Being wealthy makes you unfit for office

The way this attack ad against rising star Doug Hoffman (in NY’s 23rd district) is framed, it’s clear that Hoffman’s sin is being wealthy:

I think that’s a marvelous standard by which to disqualify people from political office, at least this year.  (And we know from what happens in Massachusetts that you can change the rules whenever it suits you to ensure that your party holds office.)  So I vote that we immediately purge the following millionaires from the United States government:

Barack Obama

Hillary Clinton

Nancy Pelosi

Dianne Feinstein

Harry Reid

Jane Harman

Mark Warner

Herb Kohl

Jared Polis

Jay Rockefeller

Frank Lautenberg

Carolyn Maloney

Alan Mark Grayson

Nita Lowey

(For more on who’s rich, check out the Center for Responsive Politics.)

I had no idea that the Founders had imposed wealth caps on politicians but, if that’s the the DNCC’s standard, I say we make them stick with it.  After all, people who live in glass houses need to disarm themselves.

For more on the real story behind that attack ad, check this out.

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  • Zhombre

    But he’s a wealthy CONSERVATIVE — and they’re evil. Wealthy liberals have money that is sanctified by good intentions and right opinions.

  • Ymarsakar

    Wealthy liberals have money that is sanctified by good intentions and right opinions.

    Translation: they extorted the money from rich taxpayers and corporations, which is legit and proper.

    When the Left brought up charges about Bush’s NG record, we should have immediately personalized it by attacking the Democrat party’s pillars of support, which included Ted Kennedy’s Big Daddy mandated tour in Europe.

    Legitimacy is at the root of election politics. It never pays to allow the opposition free reign in de-legitimatizing our leaders but we refuse to pay them back in kind. Like the Palestinians, declaring a cease fire just means your side will be surprised at the next attack that kills children.

    If this was a war between honorable opponents, certain things could be worked out. But it isn’t.

  • JKB

    Ah, I see your mistake. Hoffman started and owns several successful small businesses. Thus his wealth is evil. Most of the others you list (I’m not familiar with all of them) got theirs the blessed way by milking the public teat or from their evil capitalist ancestors.

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  • Ymarsakar

    I’m always in favor of a purge, Book, on general principles. I think this is known. But the specifics of the purge, now that is not yet set in stone.