Earlier this week, we reported on Jason Mattera’s confrontation with former Internal Revenue Service director Lois Lerner. Mattera, author of the book Crapitalism: Liberals Who Make Millions Swiping Your Tax Dollars, couldn’t get any answers out of her, not even an apology. However, he wasn’t done going after corruption. He took on Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) only to have one of Reid’s bodyguards physically assault him, something for which he should press charges.
Mattera’s video opens with Senator Reid blasting Republicans for “being addicted to Koch,” an obvious reference to the Koch brothers. Though he was a loudmouth in blasting those on the other side of the aisle, he was strangely quiet when confronted by Mattera regarding his own addiction to filthy lucre.
According to an Associated Press story from earlier this year, “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is worth between $2.9 million and $6.7 million, while U.S. Sen. Dean Heller’s assets are valued between $2.9 million and $9.3 million, according to their latest financial disclosure statements.”
Additionally, Reid lives at the Ritz Carlton when he is in Washington, DC.
The question that Mattera has for Reid, and one that inquiring minds want to know as well is, “How does one who was born into poverty and lived off a government salary most of his career manage to get so rich?”
Such a question might get you attacked by one of Reid’s bodyguards, and in the case of Mattera, that question brought about such an incident.
After introducing himself to Reid, Mattera asked him how he became so rich in government.
“How does someone on a government salary most of their career accumulate your type of wealth?” he asked the aging Democrat, who referred to the American people that supported Cliven Bundy as “domestic terrorists.”
At this point, a large bodyguard of Reid’s pushed Mattera against the wall and demanded of him, “Are you press?”
“What are you doing holding me up like that?” Mattera asked the bodyguard.
After identifying himself as a member of the press, the bodyguard, “I don’t care if you’re press or not.”
“You don’t care?” Mattera responded as he followed the bodyguard, who wouldn’t not give his name to Mattera. “You’re just gonna rough people up like that?
It sort of begs the question that if the bodyguard didn’t care if Mattera was press or not, then why ask?
However, to be fair, Reid is not the only member of congress that has become a multi-millionaire while in office. In fact, just this year it was reported for the first time ever that more than half of the members of Congress are millionaires. And surprise, they aren’t all Democrats!
Open Secrets disclosed:
For the first time in history, most members of Congress are millionaires, according to a new analysis of personal financial disclosure data by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Of 534 current members of Congress, at least 268 had an average net worth of $1 million or more in 2012, according to disclosures filed last year by all members of Congress and candidates. The median net worth for the 530 current lawmakers who were in Congress as of the May filing deadline was $1,008,767 — an increase from the previous year when it was $966,000.
Breaking the numbers down further, congressional Democrats had a median net worth of $1.04 million, while congressional Republicans had a median net worth of almost exactly $1 million. In both cases, the figures are up from last year, when the numbers were $990,000 and $907,000, respectively.
Nearly 200 members of Congress are multimillionaires and of those, 100 are worth more than $5 million and of those, the top ten are in nine digits, according to The Atlantic.
Furthermore, Nicholas Carnes points out in his book White Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policymaking that though many in congress came from poverty, only 13 out of 783 members of Congress from 1999 to 2008 came from a “blue-collar” upbringing.
Personally, I think Mattera should seek out a charge of assault against the bodyguard. Mattera was not a threat. Reid is a public servant, or at least that’s what he is supposed to be. To ask questions of him without a bully accosting you is part of what the First Amendment is about.
Mattera is a bulldog and I like what I’ve seen from him. My hope is that there will be other young people that follow in his footsteps, who are fearless in their attempts to expose corruption in government, even in the face of physical abuse by those that are supposed to be serving the American people, not themselves.