How The Income Levels And Wealth Of Members Of Congress

3291 Words Nov 22nd, 2014 14 Pages
Congressional Members by Income
Introduction:
My topic is the evaluation of how the income levels and wealth of members of Congress affects the bias of voting history and influences members to vote certain ways. I will be gathering data on members of Congress’ wealth and voting history. This topic is relevant because it will either prove that there is a correlation between the net worth of a Congressman and how if anything do his assets affect his voting (i.e. do subsidies influence voting records?).
Hypothesis:
The hypothesis I’m presenting is if the majority of the members of Congress are wealthy (net worth of $1 million), then they will not be able to relate to the people they serve. I selected the $1 million mark because according to NPR’s Jacob Goldstein (2011), one out of every 400 households makes over $1 million USD per year, but one in every fifteen households in the U.S. makes more than $1 million per year. I wanted to use a threshold that was achievable, but would show the reality of the American economic status of people of average income and assets. Since $1 million is not worth what it used to be, $1 million seemed an achievable hope for most Americans, yet it still divides the rich from the middle class.
I selected this topic because I believe that our founding fathers intended to create a Congress which was fair and unbiased for all people when they convened The Constitutional Convention in 1787 (History.com). I also want to know what kinds of voting habits…
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