October 14, 2009

Party of the Rich

Marc Comtois

USA Today:

Democratic members of the House of Representatives now represent most of the nation's wealthiest people, a sharp turnaround from the long-standing dominance that Republicans have held over affluent districts.

A USA TODAY analysis of new Census data found that Democrats represent a far different constituency today than they did in 2005, when they were the minority in the House, or in 1990, when they were the majority.

The Democratic-controlled House is now an unusual combination of the richest and poorest districts, the best and least educated, and the best and the worst insured. The analysis found that Democrats have attracted educated, affluent whites who had tended previously to vote Republican.

Democrats now represent 57% of the 4.8 million households that had incomes of $200,000 or more in 2008. In 2005, Republicans represented 55% of those affluent households....

"The story is really education," says David Wasserman of the non-partisan Cook Political Report. He says "educated, wine-drinking Democrats" and poorer minority voters are an effective coalition because both groups are increasing in numbers.

No wonder there are so many Democrats opposed to taxes on the "gold-plated" health care plans!

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This comes as no surprise, the term "limosene liberals" has been around for a generation now.

Seemingly unnoticed is the upsurge in conservative blue collar guys. This may come from spending time on the road and the increase in conservative talk radio. They have also been more directly effected by "quotas".

Driving into a black neighborhood in Boston to do some work can have surprising results. The police will stop your van and tell you to come back when "you have more guys". This makes you think.

Posted by: Warrington Faust at October 14, 2009 5:15 PM
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