April 11, 2014

Divorce DC Style

Tony and Heather Podesta have called it quits. Once Washington DC's quintessential couple, their divorce proceedings have opened up a rare glimpse into the underpinnings of power at the highest levels of government.

This Washington Free Beacon posts the claims and counter-claims filed by the Podestas. These documents
tell stories not only of a May-December romance gone sour, but of 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.
Ultimately it's all about the dollar. Those who seek to enslave us also offer for sale the key to remove some of the chains ... at a price.
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.

This post was written under the Pale Moon browser.


LL said...

It's Animal Farm where the key phrase is "pay to play"

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

That whole circle in DC is suspect.

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