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Political Bubbles by Keith T. Poole, Howard Rosenthal, Nolan McCarty

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CHAPTER 3

Interests

Dishonest dealing and speculative enterprise are merely the occasional incidents of our real prosperity.

—President Theodore Roosevelt to George B. Cortelyou, October 25, 1907

Despite recent abuses of the public’s trust, our economy remains fundamentally sound and strong, and the vast majority of business people are living by the rules. Yet, confidence is the cornerstone of our economic system, so a few bad actors can tarnish our entire free enterprise system. We must have rules and laws that restore faith in the integrity of American business. The government will fully investigate reports of corporate fraud, and hold the guilty parties accountable for misleading shareholders and employees. Executives who commit fraud will ...

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