Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Who are the 50 richest members of Congress for 2012?

Can the politicians in Washington possibly undertand the angst of the middle class?

They scream about feeling the depth of the pain on "Main Street" and they talk about how their party understands it while claiming that the other party doesn't. The not so secret truth? Almost none of them do!

How could these people up on Capitol Hill understand the pain of the ordinary people around the country, many of whom are living paycheck to paycheck struggling to make ends meet.

A good number of these Washington politicians are rich in their own right while all enjoy taxpayer paid pension plans, cadillac health care plans, government stipends and the promise of rich private sector jobs whenever it is that they leave office.

For many the reality of their jobs consists only of winning an election and then almost immediately sliding right back into campaign mode again, all while on the taxpayers dime.

As an example can anyone remember a day when President Obama wasn't focused on campaigning including the day of wide ranging festivities that he enjoyed yesterday in NYC?

Any pretense of them doing their jobs is in reality just an attempt to discredit the other party and get some face-time in front of the television cameras.

The cost of all of this political gamesmanship comes at the expense of anything productive being done to help the American people.

Some of these politicians get to Washington as wealthy men and women while others, men like Harry Reid and Charlie Rangel, somehow amass wealth after they arrive.

So now who are some of these men and women of wealth in Washington?

Presenting "The 50 Richest Members of the 112th Congress (2012)" (Roll Call)

  1. Rep. Michael McCaul

  2. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)$198.65Million

  3. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.)$140.55Million

  4. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)$85.81Million

  5. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.)$83.08Million

  6. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)$79.11Million

  7. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.)$72.09Million

  8. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)$56.80Million

  9. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)$41.78Million

  10. Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio)$36.67Million

  11. Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.)$36.49Million

  12. Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine)$28.58Million

  13. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)$26.43Million

  14. Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.)$24.79Million

  15. Rep. Rick Berg (R-N.D.)$23.78Million

  16. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.)$21.73Million

  17. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)$19.63Million

  18. Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho)$19.09Million

  19. Rep. Gary Miller (R-Calif.)$17.41Million

  20. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)$15.57Million

  21. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.)$14.95Million

  22. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)$14.47Million

  23. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.)$14.34Million

  24. Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.)$13.69Million

  25. Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.)$12.34Million

  26. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)$12.00Million

  27. Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.)$11.60Million

  28. Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.)$10.75Million

  29. Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Texas)$10.33Million

  30. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.)$10.20Million

  31. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.)$10.06Million

  32. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.)$10.05Million

  33. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)$10.01Million

  34. Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.)$9.53Million

  35. Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.)$9.17Million

  36. Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine)$9.01Million

  37. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)$8.95Million

  38. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas)$8.94Million

  39. Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.)$8.93Million

  40. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.)$8.81Million

  41. Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.)$8.41Million

  42. Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.)$7.69Million

  43. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas)$7.65Million

  44. Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.)$7.48Million

  45. Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas)$7.10Million

  46. Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas)$6.94Million

  47. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)$6.72Million

  48. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.)$6.47Million

  49. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.)$6.28Million

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.)$6.14Million

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