An article about Congress deciding its next pay raise, had this to say about the richest 235 of them:
Senators had a median reportable net worth of $1.79 million in 2008, the last year such data were available, down from $2.27 million in 2007. House members’ median net worth was $645,503 in 2008, down from $724,258 the previous year.
While about 1 percent of Americans are considered millionaires, 44 percent of members of Congress were in that category. Fifty members had wealth topping $10 million.
No wonder Senators and Representatives want to maintain the excessive tax breaks for the mega and ultra rich. They are the mega and ultra rich.
They are not only self-serving, they are protecting the disproportionate income of their rich backers like the Koch Brothers, who are almost as rich as either Warren Buffet or Bill Gates. (Note that the Koch brothers are funding the Tea Party, not Buffet and Gates.)
Whether or not you are happy with our political process since the successful election of 2008, don’t make it worse.
Don’t enable the continuation of the corporate take over of our government by the likes of the Koch brothers. Don’t enable the continuation of the transfer of our common wealth to the mega and ultra rich. Don’t enable the perpetuation of disproportionate tax breaks for the extremely wealthy and allow the extremely wealthy to continue sucking the life blood out of our democracy.
We have to declare, through the 2010 election, that this is not government by the rich, for the rich and of the rich.
Vote against the Joe McCarthy’s of today that are again fomenting fear and habituating hate. Vote against the corporatists and their purchase of our democracy.
Vote for the middle class and pull them back from a future of poverty. Vote to fix a broken education system that only works for the really wealthy. Vote for funding of government services that will protect the middle class from both international and domestic terrorists. Vote for funding of government services that will empower the middle class by rebuilding our infrastructure, providing a basic education for every citizen, and by protecting our Constitution from further erosion.
Vote against Conservatives without Conscience who consider all those not like them the enemy and on their own. Vote against the right-wing authoritarians who rule with an iron fist and their second amendment option. Vote against the Christianists who want to convert our democracy into a strict father theocracy.
Vote to keep change moving, even if slowly, in the direction of democracy and reestablishing the middle class. Vote against the creation of a plutocracy worse than the one our forefathers rebelled against over 230 years ago.