|Most Americans 'not aware' of Congress' rising wealth|
Tue Dec 27, 2011
Nearly 50% of Congress members are millionaires while most Americans don't know or somehow don't care, says David Macaray, a prominent Los Angeles-based American author.
“The (wealth) gap (between Congress and average Americans) that we now see, that has alarmed some people, has been a long time coming. The last year that the American worker received an actual raise in pay in real dollar was 1973.”
Speaking to Press TV's U.S. Desk on Tuesday, Mr. Macaray said “Half of [Congress members] are millionaires and what's even more alarming, more dangerous is the fact that the majority of Americans either don't seem to know this or don't seem to really care.”
“The most super-depressing things you find are middle class, lower middle class, even poor people who want to see the rich do even better. It's just amazing that you don't see people reacting in the way that one would think they should.”
Largely insulated from the country's economic downturn since 2008, members of Congress - many of them among the “1 percenters” decried by Occupy Wall Street protesters - have gotten much richer even as most of the country has become much poorer in the past six years, according to an analysis by The New York Times based on data from the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonprofit research group.