September 21, 2012
Exactly How Many Americans Are Dependent on the Government? (Brian Palmer, Sept. 18, 2012, Slate)
Mitt Romney told a group of campaign contributors in May that 47 percent of Americans pay no income taxes and "believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it" from the government. Romney is basically correct on the tax claim. But what about his government-assistance estimate: Do 47 percent of Americans really receive direct government aid?Sort of, but they're probably not the people he had in mind. About 49 percent of Americans live in households that receive some form of government benefits, according to the libertarian Mercatus Center at George Mason University, based on data from 2010.
...we all think we're uniquely independent, no matter how much we receive, and the others are dependent. It's the entire basis of the Tea Party.Posted by Orrin Judd at September 21, 2012 5:37 AM
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