Government of the People?

Typical lawmaker 35 times wealthier than typical voter


Some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Comparatively Speaking

The typical lawmaker is 35-times wealthier than the typical voter.

The Washington Post reports the financial gap between the people who make the laws and the people they represent is exploding. Between 1984 and 2009, the median net worth of a House member more than doubled to $725,000 -- excluding home equity. Over the same period the American family's median wealth declined slightly, settling at $20,500.

The New York Times writes -- "Largely insulated from the country's economic downturn since 2008, members of Congress -- many of them among the 'one percenters' denounced by Occupy Wall Street protesters -- have gotten much richer even as most of the country has become much poorer."

Mele Kalikimaka

One of those wealthy lawmakers is House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The California Democrat is once again spending her Christmas vacation at a posh resort on the Big Island of Hawaii, according to Hawaii Reporter.

Pelosi is at the same Four Seasons resort where she stayed in a $10,000 a night suite the past two years.

Critics have joked that the luxury price tag is more in line with the one percent rather than the 99 percent the congresswoman has said she supports.

The "Great" Debate

Finally, some Democrats do not think it's a great day in South Carolina.

USA Today reports Republican Governor Nikki Haley told state agencies to answer their phones by saying -- "It's a great day in South Carolina, how may I help you?"

However, a pair of state Democratic lawmakers has proposed a bill to end the upbeat greeting. They say with the state's unemployment rate and poor infrastructure it does not reflect reality.