I’d love to see the Dems put some sort of cap on the income/net worth of anyone who can represent their party. NO MORE BILLIONAIRES. Being a millionaire isn’t a big deal anymore, so maybe that could be the cutoff.
At heart, though, is the unspoken attitude that “success” is measured in terms of income or wealth. Somehow, being a successful teacher/professor, writer, or social program director isn’t regarded as relevant success.