The Washington Post
has a striking analysis
of the growing wealth gap between members of Congress and average Americans. It finds that the "median net worth of a member of the House in 2009 was more than 2 1 / 2 times greater than it was in 1984 — $725,00 vs. $280,000 — when adjusted for inflation. . . . Meanwhile, the median net worth of Americans, as a whole, actually declined slightly over the same period."
There is nothing much surprising in this story. Running for Congress has gotten ever more expensive, disqualifying many people who can't self-finance -- or at least support themselves while run. But the story here is broader, of course. Educated elites have pulled away from the rest of the country overall, and many members of Congress are drawn from these ranks.