8:01 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry
Don’t bother to ask them about their stance on various issues. If you haven’t learned by now, you should know that they will tell you what they think you want to hear–not necessarily the truth of who they really are and what they really represent.
Also in regard to the following questions, while it is recommended to ask them, it is always advisable to follow up on their answers as all this information is public information and with a little research you can find the answers.
1. What is your net worth?
2. Beginning with your tax filing in 2009, until today, how much has your net worth increased? [Note: While a study issued by CareerBuilder January 2011 found that 77% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck and have a negative net worth, the same cannot be said of those who represent us. The average wealth of our Senators is $13.6 million and the average wealth of the House of Representatives is $3.4 million and their average net worth, unlike the majority of Americans over the last two years has increased, not decreased.]
3. What are the top three Wall Street Corporations in which you are invested and how much do you have invested in each?
[Note: Here are the top three choices for Congress as a whole in 2009:
#1 GENERAL ELECTRIC – 106 total Investors 52 Democrats and 54 Republicans
Wonder why GE did not pay a dime of federal income tax in 2009 and 2010 despite billions of dollars in profit? Congress doesn’t give a rats behind. They got that money back in dividends. Wonder why GE’s CEO Jeffrey Immelt is one of President Obama’s financial advisors? I don’t know about you but I don’t like the idea of a rich income tax evading corporation’s CEO having the President’s ear.
#2 Procter & Gamble 78 total Investors 35 Democrats and 43 Republicans
#3 Cisco Systems 73 total investors 34 Democrats and 39 Republicans
#3 Bank of America 73 total investors 35 Democrats and 38 Republicans SOURCE]
4. Have you ever voted on any legislation that directly affected the profitability of these stocks? [For example, if you own BP stock, have you ever, like Joe Barton and James Sensenbrenner (both of whom own thousands of dollars of stock in BP) voted on BP's behalf and against the best interests of the majority of Americans? Note: In June of 2010, Sensenbrenner owned 3,400 shares of BP stock and yet refused to recuse himself from a House committee investigating BP.]
5. Have you ever publicly defended these or any Wall Street corporations in which you own stock? [ “Oh but John Kerry is a liberal Democrat and James Sensenbrenner is a rabid right-wing conservative!” Yes, that is their corporate sponsored media image. But what is the truth of these two men when it comes to legislation that makes a difference in our lives? NO DEGREE OF SEPARATION! In the summer of 2009 Max Baucus proposed a $4 billion tax on medical-device firms to help offset the cost of health-care reforms. John Kerry and James Sensenbrenner bellowed like two stuck hogs. Why? Because Kerry and Sensenbrenner have something in common that supersedes any party alliance or lack of it: They each have millions of dollars of family wealth invested over the years in the companies that make medical devices.] Stop thinking that the labels of “liberal”, “conservative” or “Tea Party” have any real meaning in terms of how these people vote. Most of the Tea Party “of the people” candidates elected to office in 2010 are millionaires.]
6. Do you receive donations from any of the top three Wall Street Corporations in which you are invested?
More than a quarter of senators and congressmen from both parties have invested at least $196 million of their own money in companies doing business with the Department of Defense (DoD) that profit from the death and destruction in Iraq. According to the latest reports, 151 members of Congress invested close to a quarter-billion in companies that received defense contracts of at least $5 million in 2006. These companies got more than $275.6 billion from the government in 2006, or $755 million per day, according to FedSpending.org, a website of the watchdog group OMB Watch.