``The deficit was $5 trillion last year under those rules. The official number was $1.3 trillion. Liabilities for Social Security, Medicare and other retirement programs rose by $3.7 trillion in 2011, according to government actuaries, but the amount was not registered on the government's books.'' -- Have only previously see John Williams (at ShadowStats.com) mention this; amazing to see it now in USA Today.

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