According to the National Journal, Senator Richard Blumenthal may be the third richest member in the United States Senate. According to an article published in the Connecticut Post on August 17, 2012, the Blumenthals have an average net worth of $112 million.
Our United States Senator resides in a Greenwich residence valued at $3,142,164 by Zillow, consisting of thirteen rooms (not including bathrooms) and 5,698 square feet of living space on 2.11 acres of land. It’s good to be King; and it’s not too shabby being a US Senator either.
Despite all of his wealth, Senator Richard Blumenthal has no qualms about double dipping into taxpayers’ pockets. Not only does he reap the Senator’s salary of $174,000 annually, but he also receives a $47,000 annual state pension from having served as Connecticut’s Attorney General.
When confronted by the National Journal about him accepting the $47,000 annual state pension even though he is employed as a member in the United States Senate at an annual salary of $174,000, his response was that of a very slick attorney and politician:
The benefits I’m receiving from the state were earned over more than two decades of public service, and they’re two separate entities, two separate governments, and … they’re being paid according to law. I’m not going to comment as to any aspect of my financial disclosure. I would just say, I seek to give back through public service [my emphasis] and other ways such as the charitable contributions that my wife and I make.
What some might find offensive in his remark is his assertion that he is giving back through pubic service. Giving back? Since when does giving back include getting compensated $221,000 per year for public service? Most individuals would consider that a compensation package to die for, not an act of charity on Blumenthal’s part. Isn’t that remark an insult to the intelligence of the taxpayers of Connecticut?
There is an elitism in Congress and the Administration that is offensive to many middle class families, looking for work, struggling to hold onto their jobs, trying to pay their mortgages and property taxes and grocery bills. It is time to rid all politics and politicians of political contributions, lobbyists, PACs, Super PACs, etc. According to ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, lobbying is legalized bribery.
Unfortunately, since these wealthy politicians legislate the laws of the land, what chance do our citizens have of ridding politicians and politics of all money?