Democrats have been saying for a while now that Republicans are trying actively to defeat the president rather than help the American people out of an economic slump. But now, even Republicans are starting to agree it’s true.
The latest? Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, the only Republican in the cabinet, who has grown frustrated by the endless do-nothing legislature. He told the Daily Beast, “I’ve been in Washington 35 years… and I’ve never seen a time when people have put their own personal political feelings over how we can get the economy moving…The crowd that was elected the last time not only came here to do nothing, they also came to put down the president. And the way to put him down is not to give him any kind of opportunity to be successful.”
So why does Congress seem to care so little about the plight of the American worker? Well, maybe it’s because unlike the average American, the net worth of Congressmembers has gone up 25% in the last two years. According to Roll Call, “Members of Congress had a collective net worth of more than $2 billion in 2010, a nearly 25 percent increase over the 2008 total, according to a Roll Call analysis of Members’ financial disclosure forms. Nearly 90 percent of that increase is concentrated in the 50 richest Members of Congress.”
Unsurprisingly, 78 percent of the House’s wealth is held by its Republican members. No wonder they are fighting so hard for tax breaks for the rich — no one likes to raise their own taxes.
Or, as one analyst so eloquently put it, “[Lawmakers] are all a lot richer than anything you would call a typical American.”
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