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Saturday, September 24, 2011

For Whom The Bell Tolls

Democrats these days want you to believe that the Republican Party is the party of the rich.  If the recent election held in New York is any indication, those Democrats would be wrong.  Terribly - for them - wrong.

Joel Kotkin:
The Republican victory in New York City's ninth congressional district Sept. 13—in a special election to replace disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner—shocked the nation. . . . Some Democrats like California Rep. Henry Waxman have [an] explanation for the vote: greed. "They want to protect their wealth," he explained, "which is why a lot of well-off voters vote for Republicans." You almost have to admire the chutzpah of such views from a man who represents Beverly Hills.

Waxman, of course, is wrong. This election was driven not by desertions of the rich but by the shift to the GOP among largely middle or working class voters. In many ways this election followed the pattern established by Sen. Scott Brown's stunning 2009 Massachusetts victory, which came largely from middle-income voters. The ninth district's new representative, Bob Turner, won big in modest Middle Village and South Brooklyn, while losing decisively in the wealthiest precincts such as Forest Hills and some minority, immigrant-oriented enclaves. . . .
[S]omething is stirring in the boroughs.
I think most Americans of modest means don't worry about the wealth that the richest among us have accumulated.  They, instead, agonize over their heating bills and health care costs and the price of gasoline and an ever higher tax liability.  All of which are being pushed higher by the nation's Democratic Party.

Are a lot of people resentful that the rich have what they the less rich don't?  Sure.  But they're even more resentful that there are those in Washington who are hellbent on taking bread off the table.  Washington being represented by Obama and his ilk.

What happened in Brooklyn is happening in America.

And it's too late for Democrats to do anything about it.