The Neon Wilderness

Sunday, November 26, 2006

In Touch With The Common Man
From Yahoo News, all about how our elected representatives don't really seem to be very representative of us, "The wealth of the incoming class will hardly raise eyebrows in the Senate, where about half of the current 100 members are also millionaires and the average net worth is $8.9 million, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics in Washington. By contrast, less than 1% of the U.S. population has a net worth of $1 million or more". The Piece also informs us that in 2006 a Senator is paid $165,200 a year, wow, thats not too shabby, especially since half of all Americans make less then $33,000 per year, plus those Senators get that nice health care too, its a hell of a racket. So to summarize, half of all Senators are millionaires, they make $165,200 a year, and Congress was unable or unwilling to pass a minimum wage raise this summer. I honestly believe that if the members of Congress feel, as they have apparently felt since 1997 (last time there was a minimum wage increase) that $5.15 an hour is acceptable, that it's a living wage, then they should have to live on it, I mean why not, nowhere is it written that we have to pay these guys $165,000, thats our tax dollars they pay them, shouldn't we have a say?, in the same period that Congress has refused to raise the minimum wage they have given themselves $28,000 in pay increases1, where is the outrage? Its no wonder it seems like those in Congress don't care about average Americans, they don't, why would they?
Yahoo News "Meet Senator Millionaire"

“The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.”

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