Some generalizations are generalizations because they are generally true, such as the 47%.
About those 47%. Who are they? Romney described them as "those people that expect free food, housing, healthcare, you name it", but who are they really? Some call them the "takers" What's a "taker"?
Is a taker a a Spec 4 that had both legs blown off in Iraq and now lives off his V.A. disability and "takes" free govt. provided V.A. healthcare?
Is a taker the widow of a 9/11 first responder, who has four children, and needs AFDC and section 8 housing to survive?
How about a senior couple who worked and paid taxes all their lives, only to have one of them to come down with a disease that left them bankrupt when their for profit insurance company dropped them when they needed their insurance the most?
Or maybe it's a senior couple who again, worked and paid taxes all their life, only to lose all their retirement in the stock market because of a company like Enron, or lost all the equity in their home because the banks crashed the housing market, leaving them with nothing but their measly social security to live on.
Almost all of us don't have to look very far to find a "47% taker" in our own families.