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Q:When did you realize that so many insider trading and sweetheart land deals were going on?
A: When I first discovered that members of Congress are exempt from insider trading laws, I didn’t believe it. Then, when I started to look at their stock trades and compare them with what they were doing in office, I was stunned.
Q: What do you mean by the "Permanent Political Class"?
A: I think politics in Washington has become a business opportunity. Republicans and Democrats are not so different as you think. They work together to enrich themselves. They have designed the system to work so that they can make lots of money doing things that would get the rest of us sent to jail.
Q: What do you mean by "honest graft"?
A: When people think of politicians making money in Washington, they think of bribery and other illegal activities. That’s small potatoes. The real money is made by doing stuff that’s legal, including insider trading on the stock market and land deals.
Q: Politicians are exempt from insider trading laws? You’re kidding, right?
A: No. They write the rules, and guess what: the rules that apply to us don’t apply to them. By the way, they are also exempt from whistleblower laws. If you see your boss committing a financial crime, you can report them and you will be protected. You can’t be fired. But if your boss is a congressman? You’re toast. You are not protected.
Q: What’s wrong with politicians who trade stock? Don’t we want them involved in the economy?
A: Yes, but they are doing exactly what corporate insiders get sent to jail for doing. It’s a double standard and it’s unfair. If Martha Stewart had been in the U.S. Senate, she would have been protected.
Well-researched, shows how our Congressmen get righ, doing what, and why there is so much money spent on lobbying. Excellent, shows great examples of crony capitalism. Uhh!Published 7 days ago by Andre Makovsky
Great book to help us learn how corrupt our politicians are and sad to know the truth.Published 17 days ago by Mercedes H. Barris
Should be required reading for anyone of voting age. Well researched and documented book that reveals how politicians, Congressmen in particular, game our system to become wealthy... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Terry Cornell
Very good book for raising blood pressure. I have no real way to fact check anything in this book so everything is taking with a grain of salt. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nick
I post this resource all the time. People need to know the truth.Published 2 months ago by JASON DEZURIK
While Schweizer focuses his attentions on the corruption of Washington DC Democrats, he also earns credibility by acknowledging and exposing a fair number of Republican misdeeds as... Read morePublished 3 months ago by R. Holt