Isn't the real question what can be done about it? Is there a way to help these people be more responsible and productive? Is it just a matter of getting the government out of the way? Would removing these payouts somehow motivate the unmotivated on its own?
IMO he is right but I don't see how it is a good political strategy to alienate half the country. Had he said 47% of the country are net takers and that is why we are at a 1:3 tax in vs debt ratio and here is how I would solve that issue... he might have had something.