How Power Blinds Us to Our Flaws

October 16, 2010  |  

(Wall Street Journal) — Why do powerful people with so much to lose push so hard to squeeze out a little more gain for themselves?  That question lingers after The Wall Street Journal’s series of articles about securities trading by members of Congress and their aides. As the Journal has shown, dozens of public servants on Capitol Hill (and sometimes their spouses) actively traded during the financial crisis—buying funds that profit in a falling stock market, using options to bet against shares of home-building companies, even trading in and out of stocks that stood to benefit from government interventions they helped oversee.

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