Monday, January 5, 2009

Out of Touch

During all these bailouts, I could not help but think about how out of touch our congressional leaders can seem. I thought, do they really understand what the average family is going through? With the dollar losing its buying power, making it so that we pay more for the same stuff, how could they justify further de-valuating the dollar by printing more of them? Or creating it out of thin air would be more accurate in today's monetary system.



Here in Greene county, almost everyone I spoke to was upset about the bailouts, they did not understand why our representatives would vote for them when so many called and emailed and said no. I know many, including myself that contacted their ward committeemen and women and told them to do something about this and tell our representative that we did not want this bailout.

So, the question again, are our representatives out of touch with the reality most Missourians face? I will let you be the judge. The following information will be coming from this great website that I found, called Fortune 535, by the Sunlight Foundation.



Here is the net worth Missouri's Representatives enjoyed in 2006

Missouri Lawmakers

Lawmaker 2006 Net Worth

Claire McCaskill $23,686,600
Kenny Hulshof $3,268,520
Christopher Bond $2,162,510
Roy Blunt $1,114,510
Jo Ann Emerson $771,008
Emanuel Cleaver $628,003
Sam Graves $456,360
Russ Carnahan $203,002
Todd Akin $169,010
Ike Skelton $138,000
William Clay $56,502


What is the median income for a Missourian?

According to this website, in 2006 Missourians had :
  • Median Household Income: $45,114
or
  • Per capita Income: $23,915
Another interesting fact from that same census is that 97% of Missourians at the time were Private wage and salary earners and 16% were government workers.

What about the rest of the nations Representatives?

Here are those that had a net worth of one million or more in 2006.



Lawmaker 2006 Average Net Worth
Jane Harman $409,427,000
Darrell Issa $337,440,000
John Kerry $267,790,000
Vernon Buchanan $191,696,000
Herb Kohl $171,423,000
Edward Kennedy $102,823,000
Jay Rockefeller $91,713,000
Robin Hayes $82,552,100
Dianne Feinstein $79,555,700
Frank Lautenberg $79,051,100
Rodney Frelinghuysen $49,515,600
Michael McCaul $46,648,600
Elizabeth Dole $43,867,100
Nita Lowey $39,753,200
Nancy Pelosi $38,539,600
John McCain $36,431,100
Tom Petri $35,918,000
Carolyn Maloney $34,069,500
John Campbell $32,846,000
Denny Rehberg $31,046,500
Hillary Clinton $30,691,000
Gary Miller $28,244,500
Lamar Alexander $27,800,200
F James Sensenbrenner $26,093,700
John Linder $23,746,000
Claire McCaskill $23,686,600
Gordon Smith $23,352,600
Rahm Emanuel $21,113,000
Richard Shelby $20,469,000
Steve Pearce $20,390,500
Olympia Snowe $18,963,000
David Dreier $18,496,000
Heath Shuler $18,255,900
Rosa DeLauro $16,485,500
Kenny Marchant $15,958,900
Fred Upton $15,668,100
Jeff Bingaman $15,601,600
Ben Nelson $13,383,000
Sam Brownback $13,341,000
Lloyd Doggett $13,279,500
Johnny Isakson $13,203,000
Steven Kagen $12,897,000
Wally Herger $12,230,100
Shelley Berkley $12,011,800
Jim Moran $11,966,200
Tom Price $11,642,200
Randy Neugebauer $10,715,100
Sheldon Whitehouse $9,437,520
Allen Boyd $8,056,510
Timothy Mahoney $8,036,510
Tom Harkin $7,895,040
Kay Bailey Hutchison $7,881,550
Adam Putnam $7,859,520
John Spratt $7,819,510
Evan Bayh $7,726,010
Dave Hobson $7,642,040
Dave Camp $7,389,550
James Oberstar $7,092,540
John Yarmuth $7,023,500
John Tanner $7,006,500
Terry Everett $6,937,020
Phil Gingrey $6,667,020
Jim Ramstad $6,569,510
Judd Gregg $6,446,040
Virginia Foxx $6,287,020
Pete Stark $6,231,510
Maria Cantwell $6,181,010
Trent Franks $6,175,000
John Warner $6,112,320
John Barrow $5,983,500
Michael Castle $5,945,080
Henry Brown $5,835,010
Bart Gordon $5,579,520
Charles Wilson $5,442,020
Cliff Stearns $5,439,520
Tom Latham $5,374,010
Mitch McConnell $5,364,520
Shelley Moore Capito $5,293,030
Alan Mollohan $5,174,000
Ron Wyden $5,154,010
Marion Berry $5,132,010
Jon Porter $5,101,510
James Webb $5,092,000
Robert Bennett $4,964,510
Nathan Deal $4,900,000
John Boehner $4,834,510
Charles Hagel $4,831,510
Mike Rogers $4,830,510
Jim Cooper $4,813,520
Arlen Specter $4,747,510
Bill Nelson $4,549,010
Al Green $4,366,000
Paul Kanjorski $4,364,510
Ander Crenshaw $4,311,010
Tom Carper $4,278,050
Judy Biggert $4,270,540
Ruben Hinojosa $4,258,010
Eric Cantor $4,242,580
Greg Walden $4,201,010
John Mica $4,176,010
Hal Rogers $4,133,190
Roscoe Bartlett $4,083,000
Earl Blumenauer $4,077,520
Lamar Smith $4,038,500
Virgil Goode $4,022,530
Pete Sessions $3,935,020
John Dingell $3,922,030
Chuck Grassley $3,806,530
John Ensign $3,765,500
Jack Kingston $3,712,010
Mike Conaway $3,709,060
Sander Levin $3,635,010
James Inhofe $3,630,030
Peter Welch $3,628,020
Steven Rothman $3,553,530
Tom Cole $3,500,060
Nick Rahall $3,488,340
Jo Bonner $3,486,510
Jim Costa $3,456,500
Barbara Boxer $3,415,000
Orrin Hatch $3,392,100
Harry Reid $3,340,030
Ben Cardin $3,291,930
Kenny Hulshof $3,268,520
Rick Renzi $3,224,000
Ralph Hall $3,190,500
David Davis $3,179,010
Dan Burton $3,171,010
Jim Marshall $3,028,520
David Scott $3,013,620
Bill Pascrell $2,982,040
Tom Coburn $2,935,600
Ed Whitfield $2,920,020
Thelma Drake $2,900,020
Stephen Cohen $2,896,030
Mary Bono $2,782,080
James McGovern $2,764,000
John Carter $2,750,000
Dean Heller $2,710,390
Heather Wilson $2,645,900
Loretta Sanchez $2,548,500
Melquiades Martinez $2,495,020
Ron Paul $2,457,020
Louise Slaughter $2,394,010
Jean Schmidt $2,385,510
Mary Landrieu $2,380,010
Jim Langevin $2,334,510
Timothy Johnson $2,312,520
Paul Ryan $2,291,060
Sam Farr $2,279,010
David Price $2,217,040
Nancy Boyda $2,214,400
Allyson Schwartz $2,191,520
Mazie Hirono $2,174,510
Christopher Bond $2,162,510
Ken Calvert $2,150,000
Zoe Lofgren $2,134,570
Susan Davis $2,111,030
Jeff Sessions $2,061,030
Joe Knollenberg $2,058,340
Carl Levin $2,053,460
George Voinovich $2,021,530
Maxine Waters $2,004,010
Kent Conrad $1,949,520
Tom Udall $1,928,520
Brian Baird $1,917,520
Joe Sestak $1,894,030
Dutch Ruppersberger $1,849,510
Mike Thompson $1,824,010
Chris Cannon $1,806,010
Tom Davis $1,805,520
Ron Klein $1,775,000
John Salazar $1,758,000
David Vitter $1,720,050
Charles Melancon $1,708,540
Brad Sherman $1,706,510
Pat Roberts $1,706,040
Mark Udall $1,697,550
Edwin Perlmutter $1,689,520
Carolyn McCarthy $1,668,420
Jeb Hensarling $1,662,510
Ginny Brown-Waite $1,659,030
Joe Lieberman $1,658,540
Ted Stevens $1,650,010
Howard Coble $1,645,850
Duncan Hunter $1,600,500
Doris Matsui $1,590,000
Paul Hodes $1,586,050
Solomon Ortiz $1,543,510
Mike Simpson $1,535,240
Bob Goodlatte $1,489,020
Chris Dodd $1,484,510
Michael Capuano $1,477,010
Ellen Tauscher $1,462,510
Mike Ross $1,437,510
Rush Holt $1,430,010
Anna Eshoo $1,380,510
Roger Wicker $1,376,010
Daniel Lipinski $1,358,520
Dick Durbin $1,351,180
Tammy Baldwin $1,335,510
Elton Gallegly $1,335,010
Peter Roskam $1,321,590
Harry Mitchell $1,310,510
Ralph Regula $1,292,500
Albio Sires $1,287,000
Timothy Bishop $1,283,000
Henry Waxman $1,272,510
Michael Burgess $1,253,540
Dan Boren $1,251,510
Cathy McMorris Rodgers $1,242,010
Don Manzullo $1,234,020
Zachary Space $1,226,010
Kathy Castor $1,222,020
Thad Cochran $1,208,530
Vernon Ehlers $1,182,010
Edward Markey $1,162,010
Blanche Lincoln $1,135,510
Lincoln Davis $1,125,000
Roy Blunt $1,114,510
Daniel Inouye $1,113,500
Candice Miller $1,102,980
Tom Feeney $1,101,510
Richard Burr $1,091,330
Spencer Bachus $1,064,010
Michele Bachmann $1,059,010
Barney Frank $1,050,010
Adam Schiff $1,043,010
Gresham Barrett $1,037,010
John Boozman $1,033,500
John Hall $1,015,010
G K Butterfield $1,012,590


It is a lot to think about isn't it?


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

What I find amazing (sickening) is that while the rest of America took a hit over the past eight years, my Congressman (he's never earned the title of Representative) Adam Putnam, FL-12, increased his networth almost $7,000,000.00.


Seems like being "just an ole citrus farmer from Bartow" is pretty lucrative.


How do you think he voted on bailouts? Yes, for fat-cat wallstreet bankers; No, for automakers and their retirees.


Hmmm, wonder if the $573,000.00 he received from Financial Services lobbyists had anything to do with his "yes" vote? Wonder if the $0.00 he received from the UAW had anything to do with his "no" vote?


Shame on him, but more shame on us for allowing these crooked bastards to continue in office.

CharityAngel said...

I can see why you would not want to designate them as a representative, because they really have not been representing us.

I hope that many more people that are just an average yet informed American will get involved and run for office.