Linda Chavez is one of my favorites. However, her article did not provide quite enough facts to allow one to "check the numbers." I realize that she was extrapolating from a study done by 2 professors, but, still, I would have liked to see the remainder of the expenditures which bring us to $3.5 or $3.6 Trillion. That is, $700B (SSA), $693B (Defense), $551B (Medicare), est $300B (Interest), and there is still $1.256 Trillion or so not specified. Finally, whlle the slant of the article is to blame Obama and,, to a lesser extent, Bush, we all too easily forget that the Congress appropriates the money!