Romney says 47% in the US are moochers

What is there to say about this:

Fielding a question from a donor about how he could triumph in November, Romney replied:

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.

Romney went on: “[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll  never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care  for their lives.”

If he becomes president will it still be his job to not worry about those people?

I love this:

At Monday’s press conference, Romney called for the full release of the video, instead of the clips that have been appearing online.

Ok, here’s more:

During the freewheeling conversation, a donor asked Romney how the    “Palestinian problem” can be solved. Romney immediately launched into a     detailed reply, asserting that the Palestinians have “no interest     whatsoever in establishing peace, and that the pathway to peace is  almost    unthinkable to accomplish.”

Romney spoke of “the Palestinians” as a united bloc of one mindset, and he said: “I look at the  Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes,  committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel, and these thorny  issues, and I say there’s just no way.”

Update: Here’s a graph with the total amount of taxes people pay by income compared to how much they have:

Another way to look at is the total percent of a person’s income that goes to taxes (same link):

Lowest 20%: 17.4%

Second 20%: 21.2%

Top 1%: 29%

Yet another way to look at it:

during middle age, almost all workers face a tax burden. When looking at those in middle-age, 84 percent faced a net payroll and income tax bill in 2007. This general theme also holds true for low-income households: even households that receive the child-related EITC generally only receive it temporarily, usually when their children are young. On net, even these families face a positive tax bill over time (Dowd and Horowitz 2008).

and another:

Just 54 percent of all tax units will pay federal individual income tax in 2011, leaving about 46 percent paying no federal income tax or receiving a net refund.

Of all nontaxable units, half would still owe no tax in 2011 if all tax expenditures were repealed and only these standard income tax provisions applied. The other half owes no tax because of tax expenditures. Those proportions vary across income categories. Virtually all nontaxable units in the lowest income group pay no tax because of the standard income tax provisions alone, but this share diminishes rapidly with income and nearly all nontaxable units with incomes above $30,000 pay no tax because of tax expenditures.

Of the 38 million tax units made nontaxable by the addition of tax expenditures, 44 percent are moved off the tax rolls by elderly tax benefits and another 30 percent by credits for children and the working poor.

Update: the full video is now up.

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