How do politicians who arrive in Washington, D.C. as men and women of modest means leave as millionaires? How do they miraculously accumulate wealth at a rate faster than the rest of us? How do politicians' stock portfolios outperform even the best hedge-fund managers'? .... Politicians derive power from the authority of their office and their access to our tax dollars, and they use that power to enrich and shield themselves.
Mark Twain is quoted approvingly "There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress."
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