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When Did Hunger Become a Political Issue?

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  • Center Left Democrat
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    Flagstaff, AZ
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    Tony:


    I agree with you.

    Although I mentioned the median incomes of Congress in a previous post, I discovered this morning who the guys are at the top of the heap.

    The 2nd wealthiest man is California Representative Darrel Issa, the guy who's behind the "Fat and Furious", IRS, and Benghazi "scandals".

    The wealthiest man in Congress is Texas Representative Michael MCall, who's net worth is $294 million. Most of his wealth comes from his wife's financial interests in Clear Channel Communication, the world's largest radio station. One of the major investors in Clear Channel is a company called Bain Capital. Clean Channel owns the shows of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity.

    Somehow, that seems to explain the opinion that large members of Congress have of their less fortunate citizens.
  • Independent
    New Hampshire
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    Unlike Boehner's attitudes it would make a difference if quality was the priority buying food. He stated that old folks buy the cheapest things so they don't need a full cost of living raise. Speaking of raise, off the subject but it should be acceptable, I may have been pronouncing his name wrong. Given the difference in taste and texture I eat grain breads: as toast I like an oat and use a lot of butter and peanut butter, if I was forced to eat the standard "White Bread" I might just give up eating bread. An alternative would be cardboard with just enough water content so you can roll it into a ball like white bread. Vegetables are a good place to save, as if your dwelling has a window that lets in light, you can grow some of your own food. Tomatoes grow indoors quite well; but I would recommend the Tom Thumb variety. The plants are small and the tomatoes are small, if you start from seeds start them a couple of weeks apart. Bib lettuce is good as are onions, peppers, most herbs with chives being acceptable as a substitute for onion . Potatoes, green beans and peas can become large plants so an out door location is preferred for them. (I wanted a new paragraph here) Boehner has also never had to count pennies as if he had he would know that if you buy a good product it lasts, if you buy a cheap product you only get to replace it sooner, with another cheap version of the same thing. I have decided that he has no concept of the real world and can never understand.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    jperry I think you are right that Boehner has never had to count pennies or grow his own food, although I did hear that he had a fairly modest upbringing, and was not born into wealth like many of Congress.

    In fact, I would say that of just about ALL members of Congress, none or almost none of them have ever had serious financial difficulties and of the few that have, they have probably suffered self inflicted financial difficulties.

    All of them are living very well at the public trough now.
  • Center Left Democrat
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    Flagstaff, AZ
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    james:


    You're absolutely right about Boehner's modest beginnings.

    He was the 2nd of 12 children born to his parents. While growing up, he shared a bathroom with his 11 siblings in a 2 bedroom house in Cincinnati, and his parents slept on a pull out couch.

    He was the first person in his family to graduate from college, but it took him 7 years to graduate because he had to work several jobs at the same time in order to pay his own way.

    2 of his siblings are unemployed, but most of the others have blue collar jobs (remember Joe the plumber?)

    He is literally a "self made man", and eventually became President of a packaging company where he initially was a salesman.

    Today, his net worth is $2.7 million.



    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Boehner


    http://www.therichest.org/celebnetworth/politician/republican/john-boehner-net-worth/