Growing wealth widens distance between lawmakers and constituents – The Washington Post

It wasn’t long ago that there was a “Blue Collar Caucus” in congress that included a mill foreman, a barber, a pipe fitter and a house painter.

Between 1984 and 2009, the median net worth of a member of the House more than doubled, according to the analysis of financial disclosures, from $280,000 to $725,000 in inflation-adjusted 2009 dollars, excluding home ­equity.

Over the same period, the wealth of an American family has declined slightly, with the comparable median figure sliding from $20,600 to $20,500, according to the Panel Study of Income Dynamics from the University of Michigan.

via Growing wealth widens distance between lawmakers and constituents – The Washington Post.

Perhaps if our representatives were more like us, they would care about the things we care about.

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