Monday, September 22, 2014
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Rich Men Vote No

The group "Patriotic Millionaires" releases a list of Pennsylvania members of Congress who are millionaires and "no" votes on the so-called Buffet Rule.

Rich Men Vote No

The rich-folks group that calls itself "Patriotic Millionaires" has released a video of Pennsylvania members of Congress who also are millionaires AND "no" votes on President Obama's call for raising taxes on the wealthy under the "Buffet Rule."

It's sort of a no-duh release, but still fun.

Those that group names, along with their net worth, are Republican Sen. Pat Toomey ($3.3 million) and GOP House members Lou Barletta ($1.2 million), Mike Kelly ($8 million) and Bill Shuster ($1.2 million).

Toomey made his money on Wall Street and as a small business owner. Barletta founded a pavement line-painting business and is a former Hazleton mayor; Kelly inherited a Pittsburgh-area car dealership, and Shuster worked for Goodyear, owned a car dealership in East Freedom and succeeded his father, Bud Shuster, in Congress.

Guess they sell lots of cars in western Pennsylvania.

Anywho, "Patriotic Millionaires" has been around since 2010 and is focused on supporting Obama in getting rid of the Bush-era tax cuts.

There are more than 100 "Patriotic Millionaires" now arguing, ala Warren Buffet, that the rich should pay more in taxes for the good of the country.

The list includes Philly trial lawyer Jerry McHugh and his wife, Maureen Tate, a faith-based community activist; Philly anti-trust and securities lawyer Daniel Berger, and Plymouth Meeting financial advisor Eugene Long.

The website for "Patriot Millionaires" says 44% of the members of Congress are millionaries.

Hmmm. Kinda makes you better understand why the "Buffet Rule" is DOA, huh?

So on behalf of all non-millionaries, let me just say.... Grrr.



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