Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Main Street, Washington and the definition of pain

Politicians love to tell you about their understanding of the pain that is being felt on Main Street. Do they, or can they, really understand?

Some of course do, but I would venture to guess that the majority of those representing us in Washington do not have the capacity to truly understand the pain felt everyday by people around the country who are trying to make ends meet.

Whether it is the need to provide the basics of food and clothes, the ever increasing burden of various types of insurance or taxes of every kind moving nowhere but up to name just a few, people are struggling in a big way.

While this may not be a fair comparison, the two charts below show the growing dichotomy between those insulated within the Beltway and those elsewhere in the country. One shows the wealth of the top 25 members of Congress, while the other shows the underemployment rate as determined by Gallup.

How can these people possibly comprehend the pain on Main Street!

RankNameMinimum Net WorthAverageMaximum Net Worth
1Darrell Issa (R-Calif)$156,050,022$303,575,011$451,100,000
2Jane Harman (D-Calif)$151,480,522$293,454,761$435,429,001
3John Kerry (D-Mass)$182,755,534$238,812,296$294,869,059
4Mark Warner (D-Va)$65,692,210$174,385,102$283,077,995
5Jared Polis (D-Colo)$36,694,140$160,909,068$285,123,996
6Herb Kohl (D-Wis)$89,358,027$160,302,011$231,245,995
7Vernon Buchanan (R-Fla)$-69,434,661$148,373,160$366,180,982
8Michael McCaul (R-Texas)$73,685,086$137,611,043$201,537,000
9Jay Rockefeller (D-WVa)$61,446,018$98,832,010$136,218,002
10Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif)$46,055,250$77,082,134$108,109,018
11Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ)$49,083,204$76,886,611$104,690,018
12Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif)$-7,356,915$58,436,537$124,229,990
13Alan Mark Grayson (D-Fla)$31,411,044$54,966,522$78,522,000
14James E. Risch (R-Idaho)$19,468,057$54,517,026$89,565,995
15Gary Miller (R-Calif)$19,365,053$51,833,526$84,302,000
16Bob Corker (R-Tenn)$9,778,047$50,717,522$91,656,998
17Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)$19,898,179$43,797,589$67,697,000
18Nita M. Lowey (D-NY)$14,900,036$39,012,518$63,125,000
19Kenny Ewell Marchant (R-Texas)$13,303,385$38,204,868$63,106,351
20Brian P. Bilbray (R-Calif)$25,143,635$37,819,629$50,495,623
21Harry Teague (D-NM)$21,119,041$37,102,019$53,084,997
22Denny Rehberg (R-Mont)$6,598,014$31,421,505$56,244,997
23Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine)$12,556,055$28,612,527$44,669,000
24Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn)$11,342,046$28,116,022$44,889,998
25Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY)$7,045,017$24,472,505$41,899,999

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