It appears that members of Congress are immune from the laws governing insider trading on the stock market. Suppose a member learns that a firm is going to come out with a new invention that will cause the stock price to increase dramatically. They can use that information to get rich, but if I were working for the same company and used that information to help out a relative, I would be subject to being indicted and possibly sent to prison for the same act. But members of Congress can use such information without fear of reprisal. Retired Senator Judd Greg and his brother made millions over the closing of an obsolete Air Force Base. This explains why so many members of Congress do not want to increase taxes on millionaires, because they are protecting themselves from paying more taxes. No wonder the middle class voters have such a low opinion of Congress. It is too bad that so many members of the middle class, who are uninformed, do not choose to vote out these millionaires and allow public financing of elections. Public financing of elections would bypass the need to become a millionaire first or rely upon corporations to buy a Senator or Congressperson in order to become a member of Congress.
The other problem is with the Supreme Court. We appoint the members of the Supreme Court for life, with no real means of removing them for failure to uphold a balanced view of the law and the constitution. We have seen the willingness to the Current Supreme Court members to sell themselves to the highest bidder in their Citizens United case making a Corporation a person and allowing corporate money to buy anyone without any moral or ethical values. The current crop of would be Republican Presidential Candidates has gathered millions from Corporations, and the Supreme Court has made themselves available for purchase by attending ALEC meetings and have dipped into the Corporate coffers for their own accumulation of wealth.
The Republican Presidential Candidates have made their approval of the Citizens United windfall by using podiums which are labeled “Citizens United.” I have no doubt that if we have a Republican elected as President, it will be business as usual and that the middle class will continue to decline until we have as a richer class of the “Haves and the Have Mores.” to quote the Supreme Court Appointed but not Elected President George Bush. My final admonition to the voters is to become informed, and to vote for those with ethical values which favor the entire population. We do not need Senators like Mitch McConnell or Congresspersons such as Boener. We need people willing to compromise and to vote for laws favoring the best interests of this nation.