If you’re from California, you should hate the Senate

When the Senate was created, "the population was about four million, and the maximum disparity in voting power between states was perhaps 11 to 1." Today, it's closer to 66:1. Pity the Californians.

By Ezra Klein March 11, 2013

The state of the union, in graphs

Tonight, you'll hear that the union is "strong" or "sound" or "good." Here at Wonkblog, we have a different answer. The state of the union is...graphed.

By Ezra Klein, Suzy Khimm, Sarah Kliff, Brad Plumer, Neil Irwin February 12, 2013

A scary graph from Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs now believes the sequester -- or something very much like it -- will happen. Adding those cuts to their baseline makes their outlook for federal spending a bit scary in an economy this weak.

By Ezra Klein February 5, 2013

Two charts that should be in every health-care discussion

We spend more on government-provided health care than they do in Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Sweden, or the United Kingdom. And all those countries have government-based systems that cover everybody. We don't.

By Ezra Klein January 25, 2013

2012: The Year in Graphs

We asked our favorite wonks — economists, political scientists, politicians and more — for the chart that encapsulated 2012 to them. Here's what they sent us.

By The Wonkblog Team December 27, 2012

Guns kill people, in one chilling graph

You know that line, "guns don't kill people, people kill people?" It's true, so far as it goes. But in the United States, when people decide to kill people, or kill themselves, they typically reach for a gun.

By Ezra Klein December 26, 2012

Twelve facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States

Only with gun violence do we respond to repeated tragedies by saying that mourning is acceptable but discussing how to prevent more tragedies is not. But that's unacceptable. What follows here isn't a policy agenda. It's a set of facts that should inform a discussion that we desperately need to have.

By Ezra Klein December 14, 2012

Graph(s) of the day: Two terrifying charts for newspapers

It's not exactly a newsflash that the newspaper industry has seen better days. But I still found these charts, which I came across in Business Insider's expansive presentation on the future of digital media, striking.

By Ezra Klein December 3, 2012

The sequester’s defense cuts aren’t that scary, in one graph

The post-9/11 rise in military spending was larger than the rise during Vietnam and during the Cold War. And even if we implement every single cut in the sequester, the fall in spending would be less than the military experienced after Korea, Vietnam, or the Cold War.

By Ezra Klein November 20, 2012

Does this graph prove the recovery has been impressive, after all?

The "financial crisis" part of our financial crisis was very much in line with the other crises on this chart, and perhaps even a bit worse. Housing prices fell even further than the average. But the damage to the real economy was less than one would've expected from past experience.

By Ezra Klein September 25, 2012

The one tax graph you really need to know

This is what the American tax system really looks like: Not 47 percent paying nothing, but everybody paying something, and most Americans paying between 25 percent and 30 percent of their income -- which is, by the way, a lot more the 13.9 percent Mitt Romney paid in 2011.

By Ezra Klein September 19, 2012