Reality in 12 easy charts

I was looking for some good visuals as I revise my economic policy lectures and I discovered that Jared Bernstein had put together a a set of CBPP charts that he nicely titles “Guideposts on the Road back to Factville.”  I like my title better.  Regardless, it is the handy data you want to win an argument with any conservative (i.e., introduce him to this handy non-Fox News world we call reality) on deficits, taxes, and economic inequality.  Hard to pick a favorite, but I think this classic does the trick pretty well:

Actually, there is one failing in this set as it does not include a chart showing how health care spending drives long-term debt.  Not that CBPP hasn’t taken care of this:

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

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