57 members of Congress among wealthy 1%

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    Nov 16, 2011 1:48 AM GMT
    Take a look at this! The net worth for every congressperson.

    Money definitely controls congress, If you doubt that, I have oceanfront property in Wyoming to sell you.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/story/2011-11-15/congress-wealthy-1/51216626/1 Congress includes 249 millionaires, the data show. The median wealth: $891,506, almost nine times the typical American household.
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    Nov 16, 2011 1:55 AM GMT
    Damn, look at those in Congress with a negative net worth. Jeez.

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    Nov 16, 2011 2:00 AM GMT
    conservativejock saidDamn, look at those in Congress with a negative net worth. Jeez.



    Of course they are and Pelosi is one of the richest. Here's the difference between Pelosi and John Boehner.

    Pelosi: Very wealthy, has never had to work. Has never had to want for anything in her life.

    Boehner: Grew up poor. Worked his way up the later and lived the American Dream. He was taught the same values I was taught. If you want something go out and earn it yourself.

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    Nov 16, 2011 2:20 AM GMT
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    conservativejock saidDamn, look at those in Congress with a negative net worth. Jeez.



    Of course they are and Pelosi is one of the richest. Here's the difference between Pelosi and John Boehner.

    Pelosi: Very wealthy, has never had to work. Has never had to want for anything in her life.

    Boehner: Grew up poor. Worked his way up the later and lived the American Dream. He was taught the same values I was taught. If you want something go out and earn it yourself.



    Would you please stop smearing your ignorance all over the forum? Boehner grew up working in his father's bar. They were not poor and he has been on the public dole as a member of Congress for nearly his entire adult life.

    He also promotes policies which directly harm his siblings most of whom are blue collar (union, government) workers and two of whom are currently unemployed.

    What a douche.

    And Pelosi didn't grow up rich. Her father was an insurance broker before and after he was a Congressman. The majority of her wealth comes from her husband.
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    Nov 16, 2011 2:52 AM GMT
    It's a little fishy. Herb Kohl is on the bottom and yet I read:

    wikiWith an estimated net worth in 2005 of $279 million, Kohl is one of the wealthiest U.S. Senators.[6] He has donated $25 million to the University of Wisconsin–Madison for construction of its new sports arena, which was named the Kohl Center. It was the largest single donation in University of Wisconsin System history.[citation needed] In 1990 he established the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Achievement Award Program, which provides annual grants totaling $100,000 to 100 graduating seniors, 100 teachers and 100 schools throughout Wisconsin.


    Did he lose that much money since 2005?icon_eek.gif
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    Nov 16, 2011 3:09 AM GMT
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    CHRISTOPHER34 said
    conservativejock saidDamn, look at those in Congress with a negative net worth. Jeez.



    Of course they are and Pelosi is one of the richest. Here's the difference between Pelosi and John Boehner.

    Pelosi: Very wealthy, has never had to work. Has never had to want for anything in her life.

    Boehner: Grew up poor. Worked his way up the later and lived the American Dream. He was taught the same values I was taught. If you want something go out and earn it yourself.



    Would you please stop smearing your ignorance all over the forum? Boehner grew up working in his father's bar. They were not poor and he has been on the public dole as a member of Congress for nearly his entire adult life.

    He also promotes policies which directly harm his siblings most of whom are blue collar (union, government) workers and two of whom are currently unemployed.

    What a douche.

    And Pelosi didn't grow up rich. Her father was an insurance broker before and after he was a Congressman. The majority of her wealth comes from her husband.


    I'm trying to catch up with you on the ignorance factor, but I just can't seem to get there.


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    Nov 16, 2011 4:14 AM GMT
    I want to buy your oceanfront property in Wyoming. Can I have it moved to Florida?
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    Nov 16, 2011 4:21 AM GMT
    CHRISTOPHER34 said
    Christian73 said
    CHRISTOPHER34 said
    conservativejock saidDamn, look at those in Congress with a negative net worth. Jeez.



    Of course they are and Pelosi is one of the richest. Here's the difference between Pelosi and John Boehner.

    Pelosi: Very wealthy, has never had to work. Has never had to want for anything in her life.

    Boehner: Grew up poor. Worked his way up the later and lived the American Dream. He was taught the same values I was taught. If you want something go out and earn it yourself.



    Would you please stop smearing your ignorance all over the forum? Boehner grew up working in his father's bar. They were not poor and he has been on the public dole as a member of Congress for nearly his entire adult life.

    He also promotes policies which directly harm his siblings most of whom are blue collar (union, government) workers and two of whom are currently unemployed.

    What a douche.

    And Pelosi didn't grow up rich. Her father was an insurance broker before and after he was a Congressman. The majority of her wealth comes from her husband.


    I'm trying to catch up with you on the ignorance factor, but I just can't seem to get there.




    As usual, no facts. Just tired talking points from the Rush Limbaugh show.
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    Nov 16, 2011 4:29 AM GMT
    CHRISTOPHER34 said
    Of course they are and Pelosi is one of the richest. Here's the difference between Pelosi and John Boehner.

    Pelosi: Very wealthy, has never had to work. Has never had to want for anything in her life.

    Boehner: Grew up poor. Worked his way up the later and lived the American Dream. He was taught the same values I was taught. If you want something go out and earn it yourself.



    And that must be the reason why John Boehner co-sponsored the bill to eliminate the Estate Tax. Because if you want something, go out and earn it yourself, or just wait until your rich parents die.
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    Nov 16, 2011 3:31 PM GMT
    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2011/11/15/seven-of-the-top-ten-wealthiest-members-of-congress-are-democrats/

    Seven of the Top Ten Wealthiest Members of Congress Are Democrats

    Yes America, there is a wealth gap. Seven of the top ten wealthiest members in Congress are Democrats.

    The results are based on a new study released today by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics. The Center did an analysis of the financial statements filed by members of Congress for 2010 income and net worth.

    This revelation of extreme wealth by Democratic politicians is completely contrary to the public image of the Democratic Party. President Obama has castigated “millionaires and billionaires,” suggesting they are evil people, largely Republican or conservative. The issue of the Democratic Party as the millionaire party has not yet made it into the mainstream media. But the facts are indisputable. Democratic members of Congress tend to be wealthier than their Republican counterparts.

    According to the Center, 36 Senate Democrats and 30 Senate Republicans reported an average net worth in excess of $1 million in 2010. The median estimated net worth among members of the Senate Democrats was $2.58 million. Senate Republican median net work was $2.43 million.

    And, the wealthy Democrats tend to inherit their money. Republicans tend to earn it.

    Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) all came by their fortunes through marriage or inheritance. Senator Kerry, who was born into wealth, has listed his net worth as high as $281 million, while his wife Teresa is estimated to be worth $1 billion. Ms. Heinz did not earn her wealth either. She inherited the money from her husband Senator John Heinz, who died in an airplane crash.

    Senator Rockefeller, representing dirt poor West Virginia, inherited his fortune from his family. He is reported to be worth $136 million.

    While the economy continued to tank in 2010, Rep. Pelosi reported her own wealth to grow by 62%. Pelosi’s husband, Paul is a financier. They own a multi-million dollar vineyard and a number of million dollar homes. They have a net worth of $196 million.

    Former Democrat Rep. Jane Harmon (D-CA), who in 2010 was listed as the third wealthiest Member of Congress was married to the late stereo magnate Sidney Harman of Harman-Karmen fame. Together they were worth $493 million.

    Only Republican Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) married into major money. His net worth went from $12 million to $502 million in two years. The explanation? He married an heiress to the Clear Channel radio empire.

    Among those who actually got their money by earning it, Republicans were in the slight majority. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), a self-made millionaire earned his wealth by creating the Viper car security system. He is estimated to be worth more than $700 million. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) started as a rancher and attorney. His wealth is cited as $88 million.

    Rep. Vernon Buchanan (R-FL), one of only three Republicans to make the top ten earned his money through real estate and car dealerships. He is estimated to be worth over $323 million.

    Much has been made about Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) being the wealthiest Republican in the U.S. Senate. But he is ranked only number 14 because there are so many wealthier Democrats ahead of him. He doesn’t make the Top Ten. He worked as a construction superintendent. Then started his own company. Today he is worth $107 million.

    Among Democrats who earned their income, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) first made his money as a mobile phone franchiser, later as a high tech venture capitalist in Northern Virginia just outside of Washington.

    Warner is reported to have learned about the telecommunications industry while working for Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT). Sen. Dodd decided not to run for re-election as he was under a cloud for taking a below-market mortgage from the CEO of now bankrupt Countrywide Financial.

    For those who are keeping score, Dodd recently landed a sweet job as the head of the Motion Picture Association of America after he declined to run for re-election in 2008. The Hollywood Reporter says his annual salary will be pegged at $1.5 million.

    Senator Jared Polis (D-CO), the Senate’s only openly gay member earned his fortune in the flower and greeting card business. He was the founder of Pro-Flower and an e-commerce greeting card company which he sold to Excite.com for more than $700 million.

    New Jersey’s long time Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) rounds out the top ten. He originally was with a high tech company and is worth $116 million. New Jersey, considered one of the most corrupt states in the country, has had many home-grown Democratic gazillionaires for a long time.

    Former Democratic Senator and New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine last week resigned as CEO of MF Global, a well established company he ran into the ground. As of last week federal investigators were trying to determine why the company is missing $900 million. It closed its doors last week and laid off more than 1,000 employees.

    The issue of politics and money has been a complicated one. President Barack Obama brought in far more money from Wall Street in his 2008 campaign than his Republican opponent Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Obama raked in $1 million from Goldman Sachs employees that year. While his numbers are lower this year, the President has attracted $15.2 million from the financial services industry that he attacks so frequently.

    Many Democrats run institutions on Wall Street. Jamie Dimon, the CEO of J.P. Morgan has been a long-time Democratic supporter. So too has Goldman Sachs Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Lloyd C. Blankfein.

    When will the mainstream media figure out that Democrats are part of a millionaire’s club too? Maybe someone should tell the Occupy Wall Street protesters, if they are still in their park.