Tea Party sweetheart Michelle Bachmann first said it, and Romney regurgitated the same comment when he thought no one but his fan base would hear it.
They said that 47% of Americans don’t pay income tax. That part is accurate. But they mislead the public by inferring that that percentage was made up of citizens who are being taken care of by federal programs, and don’t want to work. The facts are quite to the contrary.
Of that 47%, 44% are retirees who receive most of their income from social security. Another group are families who receive tax credits for child care. A third group are the ultra-rich who receive deductions for investments. Lastly, a percentage of the military are not taxed.
In the same speech at a fundraiser Romney made racial remarks, and claimed it is useless to try to get Israel and the Palestinians to negotiate, because the Palestinians don’t want peace.
A final question: Is Romney part of the 47%? We’re still waiting to see all of his tax returns.