Romney was only half right, of course. While many lower-income workers don’t pay income tax, they do get hit hard by payroll and sales taxes. So to say that these “47 percenters” don’t pay taxes is not accurate. But Romney’s point regarding dependency on government was essentially correct.
The US government has deliberately expanded the welfare rolls for decades, and now that it is going bankrupt it is doubtful that it will be able to deliver the goods in the near future. What will happen when true austerity kicks in and those relying on government for their daily sustenance are cut off? Could we see civil unrest, looting, and martial law?
The Democratic Party has been dedicated to creating mass dependence on the federal government since the 1930s. This political strategy was best summed up by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s close adviser Harry Hopkins, who said, “tax and tax, spend and spend, elect and elect!”