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Fiscal cliff plans, in charts

Having trouble keeping the deficit-reduction plans straight — or understanding them at all? Visual learners will appreciate a set of graphs Atlantic magazine created to illustrate three of the most talked-about proposals for avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff.     

The charts break down the plans from Bowles-Simpson, President Obama and Republicans in terms of how much each proposal would raise revenue and where they would make cuts to reach their deficit-reduction targets.  

The Atlantic also pointed out some rather humorous — or perhaps sad — data from Public Policy Polling that shows 25 percent of respondents to a recent poll claimed to have an opinion about a fictional Panetta-Burns plan that didn’t include any details. Eight percent of respondents said they support the non-existent proposal, while 17 percent said they oppose it.  

Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.

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