November 6, 2007

THE ARISTOCRATS AND THEIR SERFS VS THE REST OF US:

Democrats wake up to being the party of the rich (Michael Franc, 11/05/07, Financial Times)

A legislative proposal that was once on the fast track is suddenly dead. The Senate will not consider a plan to extract billions in extra taxes from megamillionaire hedge fund managers.

The decision by Senate majority leader Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat, surprised many Washington insiders, who saw the plan as appealing to the spirit of class warfare that infuses the Democratic party. Liberal disappointment in Mr Reid was palpable at media outlets such as USA Today, where an editorial chastised: "The Democrats, who control Congress and claim to represent the middle and lower classes, ought to be embarrassed."

Far from embarrassing, this episode may reflect a dawning Democratic awareness of whom they really represent. For the demographic reality is that, in America, the Democratic party is the new "party of the rich". More and more Democrats represent areas with a high concentration of wealthy households. Using Internal Revenue Service data, the Heritage Foundation identified two categories of taxpayers - single filers with incomes of more than $100,000 and married filers with incomes of more than $200,000 - and combined them to discern where the wealthiest Americans live and who represents them.

Democrats now control the majority of the nation's wealthiest congressional jurisdictions. More than half of the wealthiest households are concentrated in the 18 states where Democrats control both Senate seats.


Posted by Orrin Judd at November 6, 2007 10:47 AM
Comments

THE ARISTOCRATS AND THEIR SERFS VS THE REST OF US

That's why the Dems are for unlimited illegal immigration. They keep running out of serfs, peasants and peons and gotta keep replenishing the supply.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 6, 2007 2:09 PM

It's easier to be a leftist when you have a cash cow nearby.

Posted by: Joseph Hertzlinger at November 6, 2007 3:14 PM

Illegals aren't serfs--only natives are. But that is why they want to include them in social programs, to make them dependents of the state

Posted by: oj at November 6, 2007 3:56 PM

I do not deny that there is much truth in the notion that Democrats are the party of the very rich. But, these statistics are simply awful. It is the easiest thing in the statistical world to correlate income and party identification. Going through all of these back-steps of congressional districts and red states and blue invites post-hoc error--the obvious error resulting from concentrations of very rich and very poor within urban areas.

Posted by: Kevin Bowman at November 6, 2007 4:38 PM

Exactly--they're the urban party.

Posted by: oj at November 6, 2007 6:17 PM

So the Republicans will be a minority indefinitely huh?

Posted by: KRS at November 6, 2007 7:31 PM

They will if they refuse to share the country with brown people.

Posted by: oj at November 6, 2007 9:07 PM

Jon Tester is even a "rich" farmer - did you note his $200,000+ take of federal subsidies in 2006?

Posted by: ratbert at November 6, 2007 10:21 PM
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