I’m not sure if hell is about to freeze over but Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez actually Tweeted something I agree with wholeheartedly.
This blows my mind: House Ethics Rules prevent me from receiving a $100 gift card, or crashing at a place as I wait for rent 💰, but somehow allow members w/ investment portfolios to write laws that will personally enrich them $1000s in their own stocks; potentially millions. https://t.co/E9L1cVubFe
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 17, 2018
Way back in 2011, the CBS news show 60 Minutes did a story called Insiders about insider trading in Congress.
This was a bombshell that let to reports and analysis from The Wall Street Journal and Forbes on just how much money members of Congress and their staff were making from knowledge that would get the rest of us thrown in prison for trading on.
The scandal led to the passage of the STOCK Act (Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act), drafted by Joe Liberman and signed into law by Barack Obama.
Congress patted itself on its back for doing the right thing.
There was just too much money to be made to not be corrupt.
This is what Congresswoman-Elect Ocasio-Cortez is talking about.
And she is right about this, it is beyond unethical for Congress to be able to use the privileged information available to them because of their office for personal gains.
It is clear that there are many in Congress who are there, and continue to fight to stay there, for no other purpose than personal enrichment. They have figured out that graft, corruption, and grifting is the only way they can make it rich, because they are garbage people who will fail in the private sector.
Right now, it is easy for AOC to call out the rest of Congress. She’s still principled (I never said she’s not, many socialists are, it’s just that their principles are absolute shit) and she hasn’t been sworn in yet.
From here I see one of three possible things happening to her:
- She gets sworn in, is shown the ways of corruption, becomes corrupt herself and shuts up about this.
- She gets sworn in, is shown the ways of corruption, becomes corrupt herself and continues to criticize the corruption as a blatant hypocrite.
- She refuses to engage in the corruption and continues to complain about it and the other Democrats making insider money stomp her guts out behind the scenes.
I swear to God, when I saw this Tweet I was reminded of the scene in Training Day when the cops shoot Scott Glen’s character and take his stash. I was imagining Nancy Pelosi as Denzel Washington and AOC as Ethan Hawke.
The only difference is, I don’t expect AOC to shoot Nancy Pelosi in the streets of DC. Most likely, it would be the other way around.