Robber Barons


Want to elect a legislator who is devoted to the free market? Don't elect someone wealthy. Each year the Competitive Enterprise Institute rates members of Congress on their commitment to free enterprise as reflected in votes on federal taxes, spending, and regulation. REASON looked at the scores of the 10 richest members of the House of Representatives, as estimated by Roll Call, and found that their scores were noticeably lower than those of their less affluent brethren. The average House score was 38, but the average for the 10 richest legislators was 24.

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    1. This is probably related to their twenty years ago stuff, for loose definitions of twenty.

  3. The Data Miner in me notices something that narrows the results down further. The Republicans in the top ten wealthiest category have good scores. The top 10 wealthiest may have a terrible score, but the top 10 wealthiest /Democrats/ are even lower, and it’s the wealthy democrats driving down the numbers.

    Not that I think the Red Tribe is all that good on free markets, but the scores provided by this article make the problem statistically look like a problem with Blue Tribe richers.

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