Nobody doubts why the poor vote for Democrats. They are voting for their benefits. They know that the Democratic Party is the party of the little guy and the traditionally marginalized.
Maybe the rich are just like the poor, and vote their pocket-books too. If you figure that your average Millionaire Next Door owning a couple of small businesses votes for the Republicans, then that leaves the crony capitalists, the green energy promoters, the high-level government administrators, the academic grant recipients, and the trustafarians all voting for the Democrats and bigger government. Otherwise you wouldn’t get to 52 percent voting for Obama.
That makes the Democratic Party the party of the poor and the crony capitalist rich. What does that make the Republican Party? It is at least the party of the middle class. We know that because John McCain won the middle class vote in the middle of an economic meltdown. The middle class stands for limited government and low tax rates, in part on the principle that it cramps the style of class warriors and crony capitalists. That’s because the middle class is nothing if it does not aspire to a better life for itself and its children.
What high taxes and over regulation does is hollow out the middle class, leaving only the already very rich (who become part of the Aristocracy of Pull), their clients (who live off the largesse of the rulers), and peons, who do what they’re told and expected to produce the wealth for everyone else. As far as I can tell, this is the desired end state for the MAL who think they’ll all be in the ruling class while those bitter clingers end up on the work farms.
This is what President Obama meant when he said he was going to fundamentally transform America.