average net worth of a Senator is more than $14 million, and the average net worth of a member of the House of Representatives is nearly $6 million.”
Though this information is a few years old, the numbers are likely to have gotten worse, such is the corruption and cronyism within our government.
from the feds
Jesse Jackson Jr.!?
Despite having been convicted and imprisoned for corruption, former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. collects a hefty salary, milking the taxpayers for even more. Meanwhile, shootings and murders in Chicago continue to plague the populace, the homeless and the poor continue to struggle, and the politicians continue to bilk the system.
Objective journalism is one of the main reasons American politics has been allowed to be so corrupt for so long.” — Mr. Thompson, Hunter S.
I would just add so-called to what he calls “objective” journalism. It’s really not objective and has never been. Journalists and news outlets pick sides, often blatantly so.
Finally Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives Michael Madigan, the man on top, gets a challenger. (Pun intended.)
THE CURRENT SPEAKER OF THE ILLINOIS HOUSE
of Representatives is a man named Madigan, Michael Madigan. Madigan has been in office for 45 years, 31 of those as speaker. “Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on [public office] a rottenness begins in his conduct.”
— Thomas Jefferson in 1799
Forty-five years!? To me this is just ridiculous.
No one should hold political power for that long.
Many election cycles he hasn’t even had an opponent. He mostly runs unopposed. No wonder he’s all smiles.
“I apprehend that the total abandonment of the principle of rotation in the offices of President and Senator will end in abuse.”
— Jefferson in 1788
He’s so open and honest that
his Twitter feed isn’t even public. It’s protected. Only those going through a screening process are awarded access.
And they wonder why corruption is such a problem. It’s a particular issue in Illinois.