Tuesday, October 20, 2009


In the October 13th 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.
Agreed--though I noted five years ago that "the majority of political contributions from Americans with annual incomes over $100k go to Democrats, while most Americans making less than six figures contribute to Republicans" (original source link, alas, expired). But somehow Republicans still are assumed to represent the rich.


OBloodyHell said...

> But somehow Republicans still are assumed to represent the rich.

Of course, just like the GOP are supposed to be the racists.

Both of these claims allow the Dems to play off the resentment of wealth and power by the poor and/or the black underclass.

Gringo said...

Like I say, soak the rich, especially if they voted for Obama.

Call it his destroying his own constituency.