Rick Perry: Hey, let’s lock up those congress critters doing insider trading!

posted at 7:30 pm on January 6, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Rick Perry is clearly pulling out all the stops as a candidate who needs to engineer a “re-surge” in the primary process. In a recent editorial at Redstate, Perry is calling for an immediate and significant halt to any insider trading by members of Congress.. including throwing them in jail.

It’s not enough members of Congress make $174,000 a year, some are trading on inside information to use their public service to enrich themselves.

The Tribune is right, the Securities and Exchange Commission and Justice Department should be using every available tool to put a stop to this. But they are not. So, Congress needs to pass the STOCK Act as a matter of urgency, to do even more to ensure that this kind of thing is stopped dead in its tracks.

In addition to calling for tough measures to outlaw insider trading by Members of Congress, I’ve called for making Congress part-time, like the Texas legislature, cutting congressional pay in half, and amending FOIA to apply to Congress and the White House.

Perry is exercising a lot more courage in endorsing the STOCK Act than might even appear at first glance. In his editorial, he calls out Nancy Pelosi, and with good reason. But he’s not going to make any friends on his own side of the aisle with this position. (Paging John Boehner… John Boehner to the White Courtesy Phone.)

CBS said Boehner bought health insurance stocks during the health care debate, which increased in value after Republicans succeeded in killing a proposal to allow the government to offer a health insurance plan to compete with private companies.

In a statement, Bachus’ office said the representative never trades financial services stocks or trades on private information. Boehner said at a news conference that he has not made decisions on his stock portfolio for years.

Further, the STOCK Act is a product of Scott Brown. Yes… I know. He was a Tea Party favorite during his initial election effort, but he’s not exactly a model for the base these days and this particular web would be drawing in members from both sides of the partisan divide. All in all, a good move by Perry, though. If you want to be viewed as a real Washington outsider, take on issues which tip the apple cart over. But he shouldn’t look for any quick endorsements from members of Congress who have been cashing in on Wall Street.


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Good stuff! no wonder the GOP hates him

james23 on January 6, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Yes, it was a very good piece he posted at Red State today!

Go Perry!

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on January 6, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Good stuff! no wonder the GOP hates him

james23 on January 6, 2012 at 7:33 PM

And, the GOP Establishment, and FNC… with his part-time Congress idea, there will be no political news for FNC to report on and without lobbyists a whole lot of corruptocrats will be out of work.

They hate him alright.

Aslans Girl on January 6, 2012 at 7:34 PM

He does have a point, makes one wonder how many are riding durty down Wall Street.

RAGIN CAJUN on January 6, 2012 at 7:35 PM

It sounds good, until you get to the implementation phase.

unclesmrgol on January 6, 2012 at 7:36 PM

critters…. pfff

that kind of talk does not help Perry

Drunk Report on January 6, 2012 at 7:36 PM

You truly want to reform Washington and actually do something meaningful – Rick perry is the person. He doesn’t yack about it, he will do it!

Go Perry 2012

bzip on January 6, 2012 at 7:37 PM

He might not be making many friends in Congress but those folks in Congress don’t have a lot of friends outside their little cliques considering the single digit approval ratings they’ve held for… years.

Ukiah on January 6, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Can only garner one half of the government to attack the other half. Can’t attack them both. Republicans are just as guilty. And of course, this will go no where because of it.

Vicious pointless cycle with no end fully engaged.

Boomer_Sooner on January 6, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Sounds like a plan tome.

derft on January 6, 2012 at 7:38 PM

I got a better idea. Constitutional Amendment mandating that there be a vote of confidence before the primaries where the vote is against the entirety of the house and another vote against all senate seats. If congress cannot get a vote of confidence of at least 50%+1 from the nation as a whole, then every person currently in office will not be allowed to run for any federal office with the exception of President in the upcoming election.

Then the following congress can investigate those who just left office.

astonerii on January 6, 2012 at 7:39 PM

FILL THE JAILS…!!!

/

Seven Percent Solution on January 6, 2012 at 7:40 PM

“Congress critters”. Hee hee we Texans are stupid ain’t us.

Marcus on January 6, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Yes, we all know that Perry is an incompetent buffoon who has no business running for president. But he does serve a few purposes at this point:

1) Comic relief.

2) With his handful of clueless supporters, Perry will probably get between 5-13% of the vote, thereby helping to fracture the opposition to Romney. Given that Romney is obviously the best candidate and the one who can defeat Obama, Perry’s staying in the race is good news to anyone who cares about the country and wants to see Obama removed from office.

Thank you, Perry! You are making a difference!

bluegill on January 6, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Uh-oh! Looks like Marshall Dillon is back in town. Quick, somebody go tell Festus, Miss Kitty and Doc.

He can propose all he wants – but Congress implements, so it won’t happen. More red meat for the folks.

Plus, how will Perry convince President Romney, The Plastic POTUS, to propose this?

4% nationally, 5% in South Carolina, 1% in New Hampshire. The surge really has nowhere to go but up, up, up and away!

Horace on January 6, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Hey Perry…

Palin thanks you for your support!

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204323904577040373463191222.html

idesign on January 6, 2012 at 7:42 PM

My Governor is a handsome, handsome man…who will never become POTUS no matter how much Anita wants to be First Lady.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 6, 2012 at 7:42 PM

He might not be making many friends in Congress but those folks in Congress don’t have a lot of friends outside their little cliques considering the single digit approval ratings they’ve held for… years.

Ukiah on January 6, 2012 at 7:37 PM

They’re all related one way or another. Romney and Huntsman? Related through the Pratts. Hell, even Barack Obama is related to Dick Cheney.

Perry? He’s the son of a county commissioner and school board member.

ZGMF_Freedom on January 6, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Ice cream. That is cheap.

Fact.

SlaveDog on January 6, 2012 at 7:43 PM

critters…. pfff

that kind of talk does not help Perry

Drunk Report on January 6, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Perry didn’t say “critters”, that was Jazz’s paraphrase, you nitwit! You obviously did NOT read Perry’s piece. *facepalm*

Aslans Girl on January 6, 2012 at 7:44 PM

He’s got my vote.

Hey, I am sick of politicians getting away with what people in the private sector never would.

JellyToast on January 6, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Good stuff.

gophergirl on January 6, 2012 at 7:45 PM

“Congress critters”. Hee hee we Texans are stupid ain’t us.

Marcus on January 6, 2012 at 7:40 PM

He DIDN’T say “critters”! Jazz put words in his mouth. Another *facepalm*

READ the article.

Aslans Girl on January 6, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Oh,……hey…let’s lock up people double dipping on their state’s pension systems too….

WryTrvllr on January 6, 2012 at 7:46 PM

bluegill

Better watch your back. The Official Hot Gas Perry Girls & Marching Society don’t cotton to talk like that.

Horace on January 6, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Aslans Girl on January 6, 2012 at 7:44 PM

I do believe Drunk Report knew exactly Governor Perry didn’t use “critters”.

Marcus on January 6, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Now THAT’S the kind of talk abobo likes to hear! If he’s seriously and makes good on stringin’ up blackhawk bernanke, I’ll personally send Paul packing and vote Perry!

abobo on January 6, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Can only garner one half of the government to attack the other half. Can’t attack them both. Republicans are just as guilty. And of course, this will go no where because of it.

Vicious pointless cycle with no end fully engaged.

Boomer_Sooner on January 6, 2012 at 7:38 PM

I’m pretty sure more than a few of those teaparty “critters” have been waiting 2 years now for the leverage of the executive branch in such an effort. Matter of fact, getting rid of some of these oldtimers would really give Conservtism a new perspective.

2nd look at Perry for me.

Socmodfiscon on January 6, 2012 at 7:47 PM

You truly want to reform Washington and actually do something meaningful – Rick perry is the person. He doesn’t yack about it, he will do it!

Go Perry 2012

bzip on January 6, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Not only “will” he do it, he’s already done it. He is a reform governor. Tort Reform being one of the best things he’s done.

Aslans Girl on January 6, 2012 at 7:48 PM

What’s going to be a riot is Romney heading to Tex-ass for votes.

Marcus on January 6, 2012 at 7:48 PM

the entire political class is crooked. Bank of America is paying 300 plus million to settle a ‘claim’ of discriminating in loans…because of Countrywide. Unclaimed monies will go to black/hispanic activist groups

Now, the head of countrywide was a Dem aligned with his friends like Chris Dodd.

Diane Sawyer will not breathlessly tell anyone that the friends of Angelo were friends with a racist predatory lender. Diane is in on the game.

And because Diane is in on the game we can have mass re-fi of mortgages without a single truth telling of how massive mal-investment works and how it came about because of our crooked and collectivist political class. Just like the Soviets took decades to own up to Lysenko, Stalin, etc.

And of course I’m just talking about Diane symbolically…could be any of the press stooges

r keller on January 6, 2012 at 7:49 PM

He DIDN’T say “critters”! Jazz put words in his mouth. Another *facepalm*

READ the article.

Aslans Girl on January 6, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Marcus is a Perry supporter :)

gophergirl on January 6, 2012 at 7:49 PM

I’ve called for making Congress part-time

Give it up, Rick.

Buy Danish on January 6, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Now that is taking class warfare to the actual battlefield! This issue will unite a lot of people on both sides. For or against it, we’ll find out who’s zoomin’ who.

We’ll weed our guys out on principal and we’ll weed their guys out on criminal charges. We at least have the precedent Clinton gave us to tax retroactively. Just make capital gains taxes on trades that even sniff of impropriety while in office 200%. Dem or Repub it ain’t right to do what some of them have been doing.

Boomer_Sooner on January 6, 2012 at 7:38 PM

so you’re okay with the status quo?

DanMan on January 6, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Why did Rick Perry say “congress critters”? Why? It sounds silly.

Frobenius on January 6, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Marcus, I’m sorry that I missed the sarcasm in your post… I should’ve known that from your post history.

Marcus on January 6, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Heh. Maybe the Texa Rangers will come up to their northern borders and not let him in the state, LOL!!

Aslans Girl on January 6, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Perry keeps tossing out these RED MEAT items that have no chance of being adopted. thats what undercuts him. He did it in Iowa and now he’s doing it in south carolina

gerrym51 on January 6, 2012 at 7:51 PM

You obviously did NOT read Perry’s piece. *facepalm*

Aslans Girl on January 6, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Let’s quit pretending that Rick Perry would even be able to write two complete sentences, let alone an entire article. The man is a joke.

bluegill on January 6, 2012 at 7:51 PM

gophergirl on January 6, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Yes, I just apologized. After Drunk’s ridiculous post I was afraid more people were going to take his word for it. I should’ve known better than to think Marcus was serious. *sigh*

Aslans Girl on January 6, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Why did Rick Perry say “congress critters”? Why? It sounds silly.

Frobenius on January 6, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Show us the quote where he did. The full article is linked above.

Marcus on January 6, 2012 at 7:53 PM

It sounds good, until you get to the implementation phase.

unclesmrgol on January 6, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Hell, I’d settle for exposure at this point and future legislation making it a felony.

Socmodfiscon on January 6, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Why did Rick Perry say “congress critters”? Why? It sounds silly.

Frobenius on January 6, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Maybe because he didn’t? READ the article. Jazz was paraphrasing. Sheesh.

Aslans Girl on January 6, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Perry could appoint Palin as the new Anti-Corruption czar. Tingles.

Socmodfiscon on January 6, 2012 at 7:54 PM

I’ve called for making Congress part-time
Give it up, Rick.

Buy Danish on January 6, 2012 at 7:49

Actually, a better idea would be to make congress revote on their “ideas” after five years, to see if they worked out as planned. Also makes ‘em part time….yeah!

WryTrvllr on January 6, 2012 at 7:55 PM

bluegill on January 6, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Then why are worried about him? You spend so much of your precious time picking on a “clown”, it makes me wonder? Hmmmmm.

Aslans Girl on January 6, 2012 at 7:55 PM

This all sounds good until you look at Perry’s pay to play schemes as governor of Texas. Texas has virtually no ethics laws for politicians.

Rick and Anita Perry ahve accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in travel and gifts from supporters and special interest groups. In exchange, these supporters and interest groups have received technology grants (even though the regional boards recommended against it), appointments and other favors (e.g. the Texas Residential Construction Commission for Rick’s #1 contributor – homebuilder Bob Perry).

Perry’s actions didn’t violate Texas law, but they are nevertheless dishonest and unethical. Rick Perry is as corrupt as any Cook County Democrat.

bw222 on January 6, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Yes, I just apologized. After Drunk’s ridiculous post I was afraid more people were going to take his word for it. I should’ve known better than to think Marcus was serious. *sigh*

Aslans Girl on January 6, 2012 at 7:52 PM

With the all the new people on the board – it’s hard to keep people straight. Just thought I’d help out ;)

gophergirl on January 6, 2012 at 7:55 PM

getting rid of some of these oldtimers would really give Conservtism a new perspective.

If the payroll tax deal didn’t teach us that nothing will.

somofico…it works as long as the fi is bigger than the mo.

DanMan on January 6, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Perry keeps tossing out these RED MEAT items that have no chance of being adopted. thats what undercuts him. He did it in Iowa and now he’s doing it in south carolina

gerrym51 on January 6, 2012 at 7:51 PM

He’s encouraging the passage of the STOCK ACT. As far as, “locking them up”, people who engage in insider trading are charged with mail fraud and can be sent to prison. Why should Congressman who violate insider trading laws be treated any different than your average non-Congressman?

ZGMF_Freedom on January 6, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Good news for Perry Supporters. Perry is tied with Buddy Roemer in NH at %1. Keep that hope alive. Who knows Perry might hit %2 and then its on to %2.25 and by 2035 it could go go as high as %4.

Perry is Da Man. Perrynistas Rock on.

Just wanted the folks to know that Perry is catching fire in NH and may even blow past Buddy Roemer who poured a total of $1.65 into his campaign so far.

And don’t forget: Perry is from Texas, he is not from one of those crummy other states, we are talkin about Texas, people. Texans are cooler than other people which makes Perry extra cool.

Frobenius on January 6, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Frobenius

I can’t understand why Perry said “congress critters” either.

Of course with his recent surge in the polls (1% and counting in New Hampshire!) I’m willing to give Perry the benefit of the doubt. He was probably reading something someone else wrote. Happens all the time with politicians.

Horace on January 6, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Rick Perry is as corrupt as any Cook County Democrat.

bw222 on January 6, 2012 at 7:55 PM

rrrrright

DanMan on January 6, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Perry is correct. ANd this ridiculous idea that congress critters and their staffs are exempt from any laws that would disallow them from making the most insider of trades possible is an offense to the intellect. I don’t think that anyone with more than two brain cells to rub together accepts that. It’s just another instance of Tea Parties having to get and pay for permits and the like while the OWS squatters can just move onto any plot of land or anyone’s property that they want, and the cops and politicians stand around acting as if they can’t do anything “They haven’t broken any laws … There does not seem to be any direct law stating that that one cannot defecate on a municipal police car. It just isn’t in there. Nothing we can do …”

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 6, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Let’s quit pretending that Rick Perry would even be able to write two complete sentences, let alone an entire article. The man is a joke.

bluegill on January 6, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Poor trolling. His record as governor is highly impressive (have you compared Texas’s economy to any other state’s over the last 10 years).

The work of an idiot? Some kind of cosmic accident?

Reminds me very much of leftists who insisted Bush was an idiot. Oh, and also an evil genius at the same time.

The problem with leftists is that they emphasize emotions at the expense of critical thought.

CorporatePiggy on January 6, 2012 at 7:59 PM

http://yfrog.com/occyazrj

IL ballot – check

gophergirl on January 6, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Frobenius on January 6, 2012 at 7:58 PM

You want to admit you were wrong when you thought Perry said “critter”? Your obvious dislike of him made you believe Jazz’s paraphrase… you never even read the article. Yet you jump in here to make fun of Perry. Says more about you than him.

Aslans Girl on January 6, 2012 at 8:00 PM

It’s not a crime when a Congressman does insider trading.

With that said they conspired to write themselves out of the very laws they enforce on others… yes out in the open, but a conspiracy nonetheless. If they voted for the laws in question they should go to jail for conspiracy to defraud the people and businesses of this Nation via writing themselves out of the law.

No man is above the law.

Not even those who write it, because you then have an unaccountable class to the law when that happens. We call those aristocrats… often nobility… but mostly cheats and frauds, con artists, swindlers…

Really Congress does need to get taken to court for the laws they write themselves out of. And it is way, way more than *just* insider trading.

ajacksonian on January 6, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Horace on January 6, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Yes I did notice Perry surging in NH to 1%. Now if he hits 1.55% you could round that up to 2% which would mean he doubled his support and since he is from Texas that is like 2% eleventy or something.

Frobenius on January 6, 2012 at 8:01 PM

It’s a little late to be telling tales on fellow politicians, do you really think that is news to us? Tell us about the double standards you have been enjoying while a politician. Tell us about the government entitlement prog….(sorry), agencies that produce absolutely nothing and are stuffed to the gunwales with federal employees justifying their jobs with political BS and getting a check. The government agencies make nothing taxable but wow do they ever impose penalties and fines and taxes on private enterprise. If health care is so good tell us why 1200 exemptions are already certified? What gives the EPA so much power? Is it a government within a government? Waiting for answers Mr. Perry.

mixplix on January 6, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Horace on January 6, 2012 at 7:58 PM

I believe you’ve said that you like Perry staying in the race for the comic relief — then why don’t you actually READ what the article says? If you like to laugh at him, I would’ve thought you’d read it for yourself. It’s obvious you did not or you would know that Perry did not say “critter” and that it was JAZZ SHAW who was paraphrasing.

Aslans Girl on January 6, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Frobenius

Aw, give me a break! “Fifth” Perry is going to mop the floor with that former Governor critter, Roemer.

“Fifth” will top 2% by next week. Remember – you heard it here first.

Horace on January 6, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Poor trolling. His record as governor is highly impressive (have you compared Texas’s economy to any other state’s over the last 10 years).

CorporatePiggy on January 6, 2012 at 7:59 PM

It’s not poor trolling if he gets a response out of you. Just ignore them. A lack of attention is toxic to trolls.

ZGMF_Freedom on January 6, 2012 at 8:03 PM

If people care…we’ll have a 3000 comment thread!

KOOLAID2 on January 6, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Poor trolling. His record as governor is highly impressive (have you compared Texas’s economy to any other state’s over the last 10 years).

The work of an idiot? Some kind of cosmic accident?

Reminds me very much of leftists who insisted Bush was an idiot. Oh, and also an evil genius at the same time.

The problem with leftists is that they emphasize emotions at the expense of critical thought.

CorporatePiggy on January 6, 2012 at 7:59 PM

No offense intended, but Perry didn’t discover the oil there. Will we now be giving the governor of North Dakota a serious look??

WryTrvllr on January 6, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Rick Perry is as corrupt as any Cook County Democrat.

bw222 on January 6, 2012 at 7:55 PM

I live in Cook County (or as I call it, “Crook County”) and I can definitively say “nope”.

Aslans Girl on January 6, 2012 at 8:04 PM

if he hadn’t squandered his initial surge we wouldn’t be looking at the Conservative vote being wasted.

……that and his Open Borders/Trans Texas Corridor history.

……are there ANY SMALL GOVERNMENT Conservatives running (that aren’t Foreign policy nutjobs)?

PappyD61 on January 6, 2012 at 8:05 PM

If Congressmen really did exempt themselves from insider trading laws, then that is totally corrupt. But legal.

Under the Constitution, you cannot jail someone for doing something legal at the time of the action. You can vote them out of office and make it illegal to do in the future, though!

AngusMc on January 6, 2012 at 8:05 PM

It’s not poor trolling if he gets a response out of you. Just ignore them. A lack of attention is toxic to trolls.

ZGMF_Freedom on January 6, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Exactly

gophergirl on January 6, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Aslans Girl on January 6, 2012 at 8:00 PM

I caught one. Now let me fillet you and put you on Bishop’s grill.

Perrynistas and Perry Bots are so easy to catch because of their cultist Ronulan-like tendency to follow Perry blindly. They jump right into my boat. I don’t even have to reel them in.

Frobenius on January 6, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Frobenius

Forget New Hampshire.

Keep your eye on South Carolina, where Fifth has gone from 6% to 5% just to make the other critters in the primary feel over-confident.

He’s a sly ol’ boy, that Fifth.

Old Texas Rangers trick, I think.

Horace on January 6, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Frobenius on January 6, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Yeah, sure. You’re just using that to CYA.

Aslans Girl on January 6, 2012 at 8:07 PM

I’ve called for making Congress part-time

Give it up, Rick.

Buy Danish on January 6, 2012 at 7:49 PM

I’m not up on the rules as much as some here. What would it take to get this on a national referendum? That seems to be the only way. Congress will not do this to themselves.

predator on January 6, 2012 at 8:08 PM

We all now that Hot Gas is in the tank for Mr. Big Union, Rick Sanitorium.

Kermit on January 6, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Our guys meet for something like 90 days every two years. We pay them something like $8,000 when they’re in session plus per diem. Very generous for the work they do.

DanMan on January 6, 2012 at 8:09 PM

I’m not up on the rules as much as some here. What would it take to get this on a national referendum? That seems to be the only way. Congress will not do this to themselves.

predator on January 6, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Pretty much. Taking money out of politics will never work as there is no way to effectively control money. Taking power out of politics is the only way.

ZGMF_Freedom on January 6, 2012 at 8:10 PM

It’s not poor trolling if he gets a response out of you. Just ignore them. A lack of attention is toxic to trolls.

Yup. I sure hope perry does well tomorrow. Needs the fire. Go perry!

Flapjackmaka on January 6, 2012 at 8:11 PM

AngusMc

Excellent point. Ex Post Facto will prevent Perry from going “Texas” on those congress critters now in office.

Of course, if we’re going to use legal terms, Perry is moot, so it isn’t an issue anyway.

Horace on January 6, 2012 at 8:11 PM

It’s not a crime when a Congressman does insider trading.

ajacksonian on January 6, 2012 at 8:00 PM

I call, “Bull.” They could not have immunized themselves (legally) from and and all fraud law in every state. In doing these trades, they have broken (by the twisted way the court looks at things, so that’s what we have to go with) many, many laws – just not the silly ones they wrote to specifically go after “insider trading”. Any enterprising prosecutor could find dozens of charges to file against them and he could easily get tens of “victims” (again, by the courts’ dopey standards).

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 6, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Good stuff! no wonder the GOP hates him

james23 on January 6, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Apparently, rodeo clown Rick Perry is also deeply unpopular among voters of all stripes. The few dozen people who support Rick Perry like to blame the “Establishment” (but they never exactly say who these people are or name names), but the truth is that voters have taken a look at Rick Perry and have deemed him to be a bozo. Voters do not want an imbecile as president. That’s just a cold, hard fact that the small number of Perry lovers can’t seem to accept.

When people see Rick Perry for the first time, all they can think is, “well, he sure does look and sound like a dumb Texan. Do we want to go there again?” Perry is probably a good man, but he is not presidential material.

Can someone please tell me how Rick Perry did in Iowa? I didn’t look passed 4th place. Did Perry come in last? Either he or Bachmann came in last place, but I can’t remember which. I know that Perry wasted more money in Iowa than almost anyone.

bluegill on January 6, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Has anyone gotten Martha Stewarts feelings on this?

ManWithNoName on January 6, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Give it up, Rick. You’re finished. Done for. You had your chance and you blew it.

Armin Tamzarian on January 6, 2012 at 8:18 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 6, 2012 at 8:12 PM

What you say is true, and yet they also wrote laws to exempt themselves from such things.

Is that or is that not conspiracy to circumvent the law that is to be applied equally to all citizens?

And I will applaud any State AG with the guts to go after these Congressmen who do such things. They do need to be held accountable… each and every single one that votes for such things is helping to corrupt the system. If they seek to evade accountability at one level, pull them in at another.

And Congress does write itself out of health and safety laws, plus all sorts of other minor matters on employment that everyone else has to comply with but Congress, in its lovely and grand wisdom, sees that they just don’t need to have for themselves. Start looking up those laws Congress exempts itself from and you will find that this is not even the tip of the iceberg, merely the first snowflake you have encountered.

ajacksonian on January 6, 2012 at 8:20 PM

It’s not enough members of Congress make $174,000 a year, some are trading on inside information to use their public service to enrich themselves.

Podnuh, ya oughtta use a newfangled semicolon insteadah that there comma.

itsnotaboutme on January 6, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Now that is taking class warfare to the actual battlefield! This issue will unite a lot of people on both sides. For or against it, we’ll find out who’s zoomin’ who.
We’ll weed our guys out on principal and we’ll weed their guys out on criminal charges. We at least have the precedent Clinton gave us to tax retroactively. Just make capital gains taxes on trades that even sniff of impropriety while in office 200%. Dem or Repub it ain’t right to do what some of them have been doing.
Boomer_Sooner on January 6, 2012 at 7:38 PM

so you’re okay with the status quo?
DanMan on January 6, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Well that’s interesting. That’s not my post at all that you tacked my name on.

Boomer_Sooner on January 6, 2012 at 8:25 PM

So, Congress needs to pass the STOCK Act as a matter of urgency, to do even more to ensure that this kind of thing is stopped dead in its tracks.

“To do even more” than what? Please get a proofreader, Governor.

itsnotaboutme on January 6, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Heck, right now I would vote for Jeb Bush.

JellyToast on January 6, 2012 at 8:25 PM

And no, I’m clearly not for the status quo.

Boomer_Sooner on January 6, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Armin Tamzarian on January 6, 2012 at 8:18 PM

So you actually disagree that Congress needs to be over-hauled? Wow.

Aslans Girl on January 6, 2012 at 8:26 PM

bluegill

Governor Perry came in FIFTH in Iowa and it was a very strong FIFTH, too.

It gave him the Iowa bounce that pushed his poll figures in South Carolina up from…er…I mean, down from 6% to 5%.

But, he’s surging. No, he really is. Will you please stop laughing and read this. He’s surg…oh, go ahead and laugh then.

Horace on January 6, 2012 at 8:27 PM

cutting congressional pay in half

The best politicians are refusing to run for president. Now you want to remove incentive for good folks to run for Congress?

itsnotaboutme on January 6, 2012 at 8:28 PM

ajacksonian on January 6, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Interesting. I can understand a small part with respect to the critters, themselves, but how these extended immunities could be granted to staff escapes me. And we all know that lots of this trading likely goes into family and friends of these staff people … especially as they all seem to think it’s perfectly legal. If Mr. Scumbag X thinks it’s legal for him to buy stock on his Congressional information, then he would have no problem telling his wife and friends, “I’m buying stock XYZ. I like it.” Etc.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 6, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Does Perry’s staff think he’s running for congress? The President is gutting the military and side stepping The Constitution while the economy flounders and he thinks this kind of pandering will win him the nomination? Hammer the President or your competition for crying out load.

lowandslow on January 6, 2012 at 8:31 PM

He’s got my vote.
Hey, I am sick of politicians getting away with what people in the private sector never would.
JellyToast on January 6, 2012 at 7:45 PM

That’s a pretty ignorant statement considering Perry’s record of insider deals here in Texas. If Rick were to actually apply his stated standard of conduct on himself he’d be making license plates in Gatesville right now.

Fletch54 on January 6, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Fletch54

Perry engaged in insider dealings in Texas, i.e. crony capitalism?

Sacre Bleu! Why, if that could be proven, it would make him a crook critter and he would have to throw himself in jail.

Mon Dieu!

Horace on January 6, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Can anyone recall any campaign in modern history that was a lame as the Perry implosion?

Remember the Dean Scream?
How ’bout Dukasis riding the tank?

Frobenius on January 6, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Dukakis riding the tank?

Sorry about the typo (:

PS: Sorry about the typo (:

Frobenius on January 6, 2012 at 8:48 PM

It’s nice for someone on our side to be attacking the enemy.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 6, 2012 at 9:08 PM

I’m not up on the rules as much as some here. What would it take to get this on a national referendum? That seems to be the only way. Congress will not do this to themselves.
predator on January 6, 2012 at 8:08 PM

I haven’t looked into the rules because he’s being an unserious blowhard with this non-starter of an idea to have a citizen legislature in Washington.

Buy Danish on January 6, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Gerald Ford falling down steps

Nobama thinking a large window at the WH was a door and tried to open it

But when we’re talking Stooges and Beverly HillBillies level comedy gold, Perry is ahead by a mile.

Horace on January 6, 2012 at 9:21 PM

I haven’t looked into the rules because he’s being an unserious blowhard with this non-starter of an idea to have a citizen legislature in Washington.

Buy Danish on January 6, 2012 at 9:17 PM

It’s a pipe dream. Just like dissolving the federal reserve. Or abolishing the dept of education. Or forcing everyone under the penalty jail time to buy health insurance.

ZGMF_Freedom on January 6, 2012 at 9:21 PM

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