Perhaps an indication of why the very rich and very poor tend to lean left and the middle right might be reflected in a report by Chris Myers for the “Small Business Survival Committee”, a townhall member organization. (Thanks to Captain’s Quarters.) Myers argues that Kerry only voted “for” small businesses 13 times out of 101 votes. Not surprisingly, the 101 votes were concerned with affordable health coverage in ways supported by the small business community, tort reform, access to global markets, regulation, government spending on “corporate welfare”, and tax relief.
I don’t know about policy or this group, but the conclusions seem representative of the traditional liberal/conservative (or big government/entrepreneur) split. Myers summarizes:
[S]mall businesses make up more than 99.7 percent of all employers and create 75 percent of the net new jobs in our economy. Small businesses with employees start-up at a rate of over 500,000 per year and create more than 50 percent of the nonfarm private gross domestic product (GDP).
In other words, Kerry’s policies on small businesses are no more likely to lower the unemployment rate than are his proposed restrictions on “Benedict Arnold corporations.”