You've probably heard of "the Laffer curve," the tax chart that Arthur Laffer sketched on the back of a napkin for Ronald Reagan, and that supposedly heavily influence Reagan's thinking on tax cuts. Well, here's the Tabarrok curve.
There is huge variation in how the sequester effects different parts of government. Some programs will see their budgets cut by 10 percent, others by just 2 percent. Here's a graph to break it all down.
There's a reason Bill Clinton is on the stage tonight. When he was president, America enjoyed a booming economy and surpluses. Since he left the White House, things haven't been quite as good. Here are the best charts on what's happened.
The single thing you should look at to understand the debt clock -- and, perhaps, the whole convention -- is this graph from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. It does something very simple. It takes public debt since 2001 -- which is when we last saw surpluses -- and breaks it into its component parts.
This week's International AIDS Conference in Washington - expected to draw upwards of 25,000 attendees - is the annual meeting's first American appearance in over two decades. And as our David Brown writes, almost "everything" is different this year from where things stood in 1990.
Back in March, Brad and I wrote a post entitled "Romney’s and Obama’s tax plans, in one chart." But Naomi Robbins, who specializes in good graphs, says there's a problem with the one we used. She's right. And Robbins did more than carp about our graph. She made a better one.
This infographic from the law firm David Polk shows how big Dodd-Frank is getting -- and how much bigger it's likely to get. Plus: Does Lloyd Blankfein's qualified endorsement make you trust the law more or less?
There's lots of upside to being a political pundit: The work is mostly indoors. You get to sit down. There's almost always air conditioning. And, sometimes, green rooms have free food. The downside is that you're often asked for an opinion on issues that, let's face it, you know nothing about. But fear not!
Record daily high temperatures during the months of June, July and August have been broken or tied 26 times in the past 17 years. Thirteen of those record-setting hot days have been broken or tied in just the past three years. Here's the visual.
Since the Supreme Court decision, Republicans have been calling the Affordable Care Act "the largest tax increase in the history of the world." Politifact rates this false. Kevin Drum's got a table of the 15 significant tax increases since 1950, and the Affordable Care Act, which amounts to a tax increase of .49 percent of GDP, comes in 10th. Austin Frakt took Drum's table and made a chart.
The housing market was the first domino to fall in the financial crisis, and it's been one of the last to recover. But there are a few signs that things may finally be starting to look up, as home sales and housing prices have been creeping upward.