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.
Here is part III in my series illustrating why our Representatives and Senators seem so out of touch with most of the country. As you view the occupations they had prior to getting to Congress, you will see that nearly all of them were in elevated income brackets or jobs paying much higher than those most Americans hold today. It is no wonder, then, that our Congresspersons do not really understand many of us, our concerns, or our needs. If you're a cosmologist, carpetlayer, bartender, illustrator, bus driver, stockboy, telephone salesperson, pipefitter, or draftsman, chances are your won't find a kindred spirit in the halls of Congress. I hope you will think about this next time you are set to nominate or elect a candidate for U.S. House or Senate.
I continue this series, going alphabetically state by state, district by district. The numbers refer to the state's congressional district number, D=Democrat, I=Independent, R=Republican, A=Attorney, S=Senator, and P=Politician (one who has always been in politics rather than having worked in the "real" world). ------------ INDIANA 1. Pete Visclosky D A 2. Joe Donnelly D A 3. Mark Shouder R Sm. bus. owner 4. Steve Buyer R A 5. Dan Burton R Insurance agent, Real Estate broker 6. Mike Pence R A, Talk Show Host 7. Andre Carson D Law Enforcement Officer 8. Brad Ellsworth D Law Enforcement Officer 9. Baron Hill D Financial Analyst S. Richard Lugar R Maufacturing Exec S. Evan Bayh D A, P ------------ IOWA 1. Bruce Braley D A 2. David Loebsack D college Professor 3. Leonard Boswell D Farmer 4. Tom Latham R Sm. bus. owner 5. Steve King R Construction Contractor S. Charles Grassley R P S. Tom Harkin D A ------------ KANSAS 1. Jerry Moran R A 2. Lynn Jenkins R Accountant 3. Dennis Moore D A 4. Todd Tiahrt R Aerospace Exec S. Sam Brownback R A, Farmer S. Pat Roberts R Newspaper Publisher ------------ KENTUCKY 1. Ed Whitfield R A, Railroad Exec 2. Brett Guthrie R Military Officer 3. John Yarmuth D Newspaper Publisher 4. Geoff Davis R Manufacturing Consultant 5. Harold Rogers R A 6. Ben Chandler D A S. Mitch McConnell R A S. Jim Bunning R MLB Pitcher, P ------------ LOUISIANA 1. Steve Scalise R Systems Analyst 2. Joseph Cao R A 3. Charlie Melanson D Sm. bus. owner 4. John C. Fleming R Physician 5. Rodney Alexander R Insurance Agent 6. Bill Cassidy R Physician 7. Charles Boustany R Surgeon S. Mary Landrieu D Real Estate Agent S. David Vitter R A ------------ MAINE 1. Chellie Pingree D P 2. Mike Michaud D Factory Foreman S. Olympia Snowe R P S. Susan Collins R Businesswoman ------------ MARYLAND 1. Frank Kratovil D Prosecutor 2. Dutch Ruppersberger D A 3. John Sarbanes D A 4. Diana Edwards D A 5. Steny Hoyer D A 6. Roscoe Bartlett D College Professor, Farmer 7. Elijah Cummings D A 8. Chris Van Hollen D A S. Barbara Mikulski D P S. Ben Cardin D A ------------ MASSACHUSETTS 1. John Oliver D College Professor 2. Richard Neal D High School Teacher 3. Jim McGovern D P 4. Barney Frank D A 5. Niki Tsongas D A, Social Worker 6. John Tierney D A 7. Ed Markey D A 8. Mike Capuano D A 9. Stephen Lynch D A, Union leader 10. Bill Delahunt D A S. Teddy Kennedy D A, P S. John Kerry D A ------------ MICHIGAN 1. Bart Stupak D Police Officer, A 2. Pete Hoekstra R Marketing VP 3. Vern Ehlers R College Professor 4. David Lee Camp R A 5. Dale E. Kildee D High School Teacher 6. Fred Upton R P 7. Mark Schauer D P 8. Mike J. Rogers R Investigator 9. Gary Peters D Professor 10. Candice Miller R Sm. bus. owner 11. Thaddeus R. McCotter R A 12. Sander Levin D A 13. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick D High School Teacher 14. John Conyers Jr. D A 15. John Dingell D A S. Carl Levin D A S. Debbie Stabenow D Social Worker
Part IV (to come late next week) will include 8 more states: Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, and New Jersey. Just prior to that I will do a little blurb on corporations bankrupting our Treasury by ducking taxes offshore.