PEORIA - Tuesday, a Bloomberg story points out the wealthiest zip codes in America voted for Barack Obama in 2012, including three from Illinois:
Caterpillar employees that live out-of-country use the Peoria headquarters as their stateside home address, boosting the zip code to report more than 52 percent of their residents with incomes over $250,000 annually. The 61629 zip code reports higher incomes than northern Chicago's suburbs of Kenilworth and Glencoe, where a little over a third reports annual incomes of over $250,000.
One Democratic strategist says the voters in the 140 richest zip codes chose Barack Obama over Mitt Romney in 2012. He thinks Republicans are foolish for defending the richest from higher taxes. After all, they wanted Obama and the tax hikes for the "rich" he advocated.
“The irony is that many of these wealthy states also tend to be more Democratic states that favor a more progressive tax code,” said Jim Kessler, a senior vice president and co-founder at Third Way, a Washington-based Democratic policy group. “Republicans are essentially defending tax rates for people who don’t live in their state.”
So, is John Boehner right to let the rich pay more to fund government spending? After all that's how they voted in 2012. Or is this a strategy to "triangulate" fiscal conseratives?