Of all the Republicans I know — and I know a lot of them — only about, say, one percent of them are among the top one percent of income earners in this country. So why are the other 99% of Republicans Republicans?
It’s an essential question that doesn’t get asked enough. If the top one percent of earners are so pernicious, and if Republican policies are designed to enrich them, why would anyone other than they be members of the Grand Old Party? And why would the 99% of Republicans fight against “millionaire and billionaire” tax hikes they would never have to pay themselves? Are the 99% stupid? Masochistic? Daft pawns in a larger chess game, as some of the Left suggest?
A New York Times/CBS poll reports today that 70% of Americans believe Republican policies favor the rich. I don’t doubt that statistic for a minute. Yet Republicans have been making electoral gains in the most heavily Democratic areas of the nation. Huh? What’s that about?
And, here’s the doozy: If the richest of the rich in America disproportionately enroll as Democrats — and they do — why on earth would struggling, partisan Republicans fight in the trenches to help them?
There must be something more to this. It’s what the Republicans candidates for president should be talking about.