It is a fact, Bob. It may or may not be relevant, but it is just data and it is not wrong.Yes, but the 47% only references federal income tax. If you look at all taxes, that number would be outrageously wrong.
You keep saying these things, but based on your previous post, it appears to me that you are misunderstanding what the stat is a measure of, because what you're saying there is a contradiction. If someone pays federal income tax, they are not in the 46%. Let's try to make it clearer: On or before April 15, everyone who has income is required to fill out a 1040. For people who pay any attention, they'll see near the bottom:I mean many people that pay federal income tax (and know it) have no idea that they're part of the 47% that pay no taxes when grouped together as a whole. The 47% number is misleading if used inappropriately, or when misworded as Romney's statement was.
The number is misleading, as is, since it takes some analysis to realize its limitations. Using the number wrongly is even more misleading.
What you owed for this year:
What you already paid:
What you still owe:
If the "what you owed" is above zero, you're in the 54%, if it is below zero, you're in the 46%. That's it -- that's all this stat is. What you are saying implies that you think that the total of every return in the 46% equals zero, so some are positive and some are negative. That's not correct. All of them are either zero or negative.