Memo to Mitt: Non-payers of income taxes are most heavily concentrated in strongly Republican states

Mitt Romney SAYS:

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president [Obama] no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what ….These are people who pay no income tax.

The map above tells a much different story.

I think it’s time for Romney to go an apology tour of his own — across America.

ADDENDUM: Check out THESE misconceptions and realities about who pays taxes:

The notion that “half of Americans don’t pay taxes” not only overstates the share of households that do not pay federal income taxes in a typical year.  It also ignores the other taxes people pay, including federal payroll taxes and state and local taxes.  Policymakers, pundits, and others sometimes overlook this point.

At a Senate Finance Committee hearing in May 2011, Senator Charles Grassley said, “According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, 49 percent of households are paying 100 percent of taxes coming in to the federal government” (meaning that the other 51 percent pay no federal tax whatsoever).  At the same hearing, Cato Institute Senior Fellow Alan Reynolds asserted, “Poor people don’t pay taxes in this country.”  In 2010, Fox Business host Stuart Varney said on Fox and Friends, “Yes, 47 percent of households pay not a single dime in taxes.”

None of these assertions are correct.



  1. Talk about misleading statistics. Southern states, like Texas and Florida have higher numbers of elderly, who make up about 10.3% of people who don’t pay income tax.


  2. Neftali: Gee, I must have missed the part where Mitt exempted the elderly from his blanket disparagements.

  3. Luke Fredrickson

    How ironic that a law abiding tax cheat like Rmoney complains that half the nation is following his lead and “paying exactly what the law requires”. Hypocrit Mitt strikes again.

  4. Carol Foster

    Love how Romney insults the elderly, who spent an average of 45 years working and paying taxes, and causualy dismisses us now that our incomes are less from Social Security etc.. He thinks we ought to pay taxes on money we’ve already been taxed on, plus not ask for the programs we’ve alaready paid into and were promised.
    I’m sure he gives his 10% to the church he belongs to that help those in that church. I don’t belong to his organized religion, we now I guess I’m a deadbeat at the age of 70. One who expects promises be kept by the government who willingly took my money in the first place.
    Well, one thing he certainly got right about me and that’s he can’t get my vote so he might as well forget trying for it. Social Security, Medicare, etc., won’t be based on political party affliation as long as the Democrats sit in the White House. And if that’s having an “entitlement” mentality, let’s hope more American’s are afflected with this problem called fairness and that those of the Romney kind of thinkers are a tiny minority who were taught a buck far outweighs respect for the elderly and promises are something not to be kept.
    We paid far more than 14% of our much smaller income to the Federal Government and did it with far more grace.

  5. It should be noted that while those are republican strongholds, Obama did get a decent perent of votes there.

    For example, that map shows that in Texas 39% of people don’t pay Income Taxes… well Obama got 44% of the vote there. So Mitt COULD be right – that all 39% of those”entitled” “victims” voted for Obama that year.

    Of course, when you look at the demographics involved (combat zone military personnel, elderly, etc) you can see how quickly that falls apart.

    Just wanted to point out that the non-payer map does not necessarily prove Mitt wrong here.

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