The 19 richest members of Congress

While the Great Recession cut down the number of Capitol Hill millionaires, most of the nation's wealthiest lawmakers are getting richer.

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Oct 23, 2012 11:03PM
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If there was ever an excuse to make changes and unite against the political figures, I'd say this is the proverbial proof that's in the pudding. Both Democrats and Republicans are getting fat off of prolonged tenures and exceptionally "smart" marriages. Reminds me a bit of Monarchy, when it comes to the marriages. Power and money. I used to be a Liberal Democrat, but for the past year I've been so disgusted, I've decided to call it quits and just be Independent. They keep winning when we keep whining! Wake up, people, no party is more guilty than the other!
Oct 23, 2012 10:40PM
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If you think that you can trust government, ask the American Indians. We get the government that we deserve. We, the American public, are complicit in our own demise because we turn a blind eye to the fact that, in politics, money not ideas is power.

We are lead to believe that the ballot and the sheer numbers of voters secure our rights as American citizens. Nothing could be further from the truth. To paraphrase Gore Vidal – It makes no difference who you vote for – the two parties are really one party representing one percent of the people with enough money to get them elected or re-elected.

We have been cajoled, by politicians, into believing that a campaign contribution is an inherent expression of free speech. At a contribution of a dollar at a time that argument might hold some water but with the campaign coffers of each party rising to the tune of ONE BILLION DOLLARS we are fast affirming that “what is good for Wall Street or General Motors is good for our nation.” Recent events have taught us otherwise

Our so-called representatives mock our Founding Father’s belief that they are only entrusted with the seat of power to do the will of the people. In the absence of justifiable and sustained citizen outrage we are affirming that choosing one’s government does not necessarily secure our freedom. Until “We the People” assert ourselves representative government is only a myth perpetuated by self-serving politicians in search of campaign funds.
Oct 23, 2012 10:35PM
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ITS TIME FOR ANOTHER JACKSONIAN ERA-CAP CREDIT CARD INTEREST RATES AT 7%,MAKE BIG BUSINESS PAY DOWN THE DEFICIT AND ESTABLISH A 15.00HR MINIMUM WAGE
Oct 23, 2012 10:19PM
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as long as voters dont care if their reps are crooks or not doesnt matter aka jefferson money in the freezer judge hastings impeached as a judge for being a crook then elected to congress and what about jackson now who  knows what his deal is but  hes 30 points ahead
Oct 23, 2012 10:18PM
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This article should tell you why they don't want a tax hike on the rich. There voting to raise there own taxes. It's the same as voting to receive a pay cut, it will never happen. Let the middle class vote on it, and there taxes will increase with no problem.
Oct 23, 2012 10:15PM
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Used to be 6 years term limit now the mofos enjoying our tax dollars with their teeth shine like a diamond.

Oct 23, 2012 10:05PM
Oct 23, 2012 10:05PM
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KISS-KEEP IT SIMPLE ST____ -- It is called a "term limit" 2 or 2 times in each the (state/fed) House and Senate. This will stop a whole lot because new blood, high turn over. Then that have to write out the outline and goals for change- If they don't stick to they can not be re-elected.

Oct 23, 2012 9:55PM
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About 60% of them are democrats.  How interesting.
Oct 23, 2012 9:53PM
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Maybe more of a time for 'we, the people' to get out an vote out the long term members of congress and get some down home, real working folks elected for those positions.  Congress needs to be cleaned out and all the members replaced -- not just the most wealthy ones.  We need some people in Congress who actually have the working class in their sites and understand what it IS to be working class and support us.  All this hype about middle class being people who make $250,000?  Really?  I thought middle class was more like $50,000 -- and I'm not there yet.  The wealthy get in office and protect their wealth with bills and laws that allow them in Congress to vote their own raises and line their own pockets on the backs of us working class citizens.  If $250K is middle class, those of us making 50K or less are at the poverty level and I'd estimate there are a lot more poverty level citizens than their are middle class citizens.  Time to get out and do the voting and make a difference and turn this around. 
Oct 23, 2012 9:50PM
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My concern is HOW MUCH did they have BEFORE being elected ?
Oct 23, 2012 9:37PM
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Being a member of Congress should be a JOB, not a CAREER!  These bozos make so much money - easily - that they never want to leave.  THey scratch the back of whomever will keep them in office and keep their pockets lined with cash.

 

Term limits for all of  'em!  Do your bit for eight years max, and then out you go.  Get a job.  Maybe they would be more concerned about the economy if they knew they would have to get a real job in eight short years.

Oct 23, 2012 9:22PM
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This is something that needs changing. Not one person listed here, regardless of party, is in touch with America and Americans. It's a club, not a Congress. I'm ready to fight for that change. If every person in America gave me ONE DOLLAR to build my campaign ($400 million to work with), I would still fall short of what kind of campaign money is required to succeed. Everything in America is corrupted by extreme wealth and extreme control. Some say I'm crazy to wish for a major market crash. The fact is our best chance only STARTS with that crash, wipes out banks, the Federal Reserve and Wall Street. With those fires burning, it spreads to groups who do us no good or provide no benefit. It's no longer about power, it's about survival. If you insist on wealth creating two classes, forfeit all laws and walk outside, we can easily remedy that problem with your thinking. Money has to go, wealth has to spread back to Main Street and stay there.
Oct 23, 2012 9:17PM
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Gee, both sides look like a bunch of crooks. Bet they all make money on inside trading. 
Oct 23, 2012 9:08PM
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Why not abolish lobbying? How else do you think so many managed to double their wealth while they should have been working for the American people? Instead they serve themselves WHICH HURTS Americans. How do you think the rich got the top tax rate lowered from 90% down to 70%, then from 70% down to 50%, and now it is down to 35% even though most pay much less? THEY LOBBYED FOR IT.
Oct 23, 2012 8:42PM
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"Representatives in 2010 had a median estimated wealth of $746,000; for senators, it was $2.6 million".

 

Term limits!

Oct 23, 2012 8:41PM
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Yeap !!! That's why the middle class and the poor stay that way. They need to give all these Congressman/woman  a big tax paying  bill.Make It 5 times the average American pays.The old saying the rich gets richer and the poorer get poorer. I hope Obama taxes you all butt of the yang yang.
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