The Laws Don't Apply To Them

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    Yet another example of our out of control Government which passes laws and regulations, from which it exempts itself.

    This one is particular concerning as the wave of Big Government Corporatism intrudes into the private sector. Congress is exempt from Insider Trading laws, much to the benefit of staff who trade on this knowledge prior to the announcement of laws, reports, etc.

    Mr. Miller isn't the only Congressional staffer making such stock bets. At least 72 aides on both sides of the aisle traded shares of companies that their bosses help oversee, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of more than 3,000 disclosure forms covering trading activity by Capitol Hill staffers for 2008 and 2009.

    The Journal analysis showed that an aide to a Republican member of the Senate Banking Committee bought Bank of America Corp. stock before results of last year's government stress tests eased investor concerns about the health of the banking industry. A top aide to the House Speaker profited by trading shares of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae in a brokerage account with her husband two days before the government authorized emergency funding for the companies. Another aide to Republican lawmakers interested in energy issues, among other things, profited by trading in several renewable-energy firms.

    The aides identified by the Journal say they didn't profit by making trades based on any information gathered in the halls of Congress. Even if they had done so, it would be legal, because insider-trading laws don't apply to Congress.

    A few lawmakers proposed a bill that would prevent members and employees of Congress from trading securities based on nonpublic information they obtain. The legislation has languished since 2006....


    Congressional Staffers Gain From Trading in Stocks - WSJ.com


    Perhaps this Most Ethical Congress Ever could pass the bill during the lame duck session.
     
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    Languished since 2006? Hmmmm. I guess that means ol' George will catch the crap for that. As usual, the Dems will scream at the GOP, the GOP will scream and the Dems. And some of us will see past the crap and just be dumbfounded at the whole fucking bunch of corrupt, self serving bastards.
     

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