Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Dems: We have a "crisis"

After all the stones thrown over President Bush's characterization of the Social Security mess as a "crisis", I'm surprised to see this headline: "Loss of middle class a 'crisis' for Democrats"

::::::::The Democratic Party, the self-proclaimed defender of the middle class, was trounced by Republicans among those voters in the 2004 election, according to a Democratic advocacy group that says the party faces "a crisis with the middle class."

A report released yesterday by Third Way says support for Republicans begins at much lower income levels than researchers had expected: Among white voters, President Bush got a majority of support beginning at an income threshold of $23,300 -- about $5,000 above the poverty level for a family of four.

The report says the economic gains of Hispanics have translated into strong Republican gains, as have economic strides across every category, save for black voters.

"As Americans become even modestly wealthier their affinity for Democrats apparently falls off. With middle income voters, it is Democrats -- the self-described party of the middle class -- who are running far behind Republicans, the oft-described party of the rich," the report says.

So, when it affects everyone, "crisis" is too strong a word. When it affects Democrats' chances of getting elected, it's time to send up the flares.