53 versus 47

Dana Milbank is not happy with the Tea Party crowd, whom he says are in the 53% of Americans who pay federal income taxes and are not pleased to be subsidizing the other half of the country:

A CBS News/New York Times poll released on Tax Day found that Tea Party activists are wealthier than average (20 percent of their households earn more than $100,000, compared with 14 percent of the general population) and better educated (37 percent have college or postgraduate degrees vs. 25 percent of Americans ).

This is in line with a USA Today/Gallup poll last month that found 55 percent of Tea Party supporters had incomes of $50,000 or more (compared with 50 percent in the general population), and only 19 percent had earnings below $30,000 (vs. 25 percent overall)…

the messages on signs (other than those calling Obama a socialist and a traitor) were from a particular type of people, an aggrieved elite: “Stop the war on success” and “Do you think I’m made of money?” When one speaker, radio host Neal Boortz, mentioned the “47 percent of the people in this country [who] don’t pay any federal income taxes,” the crowd gave a healthy boo. These populists are clearly in the upper 53 percent.

A majority of Americans — 53% — now constitute an “aggrieved elite”? Huh? You’d think that Milbank, who recently compared Obama’s treatment of the press to the Soviet Union’s, would be able to follow his logic of his own observations.

One Response to “53 versus 47”

  1. Maggie's Farm Says:

    Monday morning links…

    A book by Randy Barnett: Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty
    Dalrymple: In Britain, compulsory virtue stifles individual liberty.
    Goldberg:

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