Chart of the day (deficit edition)

Kevin Drum has a great post arguing that there really are no deficit hawks– just posers.  I think he’s 100% correct:

If there were genuinely a bloc of deficit hawks in Congress, they’d be willing to vote for both Medicare cuts and tax increases that phase in over a period of years. But almost none of the supposed deficit hawks are willing to do either of these things, let alone both. They’re posers.

What I really loved about the post, though was this chart:

It really tells you pretty much everything you need to know about our long-term deficit.  If you are serious about the deficit, you are serious about taking bold action to control health care costs. If you are not willing to take on health care costs in a significant way, you are simply not serious about the deficit, no matter how much you talk about it.

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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