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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:18 PM

SOTU Speech - Congress admits they're criminals ?

10:00 p.m. ET Obama: "Send me a bill that bans insider trading by Members of Congress, and I will sign it tomorrow."

Drew applause from members of both parties.

Am I reading into this wrong or does the applause mean they actually are acknowledging they're criminals ?

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Reply SOTU Speech - Congress admits they're criminals ? (Original post)
TatonkaJames Jan 2012 OP
valerief Jan 2012 #1
DJ13 Jan 2012 #2
emulatorloo Jan 2012 #4
unblock Jan 2012 #3
onenote Jan 2012 #5
Ravens Light Jan 2012 #6
lovemydog Jan 2012 #7

Response to TatonkaJames (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:21 PM

1. They don't get punished for their crimes so why should they hide them? nt

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Response to TatonkaJames (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:22 PM

2. "Send me a bill that bans insider trading by Members of Congress"

Congress has long permitted (encouraged?) insider trading among their members.

Its only against the law outside those hallowed halls.

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Response to DJ13 (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:28 PM

4. Per Rachel, they had a bill in the works after a 6O minutes expose.

Bipartisan support, but then it just kinda petered out.

That's what Obama was referring to

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Response to TatonkaJames (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:27 PM

3. gosh no! crooks in congress? no WAY!

they're eager to pass a nicely titled bill that can't be reasonably enforced to give them that thin veneer of legitimacy every con artist craves.

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Response to TatonkaJames (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:28 AM

5. No. It means they're acknowledging that the law doesn't make it a crime

for members of Congress to do something that would be a crime when others do it. I have no idea how many of those applauding actually have engaged in insider trading. Do you? Maybe most of those applauding don't do it and want those that do to be stopped.

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Response to TatonkaJames (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 01:39 AM

6. What probably went through their heads as they stood up

 

"Oh god the cameras, I don't want to be caught sitting down!"

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Response to Ravens Light (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 02:04 AM

7. or, 'oh wow I just crapped in my pants'

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