Annotating a Paul Ryan budget chart

I was leafing through the house republican budget the other day, it is chock full of charts. Lots of examples of how to visualize political bunk. One of the first charts seemed a little silly, so I thought I would annotate it with a few of my thoughts. If you would like to play at home, I’ve included the original below my annotated version. Just right click, save as to your computer, and open it in a graphics program (i.e. ms paint, etc.).
Fresh Spectrum cartoon where a Paul Ryan budget chart is annotated with funny comments

Chart from republican house budget 2012


  1. AlbertMacMeda on April 7, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Did you have any thing intelligent to say about it?  You know, don’t you, that CONGRESS has the sole power to tax and spend and CONGRESS featured lots of DEMOCRATS under Reagan and lots of REPUBLICANS under Clinton, right?
    It never ceases to amaze me how ignorant some people are about who in government really spends our money.  By the way, that “Clinton surplus” was Enron style accounting tricks.  Didn’t exist.

    • cplysy on April 7, 2012 at 7:30 am

      @AlbertMacMeda It’s a horribly designed chart. To make the y axis go to 900% makes the chart worthless. It’s a talking point designed to look like facts.
      Thanks for the comment 🙂