Romney's latest attempt to create a fact-free talking point may backfire.
It is true that 46-47% of households do not pay federal income tax, but this is a function of the recession - it is not historically true and it improves as the economy improves.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has an excellent discussion of federal taxes on their website.
A review of the facts creates a very different impression than that of the fact-challenged GOP contender,
Households that do not pay Income Tax, do pay Social Security taxes andÂ Medicare taxes on any income, and they pay assessed state and local taxes, and sales taxes on all purchases.
The ten states with the highest number of non-paying income tax households are, you guessed it, the deepest red states.
Republican administrations are the best predictors of low wages andÂ low incomes that correlate to lowÂ income tax payments.
So Romney, and all the soapbox-loving GOP Governors who claim that citizens are not paying their share of the federal tax burden- are advocating for the very policies thatÂ perpetuate low incomes.
Let's hope the 47% do rally against the spurious claims of this clueless flip-flopper.Â
Â It is encouraging that the consensus of poll-takers shows a continuing advantage for the President.