Mother Jones looks at the IRS data.
The 47%, AKA Mitt Romney's moocher Americans:
Nearly half of Romney's moochers work and earn less then $20,000/yr. They pay no income tax, but they still pay payroll tax and pay 12.3% of their income in state and local taxes.
More than 20% of America's moochers are the elderly receiving Social Security. This is a group that favors Romney.
A significant number of moochers are students. Hopefully, these are not permanent moochers.
The military is larded with moochers in combat zones who pay no federal taxes.
Eight of the ten biggest moocher states are solid Red states; Romney will get their electoral votes.
The number of people paying no income tax has swelled because of the economic collapse at the end of Bush's term. More people are unemployed, underemployed or earning less.
In 2004, Bush boasted about eliminating income tax for about 5 million lower-income Americans, a move that was supported by conservatives as an anti-poverty measure.
The number of $200,000/yr earners paying no income tax has tripled since 2004.