Mitt Romney's leaked private fundraiser footage is all over the media so, of course, the ladies on the The View had to give their two cents on the issue.
Barbara Walters tried to maintain a moderate POV in her dissection of his comments and pointed out that it is indeed true that roughly 47% of Americans don't pay federal income tax. It's not because they are "dependent upon the government" though.
According to the Tax Policy Center, half of that statistic is due to families making such a low income that they are exempt from paying the federal tax, while the other half take advantage of tax code provisions that benefit senior citizens and low-income working families with children.
With that being said, Elisabeth Hasselback
shocked everyone defended Romney's remarks (above) and suggested:
"With more and more people becoming dependent on government, by next July we could be celebrating Dependence Day instead of Independence Day."
We're not sure if being stuck working a low-income job or accepting the Social Security benefits that are promised to seniors is "dependence," so much as a reality that can't be avoided unless more Americans have access to better jobs.
Joy Behar raised the point that Romney's statements about Barack Obama supporters simply reveal that he doesn't particularly care for that population and will not serve their interests as president.
But are the 47% of Americans that the Republican presidential candidate generalized as Democratic voters actually voting blue?
Whoopi Goldberg pointed out that they probably won't be because the ten states with the most people not paying federal income tax, nine are Republican with Republican governors!
Inneresting talking points, ladies!
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