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 28, 2012 9:57PM
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On top of all this, they have Premier Health Insurance "FOR FREE" get grants if they claim they have a farm even if it only has one cow and my list could go on and on.  Why do you think they bailed out out these companies like GM and Wall Street, because they have a vested interest in them, they do not let us bail out or get a second chance if we mess up!  But, that is why I only buy Ford, they recovered on their own "Without" Bailout support from the government and I will always respect that of them.

The biggest thing though that people seem to go brain dead on, is the fact nothing gets done in Government (except of course, voting themselves wage increases) is they want to keep us average Americans poor and needy and it does not matter if you are a DEM or a Republican, this is the agenda and is what will kill our Country.

Just like with this Global Warming, yes, the world has done some damage, but the world has gone through ice ages, devastating years of extreme heat, and floods for eons of years.  When I was a kid and went to the beaches and saw all these homes feet away from waves, always thought they were stupid to build there and claiming Hurricane Sandy was caused by Global warming is ignorant and would have (and has) happened.  Global Warming is just another money making agenda they need to not only make more money, but to try and bring jobs back to America, wont happen though, as China will take this from us too due to the greed of our Government for more money

Nov 28, 2012 9:39PM
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Fire them all........ can they spell Term limits!!!!!!!!  We the people Must demand change.......

 

 They are elected to serve the people, not them selves...... These fools are sooooooo out of touch with what working really means and paying bills with little money is all about. 

 

America, wake the hell up and get rid of these POS's and put new ideas and blood in OUR congress and senate............  They all need to go.  If we, the people keep voting these morons back into office, we deserve what we get, so stop complaining................

 

FIRE THEM ALL AND LET THE PEOPLE LEADE OUR COUNTRY.............

Nov 28, 2012 9:37PM
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TERM LIMITS! LESS GOVT. LOWER TAXES. LESS SPENDING. SAVE MEDICARE AND SS CAUSE WE PAID INTO IT AND CUT

ALL THE BS LIBERAL SOCIALIST CRAP! YOU CAN'T STAY ON WELFARE AND FOODSTAMPS YOUR ENTIRE LIFE! CUT THEM

OFF! KILL OBAMACARE BEFORE IT KILLS THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM AND WE ALL WIND UP WITH HIGHER RATES AND

DEATH PANELS DECIDING OUR HEALTHCARE! CUT ALL BENEFITS FOR CONGRESS! NO PENSION NO HEALTHCARE!

 

Nov 28, 2012 9:36PM
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demoncrats. wonder if nancy gave the illegals taking care of her vineyards a raise this year? probably not ...just a promise to get more of their relatives into the u.s.to vote for her. 
Nov 28, 2012 9:31PM
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We want to see their tax returns!!
Nov 28, 2012 9:19PM
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They've got the money ..they now have the power

and you get the shaft...why? ..to take care of their friends.

 

They have the lowest rating since the ice age and the

stupids keep voting them back in ..

 

Q. What's the difference between stupid and genius???

A. There's a limit to genius... 

Nov 28, 2012 9:16PM
Nov 28, 2012 9:13PM
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Funny how the Dems have convinced voters that the Republicans are just wealthy Jerks and out of touch with the average JOE, yet 7 in the top ten of wealthy Congressional Members are Dems, verses only 3 Republicans.  Out of the total 19 "Richest Members" 14 are Dems verses only 8 Republicans and only solidifies that Dems are the bestnd biggest liars of all Political Members and proves their agendas are to do what ever necessary to "Rule" America and bring her to ruin...
Nov 28, 2012 9:12PM
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About half have incomes and investments totaling far more than $250K. Is it any wonder they've not
supported a tax increase for those above that income? Good luck getting them to come together on a vote for a increase on themselves.
Nov 28, 2012 9:01PM
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Isn't it amazing when 11 of the 19 richest members of congress are Democrats?  Everyone thinks republicans are the rich people.  What the heck?
Nov 28, 2012 8:58PM
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the more money you send to them, the more corrupt they get
Nov 28, 2012 8:53PM
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wait, wait, wait, how much are these people making and they work for us. some of them make more than some CEO's. hold up, what wrong with this picture.

Nov 28, 2012 8:51PM
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I can beleive that at least 10 of the 19 are Democrats... How can Evil rich people be Democrats as they give all their money away don't they???? That is what they preach.... Oh wait, I'm sorry, they only give other people's money away. My bad...
Nov 26, 2012 6:51PM
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UNFORTUNATELY, I STILL SEEM TO HEAR CHINA LAUGHING WHILE I GO TO THE BEACH --  SEE "LINCOLN" ---- GET SOME VALUES, HAVE ONE JOB AND DO IT WELL
Nov 26, 2012 6:47PM
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People wake up! Do you honestly believe that these people care about our welfare! What ever happened to "by the people,for the people"??? They have millions, we have NOTHING!
Nov 26, 2012 6:33PM
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One doesn't have wealth in stocks and bonds and the like unless one has a whole helluva lot to begin with, and so can afford substantial losses. Such investors, members of Congress and Wall Street brokerages and banks aren't investors like you and I. They never really risk very much. Which is one more reason no one elected to public office should be allowed to own any kind of investment. (Blind trusts are not, of course, really blind, and so just one more fraud perpetrated on taxpayers/voters.)

Obviously, elected officials are grossly overpaid, though not nearly so much as pro athletes and other entertainers, not to mention the thieves who thrive on Wall Street. When I was a kid all these types were taxed to the hilt, as they ought have been. Sadly, having won the class war by way of the Reagan Revolution, they mostly no longer pay taxes at anywhere near the rate of the average worker today, and so their income is also largely tax-free. What's more, members of Congress continue to be paid even after they're out of office and for the rest of their lives.

In reality, they live in a different country, one other than the one the people they claim to represent live. There are two Americas: one with maybe 5% of the population, the other containing 95% of the the population.

The only mystery is why it is that the 95% are so wiling to tolerate this divide, indeed actively support it by continuing to vote for these deadbeats. Federal and state workers who are not elected and who are lower echelon do the vast majority of the actual work that needs doing, while the elected officials do not much more than talk, and after departing from office talk only when paid ridiculous amounts to talk.

There is zero democracy in any workplace, meaning none in America in general. The democracy that really counts would be, should be in the workplace, but there is none there.

Recommended to all is Richard Wolff, not the guy writing for the glitzy magazine, but the economics professor, on the topic of democracy in the workplace. Owners and top managers need not apply, since not necessary. Workers can own and operate businesses by themselves and run them more efficiently. Best of all, everyone partakes of any and all profits. That would be real democracy such that at some point in the not-too-distant future, neither state nor federal government would any longer be necessary, nor would nation-states per se. Communities where were located democratic workplaces would also make decisions concerning their own communities.

Defense complexes are necessary only if given to war-mongering.

One thing is certain, a nation in which the relative number of wealthy grows ever smaller and in which more and more of those who rule are among the obscenely wealthy is doomed to economic failure. Wealth is relative (to cost of living) and therefore requires vast poverty (someone has to pay, or rather be exploited). The only remaining question is when are we going to wise up?
Nov 26, 2012 6:07PM
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"More than 40 lawmakers reported assets of $25,000 or less."  RIGHT!

Just watch what magically happens to their net worth during their terms.

THAT IS WHY WE NEED TERM LIMITS.

 

SENATORS: TWO TERMS THEN OUT. CAN'T RUN AGAIN FOR 25 YEARS

 

REPRESENTATIVES: 6 TERMS THEN OUT. CAN'T RUN AGAIN EVER.

 

Why not give it a try?

Nov 26, 2012 5:44PM
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I would love to know the real truth. I do know that in 1992 there were 27 millionaires. Of the 27, 21 were Democrats. Sort of brings a tear to your eyes when you hear tax the rich.
Nov 26, 2012 5:41PM
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I'd like to see these rich "b's" try to live off of a typical salary of 30K to 70K per year like the most of us have to do.

 

No man can get rich in politics unless he’s a crook!

     – President Harry Truman

Nov 26, 2012 5:39PM
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How does an average person entering Congress get to be a millionaire while there? They are quick to make laws regarding "conflict of interest" for everyone except themselves. How long will the people allow this? THIS  is why we should be "taking our country back", but we are too easily distracted by whose at fault for where our country is. I see exactly where the fault lies and it is not with the average American trying to get by, but the people we elect to get rich.
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