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.