Rep. Chris Collins indicted on insider trading — How do we drain the swamp?

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 08: Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) (2nd L) walks out of a New York court house after being charged with insider trading on August 8, 2018 in New York City. Federal prosecutors have charged Collins, one of President Trump’s earliest congressional supporters, with securities fraud, accusing the congressman and his son of using inside information about a biotechnology company to make illicit stock trades. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

“Yay, another corrupt congressperson totally taking advantage of the American people.” – Ethan Bearman, KGO810 Host

Yet another Republican congressman has been linked to a scandal. Rep. Chris Collins’s indictment for insider training, which led to his arrest Wednesday, should have ignited shock amongst Americans. But, for many it was, unfortunately, expected. With politicians, including the president, consistently in the news for engaging in sexual misconduct, in one case allegedly dating teenagers, tax fraud and racist remarks, you can’t blame the public for lowering their standards of what they expect from high-ranking government officials.

Host Ethan Bearman is posing an interesting solve to one aspect of the recurring problem of bad behavior in D.C., profit-driven corruption. There’s two main components to his proposal: First, pay congresspersons more to disincentive dirty money deals and attract better candidates. Second, create a constitutional amendment that would require them to divest themselves entirely to ensure their behavior isn’t being motivated by a personal agenda.

He turned the phone lines over to listeners to find out what their own suggestions were to “drain the swamp.” Ideas floated included annual audits, changing term limits and implementing stricter background checks.

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