New Poll at the NYTimes finds that the Tea Party is white, wealthier than most, and reasonably educated, but also only 18 percent of the population as a whole, so we’re talking fringe here.
I’ll let you read the story (click!) yourself. I just have a comment on one paragraph from it:
“Their fierce animosity toward Washington, and the president in particular, is rooted in deep pessimism about the direction of the country and the conviction that the policies of the Obama administration are disproportionately directed at helping the poor rather than the middle class or the rich.”
My comment: I always thought that the idea was that the rich don’t need help because, well, they’re rich. The middle class are at least surviving OK, and it does anger me that so many things for them — Pell grants, tuition — are going the wrong way.
But it’s the poor who need help because, well, they’re poor. I believe there is Biblical support of this thesis. Something about “easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter heaven,” or something like that?
But that’s my reading of the Bible. Others may differ.