There's yet something more to say that I've not seen made explicit. What's particularly ugly about Romney's sneering at the 47% of people who don't pay federal income tax (and he did not call them moochers, he called such people deadbeats, feedloaders, and the big no-no in the US, people who think themselves victims) is the situation has been engineered to be that way over the past 30 years, starting with the Reagan era. The republicans with help from conservative democrats put in place policies that created this situation. Removing and exporting all social and gov't jobs (and keeping that up now), stopping taxing the wealthy & corporations so no money could circulate, putting huge amounts in the military to back this up by violence. And then you despise those outside the privileged coteries whom you've engineered into this, and now of course seek to stop them voting..