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40% of Senators are Millionaires

According to CNN, 40 of the 100 current senators are millionaires. Granted $1 million isn’t what it used to be, but the statistic still demonstrates the financial dichotomy between those elected to office and the general population.

And it’s not just the Republicans who enjoy this level of wealth — while 22 are members of the GOP, 18 are Democrats. In fact, the top five on the list are Democrats.

I'm not sure what this tells us about those serving our interests in Washington. On the one hand I'd like to think that those representing us come from backgrounds that include high levels of education and success in their professional endevours, and such backgrounds typically results in high incomes. Many Senators are lawyers by training, which makes sense for those making laws, and it is a high paying profession.

On the other hand, I think that it may be hard for those in the Senate to fully appreciate the struggles faced on an everyday basis by the majority of the population. The people who worry about paying their bills, providing for their families, and what will happen if they lose their job. Those who worry about the quality of the public school system. Those who have children sent around the world to fight wars. Those who could lose everything is a family member falls seriously ill because they lack adequate health insurance.

Is the Senate turning into another version of the British House of Lords? Are we still adequately represented by the body? What are your thoughts?

Posted by blipsman at June 14, 2003 3:10 AM