The Anchoress says this is going to go viral. Who am I to stand in the way?
Randall Hoven, writing at American Thinker, thinks this chart is pretty educational:
Just for grins, use the above chart to dissect Christopher Hayes’ statement that our current and future deficits are caused by “three things: the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Bush tax cuts and the recession.”
Two of those three things — the wars and tax cuts — were in effect from 2003 through 2007. Do you see alarming deficits or trends from 2003 through 2007 in the above chart? No. In fact, the trend through 2007 is shrinking deficits. What you see is a significant upward tick in 2008, and then an explosion in 2009. Now, what might have happened between 2007 and 2008, and then 2009?
Democrats taking over both houses of Congress, and then the presidency, was what happened.
Which doesn’t completely clear Republicans, of course. Several Republican members voted for the spending programs that created the 2008 deficit, and a Republican president did sign it.
Still, though, the trendlines, superimposed over control of Congress, are clear.