Who are the 47 percent who do not pay taxes? In 2010, a family of four with adjusted gross income of $45,000 would not have a federal tax liability. This is because of the deductions and credits that are allowed by law. I doubt that they feel that they are "dependent on government, believing "they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it." They would have employment taxes (FICA and Medicare) withheld by their employer. They would pay sales tax and property taxes.