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Class War and the 2012 elections

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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

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