The candidate of the wealthy elite

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American millionaires would elect Joe Biden over President Donald Trump if the former vice president becomes the Democratic nominee, according to a new survey.
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Fully 53% of millionaire respondents said they would vote for Biden, compared with 39% for Trump, while 9% would be undecided. In a race between Trump and Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, wins 43% to Trump’s 42%.

Against Sen. Bernie Sanders, Trump wins 46% to 40%. Trump beats Sen. Kamala Harris among millionaires 45% to 42%, while he beats Sen. Elizabeth Warren 47% to 40%.

Millionaires backed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by a comfortable margin over Trump before the 2016 election, 44% to 31%, according to the CNBC Millionaire Survey.

Trump has given the wealthy almost everything they've asked for, including massive tax cuts, a near complete elimination of regulatory enforcement, and they still think Biden is a more grovelling toady.
More CEOs are Republicans than Democrats, but then Biden is actually a Republican with a D.

CEOs think xenophobia is bad for business, and that's what counts with Dems these days.

No one should be surprised when businessmen talk about whether things are good for business. What is far more interesting is how frequently liberal politicians who only half a decade or so ago would have framed their arguments in explicitly moral terms — the rhetoric of rights and justice and human dignity — have resorted to the seemingly value-neutral language of economics in discussing abortion and other social issues.

In 2013, Sen. Amy Klobuchar's office released a report claiming that anti-gay discrimination cost that nebulous entity known as "the economy" billions of dollars. In 2016, when Scott Garrett, a New Jersey Republican state legislator who found himself at odds with the Republican National Congressional Committee over the question of recruiting gay candidates lost much of his support from the financial industry, his opponents released an ad calling him "bad for business and wrong for New Jersey." Democrats have used this phrase over and over again to describe Mike Pence and the infamous HB2 "bathroom bill" in North Carolina. In January 2017, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that he would veto a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks in Virginia. "I can't sit back and have that sitting out the same time I am traveling the globe recruiting businesses to Virginia. If there's something that would be damaging toward business, and to our image around the country and the globe, I'll veto it, you bet I will." Even Windsor v. United States, the precursor to Obergefell that overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, was actually a case about not wanting to pay the estate tax.

The mistake conservatives make is in thinking that Democrats are wrong about any of this. They are not, and this is the reason that politicians in the party's neoliberal center are the most popular with Wall Street and Hollywood. The liberal social views of our financial and corporate overlords are not incidental.

The Democratic voter is getting richer, while the Republican one is getting poorer.
Working-class whites have been defecting to the GOP while affluent ones joined up with the GOP for decades now.

“Eventually, the Democrats will become the party of urban cosmopolitan business liberalism,” the political scientist Lee Drutman wrote in 2016, “and the Republicans will become the party of suburban and rural nationalist populism.”

Neither party represents the working class.

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Pricknick's picture

am I to believe that either party will represent my beliefs?
Absolutely not.
As to the belief that the democrats will be favored by the elite? Absolutely.
The elite will always chose what is in their best interest. A party that is corruptible. Hands down the democrats.

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Regardless of the path in life I chose, I realize it's always forward, never straight.

@Pricknick
I am a cement dweller and neither Demlicans nor Republicrats represent my interests, either.

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dkmich's picture

@Pricknick

But this does leave a large swath of us with a "kick me" sign taped to our backs.

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"Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

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Are we talking about the Brahmin Left or Merchant Right?

Is there any difference today?

Interesting piece.

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“Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” ~ Sun Tzu

They know they control politicians, regardless of which letter appears after their respective names, in all the ways the wealthy/powerful care about.

For example, most billionaires don't give a crap about who gets an abortion. Should they care, it's not to worry: Democrats have proven themselves flexible on even that issue. It was a Democratic majority House and Senate that gave Americans the Hyde Amendment. And, AFAIK, Hillary, that alleged champion of women and children, was the first Democratic candidate for national office to put on the table a Constitutional amendment to overrule Roe v. Wade, and after getting the very first ever primary endorsement of Planned Parenthood, too, bless her heart--and that of Cecile Richards.

So, why choose a seventy-something-year old white guy who brags about grabbing pussies over a seventy-something-year old white guy who "merelY" makes "gestures of support" toward women and children? Hmmm? Why?

So the eff what if the women and children Unca Joe "supports" without their permission feel much more invaded and violated than supported? After all he is just now adjusting to (allegedly) new concepts of personal space. And what do women and children really know? Neither had full legal rights until a century ago, anyway, amirite?

And he gets it; he gets it. He said so himself, shortly before he again did and said something inappropriate to a minor child.

And, heeeeerrrrre's Joey, in his own faux folksy words. Or some speech writer's. Pihtayto, pahtahto.

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@HenryAWallace the place in that cite to the National Review where it says Hillary wants to overturn Roe. Just the opposite -- the RW author laments that Dems, including Hillary, are seeking to strengthen the pro-abortion position and are leading public opinion rather than following it.

What am I missing? This is several times now I've seen it asserted here that HRC wants to overturn Roe, and never a cite for evidence. Don't you think that would have been rather big news in her 2016 run, virtually crippling her chances against Bernie?

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the greedy hope to fool people with a backstabber trying to pretend to be your friend. They don't like their true nature being revealed to be actually the same as one who stabs you in the front out in the open.

I would prefer not to be stabbed.

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"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." William Casey, CIA Director 1st staff meeting, 1981

the small orange one governs for his wallet and his base

Yeah, sure!

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@The Voice In the Wilderness Among millionaires.

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