Liberals - and this is clearly stated on HuffingtonPost, the uber-liberal blog - try to convince us otherwise. From HuffPost: "Many Americans don't pay federal income taxes, in part, because of deductions like the child tax credit.... Almost all of the "47 percent" do pay other federal taxes in the form of Social Security and Medicare payroll deductions and gas levies, as well as a variety of state and local sales and property taxes that aren't dependent on income."
Liberals hope people will buy that false narrative. Here are the facts they do NOT include in their argument that makes their argument pure nonsense:
1) Social Security and Medicare are not taxes - they are insurance. You pay in so you can collect later. Unlike entitlements like food stamps, Section 8 housing, welfare, WIC, fuel assistance etc., SS and Medicare are not freebies. They are not entitlements.
2) Anyone paying property taxes must own property, which means they probably get get a huge deduction (mortgage interest deduction) that far outweighs the property tax, itself. Not to mention that very, very few of the "lower 47%" own homes.
3) State, gas and other taxes do not matter for the simple reason that those people STILL do not pay income taxes (they get a free ride, which is a government benefit) and STILL receive other federal or state aid, such as food stamps or other welfare. The mere fact that they pay local taxes does not detract from the freebies they are getting - they still get the freebies. And people who get freebies do not want those freebies to stop, so they will vote for the party that keeps the gravy flowing.
So, despite how hard the liberals try to convince us otherwise, 47% of Americans do not pay income taxes and most of those collect other free benefits, as well. That makes them dependent upon Democrats, because it is Democrats that are the party of dependency.
The simple state of affairs is, as Confucious said, "If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach him to fish, you feed him for a lifetime." Democrats tend to give a man a fish, making the man dependent upon him to eat again tomorrow. Republicans tend to want to teach the man to fish, so he can be independent and never hunger again.
And therein lies the simple difference.