Skip to comments.Democrats' New Worry: Their Own Rich Voters [The Limousine Liberals That Helped 0 Amass $900m]
Posted on 07/19/2009 9:22:11 PM PDT by Steelfish
JULY 20, 2009
Democrats' New Worry: Their Own Rich Voters
A group of Democrats elected in recent years from some of the country's richest congressional districts have emerged as a stumbling block to raising taxes on the wealthy to pay for President Barack Obama's ambitious health-care overhaul just as the plan has begun to meet increasing resistance over its cost.
Friday, two freshmen representatives -- Dina Titus, from suburban Las Vegas, and Colorado's Jared Polis, representing Boulder, Vail and some of the tonier suburbs of Denver -- joined Republicans to vote against Mr. Obama's top-priority health-care overhaul when it faced a vote in their House Education and Labor Committee.
One reason was a one-percentage point-surtax on couples earning between $350,000 and $500,000 -- gradually increasing to 5.4 percentage points on earnings more than $1 million -- to pay for it.
The bill passed the committee anyway, but if the number of Democratic defectors grows it could pose a serious obstacle to the president.
Also on Friday a busload of freshmen Democrats went to the White House to plead their case against sharp tax increases with the president and his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel.
The organizer was Rep. Gerald Connolly, the president of the freshman class whose Northern Virginia district is the richest in the U.S. as measured by median household income.
"There could come a time," said Rep. Michael McMahon, a freshman Democrat from New York City's borough of Staten Island, when Democrats are in open rebellion. "We will certainly see in the next few weeks where we are going."
Election gains in some of these affluent regions have helped give Democrats big majorities in the House and Senate.
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Of the 25 richest districts, 14 are represented by Democrats, according to Congressional Quarterly. In 1995, Democrats represented just five of those districts.
Recently elected Democrats from higher-income areas also have been cautious about legislation that would make it easier for labor unions to organize, and about legislation imposing tough new rules on banks.
Republicans have savaged the new Democrats for supporting legislation to stem global warming by capping greenhouse-gas emissions, then forcing polluters to purchase and trade emissions credits -- a "cap and tax," the GOP says.
But planned tax increases are likely the source of the toughest intra-Democratic tensions. The president wants to allow George W. Bush's income-tax cuts to expire in 2011 for families earning at least $250,000 and to stop the estate tax from being repealed next year.
Mr. Obama also campaigned on putting an additional payroll tax of two to four percentage points on incomes above $250,000 to help put Social Security back on solid footing.
As the president confronts a surging budget deficit and presses his ambitious agenda, all those tax increases may be necessary to make ends meet.
While looking at a website, I picked up this quote from the only Dem in the Oklahoma delegation:
Noted Quote: Obama ‘is very unpopular’
Barack Obama is very unpopular. He got 34 percent of the vote statewide, and less in our district. If he were to run for re-election today, I bet it would be even worse. ~ Democratic Congressman Dan Boren, as quoted in the Oklahoma Gazette.
Why did these constituents vote for Bambi and ‘Rat congresscritters in the first place?
More money than sense, obviously.
And yet these are the same bastards who foisted 0 upon us and are now squealing like a wounded pig after having helped him amass a campaign war chest of nearly $900m.
A couple of things here Ms dumbass.
First, you WERE asked to make that vote. And it was after you told your constituents you would not vote to raise their taxes.
Second, what's the point in politically empowering women, if they cave under pressure the first time a man wags his .... at them. Dumbass.
Exactly! What did they expect?
Not you, Steelfish. I'm talking about the voters who helped elect this piece of trash sitting in our White house.
Oh, oh well to do liberals are getting upset with the liar.
Election gains in some of these affluent regions have helped give Democrats big majorities in the House and Senate. Of the 25 richest districts, 14 are represented by Democrats, according to Congressional Quarterly. In 1995, Democrats represented just five of those districts.
Recently elected Democrats from higher-income areas also have been cautious about legislation that would make it easier for labor unions to organize, and about legislation imposing tough new rules on banks. Republicans have savaged the new Democrats for supporting legislation to stem global warming by capping greenhouse-gas emissions, then forcing polluters to purchase and trade emissions credits — a “cap and tax,” the GOP says.
But planned tax increases are likely the source of the toughest intra-Democratic tensions. The president wants to allow George W. Bush’s income-tax cuts to expire in 2011 for families earning at least $250,000 and to stop the estate tax from being repealed next year. Mr. Obama also campaigned on putting an additional payroll tax of two to four percentage points on incomes above $250,000 to help put Social Security back on solid footing. As the president confronts a surging budget deficit and presses his ambitious agenda, all those tax increases may be necessary to make ends meet.
All together, Democratic plans could push the top tax rate to 47%, the highest level since the tax code was rewritten in 1986.
Exactly, well said!
roflol! Well, I would be roflol if it wasn't so damned serious!
I guess they forgot about this! They were partying their fat *sses off because a BLACK MAN was elected President. Remember?!
Rihanna plans to rock the nations capital on President-elect Barack Obamas Inauguration Night (who got the crap beat out of her by her rapper 'boyfriend')
Pary on, fat cats!
If Ms. Dumbass had the integrity to stick with her promise, she would still be in the house. But, I shake my head too though because this so dreadfully serious.
Two face son’s of b**ch liberals. I guess they are worried about those family foundations that Madoff investors were using to dodge taxes. Maybe they will not hold up when O raise the wealthy libs taxes.
I saw a good bumper sticker today “Don’t blame me - I voted against socialism.”
Note they did not say they voted for stinking RINO Juan McLame.
The pic just send my blood pressure up. Gallup says: white, unmarried, single, widowed or divorced women went overwhelmingly for 0! I think you’ll find all of that category in the pic.
Party on you jaw droppingly brain dead disgusting fools, party on.
The thing they don’t seem to understand is if Obama will screw us; he will screw them.
Republicans are the party of the rich, you know.
Unfortunately they don’t mind getting screwed so long as 0 is pro-abortion.
I call them whores. From the looks of it they would all like to jump in bed with him. Remember, the female whores in the media said as much.
Why? THe Democrat are wealthy, and they crave power. Party loyalty and huge money behind 0bama led them to vote the way they thought would be smart. Little did they know that they have let in an entire gang of communist thugs bent on their personal destruction. How annoying it must be to think one might have to leave home for the south of France or that smallish high rise in Tokyo. Such a bother.
Folks, you wanted it, you got it. You were told exactly what it would be, but you didn’t want to believe the hicks. So own it, rubes, noobs and fools. Nice knowin’ ya. The door’s over there. He’s wanting to grind us under jackboots, but our blood runs red, not blue, and we know how to fight. Y’all run offt now like you always do.
I quite agree, here are the idiots who blindly voted for this creep, without any regard to what he said right out loud to Joe the Plumber. However, and it nearly chokes me to say this but we actually need to have this group of late to the party dolts scream..we need the numbers and right about now any way we can get them to defeat this mess.
White liberal remorse.What a bunch of morons.
Stalin had it right, Useful Idiots...
If these RAT fools walk the plank for Obamacare they are going to be VERY SORRY! They will probably be taking a permanent trip back home with their tails tucked between their legs. All they will have to show for it is a vote for Obamacare which will FAIL.
If that isn't enough CRAP & TRADE is going to FAIL also. People are already sick of this socialist piece of trash including RAT FAT CATS.
Exactly and he always said he was going to tax the rich and the idiots voted for him anyway. How dumb is that? I don’t know a soul who wants to pay more taxes and if I did, I would recommend they get professional help.
Wowser! Dina Titus??? Commie Titus? I’m a Nevadan and know her well. Vegas has a lot of rich people here doing business, so I understand why Titus would vote that way, but you could scarce find a bigger commie than Dina.
Yeah, well now they can enjoy their "Voter's Remorse." America's first Arab president (Zer0bama's 63% Arab, and only 18% 'Black') hasn't worked out so good...
As the British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, recently said, "America's problem is that they have a president in the woodpile..."
A bit cheeky, even for a Brit. I laughed until I stopped.
That’s what I say. I hope these rich lefties who voted for this foreign-born scum get taxed right down into the middle-income earners so they can get taxed some more and see what we hoi polloi have been bitching about.
Unless he starts taxing the Saudis his $Billion is safe.
Pray for America
What the heck did these rich RATS expect? The only explanation for the rich to vote RAT is because so many of them cheat anyway on their taxes they don't worry about it.
If you want to understand their thinking,
overlay the feudalist system on our country.
The rich leftists consider themselves “nobility”, with a different set of rules and laws than us peasants.
Yes, and they probably think they will continue to amass fortune at the expense of the peasants.
I don’t think it’s money that drives them so much as their desire for power over the lives of others,
and to expand the “difference” between themselves and the peasant class.
Back before technology allowed the “common person” to have luxury items like air conditioning, running water, and toilets that they didn’t have to empty themselves,
the wealthy had these things - provided by slave labor. There was a huge difference in lifestyle between the wealthy and the average person. The “neo-nobility” want a return to that situation.
That’s the point behind making energy and healthcare too expensive or rationed. The wealthy will still get it, the poor will only get it when the wealthy/powerful let them.
I was thinking of the Hollywood types for instance. You may also be correct. I’m sure they do want to feel superior.
I have little doubt that the Corruptocrats will figure out a way to help their rich buddies.
Yes, the only time I have ever heard of a rich liberal wanting to pay more taxes is second hand. (They will probably trot someone out) Look at the Clintons. No telling where they have put their ill gotten gains. And you know Hitlery doesn’t like paying anything. It’s only a matter of time Obsma sinks everyones ship in the name of fairness (for him only).
Dictators have no friends. Friends have expiration dates.
Nah, they think they are safe and their money is safe.
You are so right — ZERO’s expiration date is running out very rapidly!
LOL So are his alledged friends. But, of course, dictators have no friends.
Someone should do a picture of the long legged mac daddy and his czar pimps.
You have that right. Who is paying for the CZARS at $182,000 a pop plus the ten employees each? What budget does that fall under?
It’s too bad our Congress is fixed like we do our pets. Rahm and Pelosi crack that whip and they roll over on their backs like submissive pups.
I am sure if we uncovered the nearest rock; we would find that Obama has made sure we are paying for them.
Exactly! I couldn’t stand Carter but I detest ZERO and what he is doing — haver ZERO respect for ZERO. He is a fraud.
He’s a long legged mac daddy holding court over a bunch of fixed submissive pups peeing all over each other.
Did I miss anything? LOL