The latest uproar in the 2012 presidential race is over Gov. Mitt Romney's remarks that 47 percent of Americans don't pay federal income tax and are dependent on government.
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Romney's remarks were secretly videotaped at the Florida home of 76ers co-owner Marc Leder in May.
The controversial statements include the following:
"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right -- there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that, that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them. Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing."
"[M]y job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives," Romney added.
About three-fifths of the 47 percent are working and make less than $20,000 a year. They still pay payroll taxes (Social Security, Medicare, unemployment) and spend an average of 12.3 percent of their incomes on state and local taxes.