Thoughts about whether Congress members should be allowed to own and trade (individual) stocks are getting a lot of publicity recently. For example, a recent poll reported that 76% of voters think people in Congress have an unfair advantage when it comes to owning and trading stocks and support a ban on the practice by elected officials. Nancy Pelosi disagrees, saying the US is “free market”.
If the President is expected to either divest from their stocks and other wealth or to at least place them into a “blind” trust (that may not be exactly all that blind, but that’s a different issue), why can’t the same standard be applied to all other elected officials?
Here is a pertinent quote from the article linked above.