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Old 11-24-2007, 12:23 PM
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Democrats like to define themselves as the party of poor and middle-income Americans, but a new study says they now represent the majority of the nation's wealthiest congressional districts.

In a state-by-state, district-by-district comparison of wealth concentrations based on Internal Revenue Service income data, Michael Franc, vice president of government relations at the Heritage Foundation, found that the majority of the nation's wealthiest congressional jurisdictions were represented by Democrats.

He also found that more than half of the wealthiest households were concentrated in the 18 states where Democrats hold both Senate seats.

"If you take the wealthiest one-third of the 435 congressional districts, we found that the Democrats represent about 58 percent of those jurisdictions," Mr. Franc said.

A key measure of each district's wealth was the number of single-filer taxpayers earning more than $100,000 a year and married couples filing jointly who earn more than $200,000 annually, he said.

But in a broader measurement, the study also showed that of the 167 House districts where the median annual income was higher than the national median of $48,201, a slight majority, 84 districts, were represented by Democrats. Median means that half of all income earners make more than that level and half make less.

Mr. Franc's study also showed that contrary to the Democrats' tendency to define Republicans as the party of the rich, "the vast majoritiy of unabashed conservative House members hail from profoundly middle-class districts."
So much for that myth...
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Old 11-24-2007, 03:14 PM
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I'm sorry, but did somebody miss the obvious here?

In the last election, there was a huge shift. Areas that the Republicans previously had suddenly seeing Democrats elected.

And more to the point, this article is crap because it ignores the real meaning of "party of the rich".
We're not just talking about people who make > $100,000.

We're talking about the "super-rich", as a lot of Bush's tax moves don't have that much affect on the "$100,000" crowd, but their primary benefit is to the "super-rich".

But on another level, I can't help but laugh to some extent.
It looks like even more people that the Republicans can't count on to vote their way.
Maybe they've just pissed off too many people...
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Old 11-27-2007, 09:43 AM
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Well, the way it looks to me is that the Democrats represent the smarter people, where the Republicans usually get the Super-rich and rednecks.
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