“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 upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it,” Romney said, according to the Mother Jones transcript. “That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what … These are people who pay no income tax.”
Let's have a look at who pays federal income taxes.
The lowest quintile consists of people who make less that $16,812 a year. The second quintile is marked at $33,542. The middle quintile tops out at $59,485. The median income is $50,054. Real wages have decreased and income disparity has increased. Meanwhile, 46.2 million Americans live in poverty.
The irony here is that Republicans can claim credit for the increase in tax credits that benefit so many low-income families and yet instead choose to look disdainfully upon those recipients as self-proclaimed victims standing around with outstretched hands waiting for the government to give them entitlements.
As we can see, it is possible to be so far out of touch that you can't even fake being able to relate to the majority of the population you seek to be president of.