There has been a great report that developed at the beginning of March (but really got legs on 3/9/11), that proves that the average citizen has a hard time getting elected. It is difficult for people like me, someone with a full-time job who doesn't break six-figures, to win elections. The newest congressional freshman class is brimming with millionaires.
Congressional freshman class filled with millionaires
These folks have a large amount of wealth... and good for them. They can spend plenty of their own money on a campaign for a job that makes only a small fraction of that... very similiar to the President, spending hundreds of millions to get elected to a job that pay $300k +.
I am closer to the voter I want to represent... I worry about my job, my finances, my home, on a daily basis. I have a deep desire to make better for those who will come after me.