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Submitted By: christopher patrickSubmitted: 8/18/2011
MilliONAIRES IN CONGRESS The economic outlook may still be lousy, but Capitol Hill, at least, doesn't seem to be feeling much pain: A new study ; I by the Centee for Responsive Politics finds that half of all members of Congress are millionaires. The report, based on financial disclosures covering the calendar year 2009, , I finds that 261 House and Senate members reported a net worth of more than $1 million. Of those, 55 had an average wealth of $10 million or more, and eight lawmakers reported holdings of $100 million or more. Who was the richest member of Congress? California COP Rep. Darrell Issa, who made his fortune in car alarms, listed holdings worth at least $304 million. Democrtic Rep. Jane Harman, r l'ssa's California colleague, who is married to audio mogul I (and Newsweek Publisher) Sidney Harman, reported $293 million in holdings. Coming in third was Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, who reported a net worth of $293 million - thanks in part to the holdings of his wife, I I Teresa Heinz Kerry, who inherited a fortune upon the death of her first husband, ketchup baron (and former Pennsylvania senator) John Heinz. What's notable is that members of Congress actually got richer in 2009 compared with 2008. Last year, the median wealth of a House member was $765,000, up from $645,503 in '08. In the Senate, the median was $2.38 million in 2009, compared with $2.27 million the year before.

Submitted By: David F HeimrickSubmitted: 5/25/2015
A WEIRD WORLD INDEED Fifty three years ago on May 30th I was discharged from the U.S. Army. This Memorial Day as I participated in the parade in Tiffin and attended the ceremony at the Veteran’s Memorial on Frost Parkway with scores of other local veterans, I couldn’t help but reflect on how the world has changed. Our enemies no longer fear us. Our allies no longer respect us. Our commander-in-chief has drawn his “line in the sand” too many times. (And then backed away.) As with the little boy who cried wolf, nobody listens anymore. After the sacrifice of lives and limbs by our veterans he is giving it all away for a few political points as his lame-stream media tries to spin the, “Blame Bush and Cheney” theme again. In the midst of Christian be-headings and secular slaughter he makes speeches about “climate change”, and “demilitarizing our police”! Where is this guy’s head? And the media, instead of covering the news, promotes stories like ABC’s Joe Gelonesi’s comments on the report by British philosopher Adam Swift, a professor at the University of Warwick, whose studies allege that parents who read bedtime stories to their children are guilty of be-stowing on them an unfair advantage over poor children who don’t receive such loving attention. Gelonesi claims in the interests of leveling the playing field bedtime stories should be restricted. (Where do they find these people?) I received an email from a friend last week re-telling the barnyard parable of the little red hen. If you were read bedtime stories as a child you probably heard it a time or two. The moral was, in short, if you don’t want to work, don’t expect to eat. But at the end was an epilogue which I feel is worth sharing; Bill Clinton is getting 12 million for his memoirs. Hillary got 8 million for hers. Thats 20 million for the memories of two people, who for eight years repeatedly testified, under oath, that they couldn’t remember anything!!!! And one is now running for president. Is this a great barnyard or what? Wake up America! D F Heimrick, McCutchenville.

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