Definition of RACKET
Something that presents itself as legitimate, innocent, or innocuous
but which, in fact, has ulterior motives
...either out to steal what's rightfully yours
or to control you in a perverse way:
throwing obstacles in your path to sabotage your efforts
or requiring "Catch 22s" from you before approving your intentions.
...causing even the simplest undertakings to become so complicated you either
"throw in the towel" or, upon completing project, are so "burned out" or "shellshocked"
you have no stamina left to "take on" anything more.