The words "47 percent" were the death blow to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign—and even he admits it was "completely wrong." So why on Earth is Rep. Rob Woodall, a Republican from Georgia who sits on Paul Ryan's House Budget Committee, saying Mitt was so right? Well, he sure isn't apologizing for Romney. In the clip, recorded last month at a town-hall meeting while Congress was on leave to visit with constituencies but uploaded this weekend, Woodall goes there: "You know, folks mock Mitt Romney for what he said, but he's right," Woodall says in the video. "Forty-seven percent of American citizens pay zero in income taxes. It's just true. Then, to the return of the entitlement debate that so infuriated lower-income Americans, Woodall adds the word "skin":
In fact, the bottom 30% of American citizens profit from the tax code because they're getting refundable tax credits back ... I don’t care if you’re paying a dollar. You need to believe that you are involved in the process, and you need to have skin in the game.
Watch the full video, by way of Georgia Fair Share, a Democratic-aligned non-profit which fights for middle-class tax cuts, right here:
We're not entirely sure where Rep. Woodall is getting his tax-code statistics for this year's tax day, but as we found out in the leadup and wind-down from last November, the 47 percent figure just isn't true. Gleaning information and research from The Washington Post, HuffPo's Luke Johnson writes today, "61 percent of the people who had no federal income tax liability in 2011 paid payroll taxes ... and 22 percent were seniors. The remainder of that group mostly had incomes below $20,000."