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Sat Jan 12, 2013, 04:44 PM

What Congress would look like if it really represented America

Worth a revisit.

via: http://www.good.is/posts/infographic-what-congress-would-look-like-if-it-really-represented-america



America is getting more and more diverseófor instance, our Hispanic population grew by 43 percent in the past decade aloneóbut you'd never be able to tell it by looking at our Congress. Here's what the House and Senate look like today, and what they would look like if they were demographically representative of our nation.

One thing not noted on this infographic is that, besides being nothing like America in terms of race, sex, or religion, our senators and representatives are also wholly different from most Americans in terms of wealth. We've said this before, but it bears repeating: The average American's net worth is $96,000. But the average Senator's net worth? $13.4 million. For House members that sum drops to "just" $5 million.

Does this represent your community?

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Reply What Congress would look like if it really represented America (Original post)
superpatriotman Jan 2013 OP
valerief Jan 2013 #1
AZ Progressive Jan 2013 #3
A Little Weird Jan 2013 #2
Tx4obama Jan 2013 #4
truebluegreen Jan 2013 #7
Tx4obama Jan 2013 #8
truebluegreen Jan 2013 #9
CJCRANE Jan 2013 #5
adieu Jan 2013 #6

Response to superpatriotman (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 04:52 PM

1. Wealth is glaringly omitted here, as noted in the OP. nt

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Response to valerief (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 07:03 PM

3. Well, no wonder why so much of Congress is out of touch with the American people

They are simply too rich to be able to do anything more than act like they understand the American people. But then, why do we hire these people to represent us?

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Response to superpatriotman (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 06:48 PM

2. Good graphic

But some of the text is too light to read.

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Response to superpatriotman (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 07:16 PM

4. The OP subject line should read ''The House'', not The Congress...


Congress has two chambers: The House AND The Senate.

The graphic represents only The House.



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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 10:00 AM

7. I wasn't aware there were

535 members of the House.

The graph represents the Congress.

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Response to truebluegreen (Reply #7)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 06:08 PM

8. YOU are correct. I read the chart wrong, thought it was only The House.


Sorry about that

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #8)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 06:18 PM

9. No prob.

The small print was hard to read.

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Response to superpatriotman (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 07:17 PM

5. At least Buddhists are represented

in the correct proportion!

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Response to superpatriotman (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 08:01 PM

6. It takes time

San Francisco is now completely run by the Chinese community. We have a mayor, Ed Lee, who is Chinese, five of the eleven board of supes are Chinese (or asian in general: some could be korean), only one of the eleven supes is a generic WASPy kind of guy, Mark Farrell. There are two, possibly three hispanics, one african-american, and one jewish supervisor. It took close to 100 years for this to transpire, from the reconstruction after the 1906 earthquake, the Chinese community in San Francisco took the opportunity that the quake opened up to re-create a community they called their own. Chinatown, at that time, was prime real estate. The whites wanted to move the Chinese to south of market, but the Chinese banded together and made sure that Chinatown was their own by erecting buildings with Chinese motifs and forging a strong alliance among the asians in the community.

You can't just assume that once you have enough people, they will know what to do to obtain proper representation.

So, in due time, Congress will accurately represent the people.

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