They take off their ties, roll up their sleeves, put on a pair of jeans and try to convince the voters they are ordinary guys … just like you and me. But when it comes to lifestyle and income, today’s national politician really hasn’t much in common with the rest of us.
For one thing, who can afford to forego a paycheck by running around the country campaigning?
Mitt Romney admits he is taxed at a federal rate of 15% because his income comes from investments. He also earned $362,000 for nine speeches last year. The guy is worth as much as 250 million dollars, by most estimates.
Congress is loaded with millionaires whose net worth has been increasing dramatically while the average Americans’ pay has been stagnant.
The gap between America’s wealthy and middle- and lower-income has been widening. Nowhere is that gap more apparent than in comparing our rulers with their subjects. No … politicians are really not like the rest of us.
Our thought for today is from Louis D. Brandeis:
“We can have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.”