Who are Mitt Romney’s 47%?

Posted on September 18, 2012

Everyone is still trying to make sense (or in the Democrats’ case, make hay with) Mitt Romney’s disparging remarks about “the 47 percent,”but where did he come with that number and why are these people not paying income taxes?

While Romney’s statement is technically true, and widely used conservative talking point, it’s highly misleading and hardly the justifies the critique that these tax shirkers “should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” Even conservative pundit Ramesh Ponnuru said that the argument was “an intellectual and political dead end.” The two main problems with Romney’s statement are that many of the people in that 47 percent aren’t actually living off government handouts — and they don’t all vote Democratic either. Economics writers all over the internet broke out the chart machinesto debunk these two claims. Here’s the basics:

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