Many of you may remember back in 1996 when then US Congressman Fred Heineman got into a little political trouble by calling those making in excess of $200,000 "middle-class." Congressman David Price used those words in a clever and effective ad titled "Earth to Fred" which mocked Heineman’s claims and propelled Price back to Washington. (If anyone has has a link to the video, let me know, I can’t find it.)
Well, check out the text of the first question in NC Policy Watch’s quarterly "Carolina Issues Poll":
Last week, President Bush vetoed a bill that would have expanded the State Children’s Health Insurance program. The bill would have provided coverage to several million low income children who are currently uninsured.
Apparently, NC Policy Watch believes that children in families making up to $83,000 (4x the poverty level) are now considered "low income."
According to Policy Watch’s scale of income levels, Heineman’s definitions can be justified.
Is it time for ground control to signal "Earth to Chris and Rob?"