2012 Financial Disclosures for Members of Congress

Today’s discussions in the United States Senate about unemployment benefits appear to be favoring the route of yet another partisan impasse. Whether one’s income is the result of salary or investments, the numbers of jobs available in specific regions of the country, finding ways to match employee skills with the needs of potential employers, and similar matters do not receive as much discussion on the Floors of the respective Chambers as they have in the past.

Sure blame the President.  Historically, that approach has failed but apparently it has really helped during the terms of both George W. Bush and Barack Obama.  That’s sad sarcasm.

Anyway, here is a link to the 2012 financial disclosures compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics for the Members of Congress.

Place those numbers  into a broader context of just how popular people can become solely by bashing one side or the other and the financial incentives to retain one’s partisan following when talking about politics and society.

Will the word compromise remain in future dictionaries?  Does anyone or anything not aligned with either extreme or skewed heavily in one direction or the other have a chance anymore?  I think the majority of people stand closer to the middle, but agreement is less popular and profitable than conflict.

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