Saturday, September 29, 2012
To Fight Crime, a Poor City Will Trade In Its Police
Officials in Camden, N.J,. say that their unionized police department is too expensive, so they are disbanding it to free up millions for a nonunionized force to safeguard the city.
Myth #4. The 47 percent vote Democratic.
In the leaked video that went viral this past week, Romney counts the 47 percent as people who will vote for President Obama "no matter what." There is no direct way to match people's tax records and voting habits, so we have only circumstantial evidence on how the 47 percent votes — but they certainly aren't all shoo-ins for Obama.
Let's take low-income and elderly households, which are particularly likely to pay no federal income taxes. Low-income households do tend to vote Democratic — when they vote. But fewer than half of individuals in households with incomes below $30,000 voted in 2008, according to the census, compared with about 60 percent of people with higher incomes. On the other hand, Romney appears to hold a lead over Obama among elderly voters, a group that votes enthusiastically.