@cbae:I did read the article. Your willingness to accept it at face value amazes me. Whomever Glenn Beck is aside, I think for myself. Just because the article defines a deficit in those terms does not make it so. I defy you to use that definition in your personal finances. You would be in prison shortly.
Spending more than you make, no matter how you define it, does not make a surplus. Until your debts are retired you are not debt free. Yes Bill Clinton gets credit for some amazing figures but the were in spite of him not because of him. If congress had done everything he wanted things would have been even worse.
I still say we have a spending problem, by all parties, not a under taxed problem. To give some perspective on how bad things are: remember we went to war with England on a simple tax of tea. Ibelieve that rate was under 10%