Here's How Many Californians Are "Freeloading," as Mitt Romney Would Say
From the rich man himself:
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. 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. ... [M]y job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.Now if you were to define "freeloading" as just "people who plan to vote for Obama," then you have at least two ways to spot these so-called politically active deadbeats:
- According to 2008
election results, 61 percent of California voters were "freeloaders." That's
8,274,473 Californians who chose "loading freely" at the voting booth.
- According to
polls for the 2012 election, about 57 percent of Golden State voters, or
about 7.73 million people, are (currently) planning to freeload the president into a second term. That number is, coincidentally, similar to the percentage of sales of the "Obama Pooper," which will crap out candy as it walks across your desk. That, of course, is what we would call a literal free load.
As the Washington Post's helpful graphic points out, Romney was referencing a Tax Policy Center study with his "47 percent." Turns out, it was only 18 percent who didn't pay income or payroll taxes, of which most were elderly or living below the income threshold. In California, that comes out to 37 percent who are non-liability, non-federalist, rabble-rousing tax-dodgers. (When you start accounting for things like income level and retirement, though, that percentage dwindles to a freeloading singularity.)
Now it's no secret that California loves its government, so let's break down those "dependent upon government" into various assistance programs:
- Welfare: 1,367,250 people on CalWORKS, of which 75 percent are children, or "li'l freeloaders" (formerly "freeloadettes")
- Food Stamps: 4,052,056 "freecarboloaders" on CalFRESH & California Food Assistance Program
- Supplemental Security Income: That's 1,280,605 aged, blind, and disabled freeloaders.
There are more -- many more -- but let's just say that 7.6 percent of Californians are receiving assistance, which comes out to 2.86 million emancipated containerizers who Romney will "never convince ... [to] take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
Suppose you're calling a freeloader someone "who believe[s] that they are entitled to ... food," you could make the leap and assume that all 37,691,912 Californians think they should be allowed to eat.
There you have it: the real information you need before you head to the polls come November. Unfortunately, no figures were available that told us how many self-identifying Victim-Americans currently reside in California.
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