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Washington Post Graphic Shows Lawmaker Votes That Led To Deficits

Jul 26, 2011

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All the political fusillades in Washington over which party is most responsible for the nation's fiscal woes have created something of a fog of partisan war.

The Washington Post offers a graphic meant to cut through that. Using the graphic, you can see how currently serving members of Congress voted on several important policy positions that contributed to current U.S. deficits: the Bush tax cuts, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the 2009 economic stimulus.

The Post notes that a supermajority of those now in Congress, Republicans as well as Democrats, took votes that turned what was supposed to be a federal surplus a towering debt:

In fact, 75 percent of the members currently serving in Congress voted for at least one — and in most cases more than one — of three policies that contributed to fully one-third of the $12.7 trillion swing from projected surpluses to real debt.

It would have been interesting to see who the 25 percent of lawmakers were who didn't vote for any of the policies the Post focused on. Even Rep. Ron Paul, the Texas Republican presidential candidate didn't make the cut; he voted for the Bush tax cuts.

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