Archive for the ‘US Politics’ Category

US Federal Investments as a Percentage of GDP is Lessening with Time

January 21, 2015

Federal Investment as a share of GDP

The US federal government’s investments as a percentage of GDP is decreasing over time. This decrease is observed for both Defense and Non-Defense related things like roads, education and R&D.

–Source: The New York Times


World Incarceration Rates if Every State was a Country

June 26, 2014

US Civil War Had More Casualties than All Other Major American Wars Combined

May 27, 2014

According to this Pew Research report, more Americans died during the US Civil War than in all other major American wars combined. That includes both Union and Confederate losses.

–from Pew Research

US Senate Polarizing

December 11, 2013

Over time, the US Senate is becoming increasingly polarized based on voting records. There are many fewer bipartisan bills coming out, and only the smallest fraction of senators now fit in the “middle.”

–from The Economist
(Hi-res images available here)

Presidential Voter Turnout Rates

November 7, 2013

Presidential voting turnout rates slowly declined beginning in 1960, before sharply spiking during the 2008 election.


Two Thirds of Americans Desire Third Political Party

October 15, 2013

According to a recent Gallup poll, 60% of Americans desire a 3rd political party, the highest level measures since the question debuted in 2003.


US Government Shutdown Impact, by Department

October 2, 2013


The government shutdown affects various branches quite unevenly, with NASA being the hardest hit, with almost everyone furloughed, while Homeland Securities and Veterans Affairs are at 14% and 4%, respectively.

–from Slate

Political Spending Before and After the Citizens United Ruling

July 10, 2013

The amount of money spent on political campaigning increased enormously as a result of the Citizens United case.

–from The Brookings Insitute

Implicit Marginal Tax Rates and the Working Poor

June 7, 2013

These two charts show the effective tax rates at various income levels. The tax rate is quite low for those near point B, which is the earned income tax credit payments. However, after making more than $20,000, the implicit marginal tax rate goes over 100% because a number of benefits expire at that income threshold. Around $50,000, the tax rate goes down again, but rises again when a family no longer qualifies for the child tax credit. Click through to see data source details and technical notes.


Wonkblog Year in Graphs

December 29, 2012

Great series of graphs from The Washington Post. They asked their favorite “wonks” what charts or graphs were most meaningful to them in the past year. Chart above shows the Obama-Romney election and how increasing density meant increasing votership for Obama, decreasing for Romney.