Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

Interesting Charts Of the Year

Dec 21, 2011

With the year wrapping up, our friends Ezra Klein over at the Washington Post and Derek Thompson at The Atlantic asked a variety of noted economists and other important individuals ranging from Larry Summers and Jared Bernstein to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) to list their favorite chart of the year. As any reader of The Bottom Line knows, we love charts. Just take a look at our Featured Charts page and our Averting A Fiscal Crisis and The Case for Going Big presentations to see for yourself.

We won't attempt to pick a favorite chart, though the dragon is the most creative. But we are pleased that so many of the top graphs deal directly with the fiscal situation. Part of our holiday wishes are answered -- people are paying attention to our fiscal challenge, what the causes are, and recognizing that we need to fix it.

Now, let's chart a course to fiscal stability.