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You Won’t Believe How Corrupt, Lazy And Stinking Rich Our Congress Critters Have Become

If our founding fathers could see the cesspool that the U.S. Congress has become today, they would roll over in their graves.  Most Americans don’t realize this, but we already have a “part-time Congress”.  Members of Congress only “work” a little over a third of the days on the calendar.  The rest of the time they have off.  It is no wonder why so many members of Congress are involved in so much corruption – they have so much free time on their hands that they are bound to get into trouble.  Many members of Congress also use their positions of power and the information they learn during the course of their duties to become fabulously wealthy.  At a time when incomes nationally are actually declining, our Congress critters are becoming stinking rich at a staggering pace.  Yes, politics in America has always been a game that is funded and played by wealthy individuals, but things have gotten so extreme that it is hard to argue that average Americans have any control over Congress at all at this point.  Instead of a government “of the people, by the people and for the people”, we now have a government “of the wealthy, by the wealthy, and for the wealthy”.  If you doubt this, just keep on reading.

Over the past couple of decades, the “wealth gap” between members of Congress and average Americans has grown to ridiculous proportions.  Things have gotten so bad that now even the New York Times is reporting on these things….

“Largely insulated from the country’s economic downturn since 2008, members of Congress — many of them among the “1 percenters” denounced by Occupy Wall Street protesters — have gotten much richer even as most of the country has become much poorer in the last six years”

So how wealthy have members of Congress become?

Many of you won’t believe the statistics posted below.  The truth is that Congress has become all about money.  It takes huge piles of money to get elected to Congress, it takes huge piles of money to stay in Congress, and most members of Congress seem to be able to accumulate gigantic piles of money while “serving” their country….

-Today, there are 250 members of Congress that are millionaires.

-According to the Wall Street Journal, the median net worth of members of Congress is now $913,000.

-The collective net worth of all of the members of Congress increased by 25 percent between 2008 and 2010.  Meanwhile, the standard of living in the United States has fallen farther over the past three years than at any other time that has ever been recorded in U.S. history.

-After adjusting for inflation, between 1984 and 2009 the median net worth of members of Congress rose from $280,000 to $725,000 while the median net worth of all Americans actually declined slightly over that same time period.

-The collective net worth of all of the members of Congress is now slightly over 2 billion dollars.  That is “billion” with a “b”.

-In 2009, Congress was only scheduled to be in session for 137 days out of the 365 days of the year.  In 2010, Congress was also only scheduled to be in session for 137 days out of the entire year.  For much more on the pathetic “work schedule” of the U.S. Congress, just check out this video.

-The net worth of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi increased by 62 percent from 2009 to 2010.  In 2009 it was reported that she had a net worth of 21.7 million dollars, and in 2010 it was reported that she had a net worth of 35.2 million dollars.

-The top Republican in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, saw his wealth grow by 29 percent from 2009 to 2010.  He is now worth approximately 9.8 million dollars.

-U.S. Representative Darrell Issa is worth approximately 220 million dollars.  His wealth grew by approximately 37 percent from 2009 to 2010.

-The wealthiest member of Congress, U.S. Representative Michael McCaul, is worth approximately 294 million dollars.

-Those that won U.S. Senate seats during the last election spent an average of nearly $10 million on their campaigns.

-More than 5 billion dollars was spent on political campaigns back in 2008, and it is being projected that 8 billion dollars will be spent on political campaigns in 2012.

-When it comes to federal elections, the candidate that raises the most money wins about 90 percent of the time.

-Since 1964, the reelection rate for members of the U.S. House of Representatives has never fallen below 85 percent.

It is also amazing how deeply corrupt Congress has become.  In a previous article, I detailed how a number of Congress critters used confidential information about the coming financial crisis that they received from U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke in September 2008 to make beneficial stock market moves before the stock market crashed later that fall….

On September 16, 2008 Paulson and Bernanke held “closed door meetings” with members of Congress and warned them that the financial system was about to totally collapse.

But instead of racing out to save the financial system, author Peter Schweizer says that many of our representatives in Congress raced out to save their stock portfolios.

In his new book, Schweizer alleges the following….

*Schweizer says that U.S. Senator Dick Durbin sold $74,715 worth of stock on September 17th and $42,000 worth of stock on September 18th.

*Schweizer says that U.S. Representative Jim Moran sold off shares in 90 different corporations on September 17th.

*Schweizer says that U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse sold off at least $250,000 worth of stock between September 18th and September 24th.

*Schweizer says that U.S. Representative Spencer Bachus bet very heavily against the stock market in the days following the September 16th meeting and made tens of thousands of dollars doing so.

*Schweizer says that U.S. Senator John Kerry bought up approximately $350,000 of Bank of America stock and approximately $550,000 of Citigroup stock during October 2008 and November of 2008.  It was during this time period that the bailout programs for the big banks were being developed and debated.

So has anyone gotten into trouble for any of that?

Of course not.

Congress critters play by an entirely different set of rules than the rest of us do.

At this point, the American people are absolutely disgusted with Congress.  According to the latest polls, the approval rating for Congress is sitting at about 12 percent.

But of course the vast majority of our Congress critters will be re-elected over and over and over again.

Most members of Congress do not care about you.  What they do care about is taking care of their political careers and taking care of their big donors.  As noted earlier, it takes enormous amounts of money to win national elections in America, and most members of Congress are not about to do anything that will threaten the gravy train.

Our system is fundamentally broken.  It is time to quit pretending.

But of course the mainstream media will never admit this, because mainstream media outlets are owned by many of the same corporations and wealthy individuals that fund political campaigns.  For the establishment, the current system is working just fine.

So until the American people wake up and start demanding fundamental reforms, our Congress critters are going to continue to live the high life and we are going to keep on getting the same pathetic results out of Washington.

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  • Gay Veteran

    The “Rule of Law” is only for peons like us. The elite can do crimes (like fraud) that would send us to prision for decades if we did them.

  • mondobeyondo

    No worries. They’re from the government, and they’re here to help. Uh-huh.

    Remember, each constituent is important! Every vote counts! And your government gratefully acknowledges that! (Oh, do they ever appreciate your vote!!)

    Okay then! Now, just wait in line for a few minutes or one hour or three hours, and our postal clerk will be happy to assist you in mailing your Christmas parcel. Oh, you said it’s now December 27th and you spent four days waiting in line? Hey, here’s a peppermint and some Starbucks coffee – allow us to unwrap your gifts and turn them into New Year’s presents!! Our clerks are happy to help you! Next year (assuming the USPS is still in business), you may consider mailing your Christmas parcels earlier. Like for example, Easter.

    P.S. – No disrespect intended to any postal employees out there. It’s a busy time of year, and you all work hard. I salute you all for that!

  • mondobeyondo

    Congress members are representatives of the American people, right? Of course they are (gag!) Yes, and Mickey Mouse is a representative of all mice worldwide? Um, not necessarily.

    We elected these fools, so yeah, I guess they do represent us. Ignorant, narcissistic, materialistic fools, living for the moment. Just like most of us.

    • http://lastdayrapture.blogspot.com/ TK

      There is one congressman who refused to accept the congressional pension plan even though he earned it. This same congressman returned a large part of his salary to the treasury as well, and if elected to President of the US, he will only accept a salary of $39,000 per year.

      Vote for Dr. Ron Paul! The only man who wants to return to a truly constitutional government.

      • Gary2

        Vote for Dr. Ron Paul! The only man who wants to return to a truly constitutional government

        Unfortunatily he is being shown to be a racsist

        • Guido

          Actually, he’s been shown to have signed his name to a newsletter he claims he didn’t read 20 years ago that had some racist comments in it. It would seem to be rather hard in this day and age to run for office on a racist platform. (Actually, I think it’s perfectly fine if you are and you’re open about it-folks will draw their opinions accordingly. Straight-up attacking people for racist ideas only forces them underground. I like folks right up front with what they believe.) I don’t think anyone can prove he’s a racist, but you’re welcome to try. Also, if you look at his career, as a practicing physician, I would think he’s a paragon compared to the other congressional crooks. At least he’s 1. worked for a living and 2. worked to support and improve life for his fellow man. Plus, he maintained his practice while serving in DC, which I find respectable. I do not know if he’s currently in practice, but he was delivering his constituents’ babies and I find that very respectable. It’s a heck of a lot better than what most politicians are doing for their voters.

          • Gary2

            republicans run for office on racist plateforms on a regular basis so its not a strech for Ron Paul who is in the republican party to be racist also.

            Not all repubes are racist, however, all racists are republicans or 0n the right which is the same difference.

            Ron Paul is history. Obama will EASILY win.

          • Guido

            You’re full of it, Gary. The democrat party has a long and illustrious history as racists of the first order.

            They opposed civil rights, they even worked to de-integrate the South after the Civil War. The republicans, who aren’t perfect, but certainly aren’t what you make them out to be, sought to integrate blacks into the US and under them blacks filled numerous positions throughout the South. Enter the democrat party.

            In some cases, blacks are only now reclaiming offices they held until the democrat party forced them out after Reconstruction. That’s over a century locked out of the process! Read a book some time.

            And Byrd wasn’t so long ago. Neither was the civil rights movement he opposed. Read what LBJ had to say about blacks, too. Let’s not forget FDR’s racist internment of Japanese Americans who were NEVER proven to be a threat. Dick Gephardt was affiliated with a St. Louis area racist group. Jesse Jackson, Democrat keynote speaker and fmr. presidential hopeful, is known for his antisemitism, as is Al Sharpten. Ernest Hollings was known for use of racial slurs against minority groups. Former Clinton cabinet member, Lee Brown, won reelection as Mayor of Houston using racial intimidation against Hispanic voters. Andrew Cuomo made racist statements when running against a black man for NY governor. Democrat newsman, Dan Rather, is known for using anti-black racial epithets. Pretty nasty stuff, but I’m sure the republicans are the real racists. They must be much, much worse; real gutter trash compared to these people.

            By the way, I went and looked for some of Ron Paul’s hateful old writings, since the media only wants to talk about them, not show them.

            http://graphics.thomsonreuters.com/11/12/Solicitation2.pdf

            This is a link to one of Ron Paul’s newsletters from the 90s and it’s much, much worse than the news is saying!
            I read it and found it absolutely embarrassing and humiliating for Mr. Paul.

            I can see why it could torpedo his candidacy-Unfortunately, the media has the story wrong.

            I didn’t find anything racist about it-just a bunch of embarrassing, alarmist, poorly-written conspiracy malarky and his promises to help you avoid the fedgov’s plan to enslave us all-for the low, low price of 50$. 99$ if you want to buy all 3 (count em’) of his newsletters.

            It reads like the typical 90′s-era conspiracy nonsense. Fundraising I could understand-but this looks like something a kid would write. Maybe I’m smarter than the average bear, but I can’t believe someone seriously wrote this and turned it in, that someone else approved it (Paul’s campaign says he didn’t), and even worse, that some nitwit actually shelled out the cash for it!

            And that part about him signing it? It’s a printed signature. Anyone could have written it. His name is probably scanned onto all sorts of things he hasn’t read. That’s why you hire secretaries and office managers.

            I would hope Paul could write better than this, since it reads like the cheap, alarmist pretend newsletters I see on certain websites and occasionally in my mail. (I’m a writer by trade, so perhaps I should send in my resume-he must be hurting for professionals!)

            I get ones promising to tell me the 1 big secret all REAL investors know or how super green tea can kill cancer and they’ll show me how or how an oil company no one ever heard of is about to strike it rich and they’ll teach me how to get in on the ground floor, even though the evil environmentalists and the eviler government don’t want me to know about it. And there are the 10 weight loss secrets only Navy Seals and Hindu Yogis know. You get the idea.

            And it’s always about my peace of mind for the low, low price of just $29.95 or even $99 and I’ll get the bonus book of the what’s what and who’s who of something or other.

            I hope an aide did write it for him, or that he’s improved since, because these newsletters look pretty juvenile and corny, but not racist. Sleazy and fear-mongering, but not racist.

            Out of 8 pages, all I saw that mentioned Israel was a comment that stated they play Congress like a harmonica. Not exactly what I would call racist, but if the media really IS controlled by Israel (as some claim), then no wonder they’re so worked up in the lamestream media!

            If this is the best they got to damage Paul, then I think he’s OK. Well, then again, only if you read the actual newsletter. Since no one is going to read what he wrote, then the media has a chance of manipulating the 99% into believing Paul eats kittens and puppies for breakfast and he personally commanded a Nazi tank division on the Eastern Front.

        • knightowl77

          Oh Gary….you mean like Robert Byrd Democrat of W. Virginia who was a Grand Keegle in the KKK?….According to democrats everybody them is a racist…

          • Gary2

            he is dead and from the last century and does not count. If you have to back that far you make the poiont for me.

          • Gary2

            Didn’t Byrd go down on the Titanic? What is he like 176 years old?

    • WM

      Not to sound too much like a conspiracy theorist, but I did not vote these fools in. I think there are bigger things going on here. I would love someone to prove to me that my vote really counts, I don’t believe it does anymore. Sure, we can vote for the candidate that we feel is talking the best talk, but does our vote really count? Is there really a differance between republiCONS and demoCROOKS??? I think it is the global elite who really control the direction of politics, sort of like the “Wizard Of Oz behind his curtain”

      I am not saying we should not excersize our right, but don’t think you are going to change this nation via the ballot box, it is too far broken for that and there are too many rich, powerful people in control now. Our government does not represent the working people today. I can hear all the pain from the burden all around me at work, it seems everyone is on the edge both emotionally and financially, and our “representatives and leaders” could care less. I know a lot of immigrants, including my wife. I can see how their attitudes are changing as time goes by. many who come here for a better life, come from countries where corruption is the norm, and they seem to think that America is the promised land, and good……then they start to see that it is just as coorupt or even more so than the place they came from. I knew one couple for example, from Venezuela. They moved back recently due to the “high level of crime and violence in America”

      They thought America was getting too violent and too liberal.

      The sooner we realize the “leaders” could care less about us, the sooner we realize we need to get prepared for tough times ahead and not rely on the government to take care or protect us.

  • knightowl77

    We must go GALT and let the whole thing collapse…then and only then can we start over….

    There are some honest ones left in Congress, but they are so few and far between that they really can’t do anything…Even if they tried, the establishments of both parties would marginalize & effectively silence them.

    This is organized crime that writes the rules and made its theft legal. We are screwed…

    Who is John Galt?

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    Dan Carlin Common Sense show number 214 had an interesting observation about our Congress Critters. They like being in Congress they like the perks, seats at nice tables at nice D.C eating establishments, having people suck up to them. They don’t like the responsibility, declaring war, holding large business accountable, making people mad because we can’t afford more goodies.
    The problem is we elected these people and as long as the TV worked, you had a job, your house was going up in value, the lights came on, and the ATM worked nobody paid attention. Now that things are staring to crack even the dimist of the dimwits are starting to notice, and they’re not sure what’s happening. These are the people who will listen to the first politician who will tell them what they want to hear, and crash the Republic.

  • Norm

    This makes me totally sic.

  • Nexus789

    The critters are taking the piss out of the people…it is a world wide thing and not unique to America.

    Amazing system – totally inept and talentless people (politicians) go into politics on public servants salary and come out rich. On they way they are allowed to slander and belittle the people, steal what is owned by the public, pass laws that constrain our freedoms, etc.

    They get rich by selling out the people in the belief that there are NO consequences.

    To a man and woman, with a few brave exceptions, they are the paid flunkies of the elites – big oil, big phara, defence contractors, etc.

    • Guido

      In D.C. they call it Hollywood for the Ugly.

  • dave

    Great article, The public needs to read this stuff and wake up already.

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  • William

    While our two party political system makes reform quite difficult, it is possible to bring change by changing the makeup of the Congress. Without regard to political party in Nov of 2012, vote against all incumbents. Do NOT vote for any incumbent. It is far past time to run fools like Sessions, Reid, Pelosi, McConnell
    Cantor, Hoyer, Gay Lindsey Graham, Lautenberg, and all the rest of the FOOLS OUT of the US Congress.

  • Joe-liberty

    Let the whole thing crash. I am tired of this b.s. I have seen in the news now that the good ole GOP is moving the election results to an “undisclosed location.” In other words, they are going to try and steal the election or skew the results because they don’t like Ron Paul. I hope he runs third party and ruins any chances they have. After all, the dirt bags they are running are no better than Obama. Face it people, we are finished. Good-bye Constitution and hello DICTATORSHIP! I will not be voting in a rigged system against the will of the American people.

  • Hognuts

    Keep your powder dry Ladies & Gentlemen….

  • REED RICHARDS

    Michael,

    AS LONG AS POLITICIANS PROMISE THE DUMBED DOWN MASSES THAT THE WARFARE STATE AND THE WELFARE STATE WILL CONTINUE AS SCHEDULED, NO AMOUNT OF CORRUPTION IS ENOUGH TO STIR THE MASSES TO “TAKE BACK THEIR COUNTRY”::

    Surely you should know that this article surprises me about as much as the sun rising and the sun setting. Nothing new here.

    I don’t blame the roman senate, the imperial ceasar in the white house, or the nine unelected emperor wannabes on the supreme court for being dangerously and hopeless corrupt. This is what people vote for every election, anyone who promises to keep the warfare and the welfare state up and running so they can get their two pieces of silver to spend. And for as long as this occurs, the masses are not smart enough to understand when the earth is being scorched right in front of them. A complete and total collapse will need to occur and “perhaps” this will stir the masses to action.

  • http://TheAmericanDream Dorothy Brasch

    Your stats are wrong $930K is not correct.
    Did you mean to write $9,300,000? Please make a correction to your article so the facts are correct. Read: http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/25/your-senator-is-probably-a-millionaire/

  • Jane

    I sat in my car yesterday watching, un-noticed. Across the street were 2 police cars, a man and his yard sale. He was agressively putting all his stuff back inside his rather run down rental house. I stopped by today and spoke to him and his wife. They have 2 kids and were trying to make ends meet by selling their stuff. Cops wrote them a $250.00 ticket. It is “illegal” in Pensacola, Fl. to put stuff out and sell it without buying a permit. Now go back and read the title of this article….

    • Michael

      Jane:

      Wow that is so disturbing.

      Don’t police have anything better to do?

      Michael

      • REED RICHARDS

        Michael,

        Uh, other than that and stuffing six dozen donuts down their gullets every day, no, cops or pigs as they are more apt to be, in amerika today don’t have anything better to do……..

    • REED RICHARDS

      Jane,

      TWO CHOICES HERE, EITHER ONE DOES AS THE CRIMINAL CLASS OF GLOBALISTS COMMAND, OR ONE CAN SUFFER THE MOST DIRE OF CONSEQUENCES::

      Lay off the pigs, Jane! They are merely doing what they are ordered to do, generate revenue for the state………….

      Ignorance of the law is no excuse! This man should have known better and obtained the required permit in order to sell his wares.

    • Loveless One

      Jane,

      I live in PA and thankfully it’s not illegal yet to have yard-sales without permit. It’s funny you should mention this, as a few months ago on my way home I noticed some kids running a lemonade stand near their home, morbidly enough my mind instantly raced to the ideal of “I hope these kids don’t get pepper-sprayed for not having a permit”. Keep on rocking in the nanny state!

  • mike k

    I fear a shooting revolution is coming.

  • Gary2

    its sickening how people like the new sen from WI, ROn Johnson who married a rich woman, inherited a plastic company, was able to buiy a senate seat. He then reimbursed him self 9 million from the plastic company he owns as deferred compensation. It must be a coincedence that his senate race cost exactly that much.

    How can people be so clueless and vote for these dolts? What the hell do you expect when you vote these goofs into office?

  • http://msn pilgrim1776

    It is already toooo late to save the Republic. We can only hope that the Creator will initiate the armeggedon before the real calamitous damage occurs!

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  • AlectotheFury

    My representative has made a career in DC for 30+ years. The one time I asked for help was with a tax issue. I ended up paying an additional (on top of the thousands I had already paid) $700. That was in a year when I made less than $38K. He did nothing but write me a letter.

    I am going to do everything I can to ensure he doesn’t get re-elected. He voted for TARP bailouts, and SCHIP expansion for subsidies for people making $80K a year? And I made $38K and I’m paying for that?

    He’s a parasite like the rest of them! FAce it people, never vote for the same person twice.

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    I think you will like our new political party. It may help fix the corruption problem in congress.

  • Tom Haake

    No wonder they are not getting anything done. Both political parties are corrupt because they don’t want to work together.

  • pbr90

    Short selling the American people is likely the manner of how Congress could become wealthy in 137 days of 2009 and 2010 when everyone in the nation was losing except Congress and the banks.

    Congress isn’t there for short selling the American people!

  • Guido

    You make it sound like that’s a bad thing! The more they’re out of office and the more time they spend in gridlock, the safer I feel! I hope they never find time to get back to legislating!