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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Nov 26, 2012 2:51PM
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The American public would go to jail on insider tradng but not members of the Senate or Congress
Nov 26, 2012 2:50PM
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I BELIEVE THAT MANY IN CONGRESS ARE NOT THERE TO SERVE THE PUBLIC, BUT TO DEVELOP CONNECTIONS WITH PERSONS/ORGANIZATIONS THAT WILL MAKE THEM WEALTHY. CAN YOU GUESS WHO THEY ARE LISTENING TOO?
Nov 26, 2012 2:49PM
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I do agree tho term limits ,no lobbiests but then they will figure something else out
Nov 26, 2012 2:49PM
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I'm sure they have gotten there money in other ways..(not legal)..several years ago members were busted for insider trading, then there was CountryWide, And i'm sure other big companies have made there contributions .if they are so rich why are they receiving a paycheck? the President get almost a half a billion dollars a year. Everything is paid for by our taxes so everything he gets is free. Why get a paycheck... they should only be allowed one term of 4 years, pay for there own medical and dental, have a 401K like everyone else and when there 4 years is up they leave with nothing but the 401K.. They keep taking more and more from us but are not willing to give up anything.

 

Here are some ideas to fix the budget. Due away with the one term paid for life pension they have, Cut there pay in half. Make them pay for there medical and dental. Do away with foreign aid. its about time the world takes care of themselves. Stop bailing out Coorperate America (since they use the money for there pensions, cars, boats, planes and anything else to support there lifestyle,

Stop telling countries that owe us money that they do not have to pay it back. Drill here and leave the money here instead of overseas, Bring outsourced jobs back to the US (more jobs, more taxes). stop the over 5 hundred billion a year taking care of illegal's in this country.

 

just saved you about 2 to 3 trillion easily. but you have to get Coorperate America out of Washington. CAN'T FIX AMERICA IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO FIX WASHINGTON..

 

Nov 26, 2012 2:48PM
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we just elected Dem. Eliz. Warren in Mass. who has $13. mill + worth and a $750,000 home and voted out Rep. Scott Brown who is worth less than $750,000 and lives in a $250,00 home.   so $$$ are not always taken into consideration by the easily swayed voters.  It is really who can create the worst case lies about the other person and who gets money from outside interests.    Like our governor who is from Ill. and Sen./elect Warren from Okla. residence doesn't seem to matter either.   We even have people who move from one cong. district to another just because there is an opening.    Of course in this state/MA. you have loads and loads more "irregular" things that happen.
Nov 26, 2012 2:48PM
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Why are the members of the Congress and Senate apparently exempt from making sacrifices to benefit the effort to bring down the deficit?  I have not heard any one of these people suggest that they take a pay cut? If they were truely concerned with the deficit and the people they serve, one would think they would have done this already. 

It is not like they work really hard for their salaries.  Maybe they should be paid by merit points. When they spend their time governing, they would be paid.  When they are spending their time working on their next re-election, that should be on their own time.

I am fed up with these people telling the people in the middle class that they need to make more sacrifices, and the poor and elderly need to be cut off from their entitlements.  Since our was supposed to be a trickle down economy, there is a way to actually see some trickle down.

Nov 26, 2012 2:46PM
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Lots of ways to hide money ..... come speak for an hr we will give you 150000

 

Nov 26, 2012 2:46PM
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What a pile of BS that BO wants to raise taxes only on the rich!!!More flippin' lies!
Nov 26, 2012 2:43PM
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I remember when hillary before office she had net worth of 65000 after office had net worth of 6000000and she wasnt only one
Nov 26, 2012 2:43PM
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Welllllllllllllllll   if thier so rich,why don't they help the USA people in destress.  People losing their homes due to storms,fires,floods,bankrupting,etc;;;;  It's the people that put them in the congress postion their in,and if it weren't for the people voting them in congress they would be so rich.  Once again an example"robbing from the poor,while the rich gets richer!" I hope KARMA gets them.  Hope they all get JINKED bad luck!!!!!
Nov 26, 2012 2:43PM
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I find it extremely odd that statistics show that these people are thriving in a world that is on the brink of economic failure. I would have to say, without going to any great lengths of research that these people are guilty of insider trading, and investment opportunities made available to them due to the job that they hold, whether it be by election process, or by appointment. Do they honestly think that it isn't obvious to those that are looking in from the outside. It definitely smells fishy. 
Nov 26, 2012 2:41PM
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Of the top dozen, 9 are democrats and only 3 are Republicans.  So much for the lies, regarding the rich, uncaring Republicans vs. the democrats looking out for the middle class.

 

The democrats, in Congress, are huge believers in capitalism!  They simply don't support their constituents believing in capitalism.

 

They want their constituents to rely on their elected officials to take care of them.  That's how the rich democrats stay in office and keep getting richer...

Nov 26, 2012 2:40PM
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See libs your guys are really in touch with the lttle people.
Nov 26, 2012 2:39PM
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There all crooks, No more no less. There the reason this country is going to hell. Get them out, The crooks that is. And things may get better. but these crooks in the crook house own us and that will never happen. They won't let it. So there it is. Crooks rule. Long live the crooks. That's what you tell your Kids. If you what to make it in life, Be a lawmaker be a member of the crook house. B e a crook. Because crooks real in to days  world. The rest just get by, Just.
Nov 26, 2012 2:38PM
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I don't understand how Democrats can be on this list.  Their party, and their leader, believe in income redistribution and they also label themselves as the compassionate party.  So why haven't they given away their wealth to the point that they live on the same earnings as their constituants.  That way they can walk the talk. 
Nov 26, 2012 2:36PM
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You notice how their all rich Liberals/ Democrats and they represent the working middle class? Not likely. They take care of their corporate buddies(True Crony-Captalists). When are people going to wake up?
Nov 26, 2012 2:35PM
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I did not even read this article.  Are we supposed to worship someone because he or she has money?  Most who have money got it by defrauding someone else.  So, we've got rich congresspeople and are nation is broke.  It is worse than broke, we are in debt by 50,00 dollars for each man, woman and child.  Congress hasn't spent their money.  They have wasted ours.  I wanted them thrown out but America wouldn't do it.  I personally do not care what happens to the US now.  If Iran, or China whips our backside, I just hope they start with the problemmakers in Washington.  Oh, well.  I'm not going to worry about it anymore.
Nov 26, 2012 2:33PM
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These bums are in congress to protect the interest of Big Business which is ruining this country.
Nov 26, 2012 2:32PM
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I believe there should be an income restriction on those serving in public office so as to avoid the appearance of bias. Serving in Congress should be for the benefit of the citizenry, not for special interest groups. Income bias may be hard to prove but it is very easy to detect based on performance.
Nov 26, 2012 2:29PM
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These people should be voted out and replaced by individuals that can relate to the populace.  I whole heartedly agree with Not Plumber Joe.  What goes on in out Congress is appalling.  Kick backs from lobbyist, insider trading are just two of the myriad of money opportunities these people have.  Citizens of this country have to wake up and begin changing things and reforming our government. 
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