Expanding Middle Class?

There’s an interesting article in the on-line edition of the Washington Post this afternoon. Another in a long line of election post-mortems, but citing a figure that I’ve not seen or heard before:

Romney won voters earning between $50,000 and $100,0000 by 52 percent to 46 percent. That’s less than what Bush got in 2004 (he won that group by 12) but they were 28 percent of the electorate in 2012 and just 18 percent electorate in 2004.

I had to read that a couple time to make sure I was reading it right.  In an economy that virtually everyone admits is the worst recovery from a recession since WW2, the number of people who have moved into the upper middle class has increased by over 55%.  And half as many (percentage-wise) of these upwardly mobile Americans voted for Romney as voted for Bush in 2004.  That made zero sense to me until I thought back to my response to Canadian Observer in the previous thread.  Given that a single mother of 3 making minimum wage has as much disposable income as a married couple with 2 kids making $60,000 a year, that puts a lot more Americans (and Obama voters) in that $50,000 to $100,000 demographic.  There’s probably another explanation, right?

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15 thoughts on “Expanding Middle Class?

  1. neocon01 November 27, 2012 / 5:37 pm

    Ohh NO NO NO Pulllllease

    mcLame Rino #1 LOSER
    mittens Rino #2 LOSER
    Jeb Bush # 3 LOSER

    is the GOP Fn NUTS??

    Look out! Here comes Jeb Bush for President
    J. Robert Smith

    “Bush III?” Haven’t we had enough with Bush I and II? Not if those very same establishment Republicans who gave us Mitt “Flat Tire” Romney have their ways.

    The Drudge Report headlines it today as “Bush III.” As in Jeb Bush, former Florida governor and son and brother to George I and George II, respectively. Drudge’s headline links to a short entry at National Review’s “The Corner.”

    That would be quite a Trifecta, wouldn’t it? Jeb Bush picking up where his pa and bro left off?

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/11/look_out_here_comes_jeb_bush_for_president.html#ixzz2DSeZUMDo

    • Retired Spook November 27, 2012 / 6:01 pm

      Neo,

      I actually like Jeb Bush a lot. I always thought the wrong Bush got elected in 2000 and 2004. Maybe we could convince Jeb to legally change his last name.

      In all seriousness, a think the time has come and gone for another establishment GOP candidate. If we go that route again in 2016 we can expect the same results as this year.

      • neocon01 November 27, 2012 / 6:41 pm

        I liked Jeb as our two time governor,
        I do NOT want family dynasty’s as our elected representatives. (not leaders) to rule over us.
        I am for TERM limits on all elected offices.

      • ricorun November 28, 2012 / 8:54 pm

        Spook: In all seriousness, a think the time has come and gone for another establishment GOP candidate. If we go that route again in 2016 we can expect the same results as this year.

        As opposed to what? How appealing do you really feel a dedicated “Tea Party” candidate will be in a national election? IMO, the “3 Legged Stool” concept has run its course. Even more pointedly, I predict that to the extent the GOP maintains its current trajectory they will continue to lose ever bigger on the national scale.

        I don’t mean to suggest that this site is entirely representative of the Tea Party movement, or even to suggest that the Tea Party movement is a coherent and cohesive across the entire country. But in a general sense, this site is certainly more indicative of it than any other point of view. And what I’ve seen lately on this site is a definite trend away from social conservatism as well as a trend (albeit to a much lesser extent) away from defense conservatism, into a concentration on fiscal conservatism. I like that trend, buy I caution against a wholesale embracement of it. Fiscal conservatism works best on the micro scale, but less so on the macro scale.

  2. Cluster November 27, 2012 / 5:55 pm

    When you spend $6 trillion in four years, protect private and public union pensions, increase entitlement enrollment, and scare people into thinking that “other guy” is going to take it all away, it shouldn’t be hard too figure out why more people voted for Obama.

    Of course, taking all of that into account, Obama still only won approx. 2% more of the popular vote. Those were some expensive votes!

    • j6206 November 27, 2012 / 6:20 pm

      Actually, it is closer to 4% but who is counting. Last i saw it was Barry 50.83% to Romney’s 47.43% how delicious is the 47% for Romney.

      • neocon01 November 27, 2012 / 6:39 pm

        we will see how “delicious” when we all are made to eat the SHIITE sandwich the 46% + cheats “elected”
        hope you ALL get to eat it first.

      • neocon01 November 27, 2012 / 7:31 pm

        Spook posted it and it is spot on.

  3. dbschmidt November 27, 2012 / 7:29 pm

    Politics is not the answer. IIRC, either Spook or JR posted this earlier as that is where I got it from. Well worth the hour it takes to watch (if you a non-instant gratification liberal.)

  4. 02casper November 27, 2012 / 9:11 pm

    Spook,

    “Given that a single mother of 3 making minimum wage has as much disposable income as a married couple with 2 kids making $60,000 a year,”

    Except that she wouldn’t. The writer of the piece, Tyler Durden, was very misleading. For one thing he counted the $16,500 Medicaid and CHIP benefit as income. It’s not, in the sense that someone is actually receiving it as cash and without it his fictional family would probably be using the emergency room for health care.

    • dbschmidt November 27, 2012 / 9:23 pm

      Casper,

      I am sure you have taken into account the expectant $2,400 in new taxes (2013) on your middle class plus those coming due in 2014 under ObamaCare. You did–didn’t you?

    • Retired Spook November 27, 2012 / 11:23 pm

      Casper, perhaps you have another explanation for how the number of Americans making between $50,000 and $100,000 a year expanded by 55% over an 8 year period, 6 of which was in or near severe recession.

      • 02casper November 27, 2012 / 11:29 pm

        Spook,
        “Casper, perhaps you have another explanation for how the number of Americans making between $50,000 and $100,000 a year expanded by 55% over an 8 year period, 6 of which was in or near severe recession.”

        Inflation.

      • Retired Spook November 27, 2012 / 11:35 pm

        Inflation.

        That’s funny!

    • neocon01 November 28, 2012 / 5:40 pm

      OzerO catspuke

      For one thing he counted the $16,500 Medicaid and CHIP benefit as income. It’s not,

      REALLY??
      what a steaming pile of obama.

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