Lately, that wealth has been showing up in votes that put profits before people.
When Snowe voted against the Senate jobs bill in October, she identified only one provision of the bill she disagreed with: the surcharge on taxpayers who earn more than $1 million in adjusted gross income.
According to a study by Citizens for Tax Justice, only one-tenth of one percent of
The legislation would have created 2 million new jobs and cut taxes for virtually all
Did she vote against a small tax increase for only 375 Mainers because she is one of us?
Or one of them?
According to the Media Matters Action Network, Snowe’s estimated net worth -- between $12.6 million and $44.7 million -- makes her the 10th richest member of the Senate, a millionaire's club in itself.
But she makes only $174,000 a year as a
McKernan serves as chairman of the board of directors of Education Management Corporation.
Education Management's corporate filings describe a "McKernan Agreement" under which he is paid an annual salary of $330,000, plus a target bonus of $412,500. McKernan is also a member of the board of directors of BorgWarner, which paid him $328,000 in cash and stock awards in 2010, and he serves on the board of directors of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Snowe's vote against the jobs bill is thus much easier to understand, since Snowe and her husband are among those fortunate few.
Everyone knows we need to change the dynamic in
But we can't keep sending the same people over and over again and expect a different outcome.
We need a senator who is one of the people.
A member of the middle class who wants to reduce taxes on middle-class families and keep alive the American Dream. Someone who believes everyone deserves an equal opportunity to succeed.
Someone who demands those who have reaped the biggest rewards pay their fair share to the nation that nourished that wealth.
Olympia Snowe never will.
I already have.