Romney simply stated a fact that 47% of the American people are dependent on the US government for at least part of their support. He finds it hard to believe that many of them will risk upsetting the status quo (risk being the key work here) and vote for less government and more freedom. We have evolved into a dependent population (sadly) and are willing to trade our independence for "security) I personally believe that his collective 47% included retirees and military, but only as receiving tax dollars as income, not as being dependent on government. If the OBAMA BS in to be believed, then you would have to include all government employees, at all levels of government, to include teachers, cops, etc. Tax dollars are tax dollars. OBAMA is a smear meister.