Innovation policy in one…napkin?

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.

By Ezra Klein September 19, 2012

The sequester cuts in one graph

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.

By Sarah Kliff September 14, 2012

Republican National Convention: The one graph you need to see before watching

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.

By Ezra Klein August 28, 2012

Does the Ryan budget really reduce the deficit?

If you assume Ryan's tax plan would not be paid for, then it only raises 15. 5 percent of GDP in revenues, and Ryan's plan is the single most fiscally irresponsible plan on the graph.

By Ezra Klein August 15, 2012

The cost of the Medicaid opt-outs (in one chart)

If states opt out of the Medicaid expansion, the federal government could find itself on the hook for additional spending - all while extending coverage to fewer Americans.

By Sarah Kliff July 24, 2012

Six facts about guns, violence, and gun control

The horror in Aurora may or may not tell us anything useful about the general trends in guns and violence in the United States. And so this post is about those trends, some of which may surprise you.

By Ezra Klein July 23, 2012

The State of AIDS (in one chart)

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.

By Sarah Kliff July 23, 2012

Romney’s and Obama’s tax plans, in one (new and improved) chart

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.

By Ezra Klein July 19, 2012

Dodd-Frank turns two this week. Look how it’s grown!

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?

By Ezra Klein July 19, 2012

Want to be a political pundit? Keep this in your pocket.

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!

By Ezra Klein July 18, 2012

DC’s record-breaking heat in one graphic

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.

By Ezra Klein July 7, 2012

The Romney campaign’s chart fail

The Romney campaign is having some trouble with the noble Venn diagram. In this clip from Tuesday's Rachel Maddow Show, I tried to walk them through it.

By Ezra Klein July 5, 2012

No, ‘Obamacare’ isn’t ‘the largest tax increase in the history of the world’ (in one chart)

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.

By Ezra Klein July 2, 2012

Signs of a housing recovery, in two charts

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.