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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Dec 10, 2012 12:12AM
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The perks the congress and senate have been giving themselves are the first entitlements that that need to be cut. Let them retire on social security like the rest of the populous and let them depend on medicare and medicaid instead of premium health insurance for life for a group of rich thieves on the tax payers dime.   
Dec 5, 2012 10:13PM
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Pay the politicians minimum wage and see what happens then!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dec 5, 2012 9:11PM
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Who wrote this article? There are no rich democrats! Only rich republicans living off the backs of their slaves. When will the American public realize that politicians are all out of touch,  self serving,  phony a-holes.
Dec 5, 2012 9:03PM
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The rich get richer while the working poor get poorer.   Why doesn't Obama and all the rest of elected officials stand up today and say they are cutting their expenses/budgets by 10%, and all the rich ones (the millionaires) will get one dollar salary a month for the rest of their terms. And from now on, all campaign contributions will be divided:  50% to the candidate's fund, and 50% to the Social Security/Meidcare Funds.  Come  on, Obama and Career Politicians---this is the least you can do!!  PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS!!.
Dec 5, 2012 8:29PM
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more criminals in politics than there is in prison difference is the law protects their sorry asses
Dec 5, 2012 8:22PM
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why not just do a flat tax that has to be voted in by the people  then everyone would pay the same
Dec 5, 2012 7:28PM
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This is why me and my husband is paying taxes and we are retired not even getting that much retirement and each year we have to pay over $2800.00 per year, because of the fat cats getting all this money that came out of our pockets . And now they can't even fix this tax bill. It makes me sick how these people call themselves citizens ... some people aren't making one-tenth of their salary.. I wish there was a way to garnish their paycheck until they come up with a creditable solution. And they need to put a cap on how long they should serve in these position. there should be a LIMIT...
Dec 5, 2012 6:45PM
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not bad for a pack of lying thieving dogs thats never had to come home with back problems from working a job that pays less a week than they make in a hour, i would love to see how they would act if guys like me weren't here to dig there sewers. maybe if they had to **** out in the back yard and wipe there asses with leaves or a corncob they might want to get off some of that money and pay the rest of us what were worth
Dec 5, 2012 6:23PM
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Some of you assume because they're rich that they got it being crooked. That may be true for a few of 'em. You miss the point that you have to already BE a millionaire to run for high office. Look at what was spent in this last round. Besides all the Millions spent by the Kock Bros. at al: many personal fortunes were spent as well.Too bad for the republi-cants it mostly did no good. What's needed is major election reform starting with reversing the supreme courts decision for Citizens United that allowed billionaires to have the opportunity to buy elections and consider corporations "people". Didn't work this time but there are always more elections. Next, reinstate the Fairness Doctrine that was erased by Ronnie Rayguns (look it up). No more state control of election boards to eleiminate the republi-cant shenanegans in Fla. & OH. ect. Term limits alone won't eleiminate the root problem. We should all be voting by the same rules with the same voting method. Early voting across the board.
Dec 5, 2012 6:02PM
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It amazes me that despite low approval ratings and people voiceing the opinion that all members of Congress should be voted out, the voters continue to vote in most of the incumbents for additional terms.  It is not logical!  Maybe the voters are too lazy to select anyone else, or they are not paying attention to who are causing a lot of the problems our country is having.  Sadly, those with good intentions  are sometimes the problem.  I think there is a quote to the effect that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.  Hitler was a great orator and convinced many of the German people to do horrible things, or at least not to protest what was being done. 

As citizens who vote we need to worry about the future for our kids and grandkids.  The majority in Congress  think of today (current favor of the electorate) and not about the future.  A good example iis the Roth IRA.  The government gets more tax revenue now, but forego's much more tax revenue when people retire. 

Dec 5, 2012 5:29PM
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Immediately fire every one of them on corruption charges!  They are self serving greedy hipocrites with no intentions of serving the people who pay them, the legal citizens of the United States.
Dec 5, 2012 5:17PM
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Shame on congress. I don't know how you can look at yourself in the mirror.
Dec 5, 2012 4:58PM
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You know what is really frightening is : Our elected 0fficials don't give a hoot of what we think of them.

 They just don't give a .

Dec 5, 2012 4:52PM
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I'm sadden to see our Nation being "RAPED" by all our politicians. Greed, Corruption,Favors, and under the table deals. If oun country is to survive  we need to take immediate action and fire them all.

 

Dec 5, 2012 4:45PM
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My question is? What happens to all the money for campaing contributions that were unspend?  I' m sure if we inquire

 they'll tell us that there is "none  ".And we talking about MILLIONS.

Dec 5, 2012 4:20PM
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hey, this has been re-published several times.
Dec 5, 2012 4:05PM
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yea yah--

 

when you have a system that is run by the "haves" (corporatists>lobbyists>lawmakers), over time, the "haves" become fewer and "havier" and the "have nots" become more and "have notier"

 

--yea! everybody!

 

Dec 5, 2012 3:58PM
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the difference between democrats and republican millionares is who kknows that the right thing to do in your country is pay your taxes like all of us.
Dec 5, 2012 3:56PM
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Why are these people paid so much. This is civil service not a get rich service. They should donate this time as a civil service.
Dec 5, 2012 3:40PM
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So, why are these a$$holes getting huge paychecks, free healthcare at taxpayers' expense, retirement packages, etc? The American people MUST demand that term limits be implemented, Congress take a paycut, and NO MORE PERKS AND FREE INSURANCE.
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