Paul Ryan is firmly lining up against Barack Obama's proposal to obtain at least a minimal tax payment from the 0.3% of the population that earns $1 million or more annually.
Ryan lives in Janesville, the largest community in Rock County, where a shuttered GM plant has left many people unemployed, and few millionaires, one presumes, from US Census data that doesn't include the last year or so of harder times:
Per capita money income in past 12 months (2009 dollars) 2005-2009:And Janesville's unemployment rate is in the 10% range, above the state and national average.
Median household income, 2009:
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2009:
The annual per capita income in Janesville is even less than in Rock County - - down to $22,224, about 8% less than the county-wide average, according to the Census figures.
So whom is Ryan representing, exactly? People making about $12-an-hour?
One clue, and it's a corker.