It was one of the dumbest things ever said by a candidate. He's assuming that if you don't pay income taxes your dependent on the government, even though you still pay payroll taxes, gas taxes, property taxes, sales tax etc. for local governments and the federal government. Along with that, he's ignoring that there are chunks in that 47% that are retired people no longer working for a living that don't have to pay income taxes (who I'm sure didn't all vote for Obama), military members receiving non-taxable combat pay etc.
Fact-checking Romney's "47 percent" comment - Political Hotsheet - CBS NewsTrue or false? Much of Romney's statement relies on assumptions about one demographic: The 47 percent of Americans who he says "pay no income tax." So is it true that 47 percent of Americans don't pay income tax? Essentially, yes, according to the the Tax Policy Center, which provides data showing that in 2011, 46.4 percent of American households paid no federal income tax.
And thats just people who file. Half of americans dont file taxes. Also, the dumbest statement made by a candidate probably goes to John Edwards
EDWARDS: When John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk, get up out of that wheelchair and walk again.
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