Being a little behind in reading my email, I just saw this from Ezra Klein. He suggests you keep this in mind while you watch the Republicans try to push the debt onto the President and the Democrats.
Notice that you can barely see TARP. It is that dark blue streak that is separating the other two blue parts of the graph. Even the stimulus is pretty small.
The deficit is pretty easy to understand when you look at it in a graph. If you reduced the Bush tax cuts for income over &250,000 and worked on the costs of the wars – and didn’t start any new ones – you can really begin to reduce the debt. Maybe the huge number of people who think the tax breaks for the wealthy should be eliminated understand this better than Mitt and Paul and the rest of their gang. Certainly they understand this better than Grover Nordquist.
So when you are watching the Republicans in Tampa, remember this chart and thank Ezra Klein.