional relationships, gargantuan self-regard, and empty posturing that insulates, asbestos-like, the D.C. bubble.

That the broken couple now uses the tools of their trade—the phone-call to a friend, the selective leaking of documents, the hiring of attorneys, the launch of a public-relations campaign—against one another is more than ironic. It is fitting. Tony and Heather Podesta reached the pinnacle of wealth and influence in Barack Obama’s Washington. Now they, like he, are in eclipse.

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As government expands, extending its reach to every aspect of business, every sector of the economy, private citizens and corporations require sherpas to lead them through the mountains of regulations and tax provisions, to discover exemptions and special favors and other forms of relief or favoritism to improve the bottom line. And who better to act as sherpas than the relatives of the Democrats who impose the regulations and tax provisions in the first place, who better than the lively proprietors of a family business operating in the luxurious and morally uncomplicated world of the caste of limousine liberals who dominate politics, culture, news, and finance.

Corporations give to Democratic politicians, avoiding the scrutiny of liberal attack dogs in the media and nonprofit sectors, and enjoying the ego boost that comes with being on the “right side of history.” Then those corporations hire the Podestas to get them out of the Rube Goldberg traps the Democrats have enacted into law.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: heatherpodesta; lobbying; podesta; tonypodesta

1 posted on 04/11/2014 11:36:29 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76

I beat you to it - for once lol

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3143422/posts

It really is sickening isn’t it? Power corrupts absolutely.

But will it be reported by the mainstream Stasi stenographers?


2 posted on 04/11/2014 11:40:51 AM PDT by A'elian' nation ("Political Correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred." Jacques Barzun)
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To: george76

This isn’t just a Dem game. The GOPe is just as corrupt. Both groups are anti America and need to be dealt with as such.


3 posted on 04/11/2014 11:42:57 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: freedomfiter2
I'm no fan of the GOPe, but they are not just as corrupt. Not even close. Not even in the same ballpark. I get tired of people drawing a moral equivalence when there is none.

Mitch McConnell is a turtle faced thug and John Boehner is a ineffectual crybaby sellout, but neither come anywhere near as close to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi in the corruption department.

Neither have either of the last two GOPe presidents, the Bush son and father. At worst, the GOPe might be compared to the last Democrat administration which reasonably could be called a little bit patriotic, that of John F. Kennedy.

This isn't to say I support that hive of scum and villains we call the GOPe. It is merely to point out that their level of corruption isn't even in the same league as that of the Overt Marxist Party.

4 posted on 04/11/2014 12:01:57 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: freedomfiter2

“The GOPe is just as corrupt.”

Au Contraire !

I ask you which party has the easier time of stealing whatever they want right before your very eyes and the media looks the other way?

Hell, a GOP congressman can’t even kiss a lady under the mistletoe at a Christmas party. That becomes a national scandal calling for his head.


5 posted on 04/11/2014 12:06:13 PM PDT by A'elian' nation ("Political Correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred." Jacques Barzun)
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To: A'elian' nation

Good work


6 posted on 04/11/2014 12:11:15 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: A'elian' nation
I agree that the GOP is just as corrupt as the Democrats. Sorry! In chasing money, votes and power for the sake of money ,votes and power the GOP exhibits its shameful nature in illegal immigration. The Democrats want votes from illegals, the GOP wants cheap labor for their rich buddy's. Both parties sacrifice the good of all for their personal well being. The idiot Republicans thinking only in economic terms are killing themselves as the Democrats are thinking in political terms. America is in the process of being conquered by the Third World with the connivance of our own politicians.
7 posted on 04/11/2014 12:16:41 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: A'elian' nation
mainstream Stasi stenographers

good one. People have been looking for a more accurate label. This is it.

8 posted on 04/11/2014 12:20:11 PM PDT by uncitizen (Impeach the Communist Already!)
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To: A'elian' nation

bump


9 posted on 04/11/2014 12:21:13 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: A'elian' nation

I watched The 5 yesterday on Fox and Bob Beckels one more thing was telling the kissing congressman to get out of politics and leave the office that he disgraced.
Greg Gutfeld then said,”Do you think Hillary will weigh in on this”?
I don’t think Beckel had an inkling where Gutfeld was going with the comment.


10 posted on 04/11/2014 12:21:16 PM PDT by peteyd (A dog may bite you in the ass,but it will never stab you in the back.)
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To: george76; expat_panama
This is how it is done, folks.

In 2009, with the inauguration of Obama and the dawn of unified Democratic control of Washington, business boomed. Revenues at Tony’s firm close to doubled, and revenues at Heather’s firm increased by 50 percent. The money has continued to roll in. The Podesta Group had some $13 million in lobbying income in 2013, sporting clients such as Lockheed Martin, Wells Fargo, U.S. Airways, Walmart, and the National Biodiesel Board. Heather Podesta + Partners made some $4 million, lobbying on behalf of health companies, the American Beverage Association, Brookfield Power, DeVry University, and others. A portion of that money was recycled, contributing to Democratic campaigns, opening up avenues of influence: Tony gave some $45,500 in 2013, all to Democrats; Heather some $95,798 to Democrats, Democratic committees, and liberal groups.

As government expands, extending its reach to every aspect of business, every sector of the economy, private citizens and corporations require sherpas to lead them through the mountains of regulations and tax provisions, to discover exemptions and special favors and other forms of relief or favoritism to improve the bottom line. And who better to act as sherpas than the relatives of the Democrats who impose the regulations and tax provisions in the first place, who better than the lively proprietors of a family business operating in the luxurious and morally uncomplicated world of the caste of limousine liberals who dominate politics, culture, news, and finance.

Expat, we may have to hire one of these “sherpas” to figure out how to invest in a few years.

11 posted on 04/11/2014 12:21:19 PM PDT by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: A'elian' nation

Just because they ratted out by the media doesn’t mean that they are less corrupt.


12 posted on 04/11/2014 12:26:59 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: freedomfiter2

“The GOPe is just as corrupt.”

Maybe the stupidest comment I’ve seen on this forum all day.

The democrat party is a criminal enterprise. The GOP is lame, way too ineffectual, and shot through with opportunists and place-sitters.

BUT there isn’t a single Democrat I’d trust as a village board member, let alone a state or federal office holder. At least among the Republicans one can find the occasional Cruz, Palin, West, Goudy, Gohmert, Lee, and the like. Throwing all Republicans in the same pot as the donkeys (and granted *some* sure deserve it) just leads to California or Chicago - one-party rule by the slimiest of the political class.

Our goal should be to put the Democrat party out of business everywhere we can, and then let the establishment GOP, libertarians, Tea Partiers, and others fight over the direction of the country.


13 posted on 04/11/2014 12:52:23 PM PDT by Stosh
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To: george76

This nation would be so much better off if Washington, D.C. were suddenly nuked. Or smote from above as were Sodom and Gomorrah. Nothing good happens there.


14 posted on 04/11/2014 12:57:08 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Truth sounds like hate...to those who hate truth.)
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To: Stosh

The GOPe and D’s are two fingers of the same hand playing the same games


15 posted on 04/11/2014 12:57:58 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: george76

ping to me


16 posted on 04/11/2014 12:58:00 PM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept? Vive Deco et Vives)
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To: A'elian' nation

I’ve never seen hoary used in that manner. Did the author mean “whorey?”

McCain is a hoary old man.

Maybe the author needs homonym help.


17 posted on 04/11/2014 1:09:49 PM PDT by mommyq
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To: george76

Any misfortune that befalls the rotten Podesta clan is fine with me.


18 posted on 04/11/2014 1:12:48 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't give up! The liberals are buggering and aborting themselves into extinction.)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

Not one republican voted for Obamacare. Not one republican voted to scam the insurance companies to line their pockets.

What I find still incredulously amazing is that not ONE democrat voted against Obamacare. Not ONE democrat looked out for the country and decided to do the right thing. Not ONE patriot in the bunch. Not ONE honest democrat in their never ending drive for power.


19 posted on 04/11/2014 1:27:30 PM PDT by A'elian' nation ("Political Correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred." Jacques Barzun)
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To: A'elian' nation

That is noteworthy.


20 posted on 04/11/2014 1:33:44 PM PDT by apocalypto
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To: Stosh

I never threw all Republicans in the same pot with the Democrats. I was only talking about the Rockefeller wing.The new world order, globalist, establishment that runs the GOP is cut from the same cloth as the Dem establishment.


21 posted on 04/11/2014 1:44:41 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: george76

22 posted on 04/11/2014 2:25:57 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: george76

MFLR.


23 posted on 04/11/2014 2:26:27 PM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: A'elian' nation

I was not talking about “Clowncare” but about the perceived lack of character in our elected representatives.


24 posted on 04/11/2014 8:25:38 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

Overall, I’d say republicans have better character than the democrats. They have to. They always get hammered for hypocrisy - the democrats never do since they don’t profess to have any values to begin with.


25 posted on 04/12/2014 5:32:15 AM PDT by A'elian' nation ("Political Correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred." Jacques Barzun)
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To: Chgogal
...the luxurious and morally uncomplicated world of the caste of limousine liberals who dominate politics, culture, news, and finance...

Reminds me of a few years ago one time when I visited the DC area, and saw how the TV evening news began with "...and now, from the most important city in the world..."   An amazingly overwhelming self-absorption; it seems to come from the area biz that the locals like to imagine is oh sooo important --an attitude that's not hard to come across in places like say, New York, Mecca, Hollywood California...

 

26 posted on 04/12/2014 8:56:21 AM PDT by expat_panama
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To: expat_panama
For your Morning PING:

Walgreens urged to leave US to gain tax benefit
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/55a76778-c294-11e3-9370-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2yp3cPUIl

Walgreens has come under pressure from an influential group of its shareholders, who want the US pharmacy chain to consider relocating to Europe, in what would be one of the largest tax inversions ever attempted.

27 posted on 04/13/2014 7:12:57 PM PDT by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: Chgogal

Amazing— tx! I’ll put it in; the story has a number of aspects on current events.


28 posted on 04/13/2014 8:38:15 PM PDT by expat_panama
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To: mommyq
hoar·y
ˈhôrē
adjective 1. grayish white.
"hoary cobwebs"
synonyms: grayish-white, gray, white, snowy, silver, silvery; More (of a person) having gray or white hair; aged. "a hoary old fellow with a face of white stubble" synonyms: gray-haired, white-haired, silver-haired, grizzled; More antonyms: young used in names of animals and plants covered with whitish fur or short hairs, e.g., hoary bat, hoary cress.
2.
old and trite.
"that hoary American notion that bigger is better"
29 posted on 04/13/2014 8:50:17 PM PDT by Mycroft Holmes (<= Mash name for HTML Xampp PHP C JavaScript primer. Programming for everyone.)
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To: mommyq

You have to admit he is also whorey.


30 posted on 04/13/2014 8:52:02 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: A'elian' nation

Would you stop it with the facts already? This thread is about immature emotionalism and political ignorance!


31 posted on 04/14/2014 3:48:17 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: george76

a must read on leftist wealth accumulation in Washington DC


32 posted on 04/14/2014 4:00:46 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Vigilanteman
I'm no fan of the GOPe, but they are not just as corrupt. Not even close. Not even in the same ballpark. I get tired of people drawing a moral equivalence when there is none.

THANK. YOU.

Sister needs her sugar
To get her through the day
She doesn't have the money
But always got a way to pay
It's 2:07; it's time to sell some Ghetto Heaven...




33 posted on 04/14/2014 12:40:40 PM PDT by rdb3 (Get out the putter, this one's on the green.)
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To: george76
[Article] Tony and Heather Podesta reached the pinnacle of wealth and influence in Barack Obama’s Washington. Now they, like he, are in eclipse.

Dare we hope for the same for The Catamite and his Maximum Beard?

34 posted on 04/14/2014 3:24:19 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: george76

John Podesta has a brother?


35 posted on 04/14/2014 7:16:48 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: expat_panama
And lookie here (via Drudge)....

http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2014/04/14/how-obamas-justice-department-selectively-blocks-mergers-by-republican-ceos/

My company is dropping Blue Cross Blue Shield and signing up with UnitedHealth Group. It seems one of their subs is responsible for the crappy website. Great! Just Great!

UnitedHealth Group is expecting higher earnings thanks to ObamaCare. After United supported passing the plan, one of its subsidiaries, Quality Software Services, Inc. won a contract of $90 million for the rollout of Healthcare.gov. UnitedHealth’s Executive Vice President Anthony Welters and his wife are significant Obama donors and bundlers. The Administration did not perceive any conflict of interest in providing the nation’s largest health insurer with the keys to Healthcare.gov.

36 posted on 04/14/2014 8:49:03 PM PDT by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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