Not a malicously misleading title, its that the data is a little more subtle then it implies, Study: Government accommodates rich and poor alike
…a new study, co-authored by North Carolina State University researcher Dr. Chris Ellis, explores the idea that Congress and the White House act on behalf of the wealthy – and shows that it would be impossible to cater solely to any socioeconomic group, because people’s preferences tend to be overwhelmingly similar when it comes to how the federal government should spend its money.
[ ]… Ellis explains that the trends happened at the same time because both rich and poor responded to changes in the nation’s economic health, or the actions of the federal government, in broadly similar ways. Ellis, an assistant professor of political science at NC State, co-authored the study with Dr. Joseph Ura, an assistant professor of political science at Texas A&M University.
The study concludes that the federal government acts on the preferences of all income groups either because it can’t tell the difference between the preferences of the rich versus the poor, or because officeholders wish to represent the desires of the public as a whole. The study, “Income, Preferences, and the Dynamics of Policy Responsiveness,” was published in the Oct. 3 issue of the journal Political Science and Politics.
“This does not mean that the government is actually acting in the best interests of the poor,” Ellis says, “only that what the poor want is similar to what the rich want in terms of how the government appropriates its funds.”
They did leave out some hot button concerns like abortion and separation of church and state, opinions on which might be affected by economic status. The government is effectively serving or biased toward policies that do not favor groups that don’t have much political power – a look at the annual fed spending pie chart shows that social spending is a tiny slice – why we’re called a modern welfare state is a mystery. When politicians address issues and claim they’ll enact policies which are good for the economy or good for education everyone regardless of partisan loyalties, everyone wants those same things, at least in general terms. Obviously at the federal level Conservatives have an awful environmental record, but you’ll probably never have conversation with a Conservative where they express a desire for more toxic waste in their local river. In the VP debate according to the instant feed back Joe Biden got his lowest ratings when he got real specific about legislation and Senate procedures, but peaked when he talked spoke in generalities about kitchen table issues and told a personal story.
The Creche by Albert Anker. Anker was a Swiss artist (April 1, 1831 – July 16, 1910). He reminds me, in this painting, of Norman Rockwell’s style. There is just the mildest comment on social conditions combined with his humanist Christian outlook.
The last Democrat this newspaper endorsed was Franklin D. Roosevelt 1936, Barack Obama is our choice for president of the United States.
He has demonstrated time and again he can think on his feet. More importantly, he has demonstrated he will think things through, seek advice and actually listen to it.
Obama is a gifted speaker. But in addition to his smarts and energy, possibly his greatest gift is his ability to inspire.