Capitol Hill’s Roll Call has released its list of 2011’s richest members of Congress. Is your devoted “public servant” on it? If not, don’t lose hope. Half the people in Congress are millionaires. (Only 1% of all Americans are millionaires.) CBS reported the precise number in Congress last November: 261. Actually, I once heard somewhere that everyone in Congress is, at minimum, a millionaire. But you know how accountants and spin doctors work. Hell, accountants are spin doctors.
Is it any wonder the politicians spend most of their time fighting each other to keep their jobs? I don’t know, maybe it’s not cause and effect. Maybe it takes a millionaire to run for office and get elected in the first place. But I have a tough time believing that every wingnut who decides to run is already rich. Seems to me the promise of wealth and fame and a national platform would be and has been quite a magnet. (There were a mere 16 presidential candidates on Colorado’s 2008 ballot.) Forget altruism. This is a road to fame and fortune. Sometimes you don’t even have to win to cash in. Just ask Sarah Palin.
So, whatever happened to getting elected in order to serve the people? Just another quaint old-fashioned notion, I suppose. I have a lot of those.