And you thought they were just one of the ‘common folk’:
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.
The salary of the average Senator and Congressperson is $165,200.
Many of the faux empathetic Democrats are either born into privilege, marry into it, or acquire it on the way up the political ladder. Al Gore worked in the tobacco business, an industry he later slammed as responsible for his sister’s cancer, even though they contributed millions of dollars to his campaign. Ted Kennedy’s wealth came with his lineage. John Kerry married an heiress to the Heinz Corporation. John Rockefeller is reported to have 80 million dollars.
The trouble is that working class Americans don’t benefit from the tax system largely imposed by rich, patronizing, Democratic politicians. The middle class ratio in this country is about 45-49%, but the top 5% of taxpayers pay 50% of all taxes.
The rich will always have lawyers and accountants to find write-offs and loop holes to ease the pain of April 15th, and I don’t blame them. Those who worked their way up from nothing with perseverance and hard work, deserve tax breaks just like everyone else. As the saying goes: “I don’t envy the rich or pity the poor”.
The average working American, regardless of tax bracket, supported welfare recipients who are just as allergic to work as they are birth control, to the tune of $359.5 billion in 2006.
Anyone with a couple of firing neurons figured out the hypocrisy of the Democratic rhetoric decades ago.
Unfortunately, their constituents aren’t that smart.