47-percent

From the 47% to ‘gifts’: Mitt Romney’s ugly vision of politics

When Romney thinks he's behind closed doors and he's just telling other people like him how politics really works, the picture he paints is so ugly as to be bordering on dystopic. It's not just about class, but about worth, and legitimacy.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Nov 15, 2012

Survey: 96 percent of Americans have received government benefits

Last week, we looked at Mitt Romney's contention that 47 percent of the country was "dependent on government." On a narrow reading, that's true. But two political scientists argue that when you include tax expenditures, 96 percent of Americans have received aid from the federal government in their lifetimes.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 26, 2012

What Romney doesn’t understand about personal responsibility

It’s really, really hard to be poor. That’s because the poorer you are, the more personal responsibility you have to take.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Sep 20, 2012

The one tax graph you really need to know

This is what the American tax system really looks like: Not 47 percent paying nothing, but everybody paying something, and most Americans paying between 25 percent and 30 percent of their income -- which is, by the way, a lot more the 13.9 percent Mitt Romney paid in 2011.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Sep 19, 2012

Other countries don’t have a “47%”

It's usually conservatives like Mitt Romney you hear bemoaning the 47 percent who don't pay income taxes. But liberals who admire Europe should bemoan that number too.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 19, 2012

Tax reform is likely to grow the 47 percent

Tax reform will increase the number of people paying no income tax, not decrease it.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 19, 2012

Wonkbook: The ’47 percent’ by the numbers

We actually know quite a bit about the taxes the 47 percent pay and the benefits they receive. We even know where they live and how they vote.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Sep 19, 2012

Romney’s problem isn’t that he’s a terrible candidate. It’s that he’s a terribly conservative one.

The case for Romney during the primaries was that he might not be particularly conservative, but he could win. In fact, he's run an extremely conservative -- he might say "severely conservative" -- general campaign, and it's the main reason he might lose.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Sep 18, 2012

Mitt Romney’s tax plan won’t mean more people pay income taxes

What you think about Romney's fundraiser remarks, he doesn't have a plan that corrects the "problem" he's bemoaning.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 18, 2012

Most independents believe the government should guarantee food and shelter

Mitt Romney says he's not worried about persuading the 47 percent of Americans "who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing." The problem is, the independents he does want to persuade believe in government-guaranteed food and housing as well.

  • Suzy Khimm
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  • Sep 18, 2012

Mitt Romney will probably get 95 electoral votes from ‘moocher’ states. Obama will probably get 5.

Romney was insulting states that make up a key part of his electoral base.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 18, 2012