If you listen to Bernie Sanders the Republican Party is the party of the “rich.” Is that true?
Let’s look at some data instead of the rantings of a Socialist.
[Source: The party of the rich — Democrats or Republicans? By Joel Kramer]
Heritage Foundation research shows that the Democrat Party controls the majority of the nation’s wealthiest congressional jurisdictions. Greater than 50% of the wealthiest households are concentrated in the 18 states where Democrats control both Senate seats. I know. I live in a reasonably wealthy congressional jurisdiction and my neighborhood (Marin County) is overwhelmingly Democrat. (Read about my experience during the last presidential primary.)
Election maps unambiguously show that states with above-average median household incomes vote Democrat with a remarkable correlation. However, among those earning $100,000 or more, 47 percent voted Democratic and 52 percent Republican – not a huge majority for the Republican Party but a convincing majority. There seems to be a contradiction here.
Both parties want to pin this tail on the other party. It isn’t “good” to be the “party of the rich.” If the rich tend to vote Republican, how is that rich states tend to consistently vote Democratic? Here is the surprising explanation – at least it is part of the explanation.
Since 1976, “richer states have increasingly favored the Democrats.” On the other hand, “higher-income people more consistently vote Republican.” However, in poor states, like Mississippi, wealthy people overwhelmingly vote Republican. In rich states, like Connecticut, the link between wealth and voting Republican is weak, barely correlating at all.
The answer is a simple one if you ask me. As fewer Americans pay income tax (both parties are responsible for this) and the burden of income tax has fallen increasingly heavily on the “rich,” the “rich” feel like they are being fleeced. The Democrat Party is always promising a new “program” and they insist that the “rich pay their fair share” – i.e., pay more taxes and fund their their “do-gooder” policies.
I know that I feel “fleeced!” (See footnote.)
Footnote: A pie chart of my expenses last year. Dark blue is taxes, but not all taxes – just federal, state and property. It gets really ugly when I add in sales tax, gas tax. licenses and the myriad “fees” imposed by the government.