We sometimes wonder which, if any, politician is telling us the truth. It all started with Nancy Pelosi when we heard her say something along the lines of the rich are getting richer and not paying their fair share.
So we went to the 50 Richest Members of Congress (2011), and she was 12th at $35.20 million. If that is her net worth, why doesn’t she kick more into the pot?
We also found that of the 50, 32 were Republicans and 18 were Democrats. The richest is a Republican from Texas, and number 50 is another Republican from Texas.
A little further down the list we found a familiar name, Tom Harkin at 29th. You may remember he is one of those pushing ethanol. Well now we know why; his wife has about $1 million in ConocoPhillips Co. stock and sits on the board. She is also on the advisory board of NTR PLC, a renewable energy company based in Ireland.
So even though the ethanol we are currently forced to use has proven to be inefficient, cause smog, and contain carcinogens, he is the one looking out for us?
And we have the Tea Party taking hits right and left. Now comes news that supposed backer, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, talks out of both sides of his mouth.
He claims to stand up against big government,
and runaway federal spending while the press is present. Yet he bugged the Transportation Department to spend $3 billion on high-speed rail in his home state of Virginia.
If the Tea Party isn’t a recognized political party, one has to believe the fault lies with the politicians pointing the fingers at them.
John Boehner and Darrell Issa are also mentioned as hypocrites. And yet we wonder. If there is no Tea Party, and the Republicans are spending as fast as the Democrats, how can we citizens stop the nonsense.
We believe term limits would be a good start. Removal of all retirement accounts, perks, and COLA raises would be even better.
Comments are always welcome.