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The 535 Members of Congress: The Real Top %1

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posted on Feb, 12 2012 @ 05:16 AM
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Though there is often much focus on the richest private individuals in the United States, the U.S. Congress actually has far more economic power. In this video, economist Robert Lawson compares the economic power of the 535 most wealthy private citizens with the spending power of the 535 members of Congress. You might be surprised by what you find out. As Congress continues to spend and government continues to increase in size, our economic freedom will continue to decrease. And as our economic freedom decreases, our economic opportunities and quality of life are threatened.


just watch the vid.

what do you think ATS?




posted on Feb, 12 2012 @ 06:38 AM
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As Congress continues to spend and government continues to increase in size, our economic freedom will continue to decrease. And as our economic freedom decreases, our economic opportunities and quality of life are threatened.


i will add my own thoughts.

i think the above sums it up pretty nicely.

this is exactly what has been happening for the last 15 or so years.

economic slavery is the name of the game.

Congress is spending us all into an abyss.



posted on Feb, 12 2012 @ 07:44 AM
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Originally posted by kn0wh0w
Congress is spending us all into an abyss.


Quite right and for good reason! In 2011, lobbyists spent $3.30 BILLION on Congress. Wonder how that fact correlates with the below table?? The top 10:

www.opensecrets.org...

In some ways, lawmakers' finances look a lot like those of many Americans. They include diverse portfolios of stocks, bonds, mutual funds and real estate. They have bank accounts, credit cards and mortgages. The difference: Politicians generally have more money and — unlike most people they represent — they must make their investments public.


Richest Members of Congress
Name Minimum Net Worth Average Maximum Net Worth
Darrell Issa (R-Calif) $195,400,035 $448,125,017 $700,850,000
Michael McCaul (R-Texas) $258,618,051 $380,411,527 $502,205,003
Jane Harman (D-Calif) $160,085,503 $326,844,751 $493,604,000
John Kerry (D-Mass) $181,469,521 $231,722,794 $281,976,067
Mark Warner (D-Va) $76,372,212 $192,730,605 $309,088,999
Herb Kohl (D-Wis) $88,228,026 $173,538,010 $258,847,994
Jared Polis (D-Colo) $57,944,127 $143,218,562 $228,492,998
Vernon Buchanan (R-Fla) $-50,724,701 $136,152,641 $323,029,983
Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) $5,946,075 $101,123,032 $196,299,990
Jay Rockefeller (D-WVa) $61,632,019 $99,057,011 $136,482,003
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posted on Feb, 12 2012 @ 11:44 AM
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All i can say is wtf



posted on Feb, 29 2012 @ 09:54 AM
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I only joined this site when I saw these replies, this a corporate video backed by the Koch institute funded by Koch industries which is a part of petro-chemical industry which actively works the net to ensure it's own freedom to dump toxins, squash workers rights and spend millions lobbying congress and the likes of Bush.

Watch it again they're comparing the take home pay of the elite with the spending power of congress, it's in no way a fair comparison. Take the spending power of the elite and you'll be in the trillions.

The corporations control the economy of the world fact and thus us, the last thing we need is to give them any more freedom.



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