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 2:28PM
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Well, of course, the republicans on the list are all evil and greedy and take unfair advantage....and of course the democrats must all be wonderful resources for the good of the country....
Nov 26, 2012 2:28PM
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Most of these people go into office with little money and a few years later "bang" they are rich....how do they do it?   
Nov 26, 2012 2:28PM
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Really: and who is pictured - John Kerry and if Ted Kennedy was still alive, he'd be up there too!

so MA has had two corrupt, liberal millionaires to it's recent credit.

And this is the most liberal state in the union, after all we have indicted our last four speakers of the house - who have mostly been convicted for some kind of fraud, violations or other crimes that only Congress and elected officials are supposed to be able to get away with.  They must have pissed someone off to be indicted. 

 

If all the voters would STOP voting for the incumbents, then we could start fresh.  Problem is that media, big business and rich have their personal agendas, money and the connections to get themselves voted - by legal or illegal means.  (George Bush anyone?)

So we get these people back again, and again, and again, and again, and again.

How effective is a Congressperson who is in their 90's?  USELESS, retire and stop living off the teat for change - use your OWN damn money you cheap useless POS.

Can they even stay awake for sessions? 

 

But the American voters are the real stupid ones!

Why

Because you keep voting them back in - so who's fault is it?

 

Send a message, be an individual, think about what you are doing, educate yourself about these crooks in congress - they are above the law (think - they can use insider trading and you can't?  Really aren't they Americans?  I though that law applied to ALL Americans, why do we have to have a special law instructing Congress they cannot use insider trading? 

 

there are two sets of laws, one for you and me and one for the rich and powerful.

Nov 26, 2012 2:25PM
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I wonder why MSN put this article up AFTER the election and not before? Things that make you go hmmmmmm.
Nov 26, 2012 2:25PM
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And these people who live in the world of the rich and famous know what is best for the rest of us... Harry Truman said it best "anyone who comes out of Washington rich is a crook".
Nov 26, 2012 2:24PM
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i think once they leave office they should no longer be recieving any type of salary from the goverment as pay or benefits ... but they get it for life and  that not right or fair  to the american tax payer 
Nov 26, 2012 2:24PM
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Not only should there be term limits there should also be laws against them using insider information to pad their stock market accounts. 

These guys know what laws they are working on if you think that does not give them a superior advantage in the stock market then think again.

Nov 26, 2012 2:22PM
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Oh, this can't be right, because there are Democrats on this list, and we all know that  Democrats are poor, working-class folks.  Only Republicans are rich.
Nov 26, 2012 2:18PM
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Thes people have to go. They don't care about the real people(the ones who work and pay taxes).

They give themselves raises without permission from us. They work for us therefore we should fire them all. It is the deadbeat people who keeps re-electing these people in. I say if you do not pay taxes, YOU DO NOT VOTE.

Nov 26, 2012 2:18PM
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It should be against the law to become a millionaire on the people's dime when you are in public office.  If their salary and benefits were in line with the the business owners that pay for it,  congress could balance the budget within a week.  Criminals are more honest than the people in public office.  They at least admit their crooks!
Nov 26, 2012 2:17PM
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anyone out there think that these guys are in favor of Barry's tax plan?  The one where he said that those who make over $250,000 a year will give a little more, remember?  Doubt it.  But hey, he is in touch with the working people right?  Whatever!
Nov 26, 2012 2:16PM
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Can't help but notice there are more Democrats than Republicans on this list.  As a Conservative, I say 'way to go' to either side for becoming wealthy in this great country.  However, for the silly Occupiers and lefty class warfare contributors, this must be a real eye-opener!
Nov 26, 2012 2:16PM
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IS A SHAME,TO THE UNITED STATES PEOPLE..EXEMPLE,AM AN AMERICAN

I PUT MY LIFE ON LINE IN AFRICA FOR THIS NATION I BECAME DOWN WITH

A SEVERE P.T.S.D.  I GET 460 DOLLS MONTHLY AND  CAUSE AM POOR,THEY,GOVERNEMENT OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA GIVE ME EXTRA  S.S.I. 336 DOLLS,PLUS USED TO BE 91 FOOSD STAMPS,NOW I GET 200 DOLLS.BUT I HAVE TO PAY 500 DOLLS FOR A ROOM IN A HOME THAT MAN IS CRAZY,ALCHOOLIC,BISEXUAL,TRYING TO GET ME ALMOST EVERYDAY.I DONT HAVE ANY OTHER PLACE TO GO,AM BEING APPLYING FOR HOUSING FOR MANY YEARS AND NEVER GOT IT,BUT,,, I KNEW THERE IN TEXAS WHERE I LIVED MANY ILLIGAL GIRLS FROM MEXICO,ACROSS THE BORDER TO GIVE BIRTH THIS SIDE,THEN THEY GET HOUSING,400/TO 500 DOLLS FOOD STAMPS ,MEDICARE ETC.WELL,SOUTH OF TEXAS THIS SIDE DEL RIO GRANDE IS NOT AMERICA DEL NORTH,,,,IS MEXICO.YO HAVE TO SPEAK SPANISH,ILLIGALES GET PAY CHECK FROM GOV.FAKE NAMES CAUSE ALL THIS SIDE  MEXICAN-AMERICANS ARE MEXICANS ALL HAVE FRIENDS OR FAMILY

IN MEXICO SO THEY CLOSE THE EYES ,WE AMERICANS THERE ARE CALLED OF OUTSIDERS.==THEN??ALL THOSE SENATORES,,,CONGRESS PEOPLE ETC MAKE A FORTUNE ??IS REAL A SHAME AM DISABLE RITERED,I LOST MY WIFE PLUS MY

2 SONS,CAUSE THEY ABONDONE ME CAUSE I DID NOT HAVE MONEY TO FEED THEM 700 DOLLS MONTHLHY,CAME TO MA,TRY TO GET SOME JOB,BUT I GOT FOR 3 WEEKS THEN I GOT HURT AND SO FAR NO PAY NO COURT,,CAUSE MIOSTER JUDGE SAID THAT ARE TOO BUSY,AND I BROKE MY KNEE,THE SPECIALIST TOOK MRI,IS THEFRE THE FACTURE,,ALMOST 4 MONTHS AND I GOT A PAWER BUT I DSAID THAT CANT DO NOTHING,THAT THE LAW IN USA ARE ONLY FOR PEOPLE WITH MONEY AND FAMOUS.POOR LIKE ME ?NO LAW

 

Nov 26, 2012 2:14PM
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Interesting.  Of the 19 richest members of Congress, 11 of them are Democrats.  So much for being the "Party of the People".  It's easy to be generous when you're giving away someone else's money.  You can bet their assets, on both sides of the aisle, are protected out the wazoo from the coming tax hikes.  I'd be more interested in knowing how many members of Congress have used their offices to increase their wealth while the rest of the country wallows in recession.  Hypocritical a-holes, the lot of them.  Term limits anyone???
Nov 26, 2012 2:14PM
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It should be against the law to become a millionaire from the people's taxes.  If our government was run like a business they would all be fired!  They product nothing and vote themselves a raise or better yet get automatic raises.  Criminals are more honest then our 'public servants'.  At least they admit they're crooks!  The cliff is coming and we're all going over (except for congress).
Nov 26, 2012 2:13PM
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We are expecting people, who are elected to the House and Senate, that are very wealthy and want for nothing, to understand what it is to balance a budget at any level. They are our elected leaders and yet they cannot seem to keep the federal pursestrings taught. Their indifference and often times, arrogance, toward John Q. Public is all the more reason to institute term limits and have newe people with fresh ideas take over.
Nov 26, 2012 2:09PM
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Look at all the thumbs up vs. the thumbs down. We bitch about them but don't do anything about them. Until there's a true grassroots effort from ordinary citizens to change politics, crooks will remain crooks.
Nov 26, 2012 2:05PM
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I have one question: Why is this article just now appearing on this web-site? The article was published on October 23rd. It is now appearing on MSN a month AFTER the election. Probably news that the liberal media didn't want widely disseminated. Just wondering.
Nov 26, 2012 2:03PM
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How come Romney wasnt mentioned doesnt he have a **** load of money?
Nov 26, 2012 2:03PM
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with people like this in congress Obama will never see new taxes on the very rich.
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