Call me an American Dissident. I believe in democracy and government of, FOR, and BY the PEOPLE. I do NOT believe in the plutocratic corpocracy this country is today, wherein government is made and administered of the wealthy, by the wealthy, and for the wealthy. I believe in wealth which is HONESTLY attained through hard work and merit. I do NOT believe in wealth attained by means of deceit, exploitation, or leverage. There is enough for all in this world. Greed is the major cause of poverty, and both are totally unnecessary.
Today will begin a series of not-necessarily-successive posts in which I will demonstrate how UNLIKE most of the population our Representatives and Senators are, and why this leads them to pass some of the seemingly insane legislation they do from time to time. It will also help explain why it is that so many initiatives are passed in such watered-down versions as to make them almost ineffectual.
A large number of Americans correctly feel their needs and concerns are not being adequately represented in Congress. The reason for this is simple: we almost never send common, everyday, average people just like us TO Congress. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's State and County QuickFacts, median HOUSEHOLD income in this country in 2007 was $50,740. I can guarantee you that FEW, if ANY, of our Representatives or Senators earned less than $50,000 annually individually, in today's dollars, before entering the hallowed halls of Congress. Overwhelmingly, they came to Congress from lucrative law or business careers. That's right: Congress is loaded with attorneys, bankers, business owners or executives, physicians, and other professions from which none earned a mere $25,000, or very few earned less than $50,00 to $75,000 per year. They nearly all came to Congress from upper income bccupations. When, for example, have we ever in recent history sent to Congress a person whose primary job had been one of these: artist, baker, barber, bellhop, blacksmith, cab driver, carpenter, cashier, cook, dietician, electrician, factory worker, firefighter, fisherman, flight attendant, garbageman, gardener, grocer, hairdresser, interior designer, janitor, librarian, locksmith, mechanic, plumber, printer, receptionist, retail clerk, sanitation worker, secretary, street sweeper, tailor, therapist, toolmaker, usher, waitress, welder, or zookeeper? Not experienced or qualified enough, you say? I know barbers and janitors with more common sense, and who can manage a budget far better, than some of the so-called experienced professionals currently in Congress. It makes me wonder why we don't send at least SOME average, everyday folks to represent us in Washington, D.C. For it is becoming abundantly clear that today's Congresspersons are far divorced from, and have little in common with, the huge majority of people they are supposed to, and are paid to, represent. Most are clueless as to the needs, concerns, or struggles of the everyday citizen. I HOPE ALL OF YOU WILL FLOOD YOUR PRECINCT CAUCUSES NEXT YEAR AND REMEMBER THIS WHEN IT COMES TIME TO NOMINATE CANDIDATES FOR HOUSE ASND SENATE! For the time has come for REAL representation in this country, not just the cosmetic variety we have been experiencing with such poor results! If we, the people, are ever going to take this country back, how will this be done if all power is handed right back to the same old, same old economic and professional elite?
Below is a listing, alphabetically state by state, and district by district, of every person serving in our current 111th Congress. I have also listed their party designation (D for Democratic, I for Independent, and R for Republican) as well as their primary occupation prior to election to Congress. I list "P" for Politician, for those who climbed up through the ranks of their party, as opposed to having previously worked in a trade or business. For brevity, and because there are so many of them, "A" will denote Attorney, "S" will denote Senator, and the numbers reflect each state's congressional district number. Part I here will feature 5 states, with all the rest to follow in subsequent posts. ------------ ALABAMA 1. Jo Bonner R P 2. Bobby Bright D A 3. Mike D. Rogers R P 4. Robert Aderholt R A 5. Parker Griffith D Oncologist 6. Spencer Bachus R A 7. Artur Davis D A S. Richard Shelby R A S. Jeff Sessions R A ------------ ALASKA At large. Don Young R Mariner, Construction worker, Miner S. Lisa Murkowski R A S. Mark Begich D Financial Exec ------------ ARIZONA 1. Ann Kirkpatrick D A 2. Trent Franks R Oil Exec 3. John Shadegg R A 4. Rd Pastor D High school teacher 5. Harry Mitchell D High school teacher 6. Jeff Flake R Public Affairs Director 7. Raul M. Grijalva D College Administrator 8. Gabrielle Giffords D Businesswoman S. John McCain R Military, P S. John Kyl R A ------------ ARKANSAS 1. Marion Berry D Farmer, Pharmacist 2. Vic Snyder D Physician 3. John Boozman R Optometrist, Rancher 4. Mike Ross D Sm. businessman S. Blanche Lincoln D P S. Mark Pryor D A ------------ CALIFORNIA 1. Mike Thompson D Vineyard owner 2. Wally Herger R Oil Exec 3. Dan Lungren R A 4. Tom McClintock R P 5. Doris Matsui D P 6. Lynn Woolsey D College Professor 7. George Miller D A 8. Nancy Pelosi D P 9. Barbara Lee D Social worker 10. Ellen Tauscher D Investment banker 11. Jerry McNerny D Engineer, Energy scientist 12. Jackie Speier D A 13. Pete Stark D Banking Exec 14. Anna Eshoo D Communications Exec 15. Mike Honda D Teacher, Principal 16. Zoe Lofgren D A 17. Sam Farr D P 18. Dennis Cardoza D Rancher, Sm. bus. owner 19. George Radanovich R Banker, Vineyard owner 20. Jim Costa D Rancher 21. Devin Nunes R Farmer 22. Kevin McCarthy R Sm. bus. owner 23. Lois Capps D Nurse, College Professor 24. Elton Gallegly R Real Estate Banker 25. Howard McKeon R Bank Exec 26. David Dreier R Real Estate exec 27. Brad Sherman D A, Accountant 28. Howard Berman D A 29. Adam Schiff D A 30. Henry Waxman D A 31. Xavier Becerra D A 32. open until July, 2009 33. Diane Watson D Psychologist, College Administrator 34. Lucille Roybal-Allard D Public Relations Officer 35. Maxine Waters D Teacher 36. Jane Harman D A, P 37. Laura Richardson D Printing Exec 38. Grace Napolitano D Automotive Exec 39. Linda Sanchez D A 40. Edward R. Royce R Tax Consultant 41. Jerry Lewis R Insurance Broker 42. Gary Miller R Real Estate Exec 43. Joe Baca D Public Relations Officer, Travel Agency owner 44. Ken Calvert R Sm. bus. owner, Real Estate Agent 45. Mary Bono Mack R Sm. bus. owner 47. Loretta Sanchez D Financial Analyst 48. John B. T. Campbell III R Accountant, Auto Dealer 49. Darrell Issa R Electronics Exec 50. Brian Bilbray R Tax Consultant 51. Bob Filner D College Professor 52. Duncan D. Hunter R Military 53. Susan Davis D Social worker S. Dianne Feinstein D P S. Barbara Boxwer D Journalist
As you can see, none of these members listed come from "ordinary" jobs, and few, if any, from jobs paying below median household income. Government by the upper class for the upper class, you say? We shall see. Part II (soon to come) will feature the states of Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, and Illinois.