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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:49 PM

How Congress is not like America (in one infographic)

Did you know:

* That more than two out of every five members of Congress are lawyers?

* That members of Congress actually live shorter lives than the rest of us?

* That members of Congress make in two months what the average American makes in one year?



source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/02/01/how-congress-is-not-like-america-in-one-infographic/

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 04:18 PM

1. Congress will not EVER be like the rest of America...

Sure, there are racial and gender gaps that can be equalized, but there are other things that really can't.

Congress has 100% employment by definition, and as these are hard jobs to get that pay very well, people in congress will always make more than the median income. They also have better ACCESS to knowledge than just about anyone (though how much they take advantage of that access can be disappointing). Their health care will NEVER be worse than that of the average American under any circumstances (at worst, in a national single payer system for all, it would be equal). It's no shock that there are fewer people in congress without a high school diploma than in society at large. It can be tough to make the case to the voters that you weren't able to finish High School (regardless of why) but you can be a good and effective legislator.

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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 06:32 PM

2. As the body that writes laws; I would hope that a lot of them would be lawyers.

If they are going to write laws that can be expected to stand up to challenge in front of the Supreme Court; they need to have a legal education.

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