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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.
I have bought several copies of this book for friends and relatives to read and pass on.
This book did help me to think hard about my political understanding and i hope people like us can find a way to stop this breach of trust.
In Throw Them All Out, Schweizer points to some truly disturbing instances of insider trading by members of the U.S. Congress.
Throw Them All Out: How Politicians and Their Friends Get Rich Off Insider Stock Tips, Land Deals, and Cronyism That Would Send Throw Them All Out: How Politicians and Their... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Book Shark
The book is well written and it is a n easy read. The author did an excellent job of documenting part of what is wrong in Washington and why as Americans we should all be incensed.Published 19 days ago by Happy Texan
About half way through and very interesting what real "perks" there are in DC. This book will really open your eyes.Published 1 month ago by J. D. Selph
This is a very first class look at whats happened to Americas whole outlook
the straight and insider narrow. Read more
"Throw Them All Out" is a concise overview and explication about the rich getting richer compared to so many who are poorer by farPublished 1 month ago by BA Benton
Truth to power - this book is a must read - occupy and tea party folks should unite on this.Published 2 months ago by Adds
This is a great book for anyone who is sick and tired of Wash.DC nonsense! It shows how complicit all the folks inDC realy are and how this is probably the only way to ever get it... Read morePublished 2 months ago by george j vogel
A side of politics all should be aware of. Something is wrong when politicians use their position, insider information and influence to grow their personal wealth and have the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ralph Perelis
This book is a great read due to information most Americans don't know. Lots of Americans feel this way about our politicians because you never see anyone really go to jail not... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joseph Garcia