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  •   Economic Inequality and Political Representation (7+ / 0-)

    A Study by Larry M. Bartels   Revised – August 2005  

     I heard of this guy @ UP w/ Chris Hayes:
    High $ Income constituents get the attention of our legislators - the middle class, not so much - the poor zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    I examine the differential responsiveness of U.S. senators to the preferences of wealthy, middle-class, and poor constituents. My analysis includes broad summary measures of senators’ voting behavior as well as specific votes on the minimum wage, civil rights, government spending, and abortion. In almost every instance, senators appear to be considerably more responsive to the opinions of affluent constituents than to the opinions of middle-class constituents, while the opinions of constituents in the bottom third of the income distribution have no apparent statistical effect on their senators’ roll call votes. Disparities in representation are especially pronounced for Republican senators, who were more than twice as responsive as Democratic senators to the ideological views of affluent constituents. These income-based disparities in representation appear to be unrelated to disparities in turnout and political knowledge and only weakly related to disparities in the extent of constituents’ contact with senators and their staffs. – Larry Bartels
    When I was researching this I also found a Diary by NBBooks from 2008 covering Larry Bartels work.

    It explains a lot.
    Why republicants and  even ‘corporate Democrats’ (Russ Feingolds’ term) make the Progressive Democratic ‘Budget For All’ so hard to get the attention it deserves in this country.

    The  Economic Policy Institute has a technical report on the Congressional Progressive Caucus budget for fiscal year 2013.

    Here is a one page handout of the Budget For All

    And from Alternet: March 29, 2012  |  

    Every progressive should know about the Congressional Progressive Caucus's "Budget for All." In fact, every American should know about this budget. But the corporate news media sure isn't going to tell people. So you should help get the word out. Read and Share the One-Page Handout. Email this post to friends, relatives, and especially to your right-wing brother-in-law. - emphasis added
    So I'm doing it. I'm passing the Budget For All around
    P.S. I had better luck when I didn't immediately start explaining it, but let people read it on there own first. Some had no interest but some had questions - that was nice.

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