In case you’ve forgotten, the 47 percent was the approximate fraction of households that paid no federal income tax in 2009. “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives,” Romney said in video footage that was leaked in 2012.

As Wonkblog’s Max Ehrenfreund points out, the economic recovery in the U.S. is lifting more people out of this category. The Tax Policy Center projects that the fraction of households that paid no federal income tax will fall to 40 percent this year and continue to decline in the future.