It wasn’t long after I did my price-gouging cartoon that news broke about Sen. Richard Burr, head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, dumping certain stocks after receiving a classified briefing about the true extent of the COVID-19 outbreak — and still reassuring his constituents (his real constituents, not the high-paying special-access constituents) that the federal government had this thing handled. Sen. Kelly Loeffler also had a fortuitously-timed stock dump; she’s married to the head of the NYSE.
Two other senators, Feinstein and Inhofe, also sold off some stock but they apparently have a blind trust controlling their investments and were not in on the classified COVID briefing.