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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Voting and income

Posted by: Jambo / 1:29 AM

Apparently a bunch of right wing commentators have lately been pushing the line that rich people vote Democrat. This is no doubt a part of their project to project their chosen image of liberals being some sort of distant elite whereas Republicans are friends of the common man. Not surprisingly it's a load of crap as these graphs, provided by some folks at Columbia University show. The results are for the 2004 presidential election and show how the electoral map would have looked if only voters in three different income segments had voted.

It's easy to see why Republicans try to suppress the votes of low income citizens. Republican policies tend to favor the rich. Democratic policies, not so much. And people generally vote accordingly. None of this should come as a surprise to anyone in the reality based community but as George Orwell said, "We have now sunk to a depth where the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men."

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The trouble with reading your posts, like this one and the one about Paul Krugman is that I am reminded of how much damage the neocons and Herr Bush have done to this country. It is truly depressing, and guess what, the bozo has another 15 months in office - plenty of time to start a war with Iran, stoke the fires of fear of terrorism and shred the Bill of Rights even more, etc. I entertain serious thoughts about leaving this country, but Herr Bush's profligacy has so damaged the value of the dollar that I can't afford it. My only hope is that the Democrats begin to act like a party interested in winning elections and doing something - anything - with their mandate to turn things around.
The New Deal was not a bad thing, and believe it or not, government can be made to work effectively. I just wish someone would try.

By Anonymous therealrepublican, at 9:48 AM  

I wish I had something positive and/or hopeful to say in response but I just don't.

By Blogger Jambo, at 2:17 PM  

With out the rich where will the jobs be? Without policies that favor business owners, where will the jobs come from? Without the rich to pay for a new building, who will hire the building contractor? I say republicans do favor the common man in the only way possible: jobs.

By Blogger Joel, at 2:53 PM  

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