Mitt Romney recently said that 47% of Americans believe:
- They are victims
- That government has a responsibility to care for them
- That they are entitled to health care, food, housing, you name it
- That those 47% pay no taxes
He went on to say:
“My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to do is to convince the five to ten percent in the center that are independents, that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not.”
You can watch the video here:
The truth[i] is that the Tax Policy Center estimated that 46% of American’s would pay no federal individual income tax in 2011. That is just federal income taxes and does not take into consideration payroll (medicare, social security), property, excise, sales, state and local taxes that everyone pays regardless of income. Approximately half of people who[ii] make up the 46% are families making less than $30,000 a year who through the standard deduction, earned income tax credit, deductions for children, and other deductions zero out their tax liability. Out of the remaining 23%, three-fourths of those paid no income tax because of benefits to senior citizens.
Out of all of the responses to the Mitt Romney video, this one by John Stewart uses a blend of humor and sarcasm to sum up the issue:
He uses some language not appropriate for work, or children.
Responses to the video by the Obama Campaign:
Vice President Biden’s response to the video:
[i] Why do people pay no federal income tax? (http://taxvox.taxpolicycenter.org/2011/07/27/why-do-people-pay-no-federal-income-tax-2/)
[ii] Why do people pay no federal income tax? (http://taxvox.taxpolicycenter.org/2011/07/27/why-do-people-pay-no-federal-income-tax-2/)