Thursday, April 5, 2012

Members of Congress - Millionaires

Members of Congress earn $174,000 a year; yet most of them are millionaires.  How can that be.  Some married money, some inherited money; some earned it prior to running for office, but most earned their millions the old fashioned way by feeding at the trough while "serving their country".  In fact, the average Senator is worth $13.2 million.  The average Congressman is worth a paltry $5.9 million.  Median household income in the US is just $49,445. 

So while Members of Congress and particularly Socialists purport to represent the common man,  the reality is that there is nothing common about our illustrious Representatives.   Further, until a recent law was enacted, Members of Congress could benefit from insider trading that put Martha Stewart and many others in jail.    Our Founding Fathers intended that we have government of the people, by the people and for the people, run by citizen politicians that would serve a few terms and go home to live in the real world.   What we have instead are politicians in office for life, feeding at the trough, using the "system" to get rich. 

Corruption in Washington DC is rampant.   Members of Congress play games with campaign money that somehow finds its way into their bank accounts.  In addition, over the years, Members of Congress have enacted legislation that benefited them personally.   Socialist Senator Dirty Harry Reid of Nevada, the Senate Majority Leader, is the poster boy of corruption.  Dirty Harry has been involved in shady real estate deals in Nevada.   Ole Harry not only voted for a bridge to no where, he made sure that the government funded a bridge, or highway to his personal real estate holdings, which immediately enhanced the value of his property.   Go figure.

But it gets worse, Dirty Harry who lives at the Ritz Carlton in Washington DC on his $174,000 salary is lobbied by none other than his own family members, earning millions of dollars a year because they have access to Harry Reid, the majority leader of the US Senate.   Did you know that Harry Reid is the author of a book about his life.   None of us would have known either, except that Harry sent it out to Republicans that had donated to his Republican opponent's campaign in 2010, personally inscribed by Harry Reid with a silly No Hard Feelings sentiment.   This Blogger suspects that these books were purchased by Harry's campaign with a good part of the money going to good Ole Harry.  Why else would this have occurred.  It was a legal way to transfer money from the campaign to Dirty Harry's bank account. 

None of this is unusual.  Members of Congress have figured out how to play the game and scam the system to become millionaires.   Why else would they cling to office for 20, 30 or even 40 years.   We have to take back our country in 2012 and 2014.   To do so, we must enact a Congressional Term Limit Constitutional Amendment.   We have to return to citizen politicians to bring integrity back into government.   What we have today are a bunch of crooks, living off the fat of the land, at our expense.  It has got to stop. 

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