Dr. Eowyn, Democrats are now the party of the super-rich; Republicans, party of workers

Dr. Eowyn 

A new study by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) confirms what some of us already know about the partisan nature of the class-division manifested in the 2016 election:

The Democratic Party is now the party of the very rich, whereas the Republican Party has become the party of working Americans.

The Wall Street Journal article on this, “Democrats and Republicans Aren’t Just Divided. They Live in Different Worlds,” by Aaron Zitner and Dante Chinni, is behind a paywall. The article’s summary:

America’s political polarization is almost complete. Its two main political parties increasingly represent two different economies. And they barely overlap.

Democrats can be found in educated cities and suburbs where professional jobs are plentiful. Republicans live in working-class and rural communities, home to agriculture and low-skill manufacturing.

The WSJ uses the following indicators as measurements of socio-economic class:

  1. Real GDP (the value of goods and services produced) of a congressional district.
  2. Median household income of a congressional district.
  3. Type of employment.
  4. Education

By those measures, it is clear that in just ten years, from 2008 to 2018, Democratic voters have become not just the rich, but the super-rich, whereas Republican voters are overwhelmingly middle-class and the working poor.

To being, contrary to the media’s malicious stereotype, even in 2008, the GOP was not the party of the super-rich: The party won no congressional districts with GDPs of more than $62 billion. In contrast, in 2008, the Democratic Party was already trending toward being a party of the super-rich, having won congressional districts with GDPs of $70 billion to $90 billion or more.


In 2008, the Democratic Party was already trending to being a party of the rich. Ten years later, the transformation was complete:

  1. Whereas in 2008, the Democrat Party pulled most of their votes from congressional districts with some of the lowest GDP, by 2018, Democrats now largely represent voters who live in districts with the highest GDP, including GDP of $90 billion or more.
  2. Whereas in 2008, the median household income of Democrat congressional districts was about $52,000, by 2017, that median household income had jumped 17% to about $62,000. That of Republican voters, however, barely changed.
  3. Type of employment:
    1. Democrats represent districts with the biggest clusters of high-paying professional jobs, including the hi-tech hubs around Silicon Valley and Boston:
      • Between 2008 and 2018, Democrats increased their already majority share of jobs in finance and insurance from 61% to 64.3%.
      • Between 2008 and 2018, Democrats increased their already majority share of jobs in digital and professional industries from 63.7% to 71.1%. Nearly three-quarters of digital and professional jobs are now in Democratic districts.
    2. Between 2008 and 2018, Democrats decreased their representation in congressional districts with lower-paying agricultural and mining jobs, from 46.1% to 39.5%, and of low-skill manufacturing jobs from a majority of 53.8% to 43.6%.
  4. Education: Between 2008 and 2017, Democrats increased their share of adults with college degrees from about 27% to about 34.5%.


Already, in 2008, the GOP was not favored by the super-rich. Ten years later, by 2018, the GOP’s transformation into a party of America’s middle-class and working poor was complete.

  1. Whereas in 2008, the GOP had a modicum of support in congressional districts with GDPs of $60-68 billion, by 2018, the GOP had lost all congressional districts with GDPs above $62 billion. Instead, the vast majority of GOP’s congressional districts had lower GDPs of $22-40 billion.
  2. In 2008, the median household income of Republican congressional districts was about $51,000. After ten years, by 2018, Republican media household income had barely increased, to about $53,000.
  3. Type of employment:
    1. Between 2008 and 2018, Republicans decreased their already minority shares of high-paying jobs in finance and insurance from 39% to 35.7%, and of jobs in digital and professional industries from 36.3% to 28.9%.
    2. In contrast, between 2008 and 2018, the GOP became the party of honest workers in lower-paying jobs, increasing their share of jobs in agriculture and mining from 53.9% to 60.5%, and in basic manufacturing from 46.2% to 56.4%.
  4. Education: Between 2008 and 2017, Republicans barely increased their share of adults with college degrees from about 25% to 27%.

The WSJ concludes, quoting Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union:

“When folks have less in common with one another, it’s hard to expect that they’re going to see the problem the same way, let alone recognize that a problem exists.”

John Binder of Breitbart explains the connection between the Democratic Party and globalism, and of the geographical coast vs. inland divide in the 2016 election:

Democrats represent the overwhelming majority of professional, high-paying industries that are not threatened by free trade and foreign imports — including workers in the financial, insurance, and tech industries.

Oppositely, Republicans increasingly represent workers in the agriculture industry, the mining industry, and low-skilled manufacturing industry — sectors that have been readily gutted because of global free trade and dumping of foreign imports in the American economy.

The Democrats’ voter base of the wealthiest billionaires in the country or professional white-collar employees who work in fields unthreatened by free trade can explain the party’s shift toward a globalist free trade agenda that seeks multilateral trade negotiations and the elimination of all tariffs.

The vast majority of 2020 Democrats running for president have said they would lift the job-creating tariffs that President Donald Trump has placed on foreign steel and aluminum imports.

Meanwhile, Republican voters — the majority of whose jobs are threatened by free trade, as the research notes — have become the most supportive demographic group of tariffs on foreign imports and an economic nationalist agenda that reduces foreign competition in the labor market and American economy.

Of course, regionally, the Democrat base consists nearly exclusively of top income earners and rich executives who live in metropolitan areas and major cities along the coasts.

In the 2016 election, failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won the vast majority of high-income coastal congressional districts in the West Coast and the Northeast.

Trump, who decisively won the election, took home electoral college votes from the heartland of the U.S., winning states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia, the very communities that had been devastated by the Washington, DC, free trade apparatus of the last three decades.


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4 thoughts on “Dr. Eowyn, Democrats are now the party of the super-rich; Republicans, party of workers”

  1. We have a dem-o-crip Governor hear in Colorado that’s a half a billionaire. He virtually bought the election. Jared Polis. My friend Mike Johnston ran against him in the primary and got smoked. Mike went to the Mississippi delta as a high school principal and graduated 100% of his high school kids and miraculously got 100% of them accepted at colleges. Fantastic human being and he pulled off a miracle in a place not known for them. He had no chance against Polis, now our first openly gay Governor (hairball rising) after a string of Dem-O-crip gubners.

    John Hickenlooper was his predecessor. He tried to run for President and bowed out quite a while ago. Now hick and looper ( sounds like he’s a crazy hick ) is trying unseat our Re-blood-li-can Senator Corey Gardner. Our state has swung so far left since Bill Owens, our last Re-blood-lican Gubner was re-elected in 2002. Since weed was legalized, our state has been over run by dirtbags by the dozen moving here. Over run by Wetbacks and Dirtbags oh my! Within 20 years I predict Caucasians will be a minority in our County. Every Mexican couple has 3 or 4 children. You just don’t see any local white girls pushing baby carriages. Interest in having a family is dropping by the year. Everybody is working 3 or 4 jobs just to make it. Cost of housing has tripled in 20 years. If ICE came in and did a legitimate investigation, most restaurants and construction companies in the valley would be shut down today! Thank you Dem-O-crips.

    Climate change has become a Dem-O-crip religion here. No one can look up at the sky and wonder why climate jacking is not to blame for crazy weather the world over. I remember my first “oh my God it’s true” moment. November 18, 2007. 9am. A Boeing class jet flew low heading east over Vail. He was only about 10,000 feet above the valley. This exhaust trail spewed out shaped like a frozen lightning bolt. It was jagged and randomly ran left right back and forth and expanded like spilt milk on a coffee table. It looked like an electrical charge pulsated it into a puddle in the sky. It was enormous. I thought… oh that’s what people are talking about. Had that been the only strange behaving jet that day, I could have dismissed it as some atmospheric anomaly. In the next hour, at least 30 jets converged over Vail from every compass heading. It was mind boggling how fast the sky went from deep blue and cloudless to completely overcast. Then the coup de grace came in the form of two fighter jets flying wing to wing. They flew southeast at attack speed. The exhaust trails were dark charcoal gray… definitely a different chemical mix than the others. As their trails expanded they looked like two savage looking fangs in the sky expanding like those 4th of july snakes kids light and they just keep expanding. At that was it. No more jets flew over Vail that day. The massive cloud drifted east and it was clear again. I kept looking for it on live radar, but it showed our region completely cloudless. Go figure.

  2. And here we have what happens to REAL heroes when our ‘democracy’ gets hold of them (be careful, Dr. Fetzer!)


    A little sample:

    This is obvious. It is obvious that the US government is destroying Assange to signal to journalists the consequences of publishing information. It is therefore also obvious that any journalist who fails to use whatever platform they have to speak out against Assange’s persecution has no intention of ever publishing anything that the US government doesn’t want published. Their silence on or support for what is being done to this man can and should be taken as an admission that they are nothing other than state propagandists. State propagandists, sycophants, and cowards.

    1. “My country ’tis of thee…sweet land of thievery…of thee I …ummmm….sing?

      Land where my fathers cried

      Land where the natives died

      From every Arkancide

      Let freedom sting.

      The natives country, thee

      Land where elitist be

      Thy name I loved.

      I loved thy rocks and rills

      Thy woods and templed shills

      My heart with rapture thrills

      Like once above…..and now below.

      Let music swell the breeze

      Where once were all the trees

      What once was freedoms song

      Let mortal tongues now censored

      Let all that breathe partake

      Of vaccines toxic wake

      Young lives cut short.

      Our fathers God to thee

      Authors lost liberty

      To thee we bring

      A land that once was bright

      With freedoms shining light

      Protect us from our plight

      Before the coming night.


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