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  • The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act
    No wonder it failed -- Congressional Knowledge. The oxymoron of all oxymora!
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  • Federal expense
    Jim J
    Our agency just spent $35K in additional IT requirements to ensure that our agency senior staff could comply with this legal requirement. Will Congress be returning $35K to the Federal budget for our agency? (not likely) And to all federal agencies who just spent taxpzyer dollars to implement the legal compliance? How about a refund to taxpayers for failure to make a law, enforce a law, and study, in advance, and fund the impact of the law?
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  • Repeal of STOCK Act Disclosure Requirements
    This is both good and bad news. Repealing the financial reporting requirements for senior executives makes sense. The act, as written, once again punished careerists for the meanderings of elected officials. It would have been a disaster to have career SES financial information available to the public, and be one more detriment to recruiting qualified SES personnel. On the other hand, waiving the requirement for Congressional staffers totally dilutes the Act. Staffers, as much as elected officials themselves, have benefitted by inside information and favored treatment. Congress conveniently buried the ethics issue of staffers getting favored treatment from Countrywide Financial before it practically brought down the USA economy. This is one of many examples. Our Congress has such a low ethical standing in the eye of the public that I would read between the lines of anything which comes from their hallowed halls. www.thregovernmentman.com
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  • Congress Repeals STOCK Act Reporting
    Big Mistake. Agency legal officers could request data in paper format, and store in file, not data base. Legal review could access investments, as necessary. Data would not be available to the public. This method was totally acceptable during my tenure with the Government. In repealing the STOCK Act, the wolves are now being set free. Who do you think has first access to insider information and prospective contracts awards. Once again, All Men Are Created Equal, but some are more equal than Others - like Congress, Corporate America and Millionaires.
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  • More exceptionalism
    Yes,those who want entitlements stopped,continue to enhance theirs,by pleading safety as a reason to keep them the exception to all rules. Oh please,this is just another excuse to take advantage of the privileges they already enjoy. So while they can utilize insider information to increase their bottom lines without any implications,the rest of us need to look over our shoulders to make sure that we do no wrong,as we could be prosecuted,tossed in jail,and the keys tossed away. Ah,political corruption at its best
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