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  •  Easy for guys with "median net worth of $1.8 Mil.. (26+ / 0-)

    to talk about (other people) sacrificing. The median average net worth of a member of the House Tea Party Caucus was $1.8 million in 2010.

    (Financial disclosure forms require lawmakers to value their assets and liabilities only in ranges, so it's impossible to know exactly how wealthy a particular elected official is. However, it's possible to calculate an average net worth for each member of Congress.)

    That's significantly higher than the comparable number for the median House member: $755,000. It's also more than 130 percent above the $774,280 average net worth of the median, non-Tea Party Caucus House Republican.  

    Furthermore, the caucus, a group of 60 House members founded by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), includes 33 millionaires and six members worth more than $20 million, according to the Center's research. That means a member of the group is more likely to be a millionaire than the average Republican who isn't in the caucus...

    As long as the tea-party Congress members have enough money to keep themselves (not to mention a small army) comfortable, it obviously doesn't matter to them if other people don't.  They're working overtime to make sure that they and their fellow 1%'ers get more and more weathy--even if it's at the expense of the people they "serve".

    •  A sense of fairness requires (0+ / 0-)

      taking note of the fact that the Dems on the Hill are very nearly as wealthy on average as Reps (there used to be a much wider gap).  And that the average senator is three times as wealthy as the average House member.  Very few of the folks on the Hill are members of the commoners' league.

      For that matter, the president himself is worth an amount approaching 97 times that of the average American household.  None of these people eat toast and tuna for dinner and leftover toast and tuna for breakfast.

      A quick Google search of "median net worth congressman" will provide ample support for my meager assertions.  

      Romae in die non combureretur.

      by Not A Bot on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 09:32:53 AM PDT

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