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Christopher Chantrill

Christopher Chantrill decided in 2007 to no longer sit on the political sidelines. He built his own data-heavy website, documenting the depth of government spending — federal, state and local. Since then usgovernmentspending.com has become the go-to site for those looking for data about U.S. government finances.

He worked all his life as a computer guy but, after leaving a contracting assignment at Microsoft on September 11, 2001, he took some time off to write a book. “Road to the Middle Class” shows how ordinary people in the 19th century successfully adapted to the challenges of life in the industrial city through enthusiastic Christianity, a dogged pursuit of education, a web of mutual-aid associations and a respect for the law. And there wasn’t a single liberal around back then to tell them how to do it.


Since late 2003, Mr. Chantrill has been writing weekly columns for The American Thinker and blogging at roadtothemiddleclass.com. He’s now writing “An American Manifesto” using ideas from the left to argue for limited government and civil society.

A look at just how much of your money goes to taxes Taxation nation A look at just how much of your money goes to taxes Christopher Chantrill, 1:13pm, April 10
Government doesn’t understand insurance, and should just get out of the business Obamacare Government doesn’t understand insurance, and should just get out of the business Christopher Chantrill, 1:50pm, April 7
Comparing Paul Ryan’s budget with Obama’s Comparing Paul Ryan’s budget with Obama’s Christopher Chantrill, 5:09pm, April 3
Two words for Millennials: They lied Across the U.S.A. Two words for Millennials: They lied Christopher Chantrill, 9:39am, March 18
Mr. President, your budget is a joke Government run amok Mr. President, your budget is a joke Christopher Chantrill, 6:15am, March 14
Collectivism means force, no matter which way you slice it Government run amok Collectivism means force, no matter which way you slice it Christopher Chantrill, 1:02pm, March 13
Greenies can “lean in” as long as they’d like, they are still playing politics The green fraud Greenies can “lean in” as long as they’d like, they are still playing politics Christopher Chantrill, 12:45pm, March 11
What happens when the government starts cheating? What happens when the government starts cheating? Christopher Chantrill, 3:53pm, March 7
What is it about liberals and self-esteem? Democrats What is it about liberals and self-esteem? Christopher Chantrill, 8:46am, February 28
Let’s connect the dots on the IRS scandal Let’s connect the dots on the IRS scandal Christopher Chantrill, 5:00am, February 27
The danger of the Democrats’ race politics Democrats The danger of the Democrats’ race politics Christopher Chantrill, 12:30pm, February 25
What the Steyer vs. Koch battle looks like, according to a liberal Democrats What the Steyer vs. Koch battle looks like, according to a liberal Christopher Chantrill, 7:31am, February 21
The Ted Cruz road map to 2016 Republicans The Ted Cruz road map to 2016 Christopher Chantrill, 12:08pm, February 19
Here’s how Obamacare hits the working class smack in the kisser Here’s how Obamacare hits the working class smack in the kisser Christopher Chantrill, 2:12pm, February 17
Speak kindly of Speaker Boehner Speak kindly of Speaker Boehner Christopher Chantrill, 1:41pm, February 13
A new conservative social-justice idea: get the government out! A new conservative social-justice idea: get the government out! Christopher Chantrill, 2:42pm, February 12
Obamacare lets everyone be a poet, whether you like it or not Obamacare lets everyone be a poet, whether you like it or not Christopher Chantrill, 12:30pm, February 10
As the ice starts to crack: What is our cry? As the ice starts to crack: What is our cry? Christopher Chantrill, 3:19am, February 7
The dignity of labor in Obama’s economy The dignity of labor in Obama’s economy Christopher Chantrill, 2:56pm, February 5
What the new “Kronies” action figures say about political power What the new “Kronies” action figures say about political power Christopher Chantrill, 3:37pm, February 3
The 1 percent and their taxes The 1 percent and their taxes Christopher Chantrill, 2:40pm, January 30
President does the State of the Union shuffle President does the State of the Union shuffle Christopher Chantrill, 2:31pm, January 29
Close the crony “risk corridor” and expose Democratic hypocrisy Close the crony “risk corridor” and expose Democratic hypocrisy Christopher Chantrill, 3:48pm, January 27
Which U.S. state is spendiest? Which U.S. state is spendiest? Christopher Chantrill, 7:10am, January 25
Can the GOP beat the Democrats’ squirrel strategy? Can the GOP beat the Democrats’ squirrel strategy? Christopher Chantrill, 3:41am, January 23
Can conservatives dance the MLK? Can conservatives dance the MLK? Christopher Chantrill, 1:12pm, January 20
Obama is leading Dems over a cliff Obama is leading Dems over a cliff Christopher Chantrill, 3:12am, January 17
Liberals and the Downton Abbey dilemma Liberals and the Downton Abbey dilemma Christopher Chantrill, 1:48pm, January 15
Time for yet another “pivot” to jobs Time for yet another “pivot” to jobs Christopher Chantrill, 2:15pm, January 13
War on poverty is 50 years old?  If only War on poverty is 50 years old? If only Christopher Chantrill, 2:16pm, January 9