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 4:38PM
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This is the problem. There should be only TWO terms for a senator or congressman and no PENSION afterward. This is the reason we cannot get anything done, there are too many projects they pass and can make themselves money.
Nov 26, 2012 4:38PM
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11 Demoncrats 8 Repreichans, they goes the concept "The Democrats are for the common folk"

The problem is we keep re-electing them, term limits nice try but the Supreme Ct. struck it down, even through the Executive branch serves with term limits, go figure, We should let the lobbyists take over they already run the country. Here is a novel idea, if you run from Cleveland you can only take funds from the people in your district, since these are the people you are working for, and no company donations a congressman ah! works for the people not a company.

Nov 26, 2012 4:32PM
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If we too could fleece the U.S. Treasury like they do, we too would be millionaires. From Earmarks, fancy way of saying my buddy will give me money to get him tax money to spend on his whatchamacall it or new thingy..... is just one example. Or exceeding the 27th amendment of the Constitution, that Congress must ask its' constituents for a raise, but ignoring that. Then making sure after 4, years they get a 100% pay retirement.....Really....try this.... American Definiton of Insanity... Democrats and Republicans...
Nov 26, 2012 4:32PM
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What is the difference if they are R or D -founding fathers wanted citizen statesmen -not career politicians - change to term limits--10 years and out--run again in 10 years--wouldn't happen--they make the laws.
Nov 26, 2012 4:31PM
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Truth in government! All should wear hats inscribed " VOTE FOR SALE; LET THE BIDDING BEGIN"
Nov 26, 2012 4:31PM
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what happenes to all the drug money taken when confiscated from the bad guys??? if the goverment were true they could pay off the national dept with that money,

 also stop all the all the aide to countrys for juat one year that would clear the national dept ;

GET RID OF ALL THE USELESS GOVERMENT OFFICES<

Nov 26, 2012 4:31PM
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This is why these idiots are not worried about the fiscal cliff, ya know they created this cliff, their millionaires, let them pay for their debt. And oh yes, TERM LIMITS and a PAY CAP.
Nov 26, 2012 4:31PM
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Most Americans have always wondered why  anyone would spend millions of their own money running election campaigns for senate and congressional seats that pay so little in annual salary.  Then we find out that they were legally able to trade on insider information that they gained from sitting on congressional committees.  No wonder they are multimillionaires!  The game of corruption that they play starts immediately when they take office, and those that don't play have no power.  This is why none of the small investors have been able to make money in the stock market.  When certain individuals are allowed to use insider information and the rest of us have to sit back and watch things happen around us, it's like being on the bottom of a pyramid scheme. Corrupt politicians dump stocks based on knowledge that is not available to the general public or purchase large blocks of stock due to knowledge of government contracts or changes in political situations, nobody can win but them.  Since the politicians have been making laws favorable to themselves, I still do not see how they can accuse other governments of being corrupt and calling our government a democracy.  Our government has become worse than a dictatorship.  I am glad this information finally became publicly known.  It caused such outrage that they had to stop it.  I wonder, personally, if it is still continuing, but I feel the SEC should fully prosecute any politician or family member who trades on such info.  Perhaps the stock market will stabilize if they do so.
Nov 26, 2012 4:30PM
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The Republicans have done More Damage to our Country in the last two years by not only Failing to perform their duties they were elected to do but by also they prevented America from moving forward by voting against every Bill that would have move  this great Country to Progress and created millions of Jobs for our citizens ! They said they would take this action to prevent President Obama from getting re-elected . Since they have caused so much Pain and Destruction to the American's and the President was Re-elected , what is their next great plan ?Go to the Tea Party for more great Orders ! The  Republicans should be ashamed for putting their personal interest first, instead of our Great Country ! May God forgive them for all the pain and suffering they have caused on purpose to the good people of this Great Country !This is one of the lowest points in American History !We the People need to take Action to Limit them to Two Terms !
Nov 26, 2012 4:29PM
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They should ALL be sent to prison !!!!!!  What happen to working for the people, They work for them selves & corporations who fuel their corruption, The inside trading is so prevalent its a joke. How much more can the American people take...... Paying the salaries of these non-sense politicians through our great tax system we have here in the U S !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our great country is being taken over by GREED & CORRUPTION....................
Nov 26, 2012 4:26PM
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Almost all didn't make their wealth in Congress. They had their wealth before office. It takes a lot of money (w/o campaign finance reform) or very wealthy connections to run. If there were term limits, only the extremely wealthy could afford to run. I don't know what % are Democrats, but at least the vast majority of Dems are calling for higher taxes on the wealthy and lower taxes on the 98%. In 2010, 93% of all income gains went to the top 1%. Stop listening to Fox lies and start listening to PBS where you can get programs that have various parties discussing issues. Ex: Newhour (M-F), Moyers & Co (billmoyers.com), McLaughlin, Washington Week - many on Friday and also on web. Other great PBS programs - Frontline & Independent Lens. Independent Lens did a program on "Park Ave." Without limiting campaign funding and giving huge tax breaks to the wealthy and allowing major corporations to give unlimited funds to campaigns, the US is headed toward an "Oligarchy." Basically what the US was like before the Great Depression.

Nov 26, 2012 4:25PM
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So why are these clowns getting a paycheck, insurance and a pension?! It's called PUBLIC SERVICE - not 'screw the American people".  Congress needs to be swept clean - we need term limits, and demand more accountability. WHEN will the American people start making their voices heard??
Nov 26, 2012 4:20PM
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Of course they want to be life time politicians! Who wouldn't! If you were to check what their incomes were prior to their political careers you will see almost all of these bozo"s were in the $150-$200,000 category...and walla...a few years later they are millionaires! As one of the investigative programs put it...these politicians get allot of inside trader info and they get pay offs from lobbyist...that's why they spend their time managing their portfolio instead of tending to what they promised during their campaign! There use to be a time when a politician really was interested in the future of their city, state and country...now they only care about their wallet.....almost  ALL OF THEM!
Nov 26, 2012 4:18PM
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idiots keep putting them back in office.they are working for the working perso,sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nov 26, 2012 4:06PM
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you dont see any middle class in congress whats up with that,and why are the jews running this country uhm WHY..

 

Nov 26, 2012 4:03PM
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you think MSN would get there **** together and post it so we can read it with out the **** we have too go through to see it,,,GET YOUR **** TOGETHER. Because you suck as a news provider..
Nov 26, 2012 4:00PM
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I said before.Politicians (from president to dog catcher) should be payed no more than th e average  pay of worker in a dictrict/county /citi/state...they represent!!!!They manage the country well...we all wil make out well!!! And TERM LIMITS.TERM LIMITS NOW!!!  Or we are doomed.Term limit , is to them  ,.. like Cross or garlic to vampires,.......There would be one more solution! Designate a one month or even one week in a year.Just like we have for ducks,deer,turkeys etc. Just day dreaming a little.
Nov 26, 2012 3:58PM
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No wonder they don't give a crap about SS and Medicare.  Never, ever will they have to utilize these programs, so it is easy to say slash this, slash that. Lets take away their way over the top pension, their cadillac health care and the like and see who whines about "ENTITLEMENTS"
Nov 26, 2012 3:50PM
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Lower the salaries of politicians, and see what type of people the job attracts...
Nov 26, 2012 3:49PM
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And they made it all by raping the American people... We pay their ridiculous salaries.
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