Class War and the 2012 elections
Both parties are political instruments of the rich.
The wealth of Congressional leaders and rankers of both parties clearly shows that Congress, and the government in general, have a class bias that makes them act for the rich and against the interests of working people. The Center for Responsive Politics says nearly 40 percent of members of the U.S. House of Representatives and nearly half of all U.S. senators reported capital gains in 2009, during year two of the current depression . In 2009 244 current members of Congress were millionaires including 138 Republicans and 106 Democrats; the median worth in the U.S. House of Representatives was $725,000 and it was a whopping $2.4 million in the Senate.
Here are some of the richest members of Congress and what defines them is not their party – it’s their class. They’re part of the 1% and their legislative history since the Carter Administration has been composed of union busting, jobs export, tax cuts for the rich, attacks on the standard of living of working people, wars and ignoring – in fact, promoting – bigotry, misogyny and racism.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) $451,100,000
Rep. Vernon Buchanan (R-Fla.) $366,180,982
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) D $$294,869,059
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) D $283,077,995
Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) D $285,123,996
Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) D $231,245,995
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) $201,537,000
Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho) R $179,131,990
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) $136,218,002
10 Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) $125,529,976
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) $108,109,018
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) $104,690,018
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) $124,229,990
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) $91,656,998
Rep. Gary Miller (R-Calif.) $84,302,000
Rep. Diane Lynn Black (R-Tenn.) $84,145,990
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen $67,697,000
18 Rep. Richard Berg (R-N.D.) $58,981,451
Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) $63,125,000
Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Texas) $63,106,351
These people got rich because workers and small farmers were forced into poverty, lost union jobs and benefits and other jobs based on union norms and lost their homes. Members of Congress who voted for any of the NAFTAs, deregulation, TARP, Obama’s fake recovery bills, tax cuts for the rich – including the vast majority of Democrats and Republicans – are guilty of crimes agaisnt working people.
On Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 vote left, vote on important referenda or just sit it out. If you have to engage in electoral politics use the campaign to educate and organize working people to break with the twin parties of war, depression, unemployment and homelessness.
Most of the data here is from Open Secrets, Nation of Change, CBS and NPR. It’s summed up in http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2011/09/congressional-millionaires-buffett-rule.html