The Corner

If You’re a Progressive, How Come You’re So Rich?

So Senator Kerry cut a $500,000 check to the government, money he may or may not have owed, to mum this talk about his $7-million yachts as quickly and quietly as possible.

Whenever I see something like this I feel the need to remind folks that John Kerry is the fifth-richest member of Congress, with a net worth in 2008 of up to $258,959,049 according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That’s a lot of ketchup.

It is also worth noting that eight of the top ten, and 15 of the top 25, richest MOC are Democrats.

For a host of reasons, I tend to think that the charge of hypocrisy in political discourse carries more weight than it rightfully should (a man’s convictions should be assessed independently of whether he has the courage of them). But in instances like this — and there are many — where a man who has a robust predilection for raising our taxes is caught apparently engaging in behavior to avoid paying his own, a little bit of righteous indignation is in order.

Daniel Foster — Daniel Foster is a former news editor of National Review Online.

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