The big political story today is about Mitt Romney's assertion that 47% of Americans are moochers (check out the first result, even "Forbes" magazine is calling Romney out). My awesome cohorts at Rumproast have written extensively on this latest Mittastrophe. Of course, the reality of the situation is more complex than Mittens or right-wing pundits would have us believe. Ironically, many of the "non-tax payers" paid a higher percentage of their income int taxes than Mitt Romney did, and these "moochers" tend to be overrepresented in heavily Republican states.
Now that I've gotten that out of the way, the whole "47%" thing started as a wingnut response to the Occupy Movement's discusssion of the "99%". It reached its culmination, its "asspotheosis" if you will in a tumblr site started by Erick bin Erick. The We are the 53% blog is a bit of a train wreck- a lot of the people are proud to be working long hours for low wages in dead-end jobs, all of them would benefit from union representation. Just perusing the archives, I am struck with the pathos and horror of it all. These people are fools, backing an ideology that denigrates both actual work and fiduciary responsibility, backing a candidate who never broke a sweat in his life and doesn't pay taxes. They are the perfect patsies, proud to be taken to the cleaners by the grifters.