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    Mr. Schweizer answers the questions so many of us have asked. I addressed this in a speech in Iowa last Labor Day weekend. How do politicians who arrive in Washington, D.C. as men and women of modest means leave as millionaires? How do they miraculously accumulate wealth at a rate faster than the rest of us? How do politicians' stock portfolios outperform even the best hedge-fund managers'? I answered the question in that speech: Politicians derive power from the authority of their office and their access to our tax dollars, and they use that power to enrich and shield themselves.

    The money-making opportunities for politicians are myriad, and Mr. Schweizer details the most lucrative methods: accepting sweetheart gifts of IPO stock from companies seeking to influence legislation, practicing insider trading with nonpublic government information, earmarking projects that benefit personal real estate holdings, and even subtly extorting campaign donations through the threat of legislation unfavorable to an industry. The list goes on and on, and it's sickening.

    Byline: Sarah Palin

    I know, I know. Correct grammar, proper sentence structure. Logical ideas. Coherent paragraphs. large words. No sense of "Word Salad" (tm). Discussing issues like IPOs, "insider trading", and "nonpublic government information" in coherent ways.

    I have no doubts that if you compared Sarah after 5 years of J-SKule with a roomful of blind, one handed monkeys typing at random on word processors, that the latter group would be far more likely to come up with this particular article,  but there it is.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 03:04:13 PM PST

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    •  Thanks. It seems that she's got a very (1+ / 0-)
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      competent editor.  Using words like "myriad" just don't strike me as the type of words Sarah would use if she's writing her own thoughts.

      •  You betcha. A merry ad is just what (1+ / 0-)
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        because therefore, of course, and really expressed what Tea partiers and others, with ronald Reagan, would do or not do depending, well and, therefore, it is clear,  because that is America, and not liberals or socialists. Because. Also.

        What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

        by agnostic on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 03:37:11 PM PST

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        •  (PS, THAT actually hurts to write) (1+ / 0-)
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          What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

          by agnostic on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 03:37:52 PM PST

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