The party of the wealthy turns out to be (drumroll, please) the Democrats

by editor on May 10, 2010

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The Democrats have created two conflicting memes for Republicans. One is that it’s the party of the rich. The other is that it’s the party of the rednecks. Which means, apparently, that the ultimate Republican is a NASCAR fan with a Mercedes.

Nevertheless, there’s a fascinating article in the Weekly Standard that clearly demonstrates that, in reality, the Democrats are the part of the wealthy. Overwhelmingly so.

National Review’s The Corner breaks down the details:

That Democrats are the party of the oligarchy gets more, not less, obvious when you move beyond Wall Street. The cliché that Republicans are the rich people’s party makes a certain amount of common sense if you are just looking around your Middle American suburb. You will notice that the man making $200,000 a year is marginally more likely to vote Republican than his neighbor making $50,000. But in suburbia, the word “rich” is really a kind of slang, meaning “slightly better off.” Johnson isn’t talking about those people. He is talking about people who are rich-with-a-capital-R, the ones who can convert wealth into political power, the ones whose annual income is measured in millions, or tens of millions. Again, how do they vote, and who is their party?



We can formulate a guess by looking at the 20 ZIP codes that pour the most money into the political system. (See the chart on page 23.) This list coincides fairly well with any list of the 20 richest neighborhoods in the United States. All but one of those 20 neighborhoods give the majority of their money to Democrats. (The exception is McLean, Virginia, which gives 48 percent to Democrats.) Most of them give the overwhelming majority of their money to Democrats. For example, none of the 7 Manhattan neighborhoods listed—where we can assume Johnson’s oligarchs live—gives less than 71 percent of its money to Democrats.

That presents a challenge to the usual way of looking at things, doesn’t it? Republicans have been paying a high price in both public opinion and political coherence to defend the prerogatives of a class that despises them. It was to cosset just these people with tax cuts that George W. Bush destroyed the balanced budget. It would seem that Republicans are either an exceptionally idealistic political party (pursuing their ideology to the point of self-destruction) or an exceptionally foolish one (convinced that anyone with a great big pile of money is their friend). There may be another explanation. To paraphrase something Clinton aide David Dreyer said many years ago, Republicans have done Lord Acton one better—they’ve been corrupted by power they don’t even have.

They left out, “…to achieve goals they don’t even want.”

Source: National Review’s The Corner

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danybhoy
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danybhoy

Why is the cost of living higher in blue states? If you answer that question honestly, you’ll unterstand how effing stupid your post is.

dave11
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GMAB. All but one of these neighborhoods is in a blue state, where the cost of living is higher. There are more republicans in TX just as affluent as the richest in lower manhattan. The top 1% is red – this article is total BS.

KimmyQueen
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That. Made. No. Sense….

mike
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mike

Nail on the head Juanita! Much the same way my dearly departed Dad put it.

Juanita Estrada
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Juanita Estrada

Republicans are for the rich: they want us all to get a chance to be rich. Democrats are for the poor: that is why they want and usually create more poor people. The only rich they help are themselves to getting richer and their cronies and any corporations or person that helps them. (they create more poor as you can see by this economy that they messed up in the first place by forcing lower lending standards, and now are making worse) Are Republicans perfect or stick to all or most of the conservative/founding principles, no, some may not even know what those principles are and why they work so well, but Democrats are hundreds of times worse, and we can clean up the Republican party, so that they bring our Republic back to where it should be per our founders and our Constitution. No compromises and no giving in to play nice, make a stand for what is right and not wimp out.

liberaldude
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liberaldude

Really? Dems have wealthy contributors too? SAY IT AIN’T SO! The difference is, the Dems create legislation to help the middle class while the GOP votes to help the wealthy corporatists. Our country is turning into a Plutocracy and the righty and teabaggers get middle class morons to vote against their best interests by encouraging hate lies and fear to their low information base.

Kip Hooker
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I think the definition of corpratist is getting skewed here as it -seems- that it is being used to imply a connection to the free market. The copratists are far more what you might call purveyors of a socialism by private proxy (although this to would be a bit of a misnomer as it implies that socialism can only be implemented by governments. That may be true in practice, but academics holds that it can be done without any form of government at all . . . hence so many anarchists that also consider themselves to be socialists). These corpratists use their wealth and power to consolidate all spokes of their industry into their control and eventually you have a handful of companies that control production, distribution and (to a great extent) consumption. Where these corporations able to do this on their own then perhaps it could be considered an ill of the free market. But that is not the case. Any socialism by corporate proxy that we are experiencing is the result of government legislating small business competitors into an economic graveyard with their regulations and taxes. Of course their intent is not pure altruism to the large corporations. Eventually the government will overtake these corporations . . . and then they control production, consumption and distribution from the top. And we all know what descriptive for government best describes one informed by that form of economy. (hint hint, think bundle of sticks)

Lanny
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Lanny

Generally speaking:
Democrat = the party of inherited wealth
Republican = the party of earned wealth

Liberals feel guilty. They didn’t work for their money and don’t know where it comes from or how to create it. So they assume all wealth must be unearned. And since your money is unearned, they rationalize that it’s okay for them to steal it to use for handouts to buy them more power.

And Democrats love income taxes because they tax income, not wealth. They need to kick the ladder away so no one else can move up and usurp their power.

KimmyQueen
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It is very interesting indeed. It is also obvious, but it is weird how some ppl seem to not see it. As if they don’t want to or they are just blinded and easily deceived. Like the previous article on Sharpton, he is waking in with rolexes and expensive suits, yet he talks like he understands people’s pain and the poverty they are in and that things will be equitable someday by taking from those that have it. He is not living like the people he is trying to deceive and it is obvious to anyone who is not drinking the Kool Aid. He has IT but he is CLEARLY not given it away, he wants to take it from OTHERS who have it yet do not belong to his party or to his points of view. It is unreal how things like this just continues to happen.