Romney dismisses the 47% of Americans who pay no income tax, mostly because of low income. Per the Wikipedia, in 2007, the median household income in the U.S. was $31,111, which isn’t a lot of money. I assume that most of that income was from payroll, which is taxed at a rate slightly over 15% when both the employee and employer portions of the tax are considered, which is a higher rate than Romney paid in the single tax return that he made public.
Romney assumes that most of these households are on some sort of government assistance, a safe assumption considering the need to keep body and soul together. But he seems to think that they are undeserving of that assistance:
… who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. [said with disdain and even contempt]
And he says that knowing that the United States is the least generous developed nation on this planet in terms of the social services and benefits it provides its citizens.
But, don’t gloat. When talking to billionaires, I’m sure that Obama is even more direct in expressing his determination to cut “entitlements.” And, I doubt that he uses the word “strengthen,” when he means “cut.”