In theory, Congress is supposed to represent a microcosm of America.
If so, America must have about 140 million millionaires.
Of course, America doesn't have near that number. But, a report by the Center for Responsive Politics shows that 237 members of Congress-or 45% of the total-are self-reported millionaires.
当然，美国并没有这么多富豪。但是，响应性政治中心(Center for Responsive Politics)的一份报告显示，237位国会议员自称是百万富翁，占议员总数的45%。
California's Congressional delegation contains the richest. Car-alarm-king Darrell Issa (R., Cal.) is the top-ranking member by wealth, according to the Center, with a net worth in the range of $164 million to $337 million. California Democratic Rep. Jane Harman is second, in the range of $112 million to $377 million. Wisconsin Democrat Herb Kohl is No. 3, at a range of $163 million to $265 million.
最富的议员出自加利福尼亚州国会代表团。该中心称，汽车报警器大王、加州共和党议员达雷尔·伊萨(Darrell Issa)是最富有的议员，资产净值在1.64亿至3.37亿美元之间。加州民主党众议员简·哈曼(Jane Harman)屈居第二，资产净值在1.12亿至3.77亿美元之间。威斯康星州民主党议员赫伯·科尔(Herb Kohl)排名第三，资产净值在1.63亿至2.65亿美元之间。
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D., W.Va.) has long been viewed as the richest person in Congress. But just as with the rest of the economy, his old money fortune, now put at between $60 million and $128 million, has been dwarfed by the nouveau.
What does it mean for America to have so many rich men and women in Congress?
The right says it shows hypocrisy, since Congress seems to be succumbing to its worst wealth-spreader instincts to over-tax, over-regulate and over-criticize the wealthy. The latest evidence of this is the House health-care bill, which would impose a 5% tax on the gross income (yes gross income) of those earning $500,000 or more.
The left says the numbers show that Congress is a collection of wealthy elites who do their best to protect the rich and powerful, and that this is why they haven't gone far enough on taxing the rich or regulating Wall Street.
My guess is that the numbers tell a simpler story. Getting elected takes boatloads of money these days, and it is getting tougher to raise money the old fashioned way. There are more millionaires in Congress because, increasingly, it takes a personal fortune to get elected.