Get Smarter. It's the Economy Election

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While both parties have expressed opposition to the “meat axe” approach to deficit reduction, they remain divided on a workable alternative. However, similar budget sequesters in 1988 and 1990, which were reduced or erased by subsequent legislation, may offer insight into a likely outcome.

—Jonathan Masters, Council on Foreign Relations: “What Is the Fiscal Cliff?” Aug. 1, 2012

The campaign is engaged and I have been reading up. Some analysis is complex, some nuanced: Real subtleties between the parties on the future of fiscal America.

Masters pens a tour-de-force of simplicity with two killer charts.

November is upon us. Get smarter. It’s the Economy Election. Discuss.

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