From the November 6, 2009 Politico:
Two-hundred-and-thirty-seven members of Congress are millionaires. That’s 44 percent of the body – compared to about 1 percent of Americans overall.I suppose that it is a bit easier to understand why they don't much care about the illegal immigration concerns that most Americans have. For many working Americans, illegal immigrants are competitors driving down wages; for a big chunk of Congress, a shortage of illegal immigrants would mean having to hire Americans as maids and gardeners.
CRP says California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa is the richest lawmaker on Capitol Hill, with a net worth estimated at about $251 million. Next in line: Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), worth about $244.7 million; Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), worth about $214.5 million; Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), worth about $209.7 million; and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), worth about $208.8 million.
Watch Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Frank Capra's fable about American government some time. It's a fable. It was a fable when Capra made it. But I would love to see the day when ordinary Americans--not multimillionaires and friends of multimillionaires--were making our laws.