Information has recently come to light that has sent shock waves through millions of hardworking citizens: Not all the millionaires in Congress are Republicans. Democrat office-holders can be millionaires, too.
They're not all unemployed auto workers or public school teachers. Our representatives are becoming more and more removed from the lives of working people, and they don't care. It's not in the media's best interest to shed much light here. Conflict breeds sales. Rich vs. poor, good vs. evil. I don't think the battle is quite that pure. We, the public, are being misled.
This is the first year that a list of earmarks was published, showing all the projects that members of Congress took home without us knowing about it.
I haven't heard much public outcry or seen much coverage. Neither party is making this much of an issue in the campaign because both parties are equally represented on the list. Starting next year, if any elected official takes even $1 from us without our knowledge, they're gone. These auspicious bodies have morphed into a couple of henhouses with 535 foxes on guard duty. In 2008, the total was $18.3 billion. That's a lot of money, even in Washington.