Friday, November 23, 2007

Myth Shattered: Democrats Actually Party of the Rich

Well, well, well, look what we've got here.

Heritage Foundation Study Finds Democrats Represent More Wealthy Districts Than Republicans
The party that identifies itself as home to labor unions and middle-class families might be in for a wake-up call. A recent report from The Heritage Foundation says that the Democratic Party is the new "party of the rich."

A review of Internal Revenue Service data conducted by Michael Franc, vice president of government relations at Heritage -- a conservative think-tank -- found that Democrats control the majority of the country's wealthiest congressional jurisdictions, and that more than half of the most affluent households are located in the 18 states where Democrats control both Senate seats.
Look at the numbers.
Income disparity - to use the class warrior's favorite term - is greatest among the districts of lawmakers that lead each party's campaign arm. Maryland's Chris Van Hollen chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. With more than 36,000 prosperous households and a median income of nearly $70,000, his suburban Washington district even out-sparkles Ms. Pelosi's. In contrast, fewer than 5,000 such wealthy households are found in the largely rural district of his Republican counterpart, Tom Cole from Oklahoma. The median income there is only $35,500.
So, after all these years of conducting class warfare, it looks like the Democrats are the real party of privilege and fat cats. But you will not see a story like this from the New York Times.

More at the Washington Times.
"The demographic reality is that the Democratic Party is the new 'party of the rich.' More and more Democrats represent areas with a high concentration of wealthy households," he wrote on Nov. 5 in the Financial Times of London, in a preview of his study.

In addition, the current Senate tax debate provides an example of how the Democrats' rich constituents are influencing their agenda and have divided House and Senate Democrats.

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