The Sentinel Opinion Editorial: “Face of a Republican: What’s in it for America?”

“The more powerful the politician (or aspiring), the greater the likelihood the radio is playing the station WII-FM. The political system’s territory of items and relationships that are evaluated for strategic advantages or usefulness has become distorted, according to Peter Schweizer’s 2013 book, “Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets.” All too often we talk about the buyers of influence — labor unions, big oil, special interests — and pay little attention to the sellers of that influence — the politicians and bureaucrats. Schweizer asks, “What if the greater culprits are inside the halls of power in Washington rather than on the outside?”


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