As a senior, I don't agree with the 47% number. Those who have worked all their lives and collect social security now, aren't parasites. Seniors make up a huge chuck of that 47% as do retired military. Not sure what the number is. . .certainly it's too big. . .but I don't believe it's 47%. It is true that 47% are not paying taxes. I'm a self-employed senior, I still pay social security while I receive it, sort of a break even. Perhaps we need to reduce the bloated number of early government retirees pulling down huge pensions. If companies started recruiting again, that number would drop. Each worker who goes from unemployment to becoming a taxpayer has a huge impact on the government deficit.