Millionaire Lawmakers And The Common Man's Concerns

Do rich politicians really care about finding a solution to $4.00 a gallon gas?

I don't make a million dollars a year. I don't have a million dollars in investments. I wish I did. You probably do to. Then we probably wouldn't worry about $4.00 a gallon gas, would we?

I don't begrudge those who have that enormous wealth.  To me, there are other things in life more important.  Making money however is part of the American way. If we want for it. But there is one thing that I wonder about. Can lawmakers with that kind of wealth really be concerned about finding solutions to the high cost of fuel, food, energy, homes, etc?

I read in USA Today where Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is one of the wealthiest members of Congress. The paper says she and her husband spent between $1 million and $5 million for a home in San Francisco, they own a vineyard worth between $5 million and $25 million, a townhouse valued at between $1 million and $5 million and had rental income of as much as $5 million last year. That's on top of her government salary of $212,100. The Republican leader in Congress, John Boehner of Ohio, has about $700,000 in mutual funds, a retirement plan worth between $1 million and $5 million dollars, and his government salary of $183,500. Good for both Speaker Pelosi and Congressman Boehner. Financially speaking, they have done well for themselves. But do you think they are worried about paying $4.00 for a gallon of gas?

Perhaps public servants are public servants because they do care, regardless of how it impacts them. But what if they're not? What if all of the rich politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, don't really care about finding solutions to the issues that impact our lives? Where does that leave all of us?


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  • by Marvin Thigpen Location: 28530 on Jun 23, 2008 at 03:40 PM
    I too have often wondered this same thing, and please don't leave out our VP either, he is very wealthy. It must be power and control that they long for, so with that in mind I don't think they would be too concerned about the working class of people. Course John McCain's wife is worth over l00 Mil. What options do we have??

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