All of this anger at “the rich”…except it isn’t “the rich” at all, it is the Republican “rich”… if you are a “progressive” – you get a pass.
7 out of the top 10 richest members of Congress are Democrats. The wealth of those 7 ($570.3 million) is greater than the total of the lower 40 ($489.8 million), Republican and Democrat.
There are more Republicans on the list, 31 out of 50, and the total of those 31 is greater than the Democrats ($906.16 million to $712.46 million) but the average wealth per member of the 19 Democrats is over $8.2 million more than the 31 Republicans.
Roll Call just released the list of the 50 richest members of Congress for this year.
Seems that there is a better distribution of wealth in the Republican “rich” caucus than on the Democrat side – the free market has “spread the wealth” pretty efficiently where the Democrat wealth is concentrated in fewer members – it’s positively “progressive”, isn’t it?
There would seem to be no more hypocritical position than to rail against “the rich” when you are “rich”… but that is the sort of inconsistent position – bordering on self loathing – that is required to be a Democratic politician these days.