Of the 47% of us that pay no income tax, Mitt Romney has stated: “My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

Last night, the independent news blog, Mother Jones leaked an excruciating video of Mitt Romney addressing a private fundraising group last May. He declares it just isn’t his “job to worry about” the 47% of “entitled” Americans that aren’t paying federal income taxes.

So who are the 100 million-plus taxpayers that President Romney doesn’t bother himself with? Unfortunately for him, he’s talking about three highly defensible groups—the working poor, low-income students and the elderly. Check out the visualization below to see just how Romney’s freeloading 47% breaks down.

Romney has yet to apologize. So far, he’s called his remarks “inelegant” and “off-the-cuff.”


So, which half of America was Romney talking about?

  • 28.3% Pays payroll taxes
  • 10.3% Elderly
  • 6.9% Non-elderly with income under $20,000 a year (hello, students!)
  • Under 1% Other — Includes those making over $200,000 per year.

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Additional Romney news related to students:

Via The Huffington Post:

During a campaign stop in Manchester, N.H. on Monday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was asked by a college student what he would do if elected to address the student debt crisis.

Romney responded voters shouldn’t expect him to boost Pell grant awards or help pay off student loans.

Via Politico:

House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.) says that though he’d like to reduce college costs, paying for the loans with deficit spending isn’t the right way to go — and the only alternative would take away from other programs in his own budget for higher education financing.