The single best chart on the policies driving our deficits — now updated!

At the end of this Center for Budget and Policy Priorities paper is a terribly sad note: “This represents the final update of an analysis that we first produced in 2009 and have updated once or twice annually since.” That may sound dry, but the analysis to which they’re referring is the center’s famed “parfait chart,” showing which policies have contributed to our large current budget deficit and debt levels. For budget nerds, this is like “Arrested Development” getting canceled (and not getting brought back, at least not yet). But one last hurrah is better than none. Without further ado, the final parfait chart (for debt, which gives a broader historical sweep):

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About James Crist

How do we stop America's decline? The country is in trouble and we can all feel it. Where did we go wrong? How do we fix it? We now have an auction-based government, for sale to the highest bidder. Politicians have become nothing more than corporate whores and pawns for the rich. If we want our representatives to represent us, let them get their campaign money from us, their constituents. We have to amend the constitution to get the big money out of politics.
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