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Explore 60 years of deficits - and the occasional surplus - in an interactive chart.

C'mon, we've known voters love abstract spending cuts and specific spending programs for 40 years now. So why are we still running these kinds of polls?

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Mar 18, 2013
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If you look beyond the rhetoric and focus on the policy, House Republicans are proposing much harsher spending cuts this year than they did last year.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Mar 5, 2013
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President Obama's got a reputation as a big spender. But total government spending has actually fallen. And even federal spending is lagging the Bush years.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jan 24, 2013
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"From a purely statistical standpoint, the growth of entitlement spending over the past half-century has been distinctly greater under Republican administrations than Democratic ones."

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Sep 4, 2012
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