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Republicans for Rich, Democrats for Poor

The major difference between today's Republicans and Democrats is that Republicans favor the rich and the Democrats favor the poor. This is apparent from legislation Republicans advance - tax cuts anyone - to the legislation Democrats advance - spending to help the poor and infirm. Both the rich and the poor people in this nation know it, as can be seen from the following chart:


Vote percentage by income in 2010. From the Washington Post.

This diagram makes the distinction crystal clear. Majorities of those earning less than $50,000 vote for Democrats. Majorities of those earning $50,000 or more vote for Republicans. Furthermore, the poorer you are the more likely you are to vote for Democrats, and the richer you are the more likely you are to vote for Republicans.

The so-called polarization is the conflict between rich and poor. Every time a Democrat presents a case to help the poor, Republicans pounce and scream about class warfare. The above diagram tells you that there definitely is class warfare - and the rich are winning.

If you think this is wrong, join the Democratic Party. 


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While I'm certainly more in sympathy with the poor, I'm wondering when someone will start to care about the middle class, the vast majority of hard working schmoes who seem to screwed from both sides.

Wealthier states are more likely to vote for Democratic candidates and poorer states are more likely to vote for Republican candidates, so I don't think its terribly appropriate to label one party as "for the rich" and another as "for the poor". Identity politics isn't really healthy for our nation anyway, so I try not to engage in it.

Warped,

So we shouldn't speak about such things? Nonsense. All politics is "identity" politics.

I don't happen to think the Democrats are appealing to the vast majority anymore than Republicans are, but the dichotomy between the wealthy "business" class and the average guy is stark and getting starker in this country.

That is what isn't healthy. Sticking one's head in the sand isn't going to solve this.

I understand that growing inequality is a problem, but saying "Republicans for Rich, Democrats for Poor" is a useless oversimplification that draws on the same black & white thinking that predominates on the right.

Warped Reality said: "I understand that growing inequality is a problem, but saying "Republicans for Rich, Democrats for Poor" is a useless oversimplification that draws on the same black & white thinking that predominates on the right."

WRONG!

It is, in fact, an accurate representation of the legislation each party presents in their court rulings, their legislative bills, and they political intentions.

The Democrats created and defend Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and currently promote quality education and health care for all. Republicans oppose Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and their budget proposals include deep cuts in education and health care programs for all.

Nothing could be clearer and the examples are voluminous to demonstrate that the GOP is in the hip pocket of the conservative wealthy and corporations, while Democrats are in the pocket of the liberal wealthy and the Middle Class and poor, in terms of whose interests they represent.

Now, if you want to talk about which party has the best policy prescription for saving our nation's future, I will tell you NEITHER! But, that is a different topic entirely.

paul

it seems liberals are care more about the less fortunate when it comes to helping them with other peoples money. when it comes to helping them without the arm twisting of the gov't. conservatives lead the way. thtat's ok though carry on with that tired old nonsense.

"Sixteen months ago, Arthur C. Brooks, a professor at Syracuse University, published "Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism." The surprise is that liberals are markedly less charitable than conservatives."


http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/03/conservatives_more_liberal_giv.html

dbs said: "it seems liberals are care more about the less fortunate when it comes to helping them with other peoples money."

Well Democrats, anyway. Then we have the Republicans who care more about the put upon billionaires funding their campaigns and stock dividends when it comes to helping their plight with other people's money, including the money of the middle tax hard working taxpayers.

This two party system is killing America and her future. Perhaps it is time for a Constitutional Amendment creating a Parliament, instead of a Congress.

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