Should Congress have the same retirement investments as Social Security recipients?


Puzzle Summary:

POLI the AI asks, “Where can we agree?” Federal Actors Trading Equities (FATE) with Social Security Tied to Opportunistic Congressional Knowledge (STOCK): Members of Congress (MoC) and Federal Employees (FE) have access to legislation that affects industries that the general public does not. Insider trading is illegal in the private sector but not for MoC and FE.

ONE PARROT calls that government employees are paid less than the private sector and trading stocks is the only way to maintain a lifestyle becoming their positions. THE OTHER PARROT puts that getting rich on stocks eclipses elected officials’ duties in a representative government.

These stock trades would be limited to their retirement accounts and serve as an index for a 25% share of the Social Security (SS) Funds’ stock investments—so all retirees benefit.

Both Parrots make their good points over and over and over again. What did our nonpartisan scoring system say?                       

BOX SCORE for the Shared FATE STOCK Act
Weighted-Average Forecast

:69%: ± 5% Nonpartisan Score
Sides of the Table 4/4
Wall of Information 7/8
Cultural Windows 10/16
Columns of Bias 7/8


Top Four Key Reasons in Favor of the Shared FATE STOCK Act

Congress needs a longer-term mindset
Flush seniors will increase GDP
Commerce just needs to know the rules
A mix of stocks and bonds is prudent

Top Four Key Reasons Against the Shared FATE STOCK Act

MoC/FE shouldn’t be trading stocks, period
Will cause even more bubbles to pop
May speed obsolescence
Congress picking winners and losers is magnified

Where Can We Agree?®: Four Odd Couples IN-FAVOR

Urban Part-time & Reality
Deep Reader Independents & Core Republicans
Rural Full-Time & Entrepreneurs
Underrepresented & CPAs and FP

Where Can We Agree?®: Four Odd Couples AGAINST

Activists & Private Equity
Moralist Republicans & Free Press
Multi/Nationals & International NGOs
Social Media & Justice Independents

Four A-hah Moments

(Yes) Will put a floor under the stock market
(Yes) Gerrymandered incumbents are lazy and arrogant

(No) Industries could be extorted for favors
(No) Congresses may back the wrong horses

Politics 4.0 DNA (ACGT) Conclusion

We predict a 69% strong super-majority of roles in this country to support the Shared FATE STOCK Act with a slightly higher error margin of  ± 5%. Thrift (T) types will like that the Social Security Fund will be less volatile. Abundance (A) types will see seniors not have to skimp so much in their dotage. Commerce (C) types will see more stable long-term trends of which to manage. Governance (G) types will see less animosity about their privileged behaviors.

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