We need some poor people in Congress. Considering the unemployment rate is 10.2%, it's pretty clear a whole lot of people don't need those jobs.
237 members of Congress are millionaires. That’s 44% of the body – compared to about 1 percent of Americans overall.
Recall there are 435 Representatives and 100 Senators.
Now look at this wealth:
CRP says California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa is the richest lawmaker on Capitol Hill, with a net worth estimated at about $251 million. Next in line: Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), worth about $244.7 million; Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), worth about $214.5 million; Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), worth about $209.7 million; and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), worth about $208.8 million.
No wonder we cannot get any effective bills through Congress. These guys aren't just surrounded by corporate lobbyists, they are pals with the super rich. They are the super rich.
Senators’ estimated median reportable worth sunk to about $1.79 million from $2.27 million in 2007. The House’s median income was significantly lower and also sank, bottoming out at $622,254 from $724,258 in 2007.
Now what do you think about all those raises they voted for themselves?